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Female empowerment and Spike glomping.
I finished up A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison last week.

Nick given the finger, Jenks human-sized and yummy and yet STAYED FAITHFUL to his wife, jumping jacks driving vampires into a sexual frenzy... Ah, that book rocked.

Now I just need to get through book five, since I know what happens at the end of it, because I have issues with skimming the last couple pages of a new book. Kist! NOOOOOOO.

Weirdly, I'm not pissed off. Hrm, this may be because I don't know the full story. Because as I see it, the idea of Kist being without a soul makes me want to lick him even more. (This is, of course, unless he was chopped up into bitty pieces and fed to piranhas, so he couldn't come back as an undead... then I'd be sad.)

And if he is dead dead? *Shrug* Eh, she can get it on with Trent then. (Look at what LKH has done to me? I now don't get attached to an OTP, because I figure it'll get ruined... well, not fully attached, anyway.)

As long as it's not Nick in her bed, I'll be fine... probably.

I also watched an episode of Angel this last weekend that friends and I had dubbed 'one of the most boring'. That's She. Now, granted, Wesley and Angel's silly dances at the start and finish of the episode are awesome, but that's not what I'm talking about.

I'm talking about how blind I was to the point of this episode the last time I saw it all those years ago. Now, this wasn't spelled out or anything, but it seemed pretty clear once I thought about it.

Brief summary: A demon princess from another dimension is helping fellow female demons escape so that they will not have a piece of their body behind the back of their neck removed. Once it's removed, the female demon becomes passionless and submissive to the male demons around her.

If it's not clear to what I'm eluding to, I'll spell it out: Female genital mutilation.

The correlation struck me hard when I saw a female demon captured by the bad guys... and watched a piece of her physical body grabbed by a pair of tongs and yanked out. I almost burst into tears. The reaction was so strong that it made me realize why.

I don't think this episode is boring anymore. I actually feel kind of bad that I didn't take note of this sooner. But damn, what an amazing episode to watch once that's noticed.

And there are other things that happened this weekend as well, but today has been NUTS at work. And not in a good way. O_o
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ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: July 16th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got a bad feeling that you're going to be at least slightly disappointed with the next book.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's certainly possible.

I know I'm disappointed that Rachel gave in to the Ivy biting her thing. I'm normally not opposed to girl/girl stuff... but with them, I wrinkle my nose and want to fast-foward.

I think I like Ivy slightly more than I like Nick.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: July 17th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ivy is a very fucked up bitch, and only gets more fucked up as time goes on.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can Nick kill her, please? He might get some positive points for it!
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: July 17th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nick is probably going to come back at some point.
rowdyman From: rowdyman Date: July 16th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I thought human males had a hard time finding the clit. At least we don't have to try to find it behind someone's head and under their hair. Maybe these demons were just trying to relocate it so it could be more easily accessed. Like some sort of demon vaginal rejuvenation.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha. Yes, what we didn't see was the now-submissive female demon taken into the next room, part of her spine relocated to below the waist, and then suddenly hop up and do a strip tease... and then promptly give all the male demons the finger and went to find a bar to treat herself to a Copper Camel.
wondervixen From: wondervixen Date: July 17th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: pirateday Date: July 17th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as I've noticed: If you do everything you're supposed to; the only way it would be easier to find is if it had a red neon sign with an arrow saying "RIGHT HERE DUMMY!"

That's just MY take anyway XD
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me of the story I heard in psych class about the couple who couldn't get pregnant... turns out they were having sex wrong. (As in, they didn't know their mate's anatomy whatsoever. *Cough*)
From: laechim Date: July 17th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
It's worth pointing out, to make it more 'obvious' in positioning without making what you say obvious, that it's literally along their spines. The womens' spines are ripped out almost literally. Even before it gets figurative.

That interpretation adds to the episode a lot, considering the 'women in puberty burn men to death' overtone the episode already has.

lirazel From: lirazel Date: July 17th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Damn! Who told?

Honestly, you'd think some sci-fi/fantasy writers were competing with the Taliban in the Sexual Insecurity Sweepstakes.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Nod* That's a very good point. Making them 'spineless'. I didn't catch that.
jessikana From: jessikana Date: July 17th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Pretty relevent to what's been going on in the UK.
As much as I love BTVS, I could never get into Angel. But that sounds like an interesting one.
bobthebarbarian From: bobthebarbarian Date: July 17th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, I assume Ifritah came to the conclusion from British news? Been in the news lately and I must admit, it got me pretty steamed. Honestly cultural issues can be tough to get around, but have you read any of those stories? Several times it's done by older women. You would have thought that something like that wouldn't still be popular in today's world.

Just incase people don't know, Britan is having a real hard time with North African immigrants in particular sending their daughters out of the country (it's of course outlawed in UK) for this mutilation (I won't say it's a procedure, becuse from what i understand it's often done by tibal elders with no idea of a clinical setting). They then typically come back with a range of health and psychological problems. Gratz to a popular UK-African author (don't remember her name) who has been trying to raise awareness in the UK.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the summary. I actually didn't know about the UK situation. (I'm very bad about reading the news. ^^;)

It just struck me while I was watching the show from pervious exposure to stories on genital mutilation.

But you're right, it's not done in a clinical setting. They receive no pain medication of any kind. In some places, they don't even use proper tools, using a broken bottle to cut, for example. And yes, they suffer from health problems the rest of their lives from the mutilation (and yes, psychological too).

We had a woman from one of the countries that does this in one of my psych classes that discussed this in detail. It was why she was in America, actually. To not have it happen to her. Hearing her story of what she'd seen... gods, there's no words to describe it.
jessikana From: jessikana Date: July 18th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
One reason it's such a big issue right now is that some poor little girl died from it (not the only one, of course, but she happened to make it into the news). Why bother bringing your daughters to a place where they will have more opportunities if you're just going to treat them like someone's future wife (if they make it that far)? I'm all about respecting other cultures but I'd say that in this case a child's health is the more important issue.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 18th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I completely hear what you're saying.

There's just no way in hell I can respect a culture's belief that it's normal and right to cut girl's genitals. I don't care what you're reasoning is.

It makes me sad, but more than that, it makes me damn fucking furious.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: July 17th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, in these comments is the first I've heard of the UK situation. Man, I really need to read the news more. ^^;
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