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I apologize in advance if I offend anyone.....This is only my opinion....Please do not
flame me... I bruise easily....
Tonight's show introduces a number of sensitive issues and topics that are of extreme
relevance in today's society. DEK addresses these issues with an un-jaundiced eye. The
revelations revealed to us are fundamental truths, as uncomfortable as it may be for us to
Appropriately enough, the show starts out in a art class..The significance of this, is
that it reveals one of DEK's unspoken truisms.....or beliefs....but more on this later.
The first issue DEK examines carefully is the concept of the biological clock.....Is there
such a thing??? Many women say this is poppycock....Unfortunately, there may be some truth
to this... The ultimate purpose of any animal species is to propagate....An excellent
example of this are the salmon, where they literally kill themselves trying to swim
upstream in order to reach their mating grounds...After they mate, their purpose is done,
and they die..... Now humans are blessed with the capacity for abstract thought....We are
far more complex than fish.... This ability certainly distances us, to a degree from a
base animalistic instincts, but they do exist in some form or another within us all...
Even we subconsciously need to propagate....and achieve some form of immortality through
our children. A man can beget a child until his eighties, and this gives man some freedom.
Women, on the other hand, have a limited time for procreation.....Focused on success in
their career, sooner or later most women begin to realize, at least subconsciously, that
time is running out on them.... They may express this anxiety in many ways and not even
know the basis of their anxiety.... Obviously a number of factors such as success,
personal love life, stress, etc.. can mitigate, or aggravate this anxiety..This anxiety
will result in a nesting impulse, where women begin to wax sentimental over anything
pertaining to babies....Ally's vision of a dancing baby is an appropriate response, though
it is somewhat bizarre. The music that plays while the baby was dancing is strangely
appropriate. Obviously, advances in science is now enabling women to have children later
in their lives, but this science has not been fully assimilated in the mindset of women
yet...This will take time, and will eventually eliminate the biological clock phenomenon.
The second issue that AMcB presents is the validity of aggression and violence in a
civilized society....AMcB's answer, ally's answer, and John's answer is the same...An
emphatic yes. A woman when asked will say that physical aggression is animalistic, stupid,
and uncouth but she is lying to herself and to others.... Think about it.... A woman
subconsciously equates protection with caring and love...When confronted by a stranger,
and abused physically or emotionally, a woman instinctively looks for protection from
another....that is if she doesn't know self-defense.....If her boyfriend, or date resorts
to violence, he is intrinsically saying that he is willing to protect her at the possible
cost of his life... Pain cannot, and will not deter him form physically protecting her..A
man who shrinks from physical confrontation becomes emasculated both in her eyes and in
his own... And can you blame the men or the women for this? Society endorses, and revels
in violence and aggression..... Boxing, to many is simply people beating each other
up....., and yet it is considered an art form by many......Everyone "admires a man of
action" and not a man who thinks....That is why men tend to enjoy boxing so much..
They do not lie to themselves..... They recognize and accept the importance and value of
aggression, even senseless violence....Women have the need to lie to themselves, and
ultimately to others...Therefore, on the surface, women will have to profess to dislike
boxing, because to do otherwise, would be to give approval to the base animal side of
humans.... The peculiar thing is that women while saying one thing, continue to hang
around athletes.....Look at the number of women hanging around basketball stars, and even
around boxers... You certainly do not see women hanging around intellectuals.....
Obviously there are some exceptions to this rule... I do personally know of some women who
seem to like bright people, but in general this does not hold.....cage admits that none of
his intellectual achievements can ever equal the satisfaction he felt in defending
himself. Even Ally begins to examine herself and finds out the truth....
The third issue is one of size, and you all know what I mean... Unlike men, who are
initially attracted to the outer appearance, and later on to the personality of a woman,
woman see things slightly differently..Woman are attracted to the personality of a man
first, and his outer appearance, while important, is of secondary concern.....This is a
generally accepted fact, and it possesses some truth.... But this is true for women only
when they are looking for serious relationships. This does not preclude women from being
attracted to men only for their outer appearance if it is for meaningless, animal lust.
Women are human after all.....They have greater control of themselves and are consequently
victims of pure lust far less than men.... But they do fall victim to lust every once in
awhile....they may truly feel that size is unimportant in their "mate" but in a
meaningless fling, it is very important.... Women are inquisitive creatures, and do have
harmless, meaningless fantasies about size, and other such things......The girl's giggling
is a realistic response to a large one......remember, this was simply fantasizing and
"pure lust" but you do not hear them saying that it is a significant factor in
deciding on a permanent relationship....Ally decides to go on a one night fling in order
to have the experience, but acknowledges to herself that she did not do it for love, she
did it for lust.....The men's response to the size issue, though funny, is also very
realistic......Billy reacts realistically to a threat to his male ego... despite what men
say... they do feel threatened and insecure around men who are overtly superior to
themselves......Men who are richer , taller, or better looking will inevitably cause some
vestige of self-doubt and insecurities to surface....Even the size matters.....Obviously
each person's response to the above factors depends, to a large degree on how strong is
his confidence, but no man is free from self- doubt.....And Billy's impotence is a natural
response.... he is worried, threatened, and his wife has put him in an uncomfortable
position.... By saying that she is satisfied, she unfortunately places far too much
pressure on him to perform.... All of these factors naturally will cause him to choke and
be impotent.... An interesting fact is the ubiquitous use of phallic symbols, throughout
the first part of the show i.e...sausage and cigars.
Another interesting idea AMcB and DEK seems to imply is that creativity and the sexual
impulse are interrelated......What is art but a creative outburst of energy that is
implicitly sexual in nature...... this expression can and does lead to animal
lust.....Many movies have used this theme in the past.....A good example would be the
music lesson Jack Nicholson gave to one of the witches in The Witches of Eastwick and the
wild lust that immediately occurred afterwards....
At center stage of this show is two of man's most primal drives........These drives are
defined as flight or fight, sex, and feeding...... which are known to psychologists as the
Please feel free to disagree, but no flames please....
I think the use of contrast in the boxing match and the intimate scene, was to enable
us to see some similarities..........or to create some arbitrary ones..... Both are in
essence physical expressions of emotions, and both can be viewed as ballets........One is
a ballet of violence, and the other is a a ballet of intimacy.... Both are creative,
artistic expressions of emotion through the gestalt of the senses of sight, smell, touch,
By Kenny Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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