From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: (urth) "Hour of Trust" and rape Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 15:21:19 -0000 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Andre-Driussi" > It is a tactic to push the soldiers to commit more atrocities (killing > white-flag waving civilians, even naked civilians), which will further > erode civilian support for the government and boost support for the rebels. While you are right, I think you are looking at the etherial symbolism and missing the earthy basics of his story. What are wars fought for? Wars are fought by men, to obtain power over the bodies of women and their sexual/reproductive potential. Ultimately. The text focuses on the **women** rebels who take the suicide/flameout route because these are the people who are effectively, devastatingly, negating this, the most basic of male human motivations. And symbolically proving to the troops who attack them that, even if they win, they will lose. Notice, the "government" people are at the top of the male power hierarchy. They have women on tap. But in the same way that the grunts are not going to be able to rape any women even if they win, the executives and politicians will not acually improve their Broad Reproductive Success by fucking the models/prostituites. They have in fact been out-evolved by the women, who get more from the transaction than their male "exploiters". The whole government side is sterile, an evolutionary dead end. The trope of the rape of defeated women in war occurs elsewhere in Wolfe. Mora's rape in IGJ, and "When I was Ming The Merciless", are two examples that come immediately to mind. hartshorn --