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David Paxton on identitarian pay complaints: 

A pay gap between two men is the product of market forces, but a pay gap between a man and a woman is attributable to either the market or to patriarchal oppression, depending on whom it favours… Pointing at specific cases, highlighting a demographic difference, and then declaring discrimination to be the sole cause without further evidence, is a tactic favoured by those who consider themselves thoroughly modern... But this thought process is pre-medieval – an unreflective instinct of pattern-seeking mammals who habitually see conspiracies in misattributions of cause and effect. Just as infant deaths were once blamed on a neighbour’s malevolent witchcraft, and crop failure on insufficient animal sacrifice, today’s hashtags blame identity-group discrimination for pay differentials when perfectly logical alternative explanations are readily available.

David Solway, husband of Janice Fiamengo, on the corrosive shakedown named “social justice”: 

My wife, who for many years donated one fifth of her salary to charity, is anything but a heartless conservative, and I have gone out of my way to help people in distress. We do not reject the social safety net intended to assist the unfortunate who have, as they say, “fallen through the cracks.” But helping measures must be closely and fairly monitored so that the indolent and inept do not gradually displace or usurp the productive and the competent, to everyone’s ultimate disadvantage. A difficult task, to be sure, but worth undertaking. “Social justice” makes no attempt to distinguish the one from the other… The old saw that development grinds to a halt when there are as many or more people riding in the wagon as pulling it applies with a vengeance.

And Toni Airaksinen on the feminist appropriation of “toxic masculinity”: 

The term may have first been popularised by early forms of the men’s advocacy movements. (Not feminist movements, as one might expect.) For example, one book that seeks to raise awareness of issues that men face, titled Man Enough: Fathers, Sons, and the Search for Masculinity (1994), highlighted one of the earliest examples of toxic masculinity in the literature. “Without a “father in residence,” [men] may go through life striving towards an ideal of exaggerated, even toxic, masculinity,” the author of the book, Frank Pittman, said on the topic of young men without fathers. But the term has recently been co-opted by the feminist establishment as a way to scapegoat, blame, and denigrate men as a whole. In the college classroom, toxic masculinity is presented to students as a reality that affects all men, and is harmful to all women.

And so we arrive at the contradiction of feminists who denounce “toxic masculinity” as both all-pervasive and a fundamental evil, at least among white people, while simultaneously endorsing fatherlessness and family instability, i.e., the most obvious causes of the behaviour they claim to dislike. 

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Comments

Charlie Suet

I prefer the rozzers wasting time with flags to their posting threats against people uttering the wrong opinions on the internet.

Tim Newman

‘Tis gone. What did I miss?

The Daily Mail has written an article about her latest piece. It's not even mildly critical, yet it's got Laurie foaming at the mouth because...well, because it's the mail and oh fuckit, read it yourself:

https://twitter.com/PennyRed/status/979374917308354562

David

Ah, thanks.

WTP

It's not even mildly critical, yet it's got Laurie foaming at the mouth because

because by raging about it, grounded reasons or not, that's even more attention her way. It's a bonus if the reasons are groundless, as her groundless reactions to it invite even more criticism. That new criticism is more likely to be angry, though if not and more like this benign article, she makes it grist for claims that even the benign the criticism is "threatening". Because her.

I have no barometer over here as no one in meat space that I know has ever heard of her, but am I correct in guessing that perhaps interest in her from the media is starting to wane? Or perhaps she's sensing such. Her rage is the only thing that makes her relevant.

Tim Newman

I have no barometer over here as no one in meat space that I know has ever heard of her, but am I correct in guessing that perhaps interest in her from the media is starting to wane?

I think so. She's mostly been writing on Longreads recently, which is hardly a major outlet, and you seldom see her in the mainstream media these days. She has a new book coming out which she needs to flog, so maybe that's why too.

David

Right, tomorrow’s ephemera has been compiled; I’ve decided not to inflict 5,000 words of Laurie Pennyness on myself; and a large glass of red is now sitting in front of me.

All is good.

Governor Squid

She has a new book coming out which she needs to flog, so maybe that's why too.

Clicking on the link from her Twitter page (because I'm a masochist*), I see that it's a collection of previously published essays (because of course), entitled Bitch Doctrine (because of course).

I daresay this is a brave, bold move on Bad Penny's part, given that the literal recycling of her old work all together in one place is very likely to call attention to how much literal recycling of her old work goes into each one of her essays. One expects it to be the equivalent of the Milk and Cheese compilation, except even more pointless and not as much fun.


* Which is why I keep this place at the top of my bookmark list.

David

* Which is why I keep this place at the top of my bookmark list.

“Come for the suffering.” I should put that in the brochure.

Sporkatus

Meanwhile...

This is a fight between a young, diverse, feminist generation against an old, white, male minority desperate to hang on to power

Jessica Valenti and the Graun are having a fight between against grammar. Not to mention good sense, of course.

Seen also in some of Hoggle's latest tweets, more appalling spelling and grammar errors. The new, young, energetic gun control movement - now with extra illiteracy.

Daniel Ream

She has a new book coming out which she needs to flog, so maybe that's why too.

Some people I know flog their books by just writing good stories about bad women, and putting me in it. She should try that.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

“Come for the suffering.” I should put that in the brochure.

You'll suffer if you eat the pickled eggs.

(I know, I know: No refunds; credit note only.)

Tim Newman

Some people I know flog their books by just writing good stories about bad women, and putting me in it. She should try that.

Heh!

Fay

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Say what?

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