Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Comment for Dora, on romantic love then and now"

I saw the title of this post in my Google Reader, and I came over expecting to read about the Explorer's apparent attitude towards romantic love, as filtered by Aviva blob years ago and presently.

While I found this erudite, imagine my disappointment.


Posted by Matt at June 25, 2009 12:09 PM

Oh yes! That would be a problem. :-(

I'll have to ask Aviva.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at June 25, 2009 01:24 PM

Aviva's opinion now about Dora the Explorer on romantic love:
"I think she doesn't care... I mean, she's not freaking out about it."

Aviva's prediction of how she would have regarded Dora the Explorer's position on romantic love four years ago:
"I would have thought, 'Dora's a really mature person so she probably doesn't care about kissing.'"

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at June 25, 2009 02:47 PM

"Under the rule of the bourgeoisie, romantic love is no longer a dangerous power which can erupt without warning and bring about doom, something to be feared and managed until safely bound; rather, it is something we all deserve and should have on tap, like hot water, refrigeration, and the movies."

Unless, of course, you happen to be governor of South Carolina. :)

Posted by Gwenda at June 25, 2009 05:38 PM

Please pass along my thanks to Aviva for her observations! I was in a similar quandary to Matt's.

Posted by Dan P at June 25, 2009 07:25 PM

And you may pass on from me, if you like, that I think Aviva probably would have been right about Dora not caring about kissing, blob years ago or at any other time. Thanks for asking.


Posted by Matt at June 26, 2009 05:07 AM

Gwenda makes a good point -- depending on which part of the modern West you're in, there's still some of the old disruptive danger in extramarital love, as well as in homosexual love; it's only premarital and serial-monogamy-nonmarital romantic love which have been fully tamed. Though as gay marriage is probably a harbinger of the swift domestication of gay love too: Brokeback Mountain ended in tragedy, but the next gay romance blockbuster movie may end with a HEA.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at June 26, 2009 09:23 AM

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