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    Violence I Can Get Behind

    I never saw the movie Fight Club. I know many people, both men and women, who place it on their list of top movies ever. But to me, it looks stupid. I couldn't comprehend violence as an antidote to boredom and insecurity. But the women of Jezebel.com have helpfully translated the genesis into cultural language I can fully understand.


    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I still won't see the original Fight Club. I'd rather watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


    Fight Club is about many things, and I suppose one of those is "violence as an antidote to boredom and insecurity", but that's definitely not what it's primarily about. Although it might get lost on some people, I have no doubt that you would be able to understand the deeper philosophical point that runs throughout the movie. You really should watch it.

    Thanks for your confidence in my ability to understand subtext. Unfortunately, the un-subtext will probably prevent my watching. I really can't stand watching people hit each other. So much so that, while I consider myself almost a pushover when it comes to classroom discipline, I totally freak out when my junior-high-level students hit or pinch each other.

    Yeah, reducing Fight Club to nothing more than being "about fighting" is like saying that Raging Bull is a film "about boxing."

    Or that All About Steve is all about Steve.

    Yeah, I'd definitely rather watch Fight Club than All About Steve.

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