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August 05, 2015

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Rafi

I remember being ten years old and grieving my girlhood

Smells like bullshit from start to finish. Can we just bomb San Francisco?

Joan

Hence, of course, the feminism. One mustn’t let all that hatred and self-involvement go to waste.

That.

David

See also Laurie Penny, whose radical crop, matching nails and endless stream of selfies are merely to demonstrate how little she cares about her appearance.

J

Consider your button tickled, Mr T.

Atempdog

I no longer naively expect my physical appearance (on its own) to do that work for me.

At least when she decides her fashion choices aren't working for her, she can easily change them, unlike Mr Luke Clark.

David

Meanwhile, in other Bay Area news

David

Consider your button tickled, Mr T.

Appreciated.

Q30

"I enjoyed a level of tolerance from authority figures and society at large that can only be attributed to my whiteness."

Or your femaleness, sweetheart. Mayhap.

On the topic of "cultural appropriation"... I've never really understood it, seeing as how pretty much all cultures "appropriate" stuff from other cultures all the time. It's called "adopting" or "borrowing" or "cultural syncretism," is it not? There's no such thing as a "pure" culture; "pure" cultures go extinct.

To give a random example, I have a kanji tattoo on my back. Am I "appropriating" Japanese culture? Maybe.

But the accusation is odd, seeing as how the Japanese appropria- ADOPTED rather, their writing system from China. And, in fact, the word 'kanji' is merely the Japanese reading of logograms which mean literally 'Chinese characters.'

English speaking people, when we use our writing system of Roman letters, are we "appropriating" Roman culture?

And when a non-white person uses electricity and running water, are they "appropriating" white culture?

What do you call this kind of ideology? Moronism?

Anna

Annah Anti-Palindrome

Translation: I'm a huge poser and not to be taken seriously about anything.

David

Translation: I’m a huge poser and not to be taken seriously about anything.

She’s advancing the cause of womanhood by being laughably pretentious.

David

Even minus her dreadlocks, Ms Anti-Palindrome is still challenging our expectations of what a “Bay Area-based writer, musician, optical sound-smith and queer/femme antagonist” looks like.

No trace of conformism there.

Anna

Ugly tattoos. Check
Armpit hair. Check.
Nose ring. Check.
Retro hipster glasses. Check.

Her uniform is complete.

David

By the way, on visiting Everyday Feminism, the first thing to appear was this.

“Scholarships available.”

dw

I started… going to feminist music festivals… amidst… other (mostly white) grrrls who were shirking their feminine hygiene routines (shaving, bathing, hair combing,

Bad feminist music + angry, smelly women good times.

Jonathan

Time passed and the more unattainable and oppressive heteronormative femininity felt, the more I grew to hate myself and everybody around me.

Translation: " Why won't everybody pay attention to me?"

Jamie MacMaster

Never, in the annals of dripdom....

Robert of Ottawa

I love the cultural appropriation idea. The Canadian aboriginals appropriated the wheel, rifle, big screen TV and several billion dollars a year.

TheTooner

Cultural appropriation? One is tempted to tell her feminism is appropriation of male culture, for the spectacle: she may start spinning in ever-decreasing circles until she disappears up her own arse.

David

More of Ms Anti-Palindrome’s deep wisdom here.

“White voice” is bad, m’kay?

Jay

Love the idea that someone so unconcerned about her appearance that her clothes require to be held together has dental floss in her cupboard to do the holding together...

BTW what the hell is an optical sound-smith?

Steve 2 - Stevement Day

I remember being ten years old and wanting to be a spaceship.

"Whooosssshhhh!" I'd say, zooming through the playground at an impressive fraction of the speed of light, the relativistic effects blurring and red-shifting images of other, lesser, children playing football or hopscotch.

"Fire photon torpedo!" I'd order, when I was about to poo.

But that all changed the day my Dad took me into his study and explained the facts of life.

"Son," he said, because he really bought into that whole patriarchal nuclear family paradigm, "You're not a spaceship and you can never be a spaceship."

Was this a Klingon trap? I prepared to arm my phasers and make a jump to hyperspace but his next words rocked me to my very warp core.

"You're a Shit-Lord, son. Just as I am a Shit-Lord and your grandfather was a Shit-Lord before me."

I was intrigued. "What's a Shit... Lord, Papa?"

He just smiled and turned on an overhead projector.

"Genghis Khan... Terry-Thomas... Emperor Palpatine... all of these great men from history had one thing in common, son. They weren't just random Shit-Lords from history. These are your ancestors, boy."

"But what does it all mean, Father?"

He knelt down and put a hand on my shoulder, looked me straight in the eye and said:

"It means, boy, that you are entitled to take anything your heart desires. Entire continents, human bodies, land resources - you can even listen to that rappity rap music if you want to. Life is a pop of the cherry when you're a boy.

"Just remember this..." he shuddered with revulsion, "The only thing that can stop us is radical grrrls with great big musty bushes under their armpits. Fear them, laddie! Fear their manky, nit-ridden matted hair!"

"I will, Dad! I'm going to start being a Shit-Lord right now! I can't wait to use my cispatriarchal colonial cultural appropriation super powers to taunt fatties and set fire to tramps!"

And now you know the rest of the story.

David

You had me at Papa.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

To further my point, being a white grrrl with dreadlocks, as well as someone who wore clothing scrappily held together by safety pins, dental fIoss and band patches, I was still considered employable and trustworthy.

Indeed, probably by the shop that sells clothes scrappily held together by safety pins, dental floss, and band patches.

We idolized musicians like The Slits, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, Ani Difranco, L7, and Switchblade Symphony – all feminists who wrote songs about smashing mainstream beauty standards...

Songs about smashing mainstream beauty standards, yes, one of the great musical themes going back to the ancient Greeks and which, no doubt, explains the success that has made these bands household names all across the Castro Street block between 16th & Beaver.

I read them and learned more about the history and symbolism of dreadlocks in the US in context to black folk’s resistance movements against white supremacy. I learned that black folks in the US with dreadlocks are not seen as “quirky” or “alternative,” but as “dangerous” and “militant”.

Actually, it was black (and white and every shade of tan in between) stoner culture aping Jamaican stoner culture and wasn't seen as anything but stoner culture, the "dangerous" and "militant" are more into Afros, leather jackets, truncheons, guns, and stylish berets.

Annah Anti-Palindrome is a bay-area based musician/Optical Sound-Smith, writer, and queer/femme...

You cannot imagine my surprise.

Annah performs using a variety of different mediums including a Line 6 (DL4) looping system, kitchen utensils, gas-masks, raw eggs, blood pressure cuffs, found objects, her body (mostly her throat), and more!

Her next show is 21 August, I think I can just make it if I can find a scalper with a ticket left. Her music can be found here if you are not sure you want to go, but after you listen, I am sure you will.

My mother died in 2007 from a morphine overdose, at which point I changed the spelling of my name from Anna, to Annah. This was a cathartic shift for me— a shift which symbolically allowed me to resist the life of being a Palindrome..."Why resist palindromes?" please know that it is not a request of those around me, but more a personal vendetta neatly folded up into a mouthful: a daily mantra meant to preserve my integrity. To keep me Inhabited.

Sorry about your mom, but OK, now I see the burden my uncle Bob went through all his life.

Everyone should visit her website particularly if you are a patriarchal person of pallor or otherwise appropriating someone else's culture.

rjmadden

So the "societal pressures" of "oppressive heteronormative femininity" now include bathing and combing your hair...?

It's hard to keep up with all these imaginary problems.

David

It’s hard to keep up with all these imaginary problems.

[ Wheels out correction booth, blows dust off valves, sets it to Heavy Scold. ]

Kevin B

So the lady went from being Anna Palindrome to Hannah Palindrome who drops her aitches?

DeNihilist

Ah, but notice how deep she is still in the system, she writes "The Patriarchy". Capitols! Showing Respect! She needs more radicalization to be a true wimminz!

Timbo

Annah Anti-Palindrome

Oh fuck off will you?

Dr Cromarty

Thankfully that gene thread ends with her.

Hal

Can we just bomb San Francisco?

Nah. That'd be like bombing London, again, just because Penny went back.

The actual SF---and general bay area---version of Come the revolution . . . is to finally have the latest bubble(s) pop so that the hipsters finally go away and leave the rest of us to enjoy taste, style, and a clue . . .

A.Gilhespy

Apparently the Visigoths invented the trouser. No trousers for non-Visigoths.

Hal

Apparently the Visigoths invented the trouser. No trousers for non-Visigoths.

Hmmm. After all, someone invented roofs and housing.

---now extend that one out . . . !

Hal

Retro hipster glasses. Check

Oh, no, not only being pointless and tacky by having unneeded glasses stuck on the face, having only frames . . can't quite tell in this case, but some lot of the congeal of hipsters have been going about with just the eyeglass frames, with no lenses.

Yes, it's not enough to merely inflict an additional layer of being a useless cretin, the hatred of anything of quality must be proclaimed.

John The River

Nah, Bomb San Francisco. I watched a video filmed there, to protest George W. Bush they took turns shitting on an American Flag to the wide cheers of the people.

Best use incendiaries, lots and lots of incendiaries.

Sam Duncan

“What do you call this kind of ideology? Moronism?”

National-Socialism.

Not that its adherents will have noticed. And they'd scream blue murder if you accused them of it. Convinced as they are that Nazism is “right-wing”, Leftists are constantly sleepwalking into its tenets by accident.

And they wonder why the rest of us think they're a bit dim.

David Davis

Her music is boring and derivative. Also she uses instruments and effects perfected by Ethnic White Males using anti-femiNazi technology. It's a four-chord song, except there's only two. My 12-year-old can do better than that using Sibelius-7.

Atempdog

Best use incediaries
Nuke them from orbit; it's the only way to be sure.

Charlie Suet

I think it's been noted here before that SJWs frequently resemble nothing so much as old-fashioned racists.

The point about cultural appropriation is that it assumes, like much of the prog doctrine, that there are strong, oppressor cultures and weaker, victim cultures. No historical development is ever meditated that could change this. Non-whites were, are now and will always be oppressed and in need of looking after.

It's made more ludicrous by the fact that it is cultural influences that, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, have done as much as anything else to transform the reputations of blacks amongst whites.

Plus the targets of leftie ire are so ludicrously trivial - stuff like twerking and headdresses.

champ

So, white grrrls of pallor wear their hair in "dreadlocks,", it is white supremacy at work. So what is it when wymym of color straighten their hair, ala Mochelle O?

Hal

. . . a video filmed there, to protest George W. Bush they took turns shitting on an American Flag to the wide cheers of the people.


“What do you call this kind of ideology? Moronism?”

National-Socialism.

Not that its adherents will have noticed. And they'd scream blue murder if you accused them of it. Convinced as they are that Nazism is “right-wing”, Leftists are constantly sleepwalking into its tenets by accident.

And they wonder why the rest of us think they're a bit dim.

So, yeah . . . That'd be like bombing London, again, just because Penny went back.

The actual SF---and general bay area---version of Come the revolution . . . is to finally have the latest bubble(s) pop so that the hipsters finally go away and leave the rest of us to enjoy taste, style, and a clue . . .

JeremiadBullfrog

Say, that Everyday Feminism course looks great. I'd love to learn how to free myself from other people's toxic self-talk.

oh wait...

R. Sherman

The Canadian aboriginals appropriated the wheel, rifle, big screen TV and several billion dollars a year. . .

As I love pointing out to the anti-appropriation scolds, that wonderful American plains culture was directly caused by the fact that the Spanish were lousy with animal husbandry. Oh, and that marvelous bead work you see in art museums? French trappers trading bits of glass for beaver pelts. In other words, each side giving up something they valued less for something they valued more. Cultural appropriation is a win-win proposition.

Elrond Hubbard

"Armpit hair. Check.

Looks like she has Willie Nelson in a headlock.

randian

"Despite my rebellious appearance, I enjoyed a level of tolerance from authority figures and society at large that can only be attributed to my whiteness."

Being a leftist, she cannot bring herself to recognize the more likely scenario: her eccentricities are tolerated because she is female.

Daniel Ream

My mother died in 2007 from a morphine overdose[...]

Pretty much all that needs to be said. While I'm sure that somewhere there exist radical lefties who are not the product of severe dysfunctional, abusive, or broken families, I've yet to see the counter-example.

Rob

The great man, Tim Blair, has linked to your post.

"My mother died in 2007 from a morphine overdose, at which point I changed the spelling of my name from Anna, to Annah."

Of course, why not? Quite conservative really. Why not add an ampersand or '@' instead and really stand out in the fight against stuff n that?

David

The great man, Tim Blair, has linked to your post.

And now there’re Aussies everywhere. Help me move the sofa back to make more room. And for God’s sake, lock the liquor cabinet.

mojo

Let me explain the Bay Area.

No, there is to much. Let me sum up:

a good 50% of the population of the five counties comprising the SF Bay Area are, to be polite, less than totally sane. Some of them (I estimate 15%) belong in straight jackets.

Be afraid.

dicentra

Time passed and the more unattainable and oppressive heteronormative femininity felt, the more I grew to hate myself and everybody around me.

I've got a tenner that says she was sexually abused to some degree, hence the loathing of her won femininity.

They always leave that part out and blame Teh Patriarchy.

R. Sherman

And now there’re Aussies everywhere.

I don't think they're here yet. You normally hear 'em before your see 'em.

Paul Nottingham

“I don’t care that my presence illicitness discomfort and sometimes communicates what is seen as blatant disrespect!”

Ethel, the monkeys have been on the typewriters again!

dicentra

There we go. Another windmill at which to tilt.

I'd like to remind everyone that Quijote was not an idealist--he was delusional. That "Dream the Impossible Dream" nonsense is a romantic reinterpretation of the story that Cervantes never intended.

Faced with the enormous windmills of La Mancha, Quijote declared them to be giants in need of a trouncing by a Valiant Knight. When Sancho observed that they were actually windmills, Quijote said that Sancho was obviously ignorant of Teh Narrative, which is why he failed to properly perceive the giants.

Reality, in the end, asserted itself with some force, as the vanes sent horse and rider tumbling into the plain. That's a helluva tumble, BTW, the windmills being perched atop a significant promontory.

These and other assertions by reality did not shake Quijote from his delusion: instead, he blamed an evil sorcerer who was obviously stalking him and thwarting his efforts to Do Noble Deeds.

Whatever parallel to the article heading this post I'll leave as an exercise for the reader.

Michael H Anderson

The stupid, it burns!

David

I’d like to remind everyone that Quijote was not an idealist—he was delusional.

Someone fetch that woman cake, stat.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

"Despite my rebellious appearance, I enjoyed a level of tolerance from authority figures and society at large that can only be attributed to my whiteness."

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

DAMMIT! Anyway, has nothing to do with your whiteness, you self-important moop. It's because all you "rebellious" types look alike, and all the "straight" "white" "Patriarchal" people are not only used to it, they're bored with it.

Be daring! Cut off a limb!

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

And why does she say "white people," and "black folks"? Isn't that a bit...crackery?

wtp

I've often mentioned to friends a bumper sticker I keep threatening to print up, e.g. "Be different! Be NORMAL!". I'm sure there's at least a dozen or so normal people in the world i could sell them to.

wtp

a bit...crackery

Driving down I-75 from Georgia into Florida, noticed a big, new billboard advertising log-built "Cracker" homes. Shockingly, even it being one of the main thoroughfares into the state, no one but me appears to have noticed it.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

wtp, this? http://www.crackerstyleloghomes.com/

wtp

Q&JSoABUK, yes. Dat be it. Wonders I could hit that racist site from work. The firewallmen are asleep at the switch again.

old44

Sorry Anna | August 05, 2015 at 10:51
No bib and braces.

Hal

a good 50% of the population of the five counties comprising the SF Bay Area are, to be polite, less than totally sane. Some of them (I estimate 15%) belong in straight jackets.

aka, currently the BA does include a rather large debacle of hipsters.

Colours

A debacle of hipsters?
I thought the collective noun was a douche of hipsters.

Hal

I thought the collective noun was a douche of hipsters.

Eeeeeehhhhhnnn, I'm arguing no. Consider that slimeballs exist all over, therefore a douche of is a little vague.

Contrast with the several collective nouns of a debacle of hipsters, a congeal of hipsters, a fiasco of hipsters, when considering hipster fantasies of someday possibly managing to mebbe get mistaken for adults, the tasteful, the successful, the stylish, having intelligence. Such blatant pretension being a debacle, a fiasco, and they bloody well do congeal . . .

Rather in parallel, one thus then gets a style of mathematicians, an elegance of mathematicians . . .

dicentra

Someone fetch that woman cake, stat.

My ABD in Spanish Lit needs to serve the world at least one day per year.

I'll be at my ease until August 2016.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in New York, the scars of America are revealed in a daring yet NSFW or eyeballs way.

Also way too much, I might add.

Nona Faustine posing naked in the streets of New York is a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of the slaves sold there – and the violence against humanity that still troubles the nation today...Seeing a yellow cab veer around Faustine’s calm yet troubling presence in the street, you also seem to see in your mind the diagram of a slave ship published by anti-slavery campaigners in 18th-century Britain...

I can't tell if that last bit is intended to be snark, as "Yellow Cab" and "Slave Ship" don't seem particularly analogous regardless of how many people you cram in the former, if not, the author need help, serious, serious help. It also appears our artist has culturally appropriated someone's high heels.

The Lancastrian Oik

"Crackers"

The current Mrs. Oik and I were on a road trip through the American Southwest a number of years ago and heading west out of Atlanta towards Savannah and the islands.

Being badly hungover after several days of drunken debauchery in New Orleans, a flight at "sparrowfart" a.m. and in dire need of food and a means of rehydration, we were pleased to find an establishment just off the cloverleaf.

It was a "trailer" (to us a "caravan") in a lay-by (sorry, don't the equivalent in Yankspeak) selling food and cold-ish cans of "soda" ("pop" to us Brits and, I am pleased to note, a substantial portion of the Mid-West).

There was a choice of Coke, Diet Coke or Dr. Pepper, served from a styrofoam chest full of water which had probably been ice that morning but by then it was about 37C and well past noon. There was only one type of sandwich available in two sizes. The staff were racially diverse- the black guy did the cooking and the white guy took the money (I'm consciously avoiding doing the "folks/people" thing).

The hand painted sign which had so attracted us read "Poke Chop Sanwichus $1.00 and £1.50". The only misleading aspect of the sign was the spelling, because we each received a freshly-grilled pork chop, bone included, pressed between two unbuttered slices of Wonderbread.

I am not being sarcastic when I say that I genuinely love America.

The Lancastrian Oik

Sorry- that should have read "east to Savannah". Got my geography all ass-backwards.

R. Sherman

Although Ms. Annah is anti-palindrome, she's obviously "pro" "semordnilap."

R. Sherman

Lanc, all carbonated non-alcoholic beverages in Georgia and a lot of the deep south are called "coke," small "c." You have to specify the flavor.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It was a "trailer" (to us a "caravan") in a lay-by (sorry, don't the equivalent in Yankspeak)...

Rest stop or area, pull-over, parking area, turnoff, or turnout. There are also scenic overlooks if there is anything particularly scenic to overlook, though some have delusions of grandeur.

Most rest stops are on the Interstates, but smaller ones can be found on some US and state highways. Commercial activity is generally not allowed at proper rest stops on main highways, but there are lots of abandoned gas stations and stop-and-robs (with or without buildings still standing) that have roach coaches as you described.

Adriane

My ABD in Spanish Lit needs to serve the world at least one day per year.

But more servings equals more cake.

Literally.

Anonymous Beachside Retiree

Is it worth pointing out that Afro-Caribbeans appropriated dredlocks and much else from the Indian community? As can be seen by the fact that Rastas called marijuana "ganga".

Why is it wrong to appropriate poor hair hygene from people who appropriated it from others?

Jimmy

Is it worth pointing out that Afro-Caribbeans appropriated dredlocks and much else from the Indian community? As can be seen by the fact that Rastas called marijuana "ganga".

Why is it wrong to appropriate poor hair hygene from people who appropriated it from others?

Because systematic oppressshun and other stuff like that, you shit-lord. Your facts aren't welcome here.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Facts oppress her hair! Is it wrong that I want to laugh at her?

MikeG81

Yes, I can just imagine how awesome it would be to sit cross-legged on the ground at a music festival with several thousand women who have decided that hygiene sucks; never mind getting, er, "close" to one.

James from Sydney

Got here via Timbo's blog - if she wasn't a Yank, she'd be a good chance to take out this year's Frightbat Poll.

False Profiteer

Annah Anti-Palindrome is “a Bay Area-based writer, musician, optical sound-smith and queer/femme antagonist.”

Why is she antagonizing queer/femmes? And why is she Anti-Palindrome? Are palindromes somehow patriarchal, or is that a Sarah Palin pun?

David Gillies

It's really hard to overstate just how amazingly dense is the idea of 'cultural appropriation' being a bad thing. You see, transmission and adoption of ideas, both horizontally between different groups and vertically through time, is exactly what culture is. Otherwise every group and every generation would have to make things up from scratch, and we'd all be still at the Ardipithecus level of technological development. You can't have culture without cultural appropriation.

The self-hatred of these people is the only honest emotional stance they exhibit.

mojo

Is it a stench of Skunks?

Daniel Ream

I've got a tenner that says she was sexually abused to some degree, hence the loathing of her won femininity.

No bet.

I used to laugh at these people, too, but a friend of mine starting dating in that pool due to the easy fishin' and so I reluctantly got to know several of these types. While I have no doubt that some of their horror stories were exaggerated or affected for the attention it garnered them, a truly large number of them were, in fact, physically or sexually abused as children or adolescents. Enough so that it became fairly easy to spot the ones who had from the ones who were faking solely by the behavioural symptoms.

I can't really find them humorous any more. By and large, they aren't self-absorbed children with exaggerated egos; they're deeply damaged people retreating into a coping mechanism.

BD Sixsmith

It's comforting to think that "the Bay Area" is a fictional creation invented to satirise cultural fads.

David

I can’t tell if that last bit is intended to be snark,

It’s Jonathan Jones, whose earnestly mouthed bollocks have amazed us before.


transmission and adoption of ideas, both horizontally between different groups and vertically through time, is exactly what culture is.

That. As I believe the happening kids say. See also Franklin’s recent post.

Taken at face value, the “outrage-as-a-lifestyle wing of the progressive Left,” as Franklin puts it, seem to want all culture racialised, ‘purified’ and categorised by tribal affiliation. A notion with unedifying historical precedents. And as exemplified by the Columbia University undergrad, supposedly a scholar of the humanities, who didn’t want to listen to Mozart’s music (to find out whether she might enjoy it) because Mozart wasn’t black like her.

Chester Draws

When people want so hard to be different, I always think of this:

http://www.funnyonlinepictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/34.png

Fruitbat44

Where & when did the desire to do your own thing turn into a terrible self-regard?

-sigh-

Ah well.

Btw, is it slightly weird to say that I think Ms Anti-Palindrome looks kinda cute?

Ozi_bloke

Are palindromes somehow patriarchal, or is that a Sarah Palin pun?

It's just a silly play on words, hence Annah instead of Hannah or Anna, both of which are palindromes.

I wonder if "feminist" is the female form of "onanist" as the "Everyday Self Love Course" would indicate.

Ozi_bloke

Btw, is it slightly weird to say that I think Ms Anti-Palindrome looks kinda cute?

Yes.

RY

For irony:

Deborah Orr

The Picture of Dorian Gray made me forever suspicious of the self-righteous

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/06/picture-dorian-gray-hypocrisy-ravage-lives

David

For irony

Heh. Self-awareness, like logic, seems forever to escape her. For readers unfamiliar with Ms Orr and her mental cutting beam, see here and here.

DAN

It's hard to tell, but she certainly doesn't look skinny or busty enough from those pictures.

Dom

Did she add the "h" to her first name because she's, you know, anti-palindrome and all?

Dom

Straw? No. Too stupid a fad. I put soot on warts.

Just to annoy anti-palindrome.

Captain Nemo

So, she's Anti-Palindrome. I'm Uncle Paraprosdokian.

pst314

"It’s Jonathan Jones, whose earnestly mouthed bollocks have amazed us before."

I'm afraid to click that link. :-)

dicentra

By and large, they aren't self-absorbed children with exaggerated egos; they're deeply damaged people retreating into a coping mechanism.

There are the genuine ones, as you say, and then there are the wannabees.

Scratch someone with Münchausen syndrome (not by proxy) and you'll find a kid who was raised in a home where one member of the family was chronically ill, such that all the family's time and emotion was consumed by that illness. They learned that to be sick was to be loved and to be well was to be ignored.

Likewise, the affectation of mental distress by way too many feminists is a method of winning sympathy, of being "interesting" and exotic, of being so exquisitely attuned to pain that all and sundry must treat them with kid gloves and RESPECT.

Those who are genuinely damaged often have personality disorders; borderline PD means an addition to drama -- they don't feel truly alive unless their lives are in utter chaos, so they ensure that their lives are chaotic, though they lack the capacity to see that they're the ones causing it. No, it's their tragic, tragic lot in life to be thus distressed.

It's this disorder that's inspiring the current feminist affectations. Mental illness as a status symbol.

What stupid, simpering fools humans be.

Hal

So, she's Anti-Palindrome. I'm Uncle Paraprosdokian.

At some so far generally undefined point I will be utterly unsurprised to have someone vehemently scream of my being the Antichrist . . . of which I expect to note that Oh, nonsense, I'm very clearly much more of an Uncle Christ . . .

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

David, the problem with "earnestly mouthed bollocks" as a link for me is I'm afraid that I'll click it and find some naked, out of shape, plastic encased artist funneling some other naked artist's ball sweat onto a canvas.

David

Did someone say ball sweat...?

Spiny Norman

Test.

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