MEN’S RIGHTS GROUPS
As Tyler sees it, society has it for men. It’s the old schoolyard joke, “Girls rule, boys drool,” except the whole country is the schoolyard. In his opinion, there is no such thing as toxic masculinity; Or rather, masculinity is only toxic when it is repressed, liberation is not allowed, which is why he founded Fight Club. He believes that, for men, spiritual salvation is achieved through physical violence. And although he is not homosexual, on the contrary, Tyler is a supreme muffin, he is homosocial. Women cannot be trusted. Better for men to stick with their own kind. (The only maternal presence in Fight club is Bob, identified by his “bitchy tits”, a former bodybuilder whose overuse of steroids has resulted in testicular cancer and in whose breast embrace Jack occasionally seeks comfort.)
Men’s rights groups, many of which have adopted Fight club like his Bible: “Tyler Durden Lives!” is a frequent post on your message boards; think Tyler is on the money.
THE RUPTURE OF BRAD PITT AND JENNIFER ANISTON
Pitt and Aniston were not married, much less divorced, in 1999. Fight club however, he already knew that the couple was doomed. “I want to give you an abortion,” Marla tells Tyler, in love or possibly insane, the idea of this very unpleasant film of a sweet nothing. Actually, the line, which appears in Palahniuk’s book and Jim Uhls’s script, was cut off at the insistence of a horrified Laura Ziskind, one of the Fight clubthe producers, who agreed to accept whatever Fincher came up with as an alternative. (The alternative, “I haven’t been screwed like this since elementary school,” horrified her even more, but she had given her word.)
When it was announced in the press that Pitt and Aniston were separating, actress Eva Longoria was photographed wearing a T-shirt that read: “I will have your baby, Brad.” It was her response to the rumor, unfounded and unfair, incidentally, that Aniston’s unwillingness to start a family was the reason for the split. It is also a riff, even without knowing it, from Palahniuk’s original dialogue.