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You must be swift as the coursing river
With all the strength of the great typhoon...

Yeah, sorry about that.  Sorta.  Anyway, reading Out of Hand and a couple of other cuckolding stories as well as a few very interesting articles on the nature of masculinity got me thinking.  A cuckold is generally defined as a man having an adulterous wife.  And though I used gender neutral terms (sort of) in my review of Out of Hand to account for an inclusive definition of the term, in the cases that I've encountered it as a fetish it's involved somebody with a dick butting into an existing relationship.  Which brings me to the subject of masculinity. 

Now, the trope with cuckolding stories/porn is that the bull, or interloper into the existing relationship, is more of a man than the cuckold.  This is generally illustrated by the bull being dominant, able to boss both man and wife around, being taller, more muscled, and of course, having a bigger dick, higher libido, and the ability to fuck the wife into multiple orgasms.  Also, and this is pretty much the defining factor among all the cuck stories that I've read, is that the bull is a massive jerk. 

It doesn't help that the wife in these sorts of scenarios generally becomes complicit in beating down the cuckold.  Using the third chapter of Out of Hand as an example, Sarah ends up relishing saying that Leslie isn't as manly as Ethan during the dwindling times he has sex with her, which actually causes Leslie to go harder.  Earlier in the same chapter, she basically invites Ethan to the house over Leslie's misgivings, using thinner and thinner excuses until the pretense is dropped entirely.  This behavior is tacitly encouraged by Ethan with the way that he treats Leslie as little more than a gopher, and purposefully arranging things to that Leslie ends up watching Ethan drill his wife.

Now, one might wonder why Ethan isn't the protagonist, here.  After all, he doesn't seem to have much if any emotion aside of maybe anger, is tall, strong, and most importantly has a big, thick penis with which to make all the ladies moan and scream.  In other words, he is an ideal male.  That, and Leslie the fox is much, much less of a man, using all those standards as metrics of masculinity, being smaller in height and cock size, and generally a pushover.  He also goes down on Ethan (gay stuff = not manly) and his primary role ends up being the clean up crew, licking up Sarah of all the seed spilled in her after Ethan is done.  So wouldn't that make Ethan something to aspire to, to idealize?  Not really.  It's not just story purposes that would make Ethan a perfect antagonist especially in a story like this, but more the fact that Leslie has to essentially face down a high-school bully if he ever wants his girlfriend back, or at least salvage a shred of dignity.  And with the way the story is going, the straw may never break the camel's back, or perhaps it wouldn't matter if it did. 

In a way, it's kinda funny how Ethan would make a pretty great action hero, yet in this case he's the ideal antagonist, representing everything that Leslie is not.  And I guess that's just what makes Leslie the ideal protagonist, though he seems to have a tendency to be completely blown away by the masculinity of others, and has this whole... jealousy kick with regard to it as well. 

I guess being a man isn't always the best thing to be.

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So yes, there's the previous post about the movie A Thousand Words, but lemme just zero in on the entire plot vehicle that lurches this movie forward.  But for this, this might have just been any other decent, heart-warming movie about a terrible person realizing his faults and changing for the better.  But no, in order to restrict a person's greatest asset -- his words -- the movie decided to go in a spiritual direction and add in the tree.

Now, once the tree ends up in Eddie Murphy's backyard because of magic, it begins losing leaves.  Essentially, in the quest to perhaps save Eddie Murphy's life from being bereft of people and relationships, the tree kills itself.  Why?  I mean... what the hell?  To save a life, the tree basically tied a noose around it's neck and said "I'm gonna choke myself if you don't become a better person, because I've linked how far I choke with how many words you say!"  I mean, I get how this will eventually effect Eddie Murphy since the tree links its health with Eddie Murphy, but it still seems like a pretty stupid move.  How is the tree supposed to know that Eddie Murphy is going to take his self-preservation (and by extension, the tree's) seriously?  Alternatively, how is the tree supposed to know that Eddie Murphy is going to seek to repair his life, rather than running away from everything and retreating so that he doesn't have to use words at all, thereby (probably) defeating the purpose of attaching itself to his life in the first place. 

This probably wouldn't bug me so much if this wasn't the entire premise upon which the rest of the movie rests.
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Essentially, this is where I look at something perhaps way too hard.  Dunno if this will be a series or not, but just sorta... something I encountered and felt I had to say something about it, but then thought for a bit that I'm probably thinking too hard about what is ostensibly a children's game.  But... STILL.

First, here's some info about the game.  Here is a list of the things that are common between this game and the show (so far):
  • There are Digimon
Yeah that's... pretty much it.  Your character is some random dude who is apparently old enough to pass some kind of test to defend his digital city from wild digimon.  This entails going into more or less randomly generated dungeons and beating up occupants, before slapping around the boss dude to clear the dungeon.  Though you can still visit the dungeons afterward, which continue to regenerate.  Oh, and you can get enemy digimon to join your team by bribing them with gifts, then punching them in the face.  If they liked the gift(s) enough, the last one defeated will get up and offer to join you.   I'm guessing that, little kid that you are, you'll eventually have to face down the Big Bad and such and then there will be much rejoicing.  

But really, this is sorta beside the point of the post.  See, what I wanna do is focus in on this itty bitty... particular piece of the game.  After the second (or third, depending on which order you take in solving them) dungeon, you rescue an Angemon.  Apparently he runs a little outfit of Digimon who are not wild, yet are independent.  Or something. 

Not wild...?

Your initial assessment is that it's a random place where non-wild, non-tamed Digimon hang out.  You don't really know why it is, but it just sorta... is.  

And I guess that's cool, you know.  Just kinda bein' in a place, and all these digi-dudes hangin' out and bein' cool, and not being aggressive and attacking you though you may be able to ruin their shit anyway.  

Anyway, the point is that the place seems pretty innocuous, right?

digi god?

I mean... apparently these Digimon worship some kind of God.  That's... interesting, bringing in the concept of spirituality into a kid's video game about computer-created monsters beating each other up.  I dunno.  

Okay, so the meditate and pray in the Meditation Dome.  Cool, right?  And the first time you come there, the Angemon (said pictured dude) gives you $2000, so pretty much you and him are buddies and it's fairly clear that he's the good guys.  But then, one is left to wonder... what do Digimon DO when they pray?  What are they praying FOR?  

Beast-Like... or something

If you go into the left room, then you run into a dude who does seem to be praying for something.  Seems he's going a little too wild, and he seems to want guidance on suppressing this wild streak.  This seems pretty reasonable to me, really.

Dude even goes on to say that he wants to digivolve, and apparently that involves controlling this bestial, wild instinct so that he doesn't go crazy go nuts or whatever.  But hey, noble goal and all that, right?

Then you meet the other guy.  I call him Drill Nose, even though he has a name.  Drill nose.  Pretty cool guy.

I mean, look at him.  He seems like a pretty cool guy.  Digs stuff and doesn't afraid of anything.  

But seriously, whatever this guy's problem is must be pretty innocent, right?  I mean, it's a kid's game.  So maybe he wants to digivolve too.  That seems to be the thing to do. Yeah.  Digivolve.  Get stronger, beat stuff up, be the Man.  Or Digi-man.

Seems legit...

Greed!  Nobody likes greed.  So yeah, if he wants to excise greed from his life, that is also a noble goal.  After all, you can't have everything, right?  That'd just be selfish.  And nobody likes a selfish Drill Nose.  

But apparently his problem is a bit more sinister.  

Wait, what?

So... yeah.  A dude with a big ol' drill on his nose apparently has a problem digging?  Well... yeah, dude.  You got a drill on your snout.  You're probably going to be digging a lot.  Why is this a problem?  And for that matter, why is this little religion centered around suppression?  What the hell kinda God or "superior being" demands so much repression from his followers?  I mean, yeah, don't be an asshole, don't be greedy, but denying a dude with a big honkin' drill on his nose the ability to dig?  The hell?

Then again, this is a kid's game, and a kid probably wouldn't even think so hard about this.  

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