I agree! When I first rode POTC back in the 60's did I think of rape? NO!Quote:
And I have to admit, until reading through this thread, I never really thought about any of the scenes in Pirates with that much depth. I never really thought about the sexual undertones present, either real or perceived. I just went along for the ride and enjoyed the show. Because I think that anything can be interpreted in many ways, depending on the individuals background, values, personal experiences.... all of these things can affect the way we think about things presented to us.
When I go on the ride now do I think of rape? NO! I believe it's all part and parcel of the world we live in now where people are just too sensitive about being "PC" IMO. When an old Sean Connery James Bond movie shows on tv, do I think of him as being a misogynistic rapist (Think the barn scene in Goldfinger) NO! ;)
A lot of this discussion (which is both interesting and worthwhile, IMO) still misses two points: (1) we like to look at or listen to fictional representations of very bad behavior that we would never allow ourselves to indulge in; and (2) delicate showmanship is required in providing these fictional representations. It must be disgusting, but not too disgusting. Violent, but not too violent. Up to a point, it's exciting and titillating; step beyond that, and it's repugnant and (paradoxically) boring. Really, haven't we all seen movies or performances from showmen with crappy instincts for where these lines are? Shocking, disgusting, and boring all at the same time?
Why do we do it? Why do we like it? Well, one good reason to have someone rifle through our dark subconscious and pull these little demons out front, manipulating them like puppets for our entertainment, is to train us to indulge those anti-social, incredibly selfish impulses only in fantasy, only in make-believe. That's EXACTLY how parents instinctively handle questions from their kids about things like POTC. "It's just pretend. It's just make-believe. It's just silly." Kids are being trained to accept that even though the desire to be a pirate (to kill, to steal, to break all the rules, to indulge every appetite) will never utterly go away, the way civilized adults deal with it is by putting it in the realm of fantasy and indulging it only in imagination, for amusement, for entertainment and nothing more. Hence the constant refrain, "it's ONLY a ride, it's just for fun."
Yeah, saying she is a prostitute may not be an easy conclusion. My thinking as to her non-chalant attitude is at the time she is trying to get men interested in the auction. Lord knows the sorry lot in line won't spark a whole lot of interest. My other thought is perhaps she's under the impression that she will NOT be auctioned off herself so she has no concern. Heck for all we know she's married to the auctioneer an is just trying to boost his business.