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Tuesday, 05 May 2009

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Ahistoricality

Quibble: who picked the fight?

Quibble 2: Is a groin shot any more cruel than a hard head shot -- which her partner is applying with vigor, and Oz in the linked panels -- which carries the risk of permanent disability or death?

SEK

Quibble: who picked the fight?

They did. But that doesn't mean she has to enjoy it as much as she does.

Quibble 2: Is a groin shot any more cruel than a hard head shot -- which her partner is applying with vigor, and Oz in the linked panels -- which carries the risk of permanent disability or death?

A groin shot? No. Grabbing the jewels and pulling them off? It might not be more debilitating, but in terms of the vocabulary of comic violence, it's certainly a more colorful expression, so to speak.

Ahistoricality

I think you're overreading the image. Grabbed and pulled, sure: common self-defense technique, at least in '90s anti-rape classes. Pulled off? I think the mugger would be dead shortly -- there's a lot of blood flowing through that part of the body, which is why castration has a high death rate before modern surgical techniques -- instead of lying in pain at her feet (which is what it looks like to me a few frames down).

Ahistoricality

p.s. They clearly have no aversion to extreme violence and blood -- the sequence with Oz is vicious and messy -- so if they'd actually performed the orchidectomy, I'd expect there to be explicit evidence of it: bloody hand, a pool of blood, a stray lump on the street....

It would make a good parallel with the rape, too. If they'd done it.

David Moles

I think you're making a mistake if you leave Lori's gender out of the analysis. Especially given the period -- arguably still contemporaneous with "I Spit On Your Grave."

Dr. Psycho

And if you are going to go into Lori's personal motivations, we can't neglect that "the rape" was not only an important part of the story as we read it, but a very significant part of her own life (even before she found out the Big Secret).

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