The bondage fan service of Rackage doesn’t broaden our horizons, doesn’t make us better people, and doesn’t come in clearly enough

“The cable TV sex channels don’t broaden our horizons,
they don’t make us better people,
and they don’t come in clearly enough.”
-Bill Maher


Ex-Army has displayed a bondage-related Suisei no Gargantia image – featuring one of Rackage’s slave girls in shackles – in an essay about slavery.

(Incidentally, Ex-Army started with Suisei no Gargantia images by posting about Nazis. I haven’t had time to read the details, but I gather that a scholar called Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn wrote a book about the difference between left-wing and right-wing politics within the Nazi movement. Ex-Army has promised to argue two claims: “The Nazis were left-wing,” and “The Nazis were right-wing,” in order to give all ideas their due consideration. It sounds like he’s got something profound under development, as he has written: in a day or so I’ll write my reply to it, which won’t be a disagreement as much as it’ll be a change of perspective or even a paradigm shift. )

I will wait to read Ex-Army’s paradigm shift before weighing in.

In the meantime, let us consider fictional lipstick lesbians who pose suggestively with chain leashes, as illustrated above.

Rackage is a (possibly bisexual) fictional pirate who keeps a couple of apparently willing and cooperative slave girls in chains. Rackage is a “villain” stereotype, but she is an opportunistic bandit rather than a Nazi.

The fictional slave girls in question like to put on very helpless facial expressions while they lounge around in chains, but they are businesslike, competent sailors in combat situations. Obviously, this was done to maximize fan service, but this could have been an opportunity for good writing. The “slave” girls could have been depicted as psychologically deep women who flatter their “mistress” with a fake show of “submissiveness” in order to secure personal advantage. Or, better yet, the whole BDSM silliness could have been thrown overboard, and the writer could have come up with something more serious.

As an aside, the movie Pitch Black has an excellent depiction of characters who deceive each other – sometimes by appearing to be very feminine and helpless, even though they are quite self-interested and resourceful. If Rackage’s slave girls had been as well-written as the women in Pitch Black, I would have written to praise those slave girl characters earlier.

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