“needlessly sexualised fembots”

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This is the second feminist, complaining review of the new Blade Runner movie:

Chances are you will wish you were dead: Blade Runner 2049 reviewed

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I take these negative, feminist reviews as signs that men will actually enjoy the film. One of the most-read posts I have ever written argues that the first movie was quite anti-feminist. I hope the new film continues that tradition – or at least – and this is a big hope these days – it is not actually feminist.

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Roman Lance on October 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    50 bucks says it will be pozzed. Seriously, this is 2017, hollywood is not going to make a pro-male movie with “strong” female leads.

    I bet the female lead saves the stupid white male at some point in the movie that just goes to show men can’t live without teh womminz.

    Of course it could be I’m just a big grumpy right now and am supremely dissatisfied with the women folk.

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  2. This is ironic; when I saw the “needlessly sexualized fembots” title, I automatically thought it would be about flesh-and-blood (well, flesh-and-ice-water) feminists because
    “fembots” was once one of my alternate terms for feminists and their ‘Useful Idiot’ members of the female population.

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  3. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on October 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I think feminists are trying to reassert their power over Hollywood. With the release of the hew Ghostbusters, movies have been taking in less and less with each season. Feminists have overlooked that people will only pay for movies they want to watch. I am hoping that it has gotten to the point in which a feminist endorsement is an indication of commercial failure.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 8, 2017 at 2:22 am

      It sounds like the new Blade Runner has not caved to feminists. There is nothing wrong with interesting female characters but as you say people won’t go to bad movies (e.g. the feminist remake of Ghostbusters.)

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  4. Posted by Eduardo the Magnificent on October 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I used to watch a lot of Honest Trailers on YouTube. One of their most recent was a review of Wonder Woman. It was sponsored by M&Ms, and I don’t recall them ever having sponsors before. Naturally, he lavished praise upon the movie for finally making a “strong female character” that girls can look up to. Looks like I’;; have to move on from HT and Mars candy now (not like I ate a lot of it anyway, but still).

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 8, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Yes. It sounds like they may have gone commercial and politically correct.

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      • Posted by Roman Lance on October 8, 2017 at 6:25 am

        I like Cinema Sins. Seems they haven’t reached for the dark side yet. Although it seems when these guys get big then tend to fall.

  5. Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 8, 2017 at 6:44 am

    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

      I just discovered that this article refers to one of my blog posts. It seems to assume I am complaining about the anti-feminism of the original Blade Runner. But I am not. I think feminism is a social dead-end. I do have concerns about the famous sex scene but I don’t think it can be definitively considered as rape.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Words are like knives. If you use them too often they get blunt. This article uses misogynistic. Calling a movie misogynistic because it does not follow a feminist line is silly. Does the writer seriously think that the director is a real misogynist?

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  6. It’s probably safe to say that “needlessly sexualised fembots” are kinda the point of a lot of SF. Which is not to say that science fiction views this as good (the common theme is often the domination by the mechanical of the natural world).

    SF porn is a thing, of course, but only a minor sub-genre.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 10, 2017 at 7:13 am

      I haven’t seen the new film but Rachael was the most fully realised of the fembots in the original movie and she was presented sympathetically and in a dignified manner. There is the vexed question of whether Deckard rapes her of course and I am getting a lot of people viewing my old blog essay which touches on that.

      Certainly in that sex scene, there is eroticism and a certain bluntness. But that’s what sex often is.

      I mistrust long-term prognostications but I can easily imagine a world of men with fembots, although I suspect they will be more like holograms (as seen in the new Blade Runner) than fully developed replicants like Rachael.

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      • Your ‘world of men with fembots’ sounds like a mirror image of the feminist utopia that pops up in Science Fiction from time to time, a self-sustaining female society existing entirely without men. Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s “Herland” is an early expression of this idea.

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

        I doubt that all men will have fembots. But maybe.

        I have never read it but I believe there is a story by James Tiptree Jr (a woman as you probably know) about such a woman-only society based on surviving Australian women: “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?” The society is peaceful but scientific and cultural progress has largely disappeared.

        Of course the sexes need each other.

        “Consider Her Ways” by John Wyndham also depicts a totally female society. Wyndham was a very early male feminist in his writing.

      • Michael Moorcock (somewhat unfortunate title for a feminist) wrote about one, at least in passing, in his short story. he may have been thinking of lesbian separatist communes of the ’70s.

        I also had a crack at it once with a short story called “The Feminist Invasion of Earth.”

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 11, 2017 at 2:51 am

        Tim, please post a link if you have it.

      • No link I’m afraid! It’ll be at the bottom of a box somewhere!

        I do remember the feminists cut off the penises (penii?) of the men they killed and nailed them to posts on ‘the Mountain of Triumph’, or something like that. The women were all named ‘Wilhelmina’ or similar…. and it all ended after the sacrifice of the last man, with the Feminists saying ‘now for the furtherance of the glorious Feminist Race’ and then looking at one another while one says ‘I think we have a problem’. Good fun to write.

  7. Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 11, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The always insightful Steve Sailer on the new Blade Runner:

    http://takimag.com/article/blade_runner_2049_a_mexican_in_los_angeles_steve_sailer

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  8. Cane reviewed it also:

    https://canecaldo.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/when-women-will-loom-large/

    It’s totally my husband’s kind of movie (more than mine) so we’ll see it pretty soon, I’m sure. I hear it’s long, so I’ll have to be prepared for that.

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