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Words and Deeds
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kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: May 20th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you for this. You've actually captured my thoughts on this subject much better than I would have been able to do myself. I also believe that words are words. Not only that, but that people need fantasies, and there are plenty of "safe" ways to engage in one's fantasies and desires through language in a way that is respectual, acceptable, and (most importantly for me) SAFE. It's when people censor their fantasies and desires and don't explore a broader conceptual way of engaging with them that we end up with a lot of repressed people who act out their desires in harmful ways.

I have a lot more to say on this subject and will probably come up with something for my journal over the weekend. But thanks for your input. You, as a writer of course, understand the difference between the word and the action. Thanks!
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: May 20th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There's an enormous gulf of difference between the word and the action.

I get intensely nervous when people want to charge someone with child abuse or molestation simply because they wrote a story where a child is sexually abused. That's written into law in some parts of the world, and it's damn scary.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 20th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, to be sure. I know these are difficult questions to broach. It is interesting, for my own selfish part, that supposedly left-wing theoretical positions can double back on themselves to the point where they serve the same purpose as right-wing ones.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: May 20th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

One of the themes in the Dalek episode of the new Doctor Who deals very much with that.

The doctor has spent a good portion of his life fighting and became the last of his race because of the Daleks. Then, in this episode, he's faced with a "last" Dalek. Part way through, the Dalek says to the doctor, "You would make a very good Dalek".

And at that point, you know it's true and so does he, and it stops him cold. It's an amazing moment.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 21st, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Fascinating. We never watch TV, of course. But if we did, I want to watch that.
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