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Amy Everson is a fucking lunatic

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Amy Everson is a feminist artist, and like most feminist artists she is a narcissistic asshole with a victim complex. To call feminist artists, artists at all is an insult to people who love and respect the craft of creating art in the first place. Most art is meant to provoke an emotion from the viewer, but feminist “art” in it’s own way bullies people to a specific emotion.

Feminist Art expects a specific emotion from the start, and if you don’t feel that specific emotion, you are considered an asshole for doing so. Which is why men should avoid feminist art shows period, or anyone for that matter. It is nothing short of a trap.

If the men in attendence like the myriad of painted vaginas, it plays into the feminist paranoia about men being obsessed with women’s bodies. If they say that they dislike the pieces commenting on rape, their feelings of being uncomfortable can be interpreted as that of a narcissitic male being forced to recognize rape culture for the very first time.

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Knowing this, Amy Everson’s semi-biographical film “Felt,” can be expected to be this kind of insanity turned up to eleven. Any sane human being who watched the movie trailer, would assume that this was the story of a man-hating serial killer.

The first couple of seconds of film shows Amy Everson (who of course is playing herself in a movie about herself) talking about the evil nature of men, and how they simply don’t respect women. It is a completely unambiguous assertion on her part. It is not assumed that maybe she thinks some guys are good. To her, men are scum until proven otherwise.

So what is an angry entitled feminist artist to do when things get hard, and they are emotionally wounded? Does she get therapy, and maybe some much needed medication? Of course not, she makes creepy human suits made from flesh colored cloth that reflect the way she sees men, in an attempt to gain their power.

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Instead of trying to understand men, Amy Everson, with her shallow one dimensional understanding of the male gender, proceeds to have what can only be described as a hysterical fit and makes a film about it. A fit where she puts on creepy male suits with fake penises, exhibiting her own ignorance and immaturity on the silverscreen.

From the reviews that currently exist, FELT promises to be a two hour look into the mind of an irrational paranoid delusional feminist nutjob. However several movie critics are praising Amy Everson as a “Feminist superhero” and proclaim that the movie “Gives rape culture what it deserves.” But I have a feeling that as with all batshit crazy feminists, the makers of this film will have such a lack of self-awareness, that the film will be practically writing an advertisement for the men’s rights movement in big shiny letters.

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Why you ask? Because in being a paranoid delusional psycho, this woman reduces men down to their genitals, muscular physiques, and scary faces. It represents men as powerful figures whose power is only based in perception. It only exists on a grand scale in the minds of delusional mentally ill feminists, and the only empathy that can be had for this girl is that she’s completely unable to understand the nature of real people and their interactions outside of her paranoid delusions and theatrical hysterics.

It should be noted that this woman’s art, while horrifying in the daylight, takes on another level of disturbing the moment you give it dark moody lighting. She does not strike me as a sane person, and it is my hope that as these kinds of women continue to seep into the mainstream, that people will not only take notice but call these people on their bullshit.

Now I haven’t watched this film. I’ve only seen the trailer, and gone to this woman’s website, the film’s website, and read the number of reviews from people who have viewed the film. I will watch this film the moment it becomes available, and tell you my thoughts on it. While I can not guarantee that I can be entirely unbiased, I will try to be fair as I’ve seen my share of indie art films with moody lighting.

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My predictions for this movie are as follows. Crazy feminist experiences sexual trauma, then projects the actions of that man on every man, poisoning all of her relationships. She being a horrible person, attracts equally terrible people, and then uses her interactions with those people, to paint all men with the same brush. From those paranoid delusions she starts viewing all men as monsters and then makes male monster suits, and parades around in those, hoping to torment men. Then she tortures the one man she meets who isn’t a complete asshole and he gets frustrated and leaves. But the movie will portray it as proof that all men are assholes, and end it with Amy regaining her strength and empowering herself. Perhaps we should see what the betting odds are on this?

Relevant Links

http://feltmovie.com/

http://www.amyeverson.com/

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2014/09/21/fantastic-fest-review-felt-gives-rape-culture-what-it-deserves

 

Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards

Rachel is a former host of Honey Badger Radio, a recurring member of the Tales from the Infrared crew. She wanders around the web researching feminist insanity, poking people with a large stick, and keeping everyone in the silly place. When she isn't doing any of those things she spends her time doing even more blogging, grooming her rather large fluffy cat, nerding out with her favorite people, and burying herself in various fandoms. Pinkie Pie is best Pony! (You spelled "Fluttershy" wrong. -- Zen)
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  • mad_cat

    Can’t wait for this film to come out, so feminists can say how good the film is, then backpedal and say that she doesn’t represent feminists, but do nothing about it.

  • Hedley

    I think men are likely to be victims of a serial psycho!

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  • http://thedamnedoldeman.com Walter Romans

    I typically don’t like reviews written by people who haven’t seen the movie; the most recent example being the now infamous Mad Max review. But your review does something besides review a film. You completely capture the psychopathology of feminist activism.

    “My predictions for this movie are as follows. Crazy feminist experiences sexual trauma, then projects the actions of that man on
    every man, poisoning all of her relationships. She being a horrible person, attracts equally terrible people, and then uses her interactions with those people, to paint all men with the same brush. From those paranoid delusions she starts viewing all men as monsters and then makes male monster suits, and parades around in those, hoping to torment men. Then she tortures the one man
    she meets who isn’t a complete asshole and he gets frustrated and leaves. But the movie will portray it as proof that all men are assholes, and end it with Amy regaining her strength and empowering herself.”

    That paragraph is an almost textbook description of how serial killers are made. A very high percentage of them experience some sort of trauma (usually in childhood) perpetrated by someone they care about (mother or father). Eventually they generalize their anger to a broader population and begin their violence by substituting members of the larger population for the object of their rage. They frequently develop a ritual around their violence in order to make it more symbolic.

    When men do this they are condemned both for the violence and what it is said to represent (usually misogyny). Just watch any cop show or movie. It is rarely excused. The serial killer is evil personified. If the trauma he suffered is made known, it never excuses his actions. The last sentence contained in the above quote captures the psychopathology of today’s western society. It is the heart and soul of the feminist message. Women who kill are excused and justified by the trauma (real or imagined) they suffered. They become sympathetic creatures and/or are viewed as empowered women.

    • Michael

      Which branch of feminism? There are drastically different ideologies of it, you know.

      • http://thedamnedoldeman.com Walter Romans

        Yes, I do know there are some differences between certain brands of feminism. My answer to your questiion would be that my comments apply to any feminism that subscribes to Patriarchy theory and/or believes that male privilege actually exists. It also includes practically all third wave feminists and victim feminists.

        • Michael

          Patriarchy and male privilege aren’t theories. I point you to the title at the top of this article as a reminder that we don’t even have to travel that far from this website to see it manifesting. Third wave feminism is much less about patriarchy than it is about individual expression. Second wave feminism is all about abolishing patriarchy.

          What’s your problem with victims who are feminists?

          • FragMagnet

            “Patriarchy and male privilege aren’t theories.”

            You’re right; ‘theory’ implies that they explain all of the data available and are backed up by some kind of evidence/testing. What they are in fact are really shoddy, paranoid just-so stories.

          • Josh Bertly

            False. Patriarchy exists. Matriarchy exists. If you don’t think Saudi Arabia isn’t a patriarchy then you are delusional.

            Now if there’s a patriarchy here or not is a good question. I would argue yes. But how much? Not even close to what the Saudi’s or other countries have. We have many religious folk and they are very much into male dominated aspects of life where they think a woman has no place but to be in the home.

            But out side of that? Not really. Some men and women are of traditional ideas. That’s pretty common.

            Feminists patriarchy is a little different. It’s more like a conspiracy against women. And that the US is just as bad as the Saudi’s not allowing women to drive or be seen without men.

          • FragMagnet

            “False. Patriarchy exists. Matriarchy exists. If you don’t think Saudi Arabia isn’t a patriarchy then you are delusional.”

            Walter was referring to Patriarchy THEORY and you know it. Patriarchy THEORY is a heaping mound of pseudo-intellectual garbage.

            Also, I’ve actually been to the Middle East and I’d say that your characterization of Saudi Arabia is extremely reductionist and culturally insensitive.

            “Now if there’s a patriarchy here or not is a good question. I would argue yes. But how much? Not even close to what the Saudi’s or other countries have. We have many religious folk and they are very much into male dominated aspects of life where they think a woman has no place but to be in the home.

            But out side of that? Not really. Some men and women are of traditional ideas. That’s pretty common.”

            What are you even trying to argue here? That some people CHOOSE to live more traditional lifestyles is “patriarchy?” That’s ridiculous. People are allowed to exercise their own free will and live their own lives as they see fit. And then you say that “many religious folk” think women have no place outside the home but you don’t (or more likely CAN’T) quantify that in any meaningful way. (By the way, I’ve lived all over the country including the deep South and Bible Belt, I know a lot of very religious people and I can’t think of any families where the wife is chained to the kitchen stove.) Finally, are some men and women “of traditional ideas” or is it “pretty common?” I’d say that you need to pick one or the other but the fact is that you’ve shown your hand and by now it’s pretty obvious that you’re talking out of your asshole.

            Nice try, though.

          • http://thedamnedoldeman.com Walter Romans

            Patriarchy theory is a central tenet of most feminisms regarding social structure that postulates that men are oppressors and women are oppressed. I never said male privilege is a theory, I said it doesn’t exist. I also didn’t say they is anything wrong with victims who are feminists, I said my comments apply to victim feminism. Learn to read.

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  • Michael

    You hasn’t seen the film and seem to be riding the coattails of FELT clickbait. Your predictions are very far off and you have an incredibly unsophisticated understanding of how to write.

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  • Michael

    You haven’t seen the film and seem to be riding the coattails of FELT clickbait. Your predictions are very far off and you have an incredibly unsophisticated understanding of how to write.

    • Scrufflecat

      Well, if you’re kind enough to provide a free review copy, I’m sure Ms. Edwards would be able to describe the film much more accurately.

      • Michael

        Still wouldn’t solve that writing problem.

        • x404x

          Do you really want to bring sophistication into this? Most people wouldn’t exactly find a woman wearing a serial killer mask and strapon to be sophisticated… just saying…

          • Michael

            RE: “Seral killer mask” and “strapon”

            You haven’t seen the film. Most people haven’t. Qualifying the sophistication of an unseen film based on a trailer – do you really want to do that?

            This article, however, is seen. It’s been written. It’s not a preview. It’s not an excerpt. And it’s very unsophisticated and lacking. It’s bad writing. That I can qualify.

          • Scrufflecat

            Well, if you gave her a review copy, it would allow her to make a better critique of the movie. I talk to her on skype, she’s a poor Puerto Rican girl living out in the middle of nowhere in the southern US, she doesn’t have much discretionary spending money, and doesn’t have many feminist friends or any that would take her to see your film. If you gave her a review copy, and critiqued her work, she might come away with a better understanding of both the movie and feminism.

          • Michael

            I don’t have a review copy, and it’s not my film. But I do hope that this author takes five minutes some day to research what feminism actually is and how it’s actually afforded her the ability to write this piece in the first place.

          • FragMagnet

            “But I do hope that this author takes five minutes some day to research what feminism actually is and how it’s actually afforded her the ability to write this piece in the first place.”

            You know your entire statement here is 100% falsifiable, right?

          • Hannah Wallen

            Clearly we’re all supposed to buy into whatever feminists say about themselves while ignoring their actions throughout history. Otherwise, we’d never get past the belief that feminism is just a solipsistic response to life, a gynocentric approach to genderless issues that treats women and only women as victims and only victims, while presuming men to be both gods and devils. We’d never be able to see the shining pearls of wisdom that can only be accessed by shielding oneself from reality’s harsh glare by gazing through the filter of an ideology that reserves human compassion and human consideration only for the female sex with even the hint of compassion for men depending wholly on circumstantial benefit to women and girls.

            You know, sexism. Bigotry. That kind of thing.

          • FragMagnet

            You know, I spent a year in Afghanistan (which I’m told is a “patriarchy”) and the reality there is that the overwhelming majority of people are too busy working 12-15 hours a day (the men often through the night if there’s a full moon) just to subsist to worry about who has a leg up over who. I look at what those people go through in order to SURVIVE and then the petty shit these first world feminists cherry pick, doublethink, and blow out of proportion in order to have something to whinge about and I’m utterly dumbfounded. And then to ignore historical reality in order to try and “hold women’s vaginas hostage” (as my wife puts it) is just the icing on the cake.

          • FragMagnet

            Yeah, because you’re clearly a Pulitzer Prize winner yourself.

            /eyes rolled

          • Michael

            Good one.

          • x404x

            “Qualifying the sophistication of an unseen film based on a trailer – do you really want to do that?”

            Um, you’re saying I shouldn’t judge the film based on the trailer, but that’s the entire reason that a trailer exists. I guess I’m not supposed to judge the cheese at the supermarket based on the free sample they gave me either…

    • Rachel

      Micheal you are right. I haven’t seen the film yet. So I do hold out the hope that it isn’t a look inside the mind of a paranoid delusional feminist. But you must admit that the persona that your girlfriend builds is around appearing mentally unhinged. Calling herself a monster, a troubled mind, etc. She takes pictures of dead animals, and brandishes a pair of scissors menacingly.

      What about your girlfriend was I incorrect about? You’re here because you believe I don’t understand feminism, but even so you’re almost apologetic in your criticism. Because it means that you have been forced to insult a woman, in defense of your girlfriend.

      Does Amy even know you’re here? Don’t you know that the very act of you coming to defend her, means that you almost certainly believe her incapable of handling criticism. Do you know what it says about you that you believe her not strong enough to stand on her own two feet as a public figure? Do you know the meaning of benevolent sexism?

      Thank you for the criticism though, I always look for ways to improve.

      Also men’s rights activists aren’t afraid of powerful women. They respect them. They despise professional victims who wallow in their own misery instead of healing. Hurting men isn’t how you empower women Micheal, you empower them by expecting them to act like capable self-reliant human beings who are capable of handling real life.

      Again thanks for the criticism, and have a nice day. =)

      • Venom Froggy

        This guy is a total wimp. Deleting his comments like the weakling he is.

        And he’s fucking pathetic and sad, too. I’ve been to his FB page. He proudly displays his relationship status with Amy Everson. Does she display her ‘taken’ status with Michael?

        No.

        She is ashamed to be affiliated with him, so ashamed she has to hide her status under the covers of darkness because “ewwwww, he’s a man and feminists aren’t supposed to be in love with men!”

        But I don’t blame Amy entirely. Amy is a mad woman, she almost can’t help herself.

        I blame Michael. For putting up with this shit.

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  • Josh Bertly

    I feel the movie looks interesting and the underlying story telling method will result in it looking to be anti tumblr feminists in the way the story will pan out.

    Guys you have no knowledge of being good or bad are automatically presumed bad? You’ve turned the men into innocent victims.

    The woman “super hero” does things a serial killer does in order to right the world by killing the innocent? Sounds more like a villain.

    But she shouts tumblr nonsense so this movie must be about how awesome tumblr is.

  • Sir Henry Morgan

    Based on the trailer it looks loopy.

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  • JW%

    First of all… given the length of the trailer and a quick read through of the reviews, I don’t see “feminist superhero” in this(for one, I’m interested to see what the scene in the trailer where the main character and what looks like her girlfriend are both dressing up in the suits and going about in the forest for…). I believe that your predictions are going to be somewhat off. Not all of them mind you, but some of them. Fortunately, this isn’t a review about just the film or the trailer, though I guess if the Honey Badgers are going to start doing reviews, this could be on the list.

    Now… what’s inspiring me here is the whole concept of the “feminist superheroine”. Something that quite frankly sounds like an oxymoron to me(I could rant for a long time about why Wonder Woman is only successful when anti-feminist, possibly because the original creator used the character to showcase his politics and was apparently an MRA, but this is going to be a long ramble anyway). Oxymoron or not, I did what I could to write it. Now I was a huge fan of City of Heroes(far more so than Champions Online, though I liked the Champions pencil and paper games, or DCOnline which plays more like a console game than something taking advantage of a PC’s unique features… probably because it is, but I digress) and on it, I designed several characters to either roleplay as, or to write the fictional(for the most part non-game) adventures of(which is sorta just roleplaying with yourself and letting somebody read the transcriptions). When City of Heroes was shut down(much too soon in my opinion) many of these characters migrated to a forum roleplaying game I was GMing, and I introduced the characters to a new group of players/readers.

    One in particular springs to mind because I wrote her as a “feminist superheroine”. Which isn’t to say she hit many of the stereotypes on initial character creation. No clever innuendos or anything like you would see with characters like GynoStar(it’s a webcomic) or Femifist(parody background character from a cheesecake comic), her powersets didn’t particularly scream feminist(for those CoHers, was a Mind/Storm Controller with Flight) nor did her outfit(which was a full body suit and mask, done up in black with blue stars, with large techy shoulder pads(in story to help her control her flight). Now, while I’d say nothing there screamed feminism… the suit DID look surprisingly similar to those suits in “Felt”, just a little less thrown together from a craft store and more tailored(adding color and designs helped significantly). Scary how THAT turned out(particularly as the shoulder pads could be seen as “muscles”).

    The thing that made this character interesting was how she acted, and how other characters(of my own or the players creations) interacted with her. Like one reviewer of Felt said, this was a RapeCulture/Revenge… as in she has no trauma happen to her(at least not on screen) but instead is traumatized by simply living in the culture, and then attempts to seek revenge against the party that wronged her which is in fact all men, not just one villain.

    I felt this worked a lot better for a couple reasons. First of all, this was going to be an ongoing story. In a superhero movie you usually get the characters origin, you get how they became a hero and you get them facing off against a threat usually tied with their origin, if not the driving force behind their origin, defeating that threat and then… the movie ends with no particular further motivation for the character to continue to put on the tights and beat up bad guys. For a comic book, or in this case an ongoing campaign in a roleplaying game, you don’t want to finish off the final villain immediately, and you want the character to be motivated to continue their activism beyond their initial adventure. Plus, I didn’t want the story directly about my characters, so I shuffled them into the background and gave the actually players the spotlight.

    This means that this character was viewed as an absolute psychopath by the players, including some self proclaimed feminists and social justice warrior types. Her origins provided absolutely no reason for her to be filled with such hatred, yet she acted like she had suffered a traumatic experience and was taking it out on the world(or at least the male half of it). This included her attacking one of the male player characters. Though, admitted, he was playing a “dark and edgy anti-hero” and nobody said he didn’t have it coming(groping a woman in public while making lewd suggestions when you don’t even know her, even if she is wearing a bodysuit with bulky shoulder pads, might not be the smartest of moves), the fact that this feminist heroine judged him as a “typical man” while she was slapping him pretty harmlessly(his powers were based on armor and defense, hers were based on control, neither of them could really hurt the other but she could telekinetically throw him about while staying out of his reach) made the players a little leery of working with her(of course, none of them stood up for the guy either).

    In fact, when I later revealed the origins of the character it was to mixed reviews. The scene where her career in meta-science is ruined because of the Patriarchy Old Boys Club shutting down her project(to grant everyone superpowers) all the viewers who commented agreed that this character was going too far(by taking her research and demonstrating her system worked by empowering herself through a risky and life threatening process). In a situation where the only person who would get hurt was the woman(through self harm no less), it was going to far.

    Conversely, before she gained her powers, the point where she gained the confidence to fight the Patriarchy and go for those powers was witnessing a mugging at night and stopping it by brutally beating the mugger from behind with a pipe… and then equally brutalizing the mugging VICTIM who was trying to thank her and ask if she was alright because she was clearly in the middle of an emotional breakdown. This was seen by the readers(at least the ones who commented) as just and reasonable. In a situation where the people getting hurt were men, the violence was acceptable, even though one of them was an innocent victim who had already been brutalized(well threatened, the mugger never had a chance to initiate violence) already.

    Obviously, this isn’t some kind of big published work, it was a few paragraphs of story I privately sent out for people who wanted more backstory for the game, so this isn’t a huge sampling or indicative of anything. Still, I started wondering why I couldn’t understand my players responses. This character hadn’t performed anything uncalled for(the origin story emotional breakdown notwithstanding, these judgements were passed before I released the backstory), and her “psychopathic” features basically amounted to talking about Patriarchy theory while performing normal actions of the genre. She’s even pretty mild in those actions, relative to some of the dark and edgy characters in the setting. Not exactly a paragon of virtue, but still clearly on the side of good and justice and a friendly NPC, not a foe(though if provoked, will self defend). It was just assumed, even by the feminist players with their own grrrl power characters, that someone who professes feminist beliefs must be hateful to everyone.

    Amusingly, this also led to one of my favorite characters to write for, and one of the least favorite characters of the players to interact with. Not the feminist superhero, they accepted she was a psychopath and moved on, but her teammate. As part of the backstory, she started a team of superheroes and tried to play politics. Her initial team was all female, but for political reasons she was forced to accept two token males(who were also visibly mutated and thus “minority” figures… though I’ve encouraged the players to consider the political ramifications of a “minority” having such power). Before the game started the team broke up, but I liked playing with it that these people knew and had a history with each other. And both of the male heroes were MGTOW.

    Well, one was clearly MGTOW… the other was what a MGTOW would be without Red Pill(if such a thing were possible). His powers were unstable(Elec/Ice Blaster w/ Flight for the CoHers), so he tried to withdraw himself from society as much as possible, the majority of his social interactions being his superheroics, performed from within a containment suit, and when given an internal dialogue demonstrating that he is overly, in fact needlessly, fearful of letting somebody innocent get hurt or even ‘triggered’ as well as insecure on numerous other levels(he stressed over his appearance, the image he projected, had a fear of heights, partly related to the fact that he had the power of flight… that was unstable and might cut out on him or rocket him uncontrollably when he used it). He’d made a life for himself, his home thoroughly grounded from random lightning bolts, but he was driven from contact with others(save his other super hero friend).

    The players really didn’t like him for some reason. Either of them really, but the one I liked writing about was the Elec/Ice. When I asked about it, they said that he was “too nice” and “insecure”(both intentional parts of the character) and they wanted to know how somebody who could fly and throw lightning bolts would be insecure… then I told them that they had worked with the feminist hero and their replies were “oh… makes sense now. Yeah, I guess having to deal with her would make anyone like that.” and then left it at that.

    So, if I were to say that my gaming group were indicative of the rest of the world, people not only automatically assume that feminists are full of hate, but also already know that being exposed to that kind of hate will destroy men emotionally. They know this. Some of them are fully capable of articulating this. And they still embrace feminism for themselves(though are leery of it in others) and still are uncomfortable by emotional men who were made that way because of feminism(I eventually had to stop writing inner monologues, it was distracting my players). They know and dislike the results, and still embrace the process. It boggles my mind how divorced actions and consequences are in their minds sometimes.

    Or maybe I’m not good at writing, and a genre with overblown larger than life characters is not the best place for nuanced development. Anyway, thought it would be a fun story to share and if not on topic, at least inspired by the article.

    • BonesTheRabbit

      The character with her in the woods isn’t her girlfriend: It’s her boyfriend. She appears to have had him dress up as a woman, while she dressed up as a man. Given her distorted view of how men regard women, and her general disdain for men, and some of the statements made in various reviews (specifically regarding a final act of violence), one can easily imagine what that situation will ultimately escalate to…

      • JW%

        Really? Wasn’t her girlfriend? I’m referring to the clip that shows them both putting on the suit, and outside of the suits they both looked female. Long hair(one brown one blonde), shapely body… I mean I could have been mistaken, it’s only like a quarter second in the trailer I saw(and her boyfriend does have hair like that I suppose), as well as two male suits. This was interspersed with a male and female suit(which, yes, I assume that’s her boyfriend given everything), which implied to me that the forest scene is actually multiple scenes, not just one culmination.

        Still, the trailer was not conclusive in any way, and I could absolutely see it going like that…

        • BonesTheRabbit

          http://imgur.com/NbVEjDm,Pl1M129#0

          Both scenes of her in the forest with another person is with Kenny. Presumably, the story runs as such: Amy is mentally damaged, escaping from reality by adopting the identity of the person who allegedly transgressed upon her. I say allegedly because the film never presents her trauma in a definitive sense. She projects her assailant onto every male that she meets, using arguably less-than-civilized behavior as grounds to equate them to rapists.

          All the while, she fantasizes about taking the ‘power’ she believes men hold over women, by mutilating, torturing or killing men. When she finally meets a male who doesn’t behave in the same uncouth manner as her other associations, she struggles with her cognitive dissonance. The whole thing escalates until she indulges in her fantasy, presumably by castrating Kenny in the woods. I’m defaulting to castration, because one of the reviewers laments how the violence of this scene is too short lived for his tastes. It’s also implied by her obsession phalluses (ie: overt Freudian literalism), the scissors clip, and a couple of scenes where she fantasizes about mutilating a penis.

          What’s really disturbing about this, however, is just how close to home it all is. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that the film was produced by an anti-feminist trying to criticize the movement. But the fact that it’s produced by an advocate of feminism, and lauded by many reviewers as an ideal film (One reviewer touted Amy discussing how she’d like to go on a murder spree to kill men, or stick needles in a urethra as “incredibly human”) is absolutely disturbing.

          This iteration of feminism projects its own misandric desires in their claims that society hates men, and some mainstream film sites actually agree with this. People claim that everything about Amy is loveable, despite the fact that she is socially detached, and fantasizes about mutilating and murdering men (Presumably going so far as to act upon this fantasy at the film’s climax). It’s made all the more eerie by the fact that folks keep applauding how true to the role Amy is, despite having never acted. It leads one to wonder if maybe she’s not really acting…

          I could go on, but the whole thing is disturbing. I’m a huge fan of horror, but Elijah Wood’s role as Frank Zito wasn’t autobiographical in any sense, and when critics touted Maniac as a beautiful film, they didn’t claim that Frank was somehow justified in killing all of those women. It wasn’t romanticized by mainstream film critics in the same way that this one is. That’s what makes this so perturbing. People are watching a violent break from reality, and displacing responsibility to greater society, making claims of her character’s *strength* or how easy it is to empathize, claiming that this is somehow empowering to women, etc. Some critics are watching a psychotic woman cut off an innocent man’s penis, and saying “This is men’s fault.”

          It’s fucked. It’s so absolutely fucked that just discussing this makes me nauseous.

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  • BonesTheRabbit

    I don’t get it. The trailer reads as a blatant horror film. It’s extremely reminiscent of films like Antichrist or the 2012 remake of Maniac. To be honest, I absolutely loved those films. So I’m somewhat uncertain of how to regard this one. It certainly doesn’t read to me like a vigilante film, given the discordant notes, declarations of madness, and unsettling man-suit.

    I can only speculate on the creator’s intent, but if anyone lauds this sort of character as a *superhero* they have some seriously screwy notions of heroism. Which I suppose wouldn’t be all too surprising, given the patterns I’ve noted in feminist rhetoric. But all the same, it seems odd to me that an advocate of the movement would portray it in such a disturbing fashion. Could this be a work of masked introspection (pun not intended, but hilarious none the less)?

    Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out. Looks creepy, though. I like creepy.

  • BonesTheRabbit

    You know, after letting this stew in my gut for awhile, I’m starting to realize just how disturbing this is. As a proponent of horror and free speech, I find it unsettling that there’s a woman out there, where her pseudo-autobiography is effectively a serial killer ad lib, and she’s being lauded as some kind of hero for this. I mean, it’s not like Jack Nicholson played himself in the Shining. I tried to rationalize this sentiment by arguing that even Charles Manson was considered a hero to some. But I mean, you wouldn’t find that kind of regard on mainstream sites. Would you? I kind of regret clicking on this link (though I don’t blame you for sharing it, Rachel. Obviously the word needs to go out). This is going to sit with me for a few days, I think.

  • http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com Dreamkeepers

    And the gulf between ‘critical’ acclaim and what viewers actually enjoy continues to grow.

    Perhaps reviewers would be more effective if they had two scales- one for actual quality, and one for political approbation. It seems the two are incessantly conflated.

  • Julie Shaw

    This looks like absolute shit.

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  • PilgrimDan

    So, basically this lunatic is the gender switched ideaologically driven version of Buffalo Bill in “Silence of the Lambs”, except without the serial murder?

    (We hope)

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  • ShlomoShunn

    Men need to make a movie called, “Mommy Rapey-est!”

    The film will prove that all mothers rape.

    Every momster touches the genitals of her totally-dependent spawn during the dark ritual called “aqua rape” (euphemistically masked as “bathing”). The victims can’t vote. They are underage, so can’t give consent. They have no defense against sponge-probings by evil mammary-bearers.

    This universal outrage must stop. Now! It is literally the incubator of “rape culture.”

  • Danlantic

    Consider Boxing Helena (1993). I watch horror films but not this one because I knew I could not. I saw an extended clip on the Today show however. Plot:

    A surgeon captures his ex-girlfriend and keeps her at a home in the country trying to win her back by amputating her limbs one at a time and demanding, whining and snivelling that she say she truly, truly loves him.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106471/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    When I saw the preview I said to myself that the entire market would be radical feminists like Andrea Dworkin who could say, “Yeah, that’s what men are really like.” I knew I couldn’t stand watching a woman abused for 90 minutes.

    It made less than $2 million.

    The next time I heard of it was in a Gloria Steinem humor article in the Huffington Post on “Dick Flicks”. She listed that film in the belief that men in general saw it and liked it. I guess she hated it and wanted someone to blame it on.

    So if this film is a failure, there could be a way — by some mental twist — to blame it on the Patriarchy.

  • Andrejovich Dietrich

    Castle Freak (1995)…The treatment of the son by his mother is truly truly horrific.

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