The Fear of God: Cam

13 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the Netflix film Cam.

One Response to “The Fear of God: Cam”

  1. FictionIsntReal March 14, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    I was wondering when this post would show up here, seeing as how you’ve already gone past this to Bandersnatch.

    You place a lot of emphasis on socialization for gender, but you might be falling for what the late Judith Harris called “the nurture assumption”, or what Steve Pinker calls “the blank slate”. You may not have heard of people like David Reimer who had botched circumcisions which resulted in the supposed medical experts of the time suggesting that they be raised as girls. It didn’t work, and wound up being quite a sad story. Infants behave differently before they’ve had time to be socialized into some sort of expected behavior. These patterns in things like preferences for certain kinds of toys are also seen among chimpanzees. All this indicates that there are innate differences which must be accounted for before assuming a role for socialization.

    I can understand why you thought the ending was a disappointment, with the protagonist back to square one and just set on repeating her earlier ascent up the ladder rather than fundamentally changing as a person. The film was made with the intent of not depicting her work as something unfortunate that she tries to escape from, so it’s a very different POV from yours. Good on you for grappling with a view so different from your own.

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