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  1. Mark
    Mark July 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm . Reply

    What’s up with dissing men who wear pink shirts? Unless you are a member (former or present) of the USMC, or mine coal in West Virginia there are fewer people on earth who more testosterone than lacrosse playing preps who go into investment banking. They will wear pink polo shirts and dress shirts, and nobody in their right mind would cast doubt on their heterosexuality. Full disclosure: one of my favorite dress shirts is pink. I now associate the color with “f@ck you, I have masculinity to burn”.

    I’m as big a fan of sub-text as anyone, but what makes you think King Kong is a racist stereotype?

  2. Mark
    Mark July 11, 2008 at 3:29 am . Reply

    Pink might not have take the wardrobes of Western men by storm, but pink dress shirts (and polo shirts) have been acceptable men’s wear, at least among Europeans and professionals along the East and West coasts of the continental USA for a long time. Baby blue, at least in dress shirts, is also an acceptable alternative that goes back a long way. It’s not quite as abberant as you might think, although the Koreans do seem to be taking it to extremes. You’d see guys in Japan running around like that, but it tends to stop when they get out of college.

    I’m still not quite sold on the King Kong idea, but what I’m about to say pertains to my University experience, and not anything said on this thread. At first blush it looks like the “Aren’t we so much more enlightened than the people who made this film, book, poem, or painting” school of criticism, which while I guess is valid, leads to diminishing returns after awhile. I mean if everyone in the past was a sexist, racist jackass, what’s the point of studying all this old stuff?

  3. Mark
    Mark July 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm . Reply

    Nota Bene: Nearly all the profs I had were great, but it was noted by someone else in pre-masters class, that a lot of the leading lit crit people sound like really blinkered freaks. It was funny, because everyone else pretty much felt the same way at that point. I’ve read a couple of articles since then that speak to the same point, from different points of view, that say pretty much thing.

  4. Noah Body
    Noah Body July 14, 2008 at 9:23 am . Reply

    Nice post, Gord. Some quick points:
    – Gangwon Land, the casino for Koreans, opened in 2000 (iirc).
    – Yaoi comic books represented 7% of the Korean comic market in 2005. Up from 2% in 2001.
    – The best female Japanese science fiction I know of is the comic book ALPHA CAFE. You can find scanlations of it here:
    http://www.cafealpha.org/

  5. Mark
    Mark July 15, 2008 at 1:29 am . Reply

    Just another quick nota bene – I don’t question the value of studying older works of fiction per se. In fact, I like to mine the back catalog more than you would suspect from my comments on your website and the posts on my blog. I just question the utility of studying older works if a literary critic is consistently applying or using any one of a number of Po Mo schools of thought with a more “reductive” reading of literary texts.

  6. Noah Body
    Noah Body July 16, 2008 at 11:05 pm . Reply

    The Yaoi numbers came from last years 만화산업백서, published by KOCCA. I think a new version was just published.

    Kangwon Land history is here:
    http://www.kangwonland.com/Management/History.asp
    The “Small” hotel and casino opened before the main hotel and casino. I remember it was open just a couple of months before the newspapers were running stories about these sad sack adults and grandparents who gambled away their family’s money.

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