Callenbach.2 Question #2 A
I think Callenbach’s ideas of integrating sex and aggression is interesting. The whole idea of the war games is kind of interesting I think. It makes sense and it doesn’t. The Ecotopians hold these games to so that men can get rid of their aggressions. The Ecotopians believe that men are having these biological desires to be aggressive. The war games are so that men can let these aggressions out. Some men die in the War Games. It kind of reminds me of the Hunger Games except it is just men. The Ecotopians also believe that if these aggressions that men have deep down aren’t able to be let out they will result in things such as war. For that reason, the Ecotopians believe they should take the risk of the War Games, so that they won’t have to deal with an outbreak of war. What doesn’t make sense is that some men die in the War Games, so isn’t that kind of the same idea as war anyways? The book basically ...view middle of the document...
It also says easy to manage or control, organized, or ordered. The idea of the War-Games do not seem to fit any of those adjectives that were listed. Men are killing other men and that does not seem to me like it fits the idea of organized and order or even having control. It seems like the games are a little bit out of control.
I don’t know if women would necessarily benefit from participating in these games. I completely agree that it is good to let out aggression, but I don’t believe that it is worth killing other people. I also think that men and women deal with aggression differently. Women don’t have that physical aggression like men do. Some women do, but the majority of them don’t. Women tend to be more emotional, so I think that if they were to participate in the war games they may end up feeling bad afterwards especially if they were to accidently kill someone. I think that women need to let out their aggressions in other ways rather than the War Games. As far as the War Games themselves I think they are for men, but women should probably get their aggression out in other ways. I don’t think young men are the only ones who need to let out aggression. I think all together that men and women need to let out aggression in their own ways, but I don’t like the idea of the War Games. I don’t see how that makes a perfect world of Utopia when people can get killed letting out their aggressions.
I think that American football and even all sports in general are great ways for people to let out their aggressions. I think it serves a good purpose for both men and women. Yes, people can get injured playing sports such as football, but it’s not like people die playing the game. The idea of football isn’t to literally kill the other team or use weapons to kill the players on the other team. I like the idea of sports as a form of release. Sports are something that is fun to play and people love to watch, but at the same time they are a great way to get out aggression on objects like footballs, basketballs, etc. I play volleyball and getting to serve or spike is the best form of aggression I think. Just being able to hit something without hurting anyone is great release. I think that’s exactly what American football does. It’s a great way to get out an act of aggression playing a game that is also fun.