“I know a word can be untrue and yet still move you…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not a big video game player.

 

But, I confess, I indulge on occasion.

 

It was at two of these infrequent instances that the women with me voiced the exact same concern, without knowing of one another’s opinion:

 

“I don’t like [Fable II] because there’s no way to make my [female] avatar attractive.”

 

 

 

Needless to say, my initial – very male – knee-jerk-yet-unvoiced reaction was:

 

Who cares? 

 

Your character has powerful weapons, lethal spells and devastating maneuvers.

 

 Fortunately for your humble host, I was wise enough to think before I spoke.

 

It was that sagacious silence that led me to a minor epiphany, of sorts.

 

 

 

They cared so deeply because, to females:

 

Appearance is power.

 

The idea is so rooted, so foundational, so instinctual, that – even in a game – it is paramount

 

Regardless of media, social trends or even upbringing, the fact is accepted (if not consciously acknowledged).

 

 

 

Needless to say, as a man, I could not grasp the concept initially.

 

Because it’s simply not my reality.

 

As I’m fond of saying to women with whom I associate:

 

As long as you can see the “Alpha” around my fat, I’m in.

 

Fat just makes it harder to see.

 

 

 

Yet, for women, form is substance.

 

Their appearance has a tremendous impact on a fate between rags and riches.

 

Fame and ignominy.

 

And, worst of all, right and wrong.

 

(How many girls think themselves smarter than they are since they’re physically attractive?

 

Many, sadly, which comes to bite them in the ass later in life but that’s a tale for another day.) 

 

 

 

As I’ve said before, I say again:

 

All the best art and literature centers around two things:

 

Sex and violence.

 

Because they are the paths to power for women and men, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

5♣

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5 Responses to ““I know a word can be untrue and yet still move you…””

  1. Ah, Bechdel.

    Maybe we could make a new definition of Lesbian; a woman who looks as barren as she is on the inside.

    Denying oneself a fundamental truth and path to power or fulfilment must be as hard on the soul as years of drink, drugs, and lack of sleep are on the body.

    Beware those who do both.

    Wald

    • Wald,

      “Denying oneself a fundamental truth and path to power or fulfillment must be as hard on the soul as years of drink, drugs, and lack of sleep are on the body.”

      Good observation.

      Stay well,
      A♠

  2. Effete men. Masculinized women. Both miserable, because both have been hornswoggled out of their true power.

    Like reinventing a square wheel. Everybody shamed for not putting their full weight into pushing it to work.

    Being what you are becomes a revolutionary act. Works for me.

    • JD,

      “Like reinventing a square wheel. Everybody shamed for not putting their full weight into pushing it to work.

      Being what you are becomes a revolutionary act. “

      Excellently put and the closer nails it.

      Stay well,
      A♠

  3. […] Ace checks in with a timely insight: “I know a word can be untrue and yet still move you…” […]

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