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August 02, 2016

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Joan

Short version: "If you don't fancy me there's something wrong with you. Because capitalism."

prm

Translation: Nobody loves me and it's everybody else's fault.

I actually - genuinely - feel sorry for her, and Laurie. They are miserable now, but the depth of unhappiness that's going to hit them later in life, in their 40s say, is going to be horrible. And it will happen, because there are truths about the nature of human beings, and because reality will give them a cluebat beating.

David

Short version: “If you don't fancy me there’s something wrong with you. Because capitalism.”

It is hard to avoid the suspicion of personal excuse-making. Though I suppose hugely presumptuous, mentally rigid feminists need hugs too.

Bags not going first.

Joan

Bags not going first.

Snort!

David

there are truths about the nature of human beings,

Well, setting aside romantic neglect and its unconvincing rationalisation, I can’t help thinking that “rejecting capitalism” was the conclusion of choice well in advance. And apparently the notion of assortative mating hasn’t yet penetrated the feminist hive mind.

ACTOldFart

Oh yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play
Till the stars that were there before return above you,
Till you whisper to me once more,
"Darling, I actually work to uphold hetero- and cis-normative, patriarchal, capitalist, and hierarchical structures with regard to you!"

With craven apologies to Cole Porter. But not to Ms Hedlund. She's just thick.

Atempdog

I can’t help thinking that “rejecting capitalism” was the conclusion of choice well in advance.

But dating is Capitalism. The more attractive, desirable people get more "customers" in the form of mating alternatives in exactly the same way that the best or least expensive product gets the most customers.

To smash capitalism, you must choose the poorly constructed item because of the virtue of the people who made who's virtue consists of being too oppressed to make a good product. You must love the "feminist killjoy" exactly because she is not lovable. Love somebody because they're lovable? What kind of cheap assed version of love is that?

Stop the oppression of the creepy and manipulative! You owe it to the future to love the weirdo who's staring at you and give it all up to the psycho bitch from hell. Oh wait, in tomorrow's lecture, we'll find out weirdo has male privilege, so it's only the psycho bitch from hell that you have to give it up for.

Alice

Because, says Ms Hedlund, love and sex are unequally “distributed,” with an unfair amount of both going to people who are deemed lovable and attractive by the people loving them,

I'm off to stalk a handsome doctor and then tell him it's his duty to seduce me.

#Fairness

David

I’m off to stalk a handsome doctor and then tell him it’s his duty to seduce me. #Fairness

Heh. Someone fetch cake for Alice.

And possibly chloroform.

Surreptitious Evil

Instead, we should actively resist these norms by challenging who and what we find un-attractive and un-interesting.

These are completely different things. Except, clearly, when a demented narcissist is considering who finds them un-attractive and un-interesting.

I'm sure the people I find attractive, the vast majority of whom I haven't exchanged a single word with, are a range including monomaniacs, idiots, Corbynistas, and even people who are actually very interesting. Equally, I don't need to find somebody attractive in the slightest to find them interesting.

Tim Newman

If you are only attracted to able, ‘mentally well’, cis, normatively beautiful people, from class privileged backgrounds, then you are upholding violent norms.

Hmmm. My wife is batshit insane, albeit in the most delightful way imaginable. So I'm one of the good ones.

Tim Newman

write down the gender, race, class, social, political, educational, and geographical background of everyone you have been attracted to.

I once fell in love with a half-Uzbek half-Tatar prostitute from Bekabad, Uzbekistan who had left school at 15. I'm definitely one of the good ones.

Tim Newman

Sorry.

Tim Newman

Oh, and I once got involved with a bisexual feminist who was probably mentally ill. It was a fucking miserable experience. There are good reasons why people choose to associate with normal people over headcases.

David

And don’t forget, our dear friend Laurie Penny thinks that mild titillation should be shared out fairly too, and be inspired by all body types, even the ones that are hairy and lumpy in all the wrong places. Because a light-hearted Instagram page about attractive men and their pets has too many attractive men on it.

Juliaeryn

I broke up with my ex boyfriend to be with my current partner of seven years. About six months before it ended my ex retired (at the age of 30) by selling his shares in his company and making a lot of money. He now spends his days studying for a new degree (on to no. 3 now, paid upfront), tinkering with inventions and doing volunteer work at the museum. Good for him! :)
But I left him to be with my current partner who works from contract to contract (research scientist), is not wealthy and who is less conventionally good looking (according to my friends, although I think he is absolutely handsome and wonderful and thank god everyday I made the choice that I did).
How does this fit with Hedlund's stupidass theory?
Btw when I was with my ex I was a hardcore socialist doof - I was that girl always carrying a guitar for no reasons and was way more proud of that fact than I had any right to be.

David

Oh, and I once got involved with a bisexual feminist who was probably mentally ill.

If any readers wish to share their more catastrophic amorous entanglements, do feel free.

Jonathan

..everyone deserves to desire, reject, be desired, and be rejected.

What a huge sense of entitlement this woman has! No-one automatically deserves to be desired; one has to earn all those things.

In a capitalist world of competition, domination, and individualism, practicing love in this way is a form of feminist resistance. It is about creating a world where love –in the form each person needs it – is accessible to everyone, rather than a scarce resource that only the most privileged can acquire.

IoW: " I demand that other people love and desire me, no matter what I'm like both physically and personality-wise."

Again, I'm fairly sure that's not how it works.

Nikw211

I’m guessing this is the young woman in question.

    Josefin (uses the gender neutral pronoun they/their/them) holds an MA with Distinction in International Politics and a First Class degree in Politics and Modern History (Hons)- both from the University of Manchester. Their MA dissertation “Timely and Timeless Peacekeeping: An interrogation of temporality in the Swedish debates around the Afghanistan mission” received the award for Best MA Dissertation in International Politics 2011/2012.

One can only wonder at what the competition was she had to beat off to win that award in International Politics.

The soon to be Dr Hedlund will no doubt be teaching a new generation of students at a university near you just as soon as she gets through with her thesis:

    Violent Solidarity: Exploring the ethico-political through Derrida and Swedish discourses on Consensus democracy, welfare economics, and peacekeeping
AC1

So if you claimed Rapists were merely redistributing Sex you'd probably not be invited to dinner parties any more...

David

Again, I’m fairly sure that’s not how it works.

And yet some people can take an otherwise unremarkable fact of life – that some of us will turn heads less often than others – and inflate this into an absurd political issue and source of ostentatious tutting. And there are those who suggest we could legislate for people who aren’t sufficiently attractive.

Lancastrian Oik

This myth still has a powerful hold in today’s Western neoliberal societies. Its most important message is that love is magical and apolitical.

Question-begging par excellence.

And... how dour and dogmatic. Has she no soul? Why shouldn't there be something in the world that resists tedious Marxoid analysis?

[+]

Should I google 'chubby amputee porn'?

#Dilemmas

David

Should I google ‘chubby amputee porn’?

I’d almost be disappointed if some didn’t exist. And apparently that’s the kind of thing that will free us from our “violent norms” of attractiveness. I suppose you could tailor the search to a more comfortable middle ground, like, “really plain council estate ladies with unseemly skin conditions.”

Lancastrian Oik

“really plain council estate ladies with unseemly skin conditions.”

With husbands called Norm, who are violent.

Jonathan

@Nikw211

From the good doctors biog.:

Together with Alister Wedderburn, Josefin also runs the RCIR Post-structural and Critical theory reading group, which sometimes hosts films for theoretical and political explorations.

Sounds like a fun night out.

David

Should I google ‘chubby amputee porn’?

In the interests of redistributing erotic interest, I think all porn searches should henceforth be tempered with an additional, less normative term. For instance, “chiselled abs, bad teeth.” Or, “huge knockers, eczema.”

Hey, it’s your duty in the fight against capitalism.

Stuck-Record

Funnily enough I've been waiting for this for about ten years, or since I first realised it was the natural end point of victimhood grievance.

I've had many conversations where I've pointed out to those who insist I 'check my privilege', or should be happy to share my (extremely meagre) wealth with those less fortunate than myself, that the same principles must surely apply in the areas of love and sex.

If a naturally bright person must be prevented from going to college because a thicker person of the current victimhood colour needs that place, then surely an attractive young millenial should be prepare to share the unearned good fortune of their lithe, atttractive body, with an phsically repellant or socially inept individual?

After all, they didn't earn their looks. Ugly, stupid, socially awkward people are just as deprived as poor people. In fact according to our socialist betters they must be more deprived as human interation and esteem is more important then money or status.

Horace Dunn

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMb0g6I80hI

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I can’t help thinking that “rejecting capitalism” was the conclusion of choice well in advance.

That or, judging from her "research interests", just a turn at the Post Modern Generator for her "thesis"; from her site:

Thesis

Violent Solidarity: Exploring the ethico-political through Derrida and Swedish discourses on Consensus democracy, welfare economics, and peacekeeping...

Consensus democracy, separatism and “safer spaces”
Creativity, resistance, aesthetics
The politics of relationships (sexual, friendly and romantic) and gender...[What the hell that has to do with international relations is a mystery]


The research project explores what it means to be ethico-political through reading Jacques Derrida together with Swedish discourses on solidarity. Solidarity and Sweden have been portrayed as exceptional examples of what it means to be ethical in IR, and thus the thesis focuses specifically on the Swedish debates and discourses around three expressions of solidarity: consensus democracy, welfare economics and peacekeeping. The questions it zooms in on are: what does solidarity produce, assume, and obscure in these texts? What kind of world, relationships, and politics become (im)possible in these debates? What conversations are closed down? It seeks to show how Derrida’s writing is deeply ethico-political and can illuminate how a lot of Swedish expressions of solidarity only make a very specific ethico-politics possible, while effectively closing down alternative perspectives. The project also explores other and different ways of thinking solidarity that can provide for new ways of relating to each other.

Right. Her interests also include "Academic Activism", which in English means, "Bitching a lot and not actually doing my job".

However, aside from her rant about not getting any, I do like the way this lot like to try to spice up their mundane existences by declaring everything equally mundane "violent".

I'm off to stalk a handsome doctor and then tell him it's his duty to seduce me.

I have nothing going on this weekend...

David

I have nothing going on this weekend...

I’ll send the lady a cocktail and bill your account.

R. Sherman

Ms. Hedlund writes:

It is about creating a world where love –in the form each person needs it – is accessible to everyone, rather than a scarce resource that only the most privileged can acquire. (Emphasis supplied)

Fascinating unproven assertion, that. Academe seems to have become a lot less rigorous since I was in school.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, somewhat related, a campus protest of note.

Jin's group is organizing a demonstration called "Campus Dildo Carry" on August 24, the first day of fall semester classes at the state's flagship public university, that she says will involve students carrying "a few thousand non-phallic sex toys to accurately reflect the 'concealed carry' aspect of this law, [and] about 500 very dick-like toys too."

Yeah, that will stick it to "The Man", I just hope if the campus police crack down on this protest that they don't go too hard on the protesters.

Jay

"...I've pointed out to those who insist I 'check my privilege'..." Thank God I don't know any such people.

I'm divorced - have I done my bit?

R. Sherman

Funnily enough I've been waiting for this for about ten years, or since I first realised it was the natural end point of victimhood grievance.

Harrison Bergeron could not be reached for comment.

David

I just hope if the campus police crack down on this protest that they don’t go too hard on the protesters.

I see what you did there.

Andrew

apparently the notion of assortative mating hasn’t yet penetrated the feminist hive mind.

That.

AC1

"Campus Dildo Carry" is the inevitable result of making academia a hostile environment for males.
Of course some of the more ugly (i.e. non porno) lesbians might see this as just nobbling the competition...

David

That.

Well, it’s a phenomenon that some people on the left have great trouble with.

R. Sherman

I wonder if Ms. Hedlund has thought this whole "redistributing love among the less desirable" thing through. I seem to recall feminist outrage when some psychotic loser took that philosophy of romantic entitlement to its endpoint. Or is this new "romantic socialism" only available to fat, ugly, pseudo-intellectual lesbians with shitty personalities?

(I'll show myself to the correction booth now.)

R. Sherman

Bugger. Bad HTML. Extra time in purgatory for me, I guess.

David

Bad HTML.

Fixed. But wow, those were some seriously up-buggered tags.

R. Sherman

But wow, those were some seriously up-buggered tags.

Memo to self: Multitasking is damned lie.

Stitch Jones

I’m guessing this is the young woman in question.

By my guess roughly 80% of all women I ever felt attracted to had short hair. Miss Hedlund does too. Hmmm...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"Campus Dildo Carry" is the inevitable result of making academia a hostile environment for males.

I am sure there are females who will carry concealed as well which only highlights the idiocy of these intellectual titans as they are protesting concealed carry, i.e, something that cannot be seen (usually), by waving giant fake johnsons in the open.

How these two are similar, and why waving these about isn't some sort of violent microaggression (or, I suppose macro if they are going for the supersize versions) against female safe-spaces is a bit of a Sphinx like riddle.

Joe

Some day, people like this will be assigning us a spouse, entirely on "social justice" principles, so lie back and think of England or something.

Banished To A Pompous Land

Campus Dildo Carry On with be led by Drs James, Williams and Hawtrey with support from Professors B.Windsor and H.Jacques.
Oo er missus!

K Riches

Well hi theeyur Meeyus Headland..

I shaw fink y'awl perdy. How's abaht noon tomorrer, aht'sighd the stayshun. Ah'll be the'awl one wearin the pink carneeshun..

Hell yeah! See y'awl then..

Luv Cleetis xxx

Hedgehog

Rejecting standard notions of love… goes hand in hand with rejecting capitalism.

That's settled then. I'm perfectly fine with capitalism, so it's not my duty to reject standard notions of love. Evidently, however, it is the duty of every right-thinking (left-thinking?) socialist. Which is perfectly fine with me, because if they take this attitude to its logical conclusion they will breed themselves out of existence.

Nikw211

Sounds like a fun night out.

I’ve just discovered Ali Michael.

Here’s what Michael has to say about resisting "violent norms":

    ... everything I learned about the history of racism made me hate myself, my Whiteness, my ancestors... and my descendants. I remember deciding that I couldn’t have biological children because I didn’t want to propagate my privilege biologically.
    If I was going to pass on my privilege, I wanted to pass it on to someone who doesn’t have racial privilege; so I planned to adopt. I disliked my Whiteness, but I disliked the Whiteness of other White people more. I felt like the way to really end racism was to feel guilty for it, and to make other White people feel guilty for it too.

Ali Michael is a writer and a filmmaker.

Oh, and she’s also Director of K-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Imagine the fun she and Ms. Hedlund could have together - I imagine they would get along absolutely famously.

David

I disliked my Whiteness, but I disliked the Whiteness of other White people more. I felt like the way to really end racism was to feel guilty for it, and to make other White people feel guilty for it too.

Right, that does it. I’m going out for a birthday dinner with my mother-in-law.

Nikw211

Right, that does it.

‘I know those feels’ as I believe the young people say these days.

Enjoy your evening.

Fred the Fourth

and I'm SURE Ms. Michael is not encouraging her students to violate the civil rights of ANY of their future K-12 kids, right? RIGHT?

Fred the Fourth

By the way, I find the SJW tendency to not know the difference between Capitalism and The Free Market to be a bit annoying.
Why is everything Capitalism's fault, huh? Spread the love, dudes and dudettes!

Chester Draws

Rejecting standard notions of love… goes hand in hand with rejecting capitalism.

Like Hedgehog, except I'm not just happy with, but positively for Capitalism.

This myth [of love, marriage and monogamy] still has a powerful hold in today’s Western neoliberal societies.

Could someone explain how it is a "myth"?

I'm coming up to my 20th year of happy monogomous marriage, and am in love with my wife as I have ever been. My Mum and Dad have past their 50th year of similar wedded happiness.

What part is supposed to be mythical?

Jonathan

Imagine the fun she and Ms. Hedlund could have together - I imagine they would get along absolutely famously.

I'm sure they'd have a great time dreaming of a future making white children feel guilty simply for being white.
I know it's wrong to wish for bad things to happen to others, but sometimes I do.

iowaan

"...it is obvious that love actually works to uphold hetero- and cis-normative, patriarchal, capitalist, and hierarchical structures in society."

She(?) never considered the possibility that it is hetero- and cis-normative, patriarchal, capitalist, and hierarchical structures in society that work to uphold love.

MarkJ

Judging from Josefin Hedlund's online CV, she's a fan-girl of Jacques Derrida.

Speaking for myself, Jacques Derrida is the reason why I fervently believe the lowest level of Hell is reserved for philosophers.

Kris

I read recently that in capitalism the rich get powerful, while in socialism the powerful get rich. I am guessing that purveyors of victimhood are seeking (and all too often obtaining) power, with the goal of riches.

wtp

What part is supposed to be mythical?

"Myth" is Newspeak for "stuff that is hard for (certain) proles to do". If it's a myth, there is no use putting any effort in to trying to do it and those people who are successful are simply suffering from a false consciousness. Applies to all things valued by traditional western civilization. Marriage, health, career success...the usual suspects.

GWB

I'm attracted to redheads, so I guess "mentally well" isn't really a criterion for me. (See Hot/Crazy matrix - I'm in the "Danger Zone")

He Wei Jin

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/313579863/S6304069co.jpg

I'd do her. Except I make a rule never to mess with bats**t crazy broads.

Hal

. . . she says will involve students carrying "a few thousand non-phallic sex toys to accurately reflect the 'concealed carry' aspect of this law, [and] about 500 very dick-like toys too."

. . . . I just hope if the campus police crack down on this protest . . . .


Um.

I expect that the odds are more likely that A) if there actually are enough participants that anyone actually notices, and that B) if the local police are sufficiently bored at that moment, then C) there might be the publication of a memo announcing that Yes, assorted local police have observed that other locals have discovered free expression. Oh, and D) should anyone have any actual questions about actual issues, the police can note those as well . . .

Bryan

Because, says Ms Hedlund, love and sex are unequally “distributed,” with an unfair amount of both going to people who are deemed lovable and attractive by the people loving them

And yet, if this were nerdy "Mr. Smith" saying this, Ms. Hedlund, Ms. Penny, etc., would be excoriating him for being a near-rapist who thinks he's entitled to sex.

james

I think all porn searches should henceforth be tempered with an additional, less normative term. For instance, “chiselled abs, bad teeth.” Or, “huge knockers, eczema.”

Henceforth?

*shifts uncomfortably in chair*

Gordon

"Instead, we should actively resist these norms by challenging who and what we find un-attractive and un-interesting."

After you, cupcake. You're just resentful that those with whom you fancy a screw don't want to screw you back.

David Gillies

Isn't this just the femiloon analogue of sad, neck-bearded losers complaining that girls only date bad boys, and that 'nice guys' don't get a look-in?

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

He Wei Jin - I do believe that is the wrong one, this is the droid you are looking for.

Stevegregg

Is there nothing too stupid for liberals to say? Are liberals methodically searching every corner of the human experience to find the stupidest idea wedged there?

Spiny Norman

They've already mined the easy ones, so extraordinary measures are now required.

Fred the Fourth

I'm gonna start closing my convos with "and Rule 34, amirite?"

Hedgehog

Is there nothing too stupid for liberals to say?

Um, no. There isn't.

Are liberals methodically searching every corner of the human experience...

No again. Liberals, or at least the liberals we are talking about here, are incapable of doing anything methodically.

...to find the stupidest idea wedged there?

And for the third time, no. The stupid ideas find them.

Hedgehog

Like Hedgehog, except I'm not just happy with, but positively for Capitalism.

Well, yeah, me too. That was just my attempt at British understatement. You know, when in Rome...

billdehaan

Atempdog, To smash capitalism, you must choose the poorly constructed item because of the virtue of the people who made who's virtue consists of being too oppressed to make a good product

I could almost swear this was taken from Atlas Shrugged; you've paraphrased the "you mean, you didn't want me to love you for your accomplishments, you wanted us to be two beggars chained together" speech quite succinctly.

When I read that book, 40 years back, I thought it was sloppily thought out, heavy handed, incredibly poorly edited, and filled will wildly unrealistic characters, and postulated a dreary and depressing worldview.

These past few years have convinced me that unrealistic or not, the characters of the book (the villains, at least) actually exist in real life.

billdehaan

everyone deserves to desire, reject, be desired, and be rejected

Well, no. No more than everyone deserves a pony. There are some simply batshit crazy and/or evil bastiches out there who are not worthy, due to being barking mad.

Projection, much?

Then there are those who simply don't give a damn, god bless them.

love can work as a radical force for social change

If you find yourself attracted to a member of the opposite/same sex and something like this comes out of their mouths, run in the opposite direction as quickly as possible. You aren't a potential partner that they're considering dating, you're a research subject who has just been labelled. If you flee, you can escape dissection, and will probably only suffer a few flaming social network posts (which are inevitable when in the orbit of such a person anyway).

billdehaan

@Jonathon:

Sounds like a fun night out.

I believe the approved term is "movies to slash your wrists by".

Hal

I believe the approved term is "movies to slash your wrists by".

A few years back when one of the attempts at a British Avengers movie was . . . extruded, or something, I and a friend went to see if there was anything there, and another friend asked what we thought of it.

My reply was something to the effect that yes, we had been present in the theatre during the showtime.

Vince N

there are truths about the nature of human beings

And one of them is that capitalism is the only system fit for us, because it's based on the principles of freedom and justice.

everything I learned about the history of racism made me hate myself, my Whiteness, my ancestors

The purpose of this "white privilege" swill is to induce unearned guilt, after which they have the victim by the short and curlies. Here apparently is an example of it having worked.

Em

we should actively resist these norms by challenging who and what we find un-attractive and un-interesting. This can be done through art, culture, porn,

So I should send David lots of pictures of naked women to straighten him out? That is what she meant, isn't it?

David

Morning, all.

Judging from Josefin Hedlund’s online CV, she’s a fan-girl of Jacques Derrida.

Of course she is.

That is what she meant, isn’t it?

Heh. It does have that air about it. But I’m sure someone else could put photos of naked women to much better use.

Trevor

I'm attracted to redheads, so I guess "mentally well" isn't really a criterion for me.

I find the combination of ginger hair and a Yorkshire accent can be especially beguiling.

R. Sherman

Thanks--I guess--for reminding me of the Guertin piece from 2007. I think that's the first entry I read on these pages.

I sneeze in threes

My only advice for those on a night out looking for an assignation is if you are going to go ugly, go ugly early, at least you'll get the pick of the litter.

wtp

Of course she is.

Read through your post at that link, the comments, etc. Starting with Franklin's comment of June 11, 2007 at 13:03:

It's a kind of dreary poetry. One can make no sense of it otherwise.

The form is dying out, though. It's a bit difficult to find discussions either about this material or of the same flavor that postdate 1999.

Arguing the specific form itself...well, I'm not really sure that is possible to do. Does nebulous describe a form? The linked post was from 9 years ago which itself was 8 years beyond the 1999 referenced. As JH shows in this post today, it does perpetuate. What seems to be dying out, or at least much on the wane, is rational thought expressed through language. The abuse of such, much as cautioned by Orwell. Words have become so meaningless that I've often thought one could write a very convincing play or at least skit, in which two people speak in sufficiently meaningless, or meaning-shifted terms that, depending on the inflection and such, they could be seen as being in total agreement yet consciously be attempting to express significantly opposing views...I get these ideas for plays, skits, etc. but as I can't string together more than three paragraphs without getting distracted...anyway...

And David's comment from that link as well...

But it’s amazing for how long this nonsense has cast its shadow, being copied and repeated - largely, it seems, for fear of appearing stupid. How many students became stupid or dishonest in order to appear clever, or to get grades, or get jobs? And how many students abandoned their studies because they couldn’t bring themselves to pretend?

That. Plus a decade or two or three. Hell, I even remember doing "science" experiments in school that are now refuted as invalid. Taste/tongue mapping, supposed proofs of the Coriolis force. I had a statistics professor in college who didn't understand the Monty Hall problem, yet if we wanted to get credit for the "correct" answer on the test, we had to put down his approved answer. And that was math from back in the day when language was much less corrupted than it is today.

Hopefully making my point, but given the subject matter, much less coherence has been sufficient for a philosophy degree.

Dom

Sorry if this already came up, but have the rest of you heard about Rohini Sethi, forced to attend a diversity workshop, fined, etc, because she said that which can not be said.

Hedgehog

I disliked my Whiteness, but I disliked the Whiteness of other White people more.

Yep, that's a person with a sunny disposition right there.

David

I disliked my Whiteness, but I disliked the Whiteness of other White people more.

Or put another way, “I ostentatiously abase myself, but at least I get to scold other people and attempt to damage them psychologically.”

Now imagine the kind of person to whom that might appeal.

Rebecca Harris

I have enjoyed my attractions to other people, and I'm not about to abandon them because of the rants of some screechy jezebel who hates her life.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

What seems to be dying out, or at least much on the wane, is rational thought expressed through language.

Indeed, the whole thing rather brings this to mind.

Meanwhile, speaking of "whiteness", our old friend, "badass lady knight" the alluring Miss Lindy West, is back at it in the pages of the Guardian (of course) bewailing that some obscure author has no black friends. Let us join Miss West beginning with some boilerplate...

Right off the bat, “weird” seems a jarringly detached descriptor for a year of unrelenting xenophobia, white nationalism and state-sanctioned summary execution...

Moving on...

But, writerly principles aside, human to human, I hope that Franzen and millions of other white people in this deeply segregated nation of the US take some time to interrogate the phrase: “This is an embarrassing confession, [but] I don’t have very many black friends.”

"Deeply segregated". Yes, I suspect Miss West doesn't travel far from her hipster douchbag enclaves of Seattle (black population a whopping 7.9%) much.

“I don’t have very many black friends” is a direct hindrance to black upward mobility, black safety and white perceptions of black humanity.

OK, nothing to do with not completing an education, 72% single motherhood, or gangbanging. Blacks, to her, it appears can only move upward with the help of white friends. Not very condescending there.

As the above study shows, self-segregation is business as usual in white America.

Indeed, only white cracker-ass honkey mofos self segregate.

“I ostentatiously abase myself, but at least I get to scold other people and attempt to damage them psychologically.”

Bingo - and with some fine pomo frontier gibberish.

AC1

The logical consequence of these sort of feminist brain-farts is arranged marriage.
Which I thought they were opposed to.

David

forced to attend a diversity workshop, fined, etc, because she said that which can not be said.

I’m guessing you’re referring to this.

David

And if anyone’s looking for an employee, you could do a lot worse than this young lady.

peter h

I say, what a lovely lass. I would be proud to have her as a daughter, or more likely, granddaughter!

R. Sherman

As the above study shows, self-segregation is business as usual in white America.

Actually, its the business of the Leftist Identitarians. I am aware of a parochial high school which has a student body that covers all racial and socio-economic bases. After Ferguson, the worthies decided to convene a grand diversity assembly for the students to give vent to their oppression, even though there had not been a whiff of problems at the school. The assembly didn't last long, as a young, black senior lady stood up and directed the following at the administration and faculty: "I'm not a 'black' [St. Margaret's*] student; I'm a St. Margaret's student. We all get that. Why don't you?"

She received a standing ovation from the rest of the students and the assembly was adjourned.

*Not its real name, of course, to spare my informant.

PiperPaul

"Everybody wants to save the world but nobody wants to help mom with the dishes."
- P.J. O'Rourke

SumDumGuy

And if anyone’s looking for an employee, you could do a lot worse than this young lady.

It's almost as if challenging oneself leads to personal growth.

David

I would be proud to have her as a daughter,

And as Ms Ligaspi says, expecting your own feelings to be indulged, to always come first, sounds an awful lot like “privilege.”

Fred the Fourth

forced to attend a diversity workshop, fined, etc, because she said that which can not be said.
linked to above by david at 18:12
Read the whole article. The list of sanctions imposed is chilling evidence that history is not taught anymore - it's right out of the "public confession of sins" and "self-examination sessions" that any escapee from the Chinese cultural revolution can tell you about. Disgusting. Vile.

Fred the Fourth

of course, as many note, perhaps it's more likely that these folks HAVE learned their history and are planning, on purpose, to repeat it.

billdehaan

in the pages of the Guardian (of course)

I long ago came to the conclusion that the Guardian newspaper is actually a honeypot operation secretly run by the Ayn Rand institute to posthumously validate her worldview. That newspaper is like flypaper for Ayn Rand villains.

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