Oh, General, you’re soooo hot!

Oh, General, you’re soooo hot!
: The Guardian — quoting a Berkeley prof — says that all this talk of military hardware (emphasis on the hard) is war porn:

War porn is everywhere and lots of people, men and women both, have found themselves responding to it.

“As a scholar of porn, I look at this and say ‘these are boys with phallic toys’,” sighs Linda Williams, professor of film studies and rhetoric at UC Berkley. It’s not a new observation, but what is new, is the extent to which it is amplified by technology. “CNN have this special thing they do whenever they introduce a new weapon. It reminds me of the way athletes are introduced in coverage of the Olympics: a little inset comes out with their bio and stats. This weapon they had just now was something called the AC130H-Spectre – some dreadful machine – it came flying out and turned this way and that so that you could see it from all angles.” (A similar thing happens on ITN: “It’s amazing to see the Abrams tank and we’ve put together a little fact file.”) “This,” says Williams, “is the kind of spectacular vision you get in porn – where the point is to see the sex act from every angle. It’s narcissistic; boys getting together admiring their toys. It is about us proudly displaying our weapons and there is something sexual about that.”

Naw. Naw, doesn’t cut it.

I’ll refrain from making mention of particularly attractive TV war babes. That would be wrong. Normal, but wrong.