WWW Wednesday: Sir Gawain is Really a #Metoo Story

WWW Wednesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What Am I Currently Reading?

Still The Great Hunt. It’s going to be awhile on this one. This is my main book right now, but because I juggle multiple books at once, it takes me a bit to finish anything.

Also Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

This book is so funny and the main character is seriously flawed. I love a good flawed main character. I do have to say that this is the book that finally made me realize all my consumption of blackpill/redpill content has broke my fucking brain. I see blackpill everywhere now, and as a human of the female variety, it’s not pleasant.

So the main character, Becky, is a quirky and obnoxious shopaholic. She’s married with one kid. Her ex-boyfriend arrives in town and she hears about it from her coworkers. At first she’s all, “Ugh, that guy. He was annoying.”

But then she finds out he’s become a famous rock star. She starts flirting with him, wearing rocker girl clothes, puts a blue streak in her hair. In her head she’s comparing her husband to him….and instead of reading the book like a normal human being, I’m over here like, “This bitch trying to maximize her hypergamy.”

Yeah, I gotta figure out how to put my head back on straight. I’ll let you all know when that happens.

What Did I Just Finish Reading?

The Arthurian romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

And because academia is a hell of a drug, in my medieval lit class we also had to read this paper that explains how “misogynistic” the story is and how everything is symbolic of sodomy. The paper posits that Sir Gawain being cornered in his bedroom by the lady of the house, places women in the position of being responsible for all homosexual relationships (because whatever Gawain “wins” in the house, he has to give to the lord of the house-which might include sex if the lady is able to get Gawain in bed).

I usually try to keep my political views somewhat under wraps in academic settings. I couldn’t help it this time. In a class discussion, I launched into a diatribe about how Sir Gawain is basically having a #metoo moment. He can’t turn down the lady of the house. With the power differential between them, she’s basically his employer. Like any scummy Hollywood director, she’s sexually accosting him and he doesn’t have the standing to turn her down. My dude basically can’t consent.

And as this man is being sexually assaulted, we’re reading feminist academic papers about how this is some kind of a slight against women? I’m sure I’m not my professor’s favorite person, but I had to point out how silly that is. Academic feminism might be the silliest of all the feminisms.

What Will I Read Next?

I’ll keep reading wheel of time, most likely. I challenged myself to read the entire 14 book series this year, but seeing as I’m only on book two, I doubt that will happen.

What are you reading right now?

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