The Real Danger of SJW’s

“SJWs Always Lie” is, thanks to Vox Day, a truism. But really, that’s not very frightening. It’s pretty difficult for people to consistently stand up for lies, to the point that a common argument – and a strong one, I think – made in favor of Christianity is that eleven of the twelve people personally closest to Jesus died gruesome and horrific deaths. People don’t do that if they’re not utterly convinced of the truth and importance of what they’re preaching.

And, to be fair to Vox, he pretty much says that – people who stands up to SJW’s without groveling have a surprisingly high success rate. But even so, it doesn’t really do a lot to explain how widespread they’ve become throughout society. Or at least in politics and the media.

Unless…

Unless…

The answer is far more terrifying: The SJWs are telling the truth.

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Just Watched a Full Episode of “Rick and Morty”

Yeah, it’s basically “Futurama” but like a billion times nastier. Made me laugh, though.

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Still Not Impressed With Jennifer Lawrence

So I got into a discussion on Facebook about Jennifer Lawrence. Believe it or not, this discussion was not with SJW’s but with people I like and respect, and the conversation was civil. That said, by the time it ended, I was still not convinced.

Well, there are a few things to say here.

The discussion turned into how terrible it is that J-Law was called fat and how the nude photos thing were terrible, and little girls were being badly influenced by the culture surrounding thinness or something, et cetera, ad nauseum.

My response can be summed up like this:

Jennifer Lawrence has repeatedly been given high profile starring roles, won major awards, is adored by the public AND the media, and recently was the lead in a blockbuster multi-movie franchise.

And because a director probably called her fat once and maybe she was airbrushed in some photos I’m supposed to ignore the massive media push to glorify overweight women. At one point one of the commenters – who I respect and like – tried to convince me that obesity was really a result of girls tragically giving up because they could never become thin enough. Considering how pop culture is stuffed to the gills all over and everywhere with the EXACT OPPOSITE MESSAGE I find this suspect at the best of times.

I’m sure some pervy Hollywood old men claimed she was overweight. But I’m equally sure that the message young girls are getting is not that you need to be super-skinny to be pretty. The whole “overweight is beautiful” trend is just another attempt to declare male preferences and desires unclean while allowing women to do essentially whatever they want.

But everybody knows, even if they don’t want to admit it, that looks are obviously more important for women than men. It’s not a double standard. It’s two different standards. Men are most attracted to looks when it comes to women. Women are attracted to a variety of different traits with looks much lower on the list. This is self-evident, but then, the Emperor is wearing a fine golden robe.

I find it very difficult that this whole body image message is having too bad of an effect on J-Law considering she’s a massive success, a media darling, and a fan favorite. Heck, after the pics scandal she became MORE popular if anything. She won a (deserved) Oscar. And whatever happened behind the scenes the message to the culture at large is exactly the opposite of what she thinks it is, Hollywood echo chamber be damned.

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Now Watching: “Futurama”

This isn’t on Superversive SF because I don’t have a ton of specific stuff to say about it yet, but after considering the show for awhile I’ve finally decided to try it out.

Here’s the thing: I can’t stand adult cartoons as a rule. Yes, even “The Simpsons”. Yes, even “King of the Hill” (which I’ve tried a couple of times and never found remotely funny). And given the choice between gargling rusty razor blades and watching “Family Guy”, I’d seriously consider the razor blades. With “The Cleveland Show”, I wouldn’t need to consider. Razor blades, please.

But, credit where credit is due. Perhaps once in every three or four episodes I’ll like “American Dad”. Its core problem is that it’s basic premise is “mock conservative America”, which is about as unoriginal as you can get, but when it’s not doing that or making lame sexual jokes (sex jokes being the bane of the adult cartoon’s existence, often functioning a lazy way to signal that kids Should Not Be Watching), it makes me laugh. Like I said, it’s doing those two things most of the time, so it’s not funny a whole lot, but it happens.

Almost all of Adult Swim is, as far as I’m concerned, unwatchably awful (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, anyone?).

“Rick and Morty” I’ll have to try one day. It looks like a somehow even more cynical Futurama, but the one episode I watched made me laugh.

And “Bob’s Burgers” is a legitimately good show that occasionally reaches “great” territory (The “Dog Day Afternoon” parody still cracks me up, as does basically anything to do with Tina).

So now “Futurama”. Why “Futurama”? Because I heard some things about it and it sounded interesting. The premise is pretty high concept, for one. And the show’s visuals alone are stunning.

So what do I think of it? Well, first off, I’m doing what every self-respecting millennial does when he binge-watches cancelled shows on Netflix, and looking up the best episodes on Google first before picking which ones to watch, which has been wise. And so far, let me tell you, there have been some CLASSICS.

“Luck of the Fryrish”‘s ending was legitimately moving and unexpected. This was an episode that was entirely unsentimental throughout, but when the reveal came it hit HARD. “The Devil’s Hands are Idle Playthings” started a bit slow, but the climax was PERFECT (“Your music is bad and you should feel bad”).

Outside of that climax, I liked “The Sting” even more. “The Sting” was suitably hilarious while also having a legitimately compelling mystery, a surprisingly crushing and realistic portrayal of grief, and some clever twists (if you didn’t think royal jelly Fry was really Fry when you first watched it, I don’t believe you). And, again, the ending was touching.

“Futurama” does time travel right too. “The Late Philip J. Fry” is a very entertaining time travel episode (the two gags of Farnsworth killing Hitler then later missing and killing Eleanor Roosevelt were pretty funny), while showcasing the general undercurrent of cynicism that runs throughout the series (like in many great comedies). Fry’s joke when he finally meets up with Leela – “That was the old me. He’s dead now.” – is absolutely hysterical but pretty damn dark when you think about it, punctuated by the shot of Bender burying all of the dead bodies.

But I think so far my favorite episode of the series is “Roswell that Ends Well”. It didn’t have any of the touching moments of those other great episodes, but holy shit is it FUNNY. Really, really funny. The plot with Fry and his grandfather is so far the funniest thing I’ve seen the series do. Everything about it worked – Fry tackling his grandfather into a pile of rusty pitch forks, running out into a “bomb testing area/former mine field” to try and keep him safe and the final gag of locking him in a house just before an atomic bomb blows him up.

And Fry sleeping with his grandmother? That was funny, but it his and the rest of the crew’s reactions are absolutely spectacular. The best moment of the episode is this exchange between Fry and Farnsworth:

(After learning that Farnsworth has decided to steal a satellite dish from Roswell’s military base in order to fix their time machine)

Fry: But won’t that change history?

Farnsworth: Oh, a lesson in not changing history from Mr. “I’m My Own Grandpa”! Let’s just steal the damn dish and get out of here! Screw history!

And, of course:

Farnsworth: Well, now everything is back as it was. And if history doesn’t care that our degenerate friend Fry is his own grandfather, then who are we to judge?

Pure gold. And those are just two of a ton of great lines.

I’ll be seeing more of this show. Any suggestions for best episodes?

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The Hugo Kerfuffle

Guess what…

Superversive SF was nominated for a Hugo award!

Along with “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” by Chuck Tingle.

Perhaps this isn’t the world’s highest honor. But it’s still pretty cool.

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Just Finished: “Hood”, by Stephen Lawhead

Of the many books I got off my 25 dollar (roughly) Barnes and Noble gift card, the one I was looking forward to most was Lawhead’s King Raven trilogy, which I now own in one volume. I have just finished the first novel, “Hood”.

I don’t want to say too much because I plan on saving my full review or Superversive SF, but in a word: Brilliant.

Here is my question: I hang around a lot with the Superversives and the Castalia House crowd and the various Puppy groups and all of that jazz. So how come none of them have ever mentioned Stephen Lawhead? I only ever heard of the guy because one of my commenters mentioned I might like the Pendragon Cycle many moons ago.

But he is exactly the sort of writer we should all be supporting, a Christian with a strong sense of morality who incorporates his faith into his books. He is incredibly well-researched, incorporates magic while remaining highly respectful of Christianity (which is presented as a simple fact of the world)

About the book:¬†After the Pendragon Cycle Lawhead’s other masterpiece is supposed to be his Paradise War series starting with “The Song of Albion”. I bought it. It hasn’t grabbed me. The main character is unbelievably unlikable, and the fantasy world is pretty much bog-standard as far as fantasy worlds go. I’m sure it gets better, and there’s character development and all of that, but I just haven’t found it worth my time – or at least not yet.

Not “Hood”. “Hood” is in the tradition of the “Pendragon Cycle”, a book about a legendary figure newly set behind a historical backdrop. I won’t say much more except that the concept is right in Lawhead’s wheelhouse. I could tell immediately that he wrote the book much further along in his career than the Pendragon Cycle – and indeed, he had, the first book in the trilogy being published in the mid-2000’s. His pacing is much improved, and his dialogue is sharper and wittier. The characters are wonderful, and the conceit of the story – Robin Hood relocated to Wales and set during the Norman invasion of Britain – is original and compelling.

I’m at a loss as to why this guy isn’t more popular. I mean, he IS popular – just look at the number of reviews he gets – but he should be one of the Superversive crew’s favorite authors and nobody seems to notice him but me. I don’t get it. He’s terrific.

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Bible Verses I Forgot Were Cool

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;

– Psalm 23

Somebody posted a link to this shirt on my Facebook feed. Apparently it’s from the video game “Dark Souls”. Never played it. Don’t care. I want that shirt.

 

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