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Because Laurie knows.
So, gents. Is your masculinity in crisis? Or is it, like capitalism, the very definition of crisis? Those are your choices, apparently.
Posted at 08:15 in Agonies of the Left | Permalink
No, but my masculinity certainly does know how to bring about quite a crisis, when the mood is right.
September 10, 2013 at 08:37
Laurie - put the kettle on, love. There's a good girl.
Dr Cromarty |
September 10, 2013 at 08:40
Basically, there's something wrong with you
We can't all be as mentally well-adjusted as Laurie Penny.
September 10, 2013 at 08:40
When she says "I'd argue that..." does she actually go on to argue it or does the assertion stand alone with no supporting argument?
Having said that my masculinity is in crisis- I mean I watched a soap opera yesterday!
September 10, 2013 at 08:45
We can’t all be as mentally well-adjusted as Laurie Penny.
She is indeed the yardstick of not-at-all-bonkersness. But a belief that there’s something terribly wrong with you, by virtue of (a) being male and (b) being male and not agreeing with Laurie, is pretty much her view. If you don’t agree with her, you’re a faulty, inferior being. I mean, it isn’t hard to see that some of the men in Laurie’s orbit might be experiencing some kind of masculinity crisis, but that’s largely because they’re the kind of men who end up in Laurie’s orbit. Men who fret about their straightness oppressing people on twitter, for instance.
It reminds me of the legendary barbecue patriarchy announced in the Guardian, where sexism crushes the soul and cooking for friends is apparently joyless, “ugly” and “oppressively penetrating.”
September 10, 2013 at 08:50
I loved the barbecue thing because it is so easy to imagine the Guardian outrage article if the cooking roles were reversed and women were expected to tend the sausages instead of mixing the Pimms: Oppression! Hegemony! Patriarchy! Colonisation! Shame!
Torquil Macneil |
September 10, 2013 at 09:29
does she actually go on to argue it or does the assertion stand alone with no supporting argument?
Blasphemers will report to the correction booth. Three hours, maximum setting.
Laurie just knows what men “really, really want to talk about.” And apparently we, all of us, want to talk about what she wants us to talk about. In “a safe way,” no less. Uncanny, isn’t it?
September 10, 2013 at 09:41
I think it it is pretty obvious that Laurie knows a lot of very young, sexually unconfident men. Some of these will have discovered that flattering a certain kind of feminist by really, really wanting to talk about gender and the crisis of masculinity results in sex. Some things never change. It will be a few years before Laurie spots it, on current evidence, but there will be plenty of copy in it when she does.
Torquil Macneil |
September 10, 2013 at 09:48
It’s also worth noting that leftist psychology is often antithetical to stoicism – at one time considered a chiefly male virtue. Certainly an adult one. Dramas and grievances must be inflated or conjured from nothing, even if that means becoming flimsy, dishonest and pathetic.
September 10, 2013 at 10:05
It reminds me of the legendary barbecue patriarchy announced in the Guardian,
But straight cis male barbecuing takes up so much space…
September 10, 2013 at 11:05
Extreme Left-Wing Feminist declares: "Masculinity In Crises". All the Worlds Men just carry on as usual.
September 10, 2013 at 11:31
With Penny Dreadful it's always a crisis. She's outraged by everything -even stuff that didn't happen.
Karen M |
September 10, 2013 at 12:56
I suppose her Twitter followers are lining up to praise her brilliance. As for me, I have no idea what the F that tweet is supposed to mean. I thought I knew the definition of "crisis" until this moment, but now, I'm not sure.
R. Sherman |
September 10, 2013 at 13:21
With Penny Dreadful it’s always a crisis.
Oh yes. It’s all a bit manic. According to Laurie, the game of football is “commodified nationalism” - practically fascism - played by “misogynist jocks” indulging in “organised sadism.” And the World Cup is a “month of corporate-sponsored quasi-xenophobia,” one that “violently excludes more than half the people.” How so, you ask? She doesn’t say. But she does say that vajazzling is all about self-hatred and political passivity: it’s “corporate pornography,” a “species of surveillance” in which a lady’s nether parts “are forcibly reshaped into a smile.” Yes, pubic glitter is a socio-political issue and a basis for operatic umbrage. And on and on it goes. For Laurie, life must be one unending OMFG!
But aside from the relentless, self-induced breathlessness, I suppose the idea is that a crisis can justify extreme measures, extreme retaliation, which Ms Penny likes the sound of. What with her fondness for ‘occupying’ this and that, and her stated desire for a “radical youth movement” – “a movement for revolution” – one that “requires direct action” and “upsetting… our parents, our future employers… and quite possibly the police.” Hers, she says, is “a world that’s increasingly on fire.”
September 10, 2013 at 13:30
Hers is a brain that's increasingly on fire.
Karen M |
September 10, 2013 at 13:34
But straight cis male barbecuing takes up so much space…
Please help, what is this cis thing? Google won't give me a straight answer. From the context, I don't believe it's Christians in Science or Cattle Information Service.
September 10, 2013 at 14:23
what is this cis thing?
It’s short for cisgender, as opposed to transgender, i.e., a person whose subjective experience matches their anatomy and appearance. It’s a term that’s often used by people who dislike the idea of normal as an assumed default.
September 10, 2013 at 14:33
Please help, what is this cis thing?
I found the answer, cis = normal = oppressor
September 10, 2013 at 14:34
Hers is a brain that’s increasingly on fire.
Well, she doesn’t so much argue as declare. Reasoning and facts are quite thin on the ground and her claims are often ludicrous and perverse. Laurie says she “can’t help getting [her] rage on” about “how hard it is for a woman to be taken seriously in the British press these days.” Setting aside her fans at the BBC and Channel 4, who seem to have her on speed dial, it doesn’t seem to have occurred to Laurie that any laughter and scepticism might be due, not to her gender, but to what she actually says.
September 10, 2013 at 15:31
A spectre is haunting Laurie Penny: The spectre of confident manly men.
September 10, 2013 at 15:52
Laurie writes "crisis" as if that's a bad thing, but at other times she is in favor of permanent revolution.
September 10, 2013 at 15:53
According to Wiki, Tatler magazine described her as one of top 100 'people who matter'. I think that should be "natter". I'll fix it shortly.
September 10, 2013 at 16:12
her fondness for “occupying” this and that
Does occupying her ass with her head count?
R. Sherman |
September 10, 2013 at 16:17
She seems to live somewhere between the constant hope of one day stumbling upon an original thought and the crushing reality that any measure of success she enjoys is due entirely to her modestly good looks...
September 10, 2013 at 16:33
Very interesting explanation of the cis-trans terminology. It is used in organic chemistry to refer to the physical orientation of atomes in certain molecules, and I bet that the progressives appropriated it for their own nefarious purposes. Another example of corruption of the language.
September 10, 2013 at 17:12
"I mean, it isn’t hard to see that some of the men in Laurie’s orbit might be experiencing some kind of masculinity crisis, but that’s largely because they’re the kind of men who end up in Laurie’s orbit."
Ouch! He shoots, he scores... ;)
September 10, 2013 at 17:53
Is your masculinity in crisis?
Every time I read Penny Dreadful's hand-wringing about masculinity, MY masculinity goes into crisis, and I haven't even got a Y chromosome.
Same old weapons-grade narcissism, I reckon…
September 10, 2013 at 18:05
I kind of like the thought of being a walking crisis.
Only the dead are beyond crisis. Laurie aspires to the peace and predictability of the grave yard. But entropy hasn't caught up to me just yet.
September 10, 2013 at 18:21
In the sense that Capitalism is based around creative destruction and masculinity is an abstract in a state of flux, she's almost right...
Not for the reasons she intends though.
Charlie Suet |
September 10, 2013 at 18:41
One thing Penny never seems to want a revolution in is trust funds...
September 10, 2013 at 21:06
Laurie claims not to have one. It’s one of the few details of her riot-grrrl persona that isn’t an unwitting caricature. She did, however, spend a year living on “a small inheritance.” I presume this was around the time she was writing and subbing for the Morning Star communist newspaper.
September 10, 2013 at 21:50
around the time she was writing and subbing for the Morning Star communist newspaper.
September 10, 2013 at 22:06
Feminism always seems to be 'in crisis'. I'd argue that, like socialism, feminism isn't IN crisis, feminism IS crisis.
Makes a lot more sense.
Jake Haye |
September 10, 2013 at 22:36
I recall Penny vs David Starkey where Penny declared "I want to say that there's a violence inherent in this discussion" There are quite a few rhetorical crutches that after slight modification, can and will be used in practically any situation.
surely, you can manage a better critique than that.
[ I’ve deleted Andy’s “critique.” DT ]
Col. Milquetoast |
September 10, 2013 at 23:29
What kind of crisis is it when Penny walks into her flat and is confronted by a big, hairy, spider?
Jeff Guinn |
September 11, 2013 at 01:08
Only socialism can cure the crisis.
Except, of course, the endless crises brought about by state interference, socialist over-spending, ill-considered policies, failure to regard working people as anything other than drones, weak and ineffectual leadership, war-mongering in the cause of 'justice,' slavish adherence to unions and restrictive practices, encouragement of feeble-minded intellectuals, screwed-up education, unfettered immigration of people who only want to come for free money, endless pontificating and the subsequent badly-planned lawmaking, along with all the rest of the hatreds and negativity spawned by those who yearn for a world run by people who know nothing about life.
Those things may safely be ignored.
September 11, 2013 at 09:54
Are you 100% sure that Laurie Penny is a real person?
September 11, 2013 at 10:04
As I often do, I will be contrarian here.
To begin with, masculinity is in crisis. There are books (not hysterical books) with titles like Men On Strike and The War on Boys. A large proportion of men seem to have lost interest in work and marriage. Cultural critics note that many young men seem to have no idea how to be masculine other than boorishness.
This is not a new thing: The War on Boys came out in 2001, and the discussions go back further.
Ms. Penny is relatively young (27 in a few days). She was 15 in 2001. So the idea of "masculinity in crisis" has been a prominent meme since she's been old enough to think about public issues.
Of course she doesn't really understand the issue; thus her idiotic response.
Rich Rostrom |
September 11, 2013 at 20:43
You make that little penny shine.
September 11, 2013 at 21:54
This is not a new thing
What is really not a new thing is the idea of claiming something is in crisis in order to either sell a few books or get a few votes.
It doesn't actually mean anything.
September 12, 2013 at 12:43
Imagine my shock that our Ms Penny has therein fulfilled her own philosophy. Er, prophecy.
September 12, 2013 at 17:13
You have to appreciate the irony of claiming capitalism is in crisis - on Twitter, the wholly privately owned and venture capitalist funded social media.
Perhaps she should stick to using Royal Mail, whilst it is still state owned.
Runcie Balspune |
September 12, 2013 at 20:59
It must be exhausting being Laurie Penny. Generally people who are in a perpetual state of grievance at the world are not the happiest of souls. Of course we don't know to what extent this is just an act: for all we know she could be a little ray of sunshine when she's not firing off gnomic Sixth Form Student Rebel tweets. I somehow doubt it, though.
David Gillies |
September 16, 2013 at 01:22
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