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Occam’s Butterknife

https://www.1843magazine.com/culture/the-daily/the-small-world-of-modern-thrillers

THE SMALL WORLD OF MODERN THRILLERS

Plots used to be driven by real-world conflict, but now they revolve around domestic drama. It’s a trend that blights films and TV, from Sherlock to Bourne

I did like Steve Sailer and did a Control+F on “women” and “female”. There was nothing to be found.

The elephant in the room, that men are playing videogames and only women are watching TV so plots cater to female tastes, i.e. domestic drama, cannot be mentioned. It is crimethink. It really must be exhausting to be a writer these days.

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20 responses to “Occam’s Butterknife

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  2. Thales May 16, 2017 at 14:20

    Since modern “journalism” is all about narratives, if the author never reaches a conclusion, fair chance xe’s obfuscating crimethought. If the narrative is “evil white men”, it’s in the headline.

  3. Steve Johnson May 16, 2017 at 14:33

    So I was walking the other day and there were two women behind me discussing the recent occasion of her meeting her boyfriend’s family.

    I immediately complained on reddit that life once again failed to pass the Bechdel test.

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  5. Jefferson May 16, 2017 at 15:29

    Separate spaces for men and women are nice. Need to spin them as separate status trees, though.

  6. Dave May 16, 2017 at 18:05

    Similarly, malls and suburban shopping centers in the US are either woman-clothing stores or restaurants.

  7. Denswend (@Denswend) May 16, 2017 at 18:57

    The “rights” (to get educated, to educate, to govern and pursue non-marital jobs,etc) of women rise with the level of decay of civilization. One might argue that decay of civilization is drastically sped by the disbalance to the sexual market (which happens when women don’t have to factor in a “provider” in attraction) and resulting loss of productivity. TRP and TRP-esque parts of reactosphere (or reactionary parts of TRP) have a quite good, albeit yet unarticulated model of it.

    However, the loss of civilization often means the loss of records, so the study of how civilization dies is pretty flawed. Weimar Germany and Soviet Union pre-Stalin era are one exception, due to how recent they were and the fact that they didn’t die.

    I have a feeling that China, due to some strange quirk, has quite good records on the happenings of late periods of dynasties (to contrast it with Heian Japan, which was a feminized society conquered by masculine Samurai), so as the expert on Chinese history, I’d like to ask you – do you have instances of feminization/rise of women’s rights in China, and does that happen late in dynasty’s life-span?

    • under the rose May 16, 2017 at 23:20

      The “rights” (to get educated, to educate, to govern and pursue non-marital jobs,etc) of women rise with the level of decay of civilization.

      So do culture’s scope and beauty, and “rights” like not to be imprisoned because you didn’t bow down in an heartfelt enough manner to the local chief when he walked past you and not to be sent to high-mortality wars every few years.
      After all these very good things reach the peak, the civilization’s downswing commences.

      Those who don’t go down haven’t gone high.

    • spandrell May 17, 2017 at 09:37

      Not really. The long trend in China is towards less rights for women. Tang dynasty women were quite free. Song dynasty women had their feet bound.

      The closest thing I can found is feminization of men in the late Ming. Apparently everybody was wearing flashy clothes with new dyes and stuff. Then the Manchus came in, ordered everybody to shave their head and wear plain clothes. It stuck.

  8. Garr May 16, 2017 at 23:04

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was quite domestic-drama-heavy, wasn’t it. I kept thinking, “Gomorrah’s gonna leave Quill within a year and a half; no way he can depend on her.”

  9. under the rose May 16, 2017 at 23:15

    You mean an elephant sitting on the room’s top?

  10. danielchieh May 17, 2017 at 05:52

    On the upside, video games are getting better. I hope.

    Nah, too many SJWs in production companies now. Indies yet have hope tho.

    • ivvenalis May 18, 2017 at 05:48

      Indie video games appear to be more popular (and higher quality) than indie movies. Technical barriers don’t seem sufficient to explain this.

      Then again, I don’t have any numbers; maybe I’m completely off base.

  11. Etjon Basha May 18, 2017 at 06:11

    Occam? What about Dunbar?

    • spandrell May 18, 2017 at 12:53

      What does Dunbar have to do with this?

      • Etjon Basha May 20, 2017 at 09:26

        Alas, there may be no need to lay the shift discussed here at the fairer sex’s door, and a simple Dumbar model will suffice: stories where the main characters are family members are just more likely to resonate as they take place within the protagonists’ Dunbar circle. The villains is some random guy from well outside Luke’s circle? He is not human then.

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