Thursday, July 30, 2009

Phalluses and Fallacies

Someone (you know who you are) took exception to an offhand comment I made during LB&LI about SF being riddled with phallic symbols, so I thought I'd get that out of the way.

I'm sure that I was wrong to suggest that SF was or is in any way related to the male sex organ. Of course we all know the SF focuses on the scientific advances man will make in the future, and the amazing technology that will improve and enlighten our society. As a genre it is noble and intelligent, and has never had anything to do with catering to the sexual fantasies of the male gender.



I don't know where I got the twisted notion that SF had anything to do with some dude's Johnson, actually. Maybe it was some book I snitched from my brother's collection when I was a kid and simply interpreted incorrectly.



In any case, I do apologize for my wholly inaccurate and highly inappropriate remark.

22 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Rofl!
    JulieB

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  2. Hahahaha!!! I needed a good laugh today. Great post!

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  3. ((Snort)) I'm glad that rumor has been "laid" to rest...

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  4. hahaha! that second cover, come on!

    Not phallic at ALL. oh no sir.

    ( my word verification: excessbi. is that what happens when you have an imbalance in gender preference! I have an excess of Bi! Quick, order more heteros and homosexuals before the flux capacitor goes wonky!")

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  5. ROFL! When you made the original comment, my only thought was "How true!" My dad forbade me to read his SF (so of course, I did) (um, 40 years ago) because the themes were 'too adult,' but those covers say it all.

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  6. LOL--Too true! I'd say your observation is right on the mark.

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  7. Bwah! And those are mild examples.

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  8. Of course we all know the SF focuses on the scientific advances man will make in the future, and the amazing technology that will improve and enlighten our society. As a genre it is noble and intelligent, and has never had anything to do with catering to the sexual fantasies of the male gender.


    Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the genre knows that it can often do one or both of these things.

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  9. Haha, quite amusing!

    Not all phallus-like objects are actually phalluses, though people love to point them out. It's a phallus fallacy.

    BUT, if you want to take this kind of an angle with sci-fi, I would submit that, based on cover art, scifi is more about breasts and scantily-clad women with guns (e.g. Sister Time, http://www.amazon.com/Sister-Time-Posleen-John-Ringo/dp/1416555900/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1248987098&sr=8-9) as much as it is about the penis.

    Although, now that I look again at this cover, that modified assault rifle is sure looking kind of...

    Maybe you're right.

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  10. Lolololol.....*snort* lololololol

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  11. Bwahahahahaha!!! Exactly what I needed, a great laugh.

    Oh, wait, we're not supposed to laugh at this because it's just not true, right?

    Um...yeah...*snort*

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  12. Oh my! Poor Robert Silverberg really gets the sexually suggestive covers, doesn't he?

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  13. Thanks for the laugh! :)

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  14. Hilarious! And totally true.

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  15. Kristen S.8:12 AM

    Snicker, snort, ROFL.

    No, not at all. ;)

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  16. Reason #475 why I adore your sense of humor.

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  17. too funny...

    i think Star Trek (original tv show) may have helped too...no way do the fasers look like male sexual organs...nope just don't see it.

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  18. LMAO! WOW! Tell us how your really feel, you shouldn't that sort of thing all locked inside ... hehehehe

    :winks:

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  19. I'm sorry but I just can't see it.

    ::snerk::

    See I can't even say that with a straight face!

    (omg! Invaders from earth cover- ROFLMAO!!!)

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