Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Artist Films Herself Having Consensual Sex With Stranger. Pretends It's Rape. Pretends It's Art.

Whelp, this just about pegs the ol' bullshittometer...
   In amidst all the nonsense about patriarchy and whatnot, there is a decent point that gets hinted at, though. And that point is: emphasizing/insisting on the awfulness of rape doesn't necessarily help all rape survivors. I've been told by at least one such person that the constant mantra that rape is the most horrible thing possible prevented her from getting over it and getting on with her life. I think that point is worth thinking about, though I'm obviously in no position to evaluate its veracity.
   I don't see any reason to dwell on the obvious, but I find it pretty goddamn angrifying that someone would pretend that something like this was rape. That seems pretty damned disrespectful of actual rape survivors if you ask me... Though, again, I'm not the best person to make the judgment.
   As the revered J. Carthensis was saying to me the other day while we were collectively in a drunken stupor: if modern art were any good, they wouldn't have to explain it all the time.


Blogger The Mystic said...

One of my favorite things my father said to me (I think I told you this once) is related to that last sentence there:

If it requires an explanation, it's not art.

I always thought that was brilliant. He was careful to add, if asked, that art can, of course, have explanations, and that explanations can even better one's appreciation and understanding of art, but if it is required, then art, it is not.

9:22 AM  

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