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Much as a I loathe BP, and the oiks who run BP and other comparable companies, the 'teh rape of our mother!' meme is only nominally saner than the psycho-culture that drives these people.

What's wrong with the simpler but equally accurate point that if you're living in a house, it's not a good idea to set fire to the living room?

Exaggerated sexualised rhetoric has made the job of the serious oil people much easier than it would have been if more straightforward and inclusive language had been used.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 05:10:36 AM EST
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hmm yes well, I agree and disagree...  gendering "the earth" as female and "humankind" as a male assailant of course erases women as (more than) half of humankind.  and it's glib and cartoony.  and it often comes from the mouths of those who haven't much to say about actual, non-metaphorical rape of non-metaphorical women and girls.

that said...

OTOH there is a long-standing connection between misogyny and technocracy, and between warrior masculinity -- aka probative masculinity -- and hubristic risk-taking.  disregard for consequences interpreted as "courage", etc.  Veblen described it as accurately as any contemporary social critic:  the valorising of "force and fraud" in the hunter/warrior mythos.  I suspect that the highly gendered language derives in part from some subconscious recognition of this (and of the nearly exclusive maleness of the industrial establishment).

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 11:48:43 AM EST
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