It's late and I've really only spent about two hours at home today. Despite being able to account for where the rest of my time went (chiefly work and running Amos to/from rehearsals for Les Misérables) I'm feeling distinctly short-changed--I had a highly productive day thinking about things while I mopped floors, but now that I've the time/space to work on/write about said ideas I just want to go to bed.
Better keep this short...
Yesterday evening I encountered an article on the 10th Anniversary Firefly reunion which mentioned an episode Joss Whedon had conceived where one character gets gang-raped. There was a lot of blowback in the comments with many people being spun-out/sicked by the thought that their beloved Bard II could consider addressing such a taboo subject.
All the noise got me thinking about the why behind rape being the general taboo it is in film/tv (unless it's torture-porn of course, in which case people seem to shrug and say "Well, it's a part of the genre, what did you expect?"). While I'm not going to really delve into my thought processes in this (almost finished) post (because I'm trying to keep things short and because I'm still making my mind up about some things) I will say that my ponderances have inspired me to write to Joss Whedon and ask about his reasons/justifications/thoughts behind wanting to explore said dark subject matter. I don't know what (if any) response I'll get, but as a novice writer looking to hone my craft I figure it's worth a shot.
Not that I'm doing that now now, of course. Now now I'm publishing this post and going to bed.
Mmm. Sleep. ^_^