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BrooklynRat

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  1. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: Phase Space

    Yes, that’s the vibe I got when he said they should be on the same path. I rewound back a minute to see that when the Ghosties ride in, they don’t actually grab the Mom or do anything outwardly violent. I think they just came to meet up with Maeve and convince her to follow them. But she freaked and they looked a bit intimidating Also, didn’t we see in her flash back that it wasn’t actually the Ghost nation that killed her off in that pararie narrative—it was MIB.
  2. BrooklynRat

    S02.E05: Akane No Mai

    I don’t think we have to assume they’re having sex because they have pleasure sensors. It can simply be learned behavior they’re mimicking, that they’ve associated with emotional expression like hugging, laughing, or crying. I’m sure they’ve been programmed to at least understand the act of sex—seems plausible they can appropriate it for their own purpose or expression.
  3. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: First Blood

    Well season 2 is a “story” in a tv show but the foundation of the entire thing is the book—and Atwood was definitely writing about sex. Sexual power, sexual non-power, sex as power, sex in different contexts, etc. So for me, by definition, gratuitous sex isn’t even possible in The Handmaid’s Tale—all the different kinds of sex and all the sexual roles & relationships are legitimate and worthy of description. (E.g. June having apparently somewhat enthusiastic, yet still ‘forced’ sex with the Commander outside of the ceremony last season, Ruby giving sex favors but accepting none herself, June’s forbidden-fruit sex with a married Luke, then normalized when he’s husband Luke, etc). It’s part of the whole point. Tweak a detail and the same scene can be enjoyable, enviable, disgusting, repulsive. Tweak a single detail and the sex scene between the same two people can be completely different (e.g. Nick commanded by Serena to screw June versus June completely desiring Nick). Just imaging the ick factor of what we think of as Nick having sex with inappropriately young girl, isn’t nearly as cringeworthy and complex as watching it play out in a scene where he’s forced (once again) to have sex with someone; someone he doesn’t even consider old enough to provide consent, yet she is most assuredly physically consenting (insisting, in fact) and his life is actually in peril if he doesn’t do this totally abhorrent thing. This is the essence of the Gilead sexual pathology—not gratuitous at all, in my opinion. It’s at the heart of the whole point. Sex is being used as a weapon in all kinds of crazy ways—that’s part of what we’re bearing witness to and being asked to think about.
  4. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: First Blood

    I’m thinking maybe this first time was just to consummate the “marriage”. Btw, did anyone catch what she asked Nick if they should confirm worked, right after they were done? Rewound twice and couldn’t catch it.
  5. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: First Blood

    My mother says as a teenager, her bi-racial Christian grandmother (born circa 1879) boasted that no man had ever seen her naked. My curious and incredulous mother asked how that was possible since she had several children, and she said that she and her husband (my Jewish great-grandfather), used a sheet with a hole for purposes of modesty. Maybe this was some sort of old country thing, not necessarily religion-specific.
  6. BrooklynRat

    S02.E05: Akane No Mai

    Well the whole theme is that they are no longer merely robots, but sentient beings; ones created in our image. I can believe that sex as an emotional release, expression, connection, whatever, has been ‘learned’ both through observation and experience.
  7. BrooklynRat

    S02.E05: Akane No Mai

    Agree! Dolores is maniacal while also boring at the same time. Love Maeve and her band of characters but the detour through Shogun was totally boring. And ugh—looks like there’s still more of it next episode! Seems like almost a different show from Season 1. At this point, I’m basically watching for anything Bernard-centric, flashbacks that flesh out the change in William/MIB, banter between Maeve & Co, and a faint interest in the new maze Ford laid for MIB.
  8. BrooklynRat

    S02.E08: Hella Perspective

    I rewound the scene like 4 times and couldn't figure that out either!
  9. BrooklynRat

    S02.E07: Hella Disrespectful

    Agree with the bolded parts wholeheartedly! 1-Issa has been nothing but mixed signals and bitchy with Daniel, which has made her baseless outrage all the more nothing to me. If I was watching the show on my own without the benefit of all the opinions here which seem to be sympathetic to her, I would have assumed the character was being written in a way to show how she uses Daniel unreasonably to vent all her frustration and sadness about Lawrence. I wouldn't have assumed I was supposed to sympatheize with any of her perceived wrongs by him or that any of them are reasonable. 2-I thought it was rich that Molly might feel any indignation about Dro asking her to wait behind in the restroom. After having just let somebody else's guy do you next to a public toilet, while his wife sits 30 ft away, the time for shame or offense, has long since passed, sweetheart; not that consenting adults getting it on in a public restroom is inherently shameful but drawing some line of personal affront at the notion of helping to hide the fact from an unsuspecting audience just seems arbitrary. 3-EXACTLY 4-Ya, no!
  10. BrooklynRat

    S02.E07: Hella Disrespectful

    I'm baffled by the carrot cake hate. I didn't even know this was a thing. Apparently I may have been inadvertently offending folks for years, serving it up at birthdays. Who knew?? Moist carrot cake from scratch with cream cheese frosting--what could be better?!
  11. BrooklynRat

    S02.E07: Hella Disrespectful

    My exact point last week. Apparently she wants a tidy hoetation consisting of strict, missionary, quietly in the dark with a quick disinfecting after. Most timid hoetation in history. I think the fight with Lawrence was another great example of Issa's self-absorption and terrible communication. She ratchets things up by bitching about being blocked on FB. Seriously--why does the guy you cheated on not have a perfect right to block you? And speaking of cheating, that's how she dealt with ending a five year relationship when she realized out of the blue she no longer wanted to be there. Then she totally ghosts the guy she cheated with and when finally confronted by him, dismisses him (someone she allegedly cares about by) telling him he was just an itch she had to scratch. And, so many legitimate things to complain about in that relationship with Lawrence but she goes for the thoughless attack on depression. Lawrence got ugly in the fight but Issa doesn't elicit much sympathy from me, in terms of how she's handled any of this.
  12. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: Hella Blows

    Hhhmm not sure why it's important to you to believe I don't enjoy doing something I've said twice that I do, or to misread my words (which I'm really, really trying to keep at least NC-17!) to support your assertion. Let me break it down: after I suck it, I'm soaking wet. But I get it--after you do, you're not. Totally cool beans. I'm turned on by the look of it, the feel of it, the thought of it. You--not so much. Different strokes, different folks. More of my girlfriends share my feelings on this than don't so maybe birds of a feather... Stats: totally unconfused 36 yo bi-racial (black/white) woman here, married 5 years. Amen. Me and my girls must be too :-) It's kind of odd that Issa and Kelly are talking about hoetations and such, yet are such prudes about their repertoire.
  13. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: Hella Blows

    Spot on! Issa is entertaining but pretty self-absorbed. And for Lawrence to sit around voluntarily unemployed waiting for his genius to be discovered, also self-absorbed. Not sure if that makes them doomed as a couple or perfectly matched!
  14. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: Hella Blows

    Said with all kindness--I think this reveals more about you than anyone else. Not a chore for me and I more than enjoy giving them. Husband is emotionally and physically generous and I LOVE this simple, sexy act of giving him physical pleasure. Um, maybe you'd feel better if you just stopped doing it since it feels like a chore to you. From personal experience, it sucks if someone's doing something to you they just aren't into. Maybe this applies to Issa too. In the conversation with the girls she said she preferred not to do it and seemed to decide to do it as a power play. But she apparently didn't think it through to the messy end. She probably shouldn't have done something her heart and mind weren't really into either. Her reaction was nutty to me.
  15. BrooklynRat

    S02.E06: Hella Blows

    Just rewound it a bunch of times and I still don't see it that way. She never pulls her head back like she's attempting to be out of full range. I don't think she pulls back far enough to indicate she wants no part of the 'finish'--that would have required a total change in posture altogether, or she'd be in the line of fire no matter what. If the point is that she didn't want it in her mouth or anywhere on her at all, she would have had to move way more than the slight adjustment she made. And in any case, I can't relate to the response of anger (or freaked-out-ness). I'm not clear what the insult or injury is.
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