Saturday, 17 November 2007


An artist's impression of me when I'm inevitably arrested and
dragged off to jail in chains for criticising feminism

I saw 300 the other day.

It's quite a cool movie. Fighting, bloodshed, shouting, silly beards, big lunatics with swords for hands, weird oracle ladies with groovy big nipples, and more severed limbs than you can shake a severed limb at. Great stuff.

What was annoying, though, was the Queen back in Sparta. Whilst her husband is out fighting she's letting some guy shag her just so she can have permission to speak to some senate type thing or other. Then, when she's addressing the Spartan leaders, she starts urging them to raise armies and call for allies, and go and support the three-hundred in the fight. Obviously she seems to forget to volunteer herself to go forth to battle.

I know it's not exactly an historically accurate movie - unless the Persian leader really was a nine-foot tall version of 50-Cent - but either way, the Queen's actions and speech were a rather annoying reminder of what generally happens in human historty; whenever women feel that they and their children are threatened, they break out the shaming language and nagging and urge men to go off and fight to defend them - the women and their kids - from the invaders (the first feminists in Britain went around snidely handing out white feathers - to represent cowardice - to any able-bodied man who wasn't out getting shot at by Germans.)

And if the invaders win, the women invariably forget their dead menfolk and join the invader's society and shag their menfolk.

You wouldn't catch me risking my life to defend the pig-shit of a matriarchy that the UK has come. In fact I'm looking forwards to its collapse, which is what happens to all feminist/socialist societies.

"Oi, this is a no smoking oracular mountaintop!"

Otherwise, though, it's a class film. Better than all the romantic comedy shite that's around.

Check out the South Park parody too.


Anonymous said...

Those were almost my same thoughts when I saw the movie. In the beginning of the movie she says something like "Spartan women have to be strong to bear forth Spartan men" and then she turns around and lets some skinny, little politician bang her to get her way. However, since there are hardly any action movies where the women do something other than flaunt their parts, I was glad the queen at least picked up a sword and stabbed the corrupt guy in the end. Better than nothing, I guess :)

Anonymous said...

Xeres was a tough SOB. At a young Age he was put in a Cage with a hungry Lion and a spear. He killed it or he was a Meal. He was no Light in the Loafers pansie as was suggested in the Movie.

Spartan Women were tough as the Men. And Marriage was about breeding Warriors. It was no paradise, it was tough brutal and life was short. Helots were treated as Slaves, beaten, abused and murdered to keep them in line.

Sparta was the first Nation to practice Eugenics on a large scale. It produced tough, ferocious Warriors. Many of whom enjoyed sex with the Men in their Phalanx. This too was a Historical Fact.

Anonymous said...

Mind, the Spartan women porked enough of the helots while hubby was away to produce a whole generation of 'parthenai' - bastards.

Not that I'm decrying the greatness of Sparta, mind you. But their ladies abused their power, as ladies will.

Anonymous said...

Spartan women were NOT as tough as Spartan men. They excercised, could wrestle but they went through none of the military training. They didn't get beaten by sticks daily. They didn't hunt stray helots by night as teenagers. They didn't have to fight for food as boys did. Toughest women in all of Greece back then? Sure, but nowhere near as tough as the toughest men in all of Greece. Just by their food alone (Pigs blood mixed with vinegar), the men were tougher...if you can eat that your stomach is cast iron.

BTW, this toughness in their women did NOT earn the Spartans any respect. Indeed the rest of Greece mocked them and claimed that the Spartan men were ruled by their women, which to a big extent in the case of their mothers, they were.

cemex said...

As a side note, I seem to remember reading somewhere that it was illegal to be a bachelor in Sparta, that was probably because their government wanted them to have more kids

Bobby.N said...

To me, the movie brought to light the 'masculine' & 'feminine' as refreshing comparrissons.

The directness of war, honor/ethics & masculine identity - compared to the female corruption of deceit, lying, materialism, greed (Xerces) & opportunism - was a refreshing contrast that made me feel a touch of something I rarely see in my culture (and why the 'old' ways seem so much more pure)... that is, I observe distinct 'masculinity'.

Frank Miller did well bringing this Graphic Novel to the screen.