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Tue, Apr. 6th, 2010, 04:27 pm
The Matador

I finally got around to watching the bullfights on a matador documentary I have on DVD. They're very good. I was surprised.

The sword strike when attempting the kill is really something. It has speed and precision very similar to fencing, and incorporates lines and shaping as would a performance. I think that with my background of both fencer and dancer, I can't help but appreciate it.

I think I'll have to go to a bullfight while they still exist. (I don't think they're in any danger of disappearing any time soon, because they bring in so much tourist money, but they're a brutality, and in the big picture, the advance of civilization while slow, has generally been unstoppable.)

Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
glick: the old days...

back in venezuela the end was the only entertaining part of the bull fights...

and seriously...
if you ever watched Troy...
the stroke brad pitt used almost mirrored the matadors...
one swift, deep stroke right throw the bone structure...
just a very very awesome blow...

Mon, Apr. 12th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)

appreciating a brutality doesn't trouble you?

Mon, Apr. 12th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)

In this case, no. I live in the USA, and I get the impression that regular farming practices here operate in a comparable ballpark of brutality, and the end is the same (food), but without the higher purpose or celebration or chance for the animal to survive.
So to my mind, if I eat the meat here, I've already agreed to a less justified comparable brutality.

And it bothers me, but yeah, I long ago succumbed to that less justified brutality. If it's ok to eat the meat here (and it's not ok, but I do it anyway), then I'm not sure it's really ok to decide it's not ok to use a matador.

Mon, Apr. 12th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)

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