Monday, November 15, 2010

A Double Date in the Park

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OpenID danightman said...

Joshua,

Unless the tagline is in bad language, what does the caption under the photograph in Yahoo say?

The picture is sad enough. It almost looks like something you'd expect in an end of the world novel such as P.D. James' "Children of Men".

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The headline reads "Middle-aged men out on a picnic with their doll lovers."

The caption describes the scene, commenting on how well-dressed the dolls were and how tender the scene appears to be, and notes about how the picture was described as both "comic" and "pathetic" by Internet viewers, who also reacted with "compassion" and "pity" at such a display of "loneliness."

I was at a loss for words when I posted the photo. I would have mocked and ridiculed them ten years ago, but I now realize these guys are victims of a society that has supported sex-selective abortion and other pathologies for decades.

Poor Korean farmers and fishermen are able to scrape together enough money over the years to import a bride from Mongolia or Vietnam, but the urban industrial poor have seen even their jobs taken away by imported workers from those same countries.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

For some reason, I was immediately reminded of was Edouard Manet's painting Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe, which portrays a picnic party of two fully dressed men and two completely naked women--none of whom seem to think that anything is out of the ordinary.

And the saddest part is that the men in this photo really do seem to be treating their doll girlfriends with more tenderness and respect than the men in the painting. =(

Didn't the Ancient Greeks say that a tragedy is defined by pity and fear: pity for those it is happening to and fear that it might happen to the viewer/reader as well? This has got to be one of the most unbelievably tragic--and damning--photos of our own times.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

That painting has always bothered me, as well as appealing to my baser instincts, which is the same thing.

Your observation that "the saddest part is that the men in this photo really do seem to be treating their doll girlfriends with more tenderness and respect than the men in the painting" speaks volumes.

The least sad part about this photo is that unlike so many Americans who enjoy "bowling alone," these two fellows have at least found a companion with whom to share their horrific loneliness.

11:07 PM  

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