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March 23, 2015

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Joan

gotta be honest, i probably wouldn't enjoy it as much then.

Snork!

*Looks at Instagram page*

Hold my calls.

David

Hold my calls.

Ah, but mild titillation must be shared out fairly and directed towards all body types, even the ones that are hairy and lumpy in all the wrong places. And if popular taste leans towards younger, fitter people, then, clearly, something must be done.

It does rather capture the insincere nature of Laurie’s politics.

sk60

I denounce the female gaze.

John D

This page about attractive people has too many attractive people on it.

Greg

"...but, hey."

In two words, PennyRed's highly profound & complex manifesto on dealing with cold, hard reality.

Lancastrian Oik

Can I suggest a possible Instagram project entitled "Dudes With Hotdogs", which might well eventually make up for the shortfall in pictures of lardarses bemoaned by Laurie?

R. Sherman

should also feature shorter, fatter, saggier people

I sense a disturbance in the Force.

rjmadden

hairy and lumpy in all the wrong places.

You've been speaking to my wife then...

Anon

It turns out that escape is possible:

http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2014/11/everything-problematic/

'There is something dark and vaguely cultish about this particular brand of politics'

Steve 2: Steveageddon

I find Hot Dudes with Dogs to be highly problematic, and here's why that's a problem:

"Man's best friend?" Uh, hello? 1950 called and wants its patriarchal cissexism back. Also, nobody asked the dogs if they want to be "man's" best friend. This is what human colonialism looks like, people! And that's not OK.

Anyway, cats are our true best friends. Dogs are just loveable idiots who go with the flow.

Cats, on the other hand, are constantly judging you and finding you wanting.

For example: you may be allowed to tickle kitty's belly five times, no more and no less. Should you foolishly attempt to pet her a sixth time, she will be forced to remind you that kitty has claws. Razor sharp, groin-seeking, adamantium claws.

The number of belly scratches kitty will permit may change without warning. But what is life without risk?

And in the end, isn't that what you really want in a pet? Why live with a boring, predictable, eager-to-please mutt when you can have fifty shades of grey tabby?

svh

This page about attractive people has too many attractive people on it.

It sounds silly when you say it like that. :-)

David

I do love how Laurie and her peers can take an otherwise unremarkable fact of life – that some of us will turn heads less often than others – and make this into some political issue and source of ostentatious tutting. As if one could legislate for people who aren’t sufficiently attractive.

Oh wait. Silly me.

pst314

"As if one could legislate for people who aren’t sufficiently attractive."

Sooner or later, some leftist will propose mandatory universal national sex service, in which we are all required to have sex with ugly, dirty and unpleasant people.

ac1

3 Grauniad columists were among those harrasing Nigel Farage's (PBUH) Family.

I wonder will they be sacked?

ac1

Oops link's here.

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/3/22/farage-mob-leader-is-guardian-writer.html

R. Sherman

@Steve,

Normally, I agree with your comments, though I've still not forgiven you for the Krankies key party reference some months ago which still gives me nightmares.

Nonetheless, I must rise to defend the honor of dogs. My malamutes are my hench-beasts and are completely loyal. Having a cat is like inviting Vidkun Quisling into your home. Take the wife out for a nice dinner and the next thing you know, the cat has sold off your Amex card number to someone in Vladivostok.

No, thank you.

R. Sherman

@Steve

And BTW, cat worship went out the moment Cleopatra cashed in her existential chips by taking an asp to the chest.

R. Sherman

@ Steve

And try getting a cat to deliver Diphtheria vaccine to Nome in the dead of winter. You don't want to have sick children on your soul, do you? Tolerating cats means you don't care about sick kids. < / Progressive Argumentation >

dicentra

Anyway, cats are our true best friends. Dogs are just loveable idiots who go with the flow.

Dogs are sycophants. That says a lot about the people who prefer them.

OTOH, a sleeping cat makes a lovely decorative touch, lending an air of tranquility and coziness to the home.

Without my having to reward it with "good dog" for every tail-wag.

DH

3 Grauniad columists were among those harrasing Nigel Farage's (PBUH) Family.

According to the link, Mr Glass is a Guardian Youth Climate Leader

That is every bit as frightening as it sounds.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2010/dec/10/youth-climate-leaders

Steve 2: Steveageddon

R. Sherman - I'm sorry to hear that you've been brainwashed into houndonormativity.

I blame the caninist media for this, with its relentless portrayals of "heroic", "loyal" dogs such as Lassie, Benji, and The Littlest Hobo.

Cats, meanwhile, are othered as cruel, scheming, emotionally distant creatures such as the Siamese cats in "Lady and the Tramp", or Blofeld's Persian kitty. Or they're smeared as lazy and sarcastic, like Garfield.

But why can't people handle strong, independent felines?

Dogs represent animal companionship on its easiest setting. Woofers are almost nauseatingly ingratiating, slobbering all over you while wagging furiously and grinning like an idiot.

Pah!

The cat needs no such cheap gimmicks. Though they are beautiful and mysterious, their favour is only sparingly bestowed. To appreciate the kitty is a marker of exceptional refinement and superlative good taste.

That is why cat people tend to have superior personal grooming and nicer clothes.

wtp

OK, OT yet kinda on...And since none of my meat-space acquaintances appreciate such things, I thought I'd share what I learned today about the movie "Fight Club":

The hero of Fight Club is a young white collar professional who is stuck doing debilitating office work for a major auto company not to be named. Being an insomniac, he literally sleepwalks through his life while serving as a drone for the consumerist ideology propagating a boring but comfortable lifestyle for moderately privileged white middle class men. He dwells in a state that Lacan called alienation, an existence without agency and freedom, subordinated to the social symbolic order. Throughout the film, after a series of breaks with his former lifestyle, the hero’s subjectivity is forged in the homosocial environment of fight clubs and terrorist cells. What makes this tale of a young guy’s becoming a man interesting is its anti-identitarian framing. Not only does the film’s character development not follow the classical ideology of Hollywood masculinity which Kaja Silverman identifies as the disavowal of male castration, its downright celebration of self-humiliation and disintegration resembles Leo Bersani’s masochistic queer politics. The enigma of the film’s ending, however, is that despite of its rejection of phallic masculinity, the assumed queerness of the main character nonetheless is presented not only in heteronormative but also homophobic terms. The conclusion, on the one hand, echoes Michael Kimmel’s thesis about modern masculinity being constructed through homophobia, but also seems to refute the central element in his theory, namely that this homophobia is nothing but a “flight from the feminine”. My paper explores the development of a non-phallic yet homophobic gender performance through the figure of Fight Club’s Tyler Durden, and shows how it can be seen as a new form of hegemonic masculinity.

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/gender-and-sexuality/femininity-and-masculinity/project-archives/1s/session-1-from-bromance-to-homophobia-male-relationships-in-film-and-tv/

Personally, I think Leo Bersani blows chunks. To question Michael Kimmel, however...

Watcher In The Dark

For socialism's sake, Laurie! I was only there looking at the dogs!

David

According to the link, Mr Glass is a Guardian Youth Climate Leader

Regarding the Farage saga, this made me laugh:

Nothing will make people considering voting for UKIP change their mind less than a coachload of inner city dwelling, unemployed drama graduates and soap dodgers intimidating him and scaring his kids while he is out for a Sunday lunch. These arsehats have probably done more to increase the UKIP vote than a front page picture of a Romanian eating a swan while shitting on a Princess Di commemorative tea towel.

It’s certainly a vivid mental image.

dicentra

#YesAllCats!

Which was funny when it first came out; alas, only the dregs remain in our disposable world, where not even Tweets are forever.

dicentra

Michael Kimmel's thesis about modern masculinity being constructed through homophobia,

So, if a guy says "I know I'm a dude because I see chicks as Teh Exotic Other," that's problematic.

OK, I know that gay dudes don't use that formulation, but how about we not problematize the fact that heteros do?

mojo

Proving that even the most trivial is not beyond our heroine's Proggie solicitude. It's for YOUR OWN GOOD, you pathetic conservative creatures!

Martin B.

"Cat's rule and dog's drool"...nuff said. Way to hang in there Steve in an increasingly passionate debate...but...ummm you do realize that SDA has some rather obvious pro-dog tendencies? Maybe best to let 'em win the chew toy tug'o war and find a high perch to survey all that falls under the subtle subliminal control of the feline world. :)

Paul - Nottingham

So does that mean I can flash my varicose veins.

Freedom is frightening.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

These arsehats have probably done more to increase the UKIP vote than a front page picture of a Romanian eating a swan while shitting on a Princess Di commemorative tea towel.

Shouldn't everybody shit on Di commemorative tea towels?

(Sorry, but I found the whole Didolatry that erupted after her death retch-inducing.)

mojo

Di: Hey, ye olde brood mare did her job, why couldn't they leave her alone?

dicentra

Ex-squeek me?

What's this anti-Di stuff?

David Gillies

Laurie Penny, you are Diana Moon Glampers and I claim my £5.

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