Apparently one woman's "satisfying" is anothers "utterly ludicrous", which is how I would feel if either Rust or Marty are revealed as the killer. It's too trite, it's too neat, it ignores the nuance and banality of evil, that I think Pizzolatto is going for. Just because they're not green eared spaghetti monsters, they're being championed? (Yes I know Pizzolatto said they were heros, that ain't text) Everyday dude bros are hurting women (and themselves) in all kinds of ways that don't involve antlers and paraphilic love maps. Rust and Marty are GUILTY, regardless of how this ends. They've participated in this vast continuum, this flat black circle of misogyny, and not just in the over obvious ways of having corruptly meted out vigilante justice, that ultimately enabled/failed to stop a murder cult, but in these every day abusive and neglectful ways, that have damaged the women they've claimed to care for, and they won't buy redemption by avenging the ones they never knew.
Lord knows the world doesn't need any more white man's burden stuff but I find it easier to embrace stories that are so obviously critiquing that (or trying to) rather than just presenting it unchallenged.
I think for me, it's kind of a given that Dora Lang would be a prostitute. There's a sexual component to the killings, and beyond that, I think it reflects real life killers like the Green River Killer, who was able to carry on for a very long time specifically because he targeted prostitutes. It's part and parcel of Marty's concern about purity; it's Rust who's really interested in keeping the Lang case. It's Rust who spots the "Have You Seen Me" and starts looking into women being kidnapped/murdered. Marty only gets really emotionally involved when the victims are young children. He engages in violence, but Marty's violence is directed primarily at the men with whom women violate their purity; most of his violence with his mistress is directed at her date, the same way the violence of his response to his daughter is directed at the young men involved. He sees women as essentially passive, capable only of reaction; that's what innocence is in his mind. It's what makes him go after what Rust calls "crazy pussy"; those women pursue him, but in his worldview they pursue him as a reaction to his maleness and masculinity. Even with Maggie, his rage is directed at Rust. It's not so much that Marty hates women, it's that he dismisses them as actors. I see that as the sort of central tension between Rust and Marty; Rust's rage at the CID is wrapped up not only in the complicity of the organization in the conspiracy, but in the larger social conspiracy to dismiss the damage done and being done to women. On some level, he realizes Marty is part of this, but at the same time, he can't go it alone.
On the flip side, I would throw out there that I think Maggie is the most complete character on the show. She is the one who knows what she wants and creates a plan and acts. What does that mean in the context of the narrative? I don't know. I guess we'll find out Sunday.
A++ for the Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator illustration.
By Lucienne on Meet the Ostracized, Pad-Wearing, Goat's-Blood-Collecting Reproductive Health Hero of Southern India
@avidbiologist I was thrilled to read [spoiler] that his wife came back and now works with him.
This is my puppy when she was a puppy.
@jazzloon Not my puppy (I wish) but in going with the polar bear theme from earlier, look at this little champ:
@TheGenYgirl dat comment history tho
By squishycat on Hot Paleo People
There is almost no category of people I roll my eyes at harder than chirpy "Paleo" dieters who constantly post recipes that attempt to mimic not-in-any-way "Paleo" foods. I actually have less contempt for vegans doing the same because at least some of them are doing it out of moral conviction and are trying to recreate a taste they miss, but that they can't bring themselves to actually eat, ethically.
By Onymous on Are You Normcore?
@LindsayA Because if they let us opt-out we might stop buying things to fix the problems they told us that we have.