Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I'm watching this show on History Television called Ancients Behaving Badly. It examines the behaviour of historic figures and places them on a scale between psychopath and goal-driven killer. It's incredibly cheesily done. The episode is about Julius Caesar.
The show acknowledges that Caesar used sex to demonstrate his dominance over the husbands of the women he slept with. So they get the sex-power relationship. However, they completely miss the mark when discussing Caesar's conquest of the Gauls.
After one major siege, Caesar let his soldiers loose amid the local population. The show refers to this as, "R&R, Roman style." And shows a montage of neon signs and modern-day women walking down the streets in short skirts.
It's not "R&R". It's rape as a tactic of war and conquest. It's easy to grasp the concept - the show acknowledged that sex is used as a sign of dominance, this is the same thing on a larger scale. The visuals they chose where just gross. It wasn't a good time on a Saturday night. It was war.