Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    oh, come on! C-3PO and R2D2 were more than just good buddies

    And we're perilously close to banging volvos together again.

    Nope -- just Willow Rosenberg, Admiral Helena Cain, Susan Ivanova, Mirror Universe Kira Nerys, and Gina/Six. All guaranteed to give Ian Wishart -- and sexually insecure geeks everywhere -- nightmares. :)

    Joss is firmly on the Russell Davies 'vast gay conspiracy' side of the divide. From the start, he knew either Willow or Xander was going to 'turn out' to be gay, and he hadn't decided which for the first two series. Watching now, it shows.

    And... yeah, the arguments. All about as convincing as that essay above. Mirror Kira is allowed to be Bi because she's Evil. Dax was allowed to kiss a woman because when she fell in love with her, she was in a male body. Etc. Is there another genre people get SO exercised about, politically?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Apathy is where the heart is,

    Unhelpful as it is, I know why I've been apathetic about rugby, and why I've started caring again. (Disclaimer: Crusader's fan)

    I can't care about rugby in February. The earlier the Super 14 season starts, the less I care. It's cricket season. I didn't start watching rugby until about the start of April. By the time the Crusaders played Auckland I was into it, but we're nearly at semis. I've no idea how the Chiefs got where they are, or what happened to the Bulls.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    No, in a totally perverse way it's a tribute to Whedon's power to get under people's skins. I think Ronald Moore has the right attitude: The guy's been accused of being everything from a misogynist sleazebag who gets off on brutalising women to a politically correct Hollyweird femi-Nazi.

    Heh, and you know who wrote for Whedon AND Moore? Jane Espenson! She's obviously a screaming misogynist.

    To meld the two threads together, I've been told that Moore is part of a vast heterosexual conspiracy to remove gay people from the future. Star Wars, Star Trek, BSG, even Bab 5 - not so much as a camp cocktail.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    I am, and you would not believe how much, sorry I brought it up. It is... bilge, frankly. It's unbelievably offensive, and even if you leave out the quite freakish personal attacks on Joss, and his wife, and the female actors and writers involved in the Whedonverse, it involves making up your mind what your conclusion is, then spending hours cherry picking what supports it, no matter how far out of context you have to drag stuff kicking and screaming, and ignoring anything that doesn't.

    I'd be far happier leaving my daughter alone with Joss Whedon than with the woman who wrote that. She wouldn't get the chance, of course.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    Heh... Good call. Great show, but I don't think much of it is necessarily pre-teenage appropriate.

    Ahahaha. She's already watched series 1 and 2 and three arrives this weekend. We've been watching them together as a family and so far there hasn't been anything we weren't happy with them seeing. In fact, the discussion between Willow and Buffy before she sleeps with Angel was remarkably both realistic and mature. But there is stuff I remember from series 6&7 I'm not happy for her to be viewing yet. (Invisible slaya secks!)

    One of the worst things I've ever read was an extensive essay about what a misogynistic bastard Joss Whedon is, playing out his rapist fantasies.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    Though I've got to wonder if there's something a teeny tad perverse about a (near) middle-aged man buying himself the complete run of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on DVD as a birthday present.

    If it's any consolation, that's what my daughter wanted for her 11th birthday and didn't get.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    Yeah, sorry about the Volvo gag, Emma. Right up until the last moment, I was wondering if it might be in dubious taste, and whether I should leave it out.

    Ha, I shall be reading it aloud to Karl the very minute he gets home from work.

    I'm not allowed to email him things any more...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    Genius.

    I kept waiting for someone to walk in with a dead seagull complaining about the cherries.

    And oddly, all the time I spent just yesterday reading about Vita Sackville-West and Violet Keppel, not once did I picture two Volvos crashing together. That won't be not happening again.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Shihad are like the All…,

    should i be giving up the current job now, or would you like to have any other aspects of my past reviewed before i tender the resignation?

    Surely now, just a couple of reasonable questions about your background to determine your suitability.

    Are you now, or have you ever been...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Case Studied,

    Andrew, why don't you read the book?

    Perhaps we could sponsor a reading? Hardly seems fair to make someone do it just out of the goodness of their heart. Or we could buy a copy, rip out chapters, distribute them, and have everyone review one apiece.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4581 posts Report Reply

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