Vigilante Elderly Woman Foils Robbery

Amazing, heartwarming, confirmed footage of bravery:

via Feminist Philosophers.

David Slutsky, from Feminist Philosophers’ comments section, has a valid gripe with the sound re-edit noticeable in the version of the video of the incident above:

This is great.

What really bothers me, however, is the seemingly belittling/sensationalistic/cartoonish manner of the accompanying music and narrative/voice-over with which many people, places, organizations, etc. are presenting this clip; part of this complaint is the use of the Benny Hill theme for background music that emeritus points out in comment number 6. The version here contains music from the 1970′s television series “Wonder Woman”. Does music from television series such as the 1970′s “The Six Million Dollar Man” usually accompany similar clips involving a man instead of a woman?

My memory does not recall comparable belittling music and such accompanying display of cartoonish/unrealistic elements in many or most similar clips of courage and protection performed by men. Another stupid double standard, it seems to me. When a female performs such as an act, many people depict it as some sort of circus act (or cartoon or unrealistic television show). When a male performs such an act, many people depict it for the courage and protection that it contains/exhibits.

Awesome act/clip, but is anyone with me in wishing for a different narrative/presentation along the lines sketched above?

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X