05 August 2013
Titanic & Men's Choices
I wanted to write this long ago, but for whatever reason, I never did. Since it's still talked about; since it was re-released in 3D; I thought it was appropos to discuss the movie, Titanic, at this time.
The movie, Titanic, could have been the home run that Apollo 13 was; it could have provided good drama while respecting the history of the event. However, Titanic, in the words of Time or Newsweek, was nothing but “a quasi Marxian epic.”
I had a few problems with Titanic. One was the meme that women didn’t have any choices in those days-as if men did. Two, the romance between Jack & Rose was BS! Three, the characters, especially Rose’s fiance’, were PC caricatures. Four, as the authoress correctly points out, Rose betrayed her husband to be.
One thing that pissed me off when I saw Titanic was the BS line Rose’s mother uttered about women not having any choices. What, you think that MEN did?! Come on! We had no choice but to marry and have families! We had no choice but to take on any work (no matter how demeaning, dirty, and/or dangerous) to do so. We, as men, had no choices in a lot of matters.
Ever been in a coal mine? I have. Trust me; it’s no place any rational person would want to work! Between the risk of death (black lung and cave-ins), maiming, darkness, and the drudgery of it all, what RATIONAL man would want to do this? Ah, but men did it by the thousands to take care of their wives and families! If a man was from ‘coal country’, what choices did HE have? That never, ever gets pointed out, let alone discussed; that angers me!
If a man lived out on the frontier, what choice did he have but to go out and get the food by old fashioned, hard, and DANGEROUS work? Feminists bitch about how women would be stuck in the home churning the butter, preparing the food, keeping house, etc.; what they ignore is how that food GOT there in the first place! The man had to go out and either farm it, working himself to the bone in the process; or, he had to go out into the wild to hunt and kill the family meals. When out hunting, he had to brave the elements, Indians, and wild animals also interested in his meals, e.g. bears wanting the same deer he was hunting. Feminists forget that just going out to get the family food was a life & death proposition in those days. Yeah, Wifey had to clean and cook the food, but Hubby had to risk life and limb just to PUT it there for her! Why do feminists overlook this? Why do feminists and women (I wonder if there’s difference) overlook the fact that men didn’t have choices, either?
Secondly, the romance between Jack & Rose was utter BS; that would NEVER happen in real life-never! Women, by their very nature, are hypergamous; that is, they seek out and marry men superior to themselves in terms of status, wealth, education, etc. Rose would never be caught dead with a man (i.e. Jack Dawson, Leo DeCaprio's character) from steerage or third class.
Thirdly, the characters in Titanic were PC caricatures. Jack, the working class man, was the virtuous hero. Rose was the put upon, oppressed, poor little woman. Rose’s fiance was the arrogant, uncaring, elitist, rich jerk who couldn’t be bothered with ‘the little people’. I recall that, when Time or Newsweek did a review of the movie (I can’t remember which magazine now, because this was in 1996, or 17 years ago now), they called the movie a “quasi Marxian epic”-and this was from a decidedly LIBERAL publication! The fact that one of those paragons of East Coast, elitist liberalism called the movie that says something.
Finally, Rose betrayed her husband to be-end of story. Even if Jack had had a practical skill and could find gainful employment upon arriving in New York, Rose betrayed her fiance. She’d made a commitment to him, so she owed it to stick by that commitment. Men get bashed for failure to make commitments to women, yet it’s women who break said commitments, e.g. by filing for divorce twice as often as men do.
In closing, I had a few problems with Titanic. One was that women had no choices, while men had endless choices; I demonstrated how that was false. Two was the fact that a woman like Rose wouldn’t be caught DEAD with a working class dog like Jack; her hypergamy wouldn’t allow it. Three, the characters were PC caricatures. Four, Rose betrayed her fiance and her commitment to him.