Dec. 3rd, 2009

starlady: (xmas penguins)
Maybe someday I will have a consequential post again. Actually, I just remembered one I meant to make, but in the meantime, an extremely consequential poll.

Okay, so. Have you ever heard that song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"? I always used to think that the song is a joke on its child narrator who doesn't get that his/her father is Santa Claus, but in light of other versions of the song, which feature a (male) child saying that he's going to tell his dad about his mom kissing Santa Claus, now I'm starting to wonder if the song isn'tin fact an expression of patriarchal norms keeping women oppressed in the home (in the 50s, when the song was written).

Poll #1822 Holiday mystery #229.3, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


The song is...

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A joke on the kid
3 (42.9%)

Patriarchal collusion between father & son in action
2 (28.6%)

Annoying
5 (71.4%)

Do you seriously use brain cells thinking about this?
1 (14.3%)

Mm, Christmas. Cookies, that is.
3 (42.9%)

starlady: (xmas penguins)
Maybe someday I will have a consequential post again. Actually, I just remembered one I meant to make, but in the meantime, an extremely consequential poll.

Okay, so. Have you ever heard that song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"? I always used to think that the song is a joke on its child narrator who doesn't get that his/her father is Santa Claus, but in light of other versions of the song, which feature a (male) child saying that he's going to tell his dad about his mom kissing Santa Claus, now I'm starting to wonder if the song isn'tin fact an expression of patriarchal norms keeping women oppressed in the home (in the 50s, when the song was written).

[Poll #1494145]
starlady: (witness)
I reread this manga recently, and it's interesting on several levels how much some of my thoughts about it have changed. Also how much better my comprehension of Japanese is.

I think it was my sister who first brought the existence of Gouhou Drug to my attention (also known as Legal Drug in English language fandoms) with something along the lines of "it's CLAMP's yaoi manga!" Which is both true and not true. As most people probably know, Gouhou Drug follows seventeen year-olds Himura Rikuou and Kudou Kazahaya, who live above and work at the Green Drugstore in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. Both of them aren't in school, Kazahaya because he never went at all and Rikuou because he dropped out; both of them are also consumed with vanished women, someone named Kei in Kazahaya's case and someone named Tsukiko in Rikuou's. Kazahaya has weak touch-based parasensory abilities, while Rikuou has a touch of telekinesis. The proprietor of the drugstore, Kakei, can see the future. Legal Drug is sadly unfinished (personally I believe this probably impacted the development of xxxHOLiC in particular, as volume 2 of Drug crosses over with the former, and Watanuki visits the drugstore in the HOLiC anime); it stands at three volumes.

When I first read the manga, maybe two years ago, I really did agree that it was yaoi, but in light of things like Clamp's interview in Da Vinci 4.09, I've reconsidered my views. Kazahaya and Rikuou don't really break any new ground compared with other intense homosocial bonds in CLAMP, such as Fai & Kurogane or Watanuki & Doumeki. What makes them seem much slashier is that CLAMP situate them against a background of canonically homosexual relationships--Kakei and Saiga, throughout the series, and all of Suiryou Academy in general, and Nayuki and Mukoufujiwara in particular, in volume 3. Too, Kazahaya and Rikuou conform at least superficially to a lot of the stereotypical "uke" and "seme" traits, respectively, which only heightens the yaoi-esque atmosphere. But it's not actually BL; Kakei and Saiga are the wrong age, and Kazahaya and Rikuou will almost certainly never be anything more than (extraordinarily close) friends.

I think my favorite panel in the whole manga is when the old dude yells at the student in the Ushagi-san suit, "Stay in your weird school!" in volume 3. Also, I think Rikuou is much hotter than Nekoi typically draws him.

I have not read much (well, any) BL; what do other people who have think? Also, people are discussing related issues at [personal profile] kaigou.

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