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-- I don't.
I must be controls.
Good luck with that.
He leads to all of -- want to control things but in the -- -- -- movies and in real life the -- usually.
Lose control and the -- at this Iraq.
OK and real life we don't have real mutants with superhero powers but increasingly we can create our own personas express.
More independence and how -- -- -- entertain ourselves even have sex.
Anthropologist grant McCracken calls it planet to.
That LS because this trend or reprise of the mutant cell.
What do you mean a rise in the new.
Well it did goes in with the themes of the declaration of independence in many parts were alive for a global personalize.
Our lives and and you know you get different types of personal service -- able to change certain aspects of yourself.
When you think of if you think back to the early fifties or something.
You know there were blacks and whites then you have somebody like Tiger Woods who will put aside the sex addiction for now but he.
When he rose to prominence he called himself a -- nation that he was.
A hybrid of caucasians.
Of blacks of Indians and of Asians.
And that's more what we are were -- relies were hybrid Isaac and -- constantly experimenting and trying out new ways to express ourselves or to show ourselves.
And I think that that's part of why the X-Men franchise is so popular announce -- speaking to what we're doing and our real lives were.
Trying to express -- individuality we're trying to play around with different ways of kind of muddling through our lives.
And grant you call this planet to.
-- It's a sudden kind of explosion of expressive possibility if you want -- think about people in the nineteenth century Victorian say.
A living lives where identities were largely -- assumed or are assigned by class and age and gender and so on the exercise of traditional American liberty took the form.
People pursuing the right to express themselves in a variety of ways and breaking out of those assigned to entities and fashioned them.
Plato used the phrase planet needed to mean.
He used it for natural purposes that's one of things that preoccupied.
The ancient Greeks was just how many creatures there were in the world.
And he said every time you get a space between two natural species -- have a third one appearing.
And he talked about nineteenth century there you were either of peasants -- -- do or and you did what your parents did.
All it was just accepted he would do what your parents did.
You know -- one of the actors from Greece died recently and you no longer are stocking -- high school that only has jocks nerds and you know -- hoods.
You now have been -- grant has written about this where you.
-- to -- high school now when there are thousands of different possibilities or are you don't golf punks who are -- Christian and skaters who do this and that and -- girls were really boys I mean it's just exploding all over the place.
And why is this good a lot of people would say all this is C evil yeah I -- I mean people people -- that all the time the reason why it's good is because it allows.
Us as individuals to do things that we want to do what we wouldn't say.
It's bad to experiment with business practices.
Because we might get things that are cheaper and better -- more efficient and more widely available.
Why would it be bad to say as long as I'm not hurting somebody else and I'm not forcing them to do something that's.
Wrong or or painful for them why is that a bad thing to explore all of our possibilities.
-- -- the sky isn't falling of course the intellectuals.
How are quick to accuse us of having created a world in which chaos can only be around the corner.
But in point of fact we've been exercising this personal liberties since he certainly since the -- -- dream home.
And the sky doesn't fall and when people of all was said it's gonna be the end of civilization -- Well -- this -- -- one of the things that's fascinating is that people say oh my god you know you look at Lady Gaga.
And you compare go back to Madonna who was this great person who blew up the virgin whore complex that was called -- -- women could either be virgins -- words -- never the Twain shall meet.
Lady Gaga is the third or fourth federation and went -- and we don't even care about her sexuality it's not an issue I think about pop tarts.
Pop tarts were created in the mid sixties and they originally came in three forms -- Berry strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon.
They looked identical.
And that's kind of where we were as a society there weren't that many options of the flavors were somewhat muted.
Now when you go to a supermarket you can buy about two dozen or three dozen types of pop -- That range from those three original ones to all of these brightly colored ones with things stuck on them and occasional brands of the -- sponge bomber of the -- matter whatever.
I think it's a better world that's more interest in world that's more innovative world and when you take this back to human society.
You know the fact is is over the past thirty years crime rates have gone down sex crime rates have gone -- You know nobody because they are -- Lotto has to feel somehow inferior or disenfranchised.
From our society.
We are more accepting more tolerant we are more peaceful.
And we get to do things that are really interest thing I get to Wear a leather jacket to work.
But would have been impossible you know thirty years -- Greg gets to dress as an anthropologist she should be wearing like a pith helmets I'm not I didn't have a one on just outside -- -- we -- you know so we get to we we get to express ourselves and that's generally a good thing.
Generally I can see people in the audience saying I -- for pop tarts spies and -- choice but grant for.
People than to break all these traditions.
That have stood up over time.
He's gonna eventually.
Mean cause the unwed pregnancy the breakdown of the family in the beginning of people being less kind to -- And and did I think it feels more like a kind of generosity was sort of accepting of people whoever they are whatever they wish to be.
The something slavish and kind of -- about society in which people take there.
Their cue from stereotypes -- one hand or the deletes the -- shirts to whom you were referring.
In the last segment and and kind of waits to hear how they ought to live their lives and that's.
In in a coach committed to the -- -- You're in that now the kids are anxious they don't know what to do with themselves they don't have clear role models.
Well I guess the new role models Lady Gaga who says you know find your inner monster and in point of fact that -- -- -- -- monster never creates a very rarely does it create.
Genuine monsters that turns out there's an expressive ground here -- exploration of which doesn't create social.
Is that a Lady Gaga -- -- -- -- Maybe.
Well thank you grant McCracken nick Gillespie.
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