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A few things I wanna talk about with this one.

Firstly - this is not the first time Max has mentioned her "ideal world". Like Lily, she is ill-suited to this world, and wouldn't mind remaking it in her own image. Of course, like many would-be future-builders, Max's thought process starts with assuming that everyone is - or should be - like her, and everyone wants - or should want - what she wants, and then building a world around that. I think if Max were to write her own sci-fi setting, she wouldn't get much farther than the Circuit from Logan's Run.

...if that world had teleportation, why the hell wasn't it used anywhere else in the movie?

Secondly - yes, Max's pre-existing significant others change the way she interacts with potential new partners, especially given that in their particular open relationship, they're going to meet and approve of anyone she wants to bang before she bangs them. Whether this makes her lifestyle any safer or more responsible is up for debate. It's odd, though, that Lily sees a difference between boyfriends acting as bodyguards and fathers or brothers or platonic friends filling the same role. No doubt all of the ladies present have plenty of people they could turn to, should they feel the need to be physically defended or avenged.

I've never been a big fan of the defensive-father-meeting-potential-boyfriends-with-a-shotgun trope. I'm glad I've never actually encountered anything like that in the real world. I'm gonna be honest, it'd be pretty successful at scaring me away from wanting to spend any time with the defended property in question.

Thirdly - I have to wonder to what extent the misogynist Patriachy minimizing female competence is responsible for our understanding of men as the more violent gender. Yes, men are more likely to be caught committing acts of violence, but - as with the arrest statistics of ethnic minorities or lower economic classes - there's a question of how much of this is because their violence is more likely to be recognized and acted upon. After all, how many times have you seen women smacking their boyfriends in public and not thought of it as real violence? How many times have you watched a scene in a movie of a woman slapping a man in the face - in response to an insult - and not thought of it as a real act of violence? How many times have you seen a "catfight" dismissed or downplayed as harmless or sexy?

This is one of the many reasons why I categorize Lily as a misandrist and not a feminist - to minimize or refuse to acknowledge female violence is a form of disempowerment. To say "women aren't as dangerous as men" is to say "women aren't as powerful as men". "Women don't hurt men" and "women can't hurt men" are simply more specific forms of "women don't" and "women can't".

Fourthly - Lily has said "doo doo". This is amusing.

(Thursday evening, INT: Overdrive Computers, back room)

MH: Look, I'm not saying Gina should fuck everyone who throws a weiner in her general direction.
LH: You aren't?
MH: Okay, in an ideal world, where everyone fucks everyone else, yes. I'm just saying that I have yet to experience flashing - online or otherwise - segueing into assault.
LH: Well, we don't all have the luxury of three de facto bodyguards now, do we?
EB: Lily, are you under the impression that violence - which is to say, physical competence - is the exclusive purview of the male of the species? 'Cause I'd hate to beat you up to prove a point, but...
LH: I'm not saying they're the only ones that can do violence, I'm saying that, statistically, they're the ones that do do violence.
MH: Point of order: Lily has said "doo doo". This is amusing.
EB: Acknowledged.
GU: "Doo doo violence", even, which is the worst kind of violence.
LH: You're all fired.
MH: I... don't actually work for you.
LH: Yeah, come to think of it, you probably shouldn't be back here.