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May 20, 2019

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David

Not entirely unrelated.

David

Also, bike theft is damning proof of “white supremacy.”

sk60

Ms Rao studied law

Okay then.

David

Okay then.

Well, quite. And again, this isn’t just some random error, some personal aberration. It’s something that’s taught and internalised, widely, at great expense, at prestigious institutions, and regurgitated by people who expect to thrive, as above, in the world of law and politics. Hence the uniformity.

Trop Stylee

See also:

I know Youtube's Sargon of Akkad isn't everyone's cup of tea, but this conversation with an "anti-racist activist" and congressional candidate was a perfect encapsulation of these people's worldview. We see many of the ticks our kind host has tirelessly documented...

Killer Marmot

The far left does like its word games.

How can one be bigoted against people of a certain race and color while wearing the cloak of inclusion? You redefine the words "sexist" and "racist" until the dissonance seems to disappear.

But it doesn't work. Language is too slippery for that. Reality seeps back up through the cracks. That's why the far left must constantly change terminology, as euphemism after euphemism takes on the stigma of its true nature.

David

The far left does like its word games.

Judging by those who most often and loudly use the term, “social justice” seems increasingly defined by the abandonment and derision of reciprocity – from civility and debate to bizarre and self-serving redefinitions of violence. But without an assumption of reciprocity, where’s the moral footing?

kfg

"Why is this hard?"

Because most people, while not particularly good thinkers, aren't actually brain damaged.

Burnsie

Shockingly, this warm and wonderful woman lost her 2018 bid for Congress in the primary phase.

However she did manage to earn this distinction:

https://www.westword.com/news/sorest-losers-from-colorados-june-primary-10522578

Worth the quick read. Hard to believe of a person with such charm, but there it is.

David

Apparently, Ms Rao’s tweets are of mortal importance.

Joan

Why is this hard?

Because some of us didn't touch the intersectional crack pipe.

David

Because some of us didn’t touch the intersectional crack pipe.

Heh. I may have to swipe that one.

Bill de Haan

you may want to bear in mind the kinds of creatures most attracted to these things.

I believe the word you are looking for is "aposematism".

Robert of Ottawa

As for the bike theft video, how come we didn't see her walk into the yard?

Sam

You redefine the words "sexist" and "racist" until the dissonance seems to disappear.

It must be nice to be able to continuously add synonyms for "poopyhead" by appropriating whatever you like from the oppressive hetero-normative white supremacist capitalist patriarchy's language.

Want to write a flaming hot take on twitter but are over the character limit? Sub "sexist" for "misogynist" (that's four letters saved per use) and "racist" for "bigoted" (one letter goes a long way) and you'll be clapping back in due course.

WTP

you'll be clapping back in due course.

"Clapping back". I still can't get over how silly and childish that sounds yet it is used by "serious" people, people who teach and run our institutions of higher learning, make our laws, etc. What's even more scary is that there are obviously others at those institutions who know how silly and childish it sounds but they are too chickens*t afraid to point it out. They'd rather be associated with utter foolishness than get up the backbone to face down the Maolings. Of the people whom I know who still work at such institutions in STEM or whatever, I'm rapidly losing respect for them.

Squires

...and regurgitated by people who expect to thrive, as above, in the world of law and politics a world of violent mobs. Hence the uniformity.

Pogonip

https://longreads.com/2019/05/20/the-psychiatrist-in-my-writing-class-and-his-gift-of-hate/

Why would you pay for a workshop to critique your work when what you really want is to be told it’s perfect? Any random fellow wanting into your pants will do that for free.

Geoffrey

Ms Rao studied law

For much of the same reason a doctor studies disease.

Daniel Ream

As for the bike theft video, how come we didn't see her walk into the yard?

As someone commented below, the thing that "just happened" actually happened three days prior, according to the timestamp on the surveillance footage.

I have a sneaking suspicion that if 4chan's weaponized autism were unleashed on this video, "my Brown friend" would turn out to be a similar fabrication.

WTP

the-psychiatrist-in-my-writing-class-and-his-gift-of-hate/

Wait a minute...the psychiatrist is the (mostly) sane one? That alone makes me think this is from the Things That Never Happened Files.

Boatswain's Mate

Ms Rao studied law

For much of the same reason a doctor studies disease.

More like for the same reason a psychopath studies toxicology.

Daniel Ream

That alone makes me think this is from the Things That Never Happened Files.

Well, I'll believe she's taking a writing course. Because holy hannah, that woman's a terrible writer.

"My skin combusts into tendrils from the force of his statement. My back sharpens."

What in the actual f*ck.

Also, further proof that feminist writing reveals rather a lot more about feminist writers than anything else.

Steve E

Also, further proof that feminist writing reveals rather a lot more about feminist writers than anything else.

Further proof that feminist writing requires the complete suspension of self-awareness. Difficult to understand how you could write that article, read it through and not ask yourself "what the f*ck is wrong with me?"

Also, interesting to note how getting under her skin (so to speak) pushed her to work on her writing and get published. It appears her antagonist was the only one at the workshop who brought any value to her writing and that includes the instructor.

Y. Knott

One of her twitter replies absolutely devours her, and then spits-out the bones in disgust:

girlwriteswhat @girlwriteswhat
2h2 hours ago
Replying to @sairasameerarao

Yes yes, everyone knows why you use this "new and improved" definition--it's your "get out of racism and sexism free" card. It gives you the "right" to malign entire groups of people based on race and sex and not get called out as racist or sexist.

*Glances at replies.*

Oof.

Bob Smithers

Yes, Ms Rao, YOU can be racist, totally. Its your group that screams about everyone is equal, and the same, but somehow, this creature tries to equivocate nonsense, that they get free passes on their own racism, hate and privilege.
This is why we dont give these creatures much notice or caring, they are ridiculous, and out of touch

MC

the-psychiatrist-in-my-writing-class-and-his-gift-of-hate

I skimmed through this article. The author is clearly struggling with mental illness, probably a result of her fractured childhood with a mentally-ill mother, but is dealing with it by blaming the white man and filling herself with hate.

See also: every other SJW...

TheTooner

"Social Justice" is mainly an excuse for anti-social behaviour and/or for inflicting injustices on certain individuals selected for their race, religion, culture, or sex.

Henry

I think the feminist roots of this sort of thing are the numerous debates they get into where they emphatically assert that "gender discrimination of any kind is wrong" (usually so wrong that it makes them angrier than do terrorist attacks that have claimed 20-30 lives).

Then 5 minutes later they'll say "close women's prisons!" or "men aren't allowed to have an opinion on abortion". Some brave soul might point out to them that they just said this was bad form - so without missing a beat they say "that's different because etcetc" - insert specious nonsense.

All this becomes second nature - file under Dealing with pesky logi... I mean Dealing with mansplaining

Kathy Shaidle

Social justice: The application of unworkable solutions to imaginary problems.

David

“Social Justice” is mainly an excuse for anti-social behaviour and/or for inflicting injustices on certain individuals selected for their race, religion, culture, or sex.

It does seem to be the go-to ideology for borderline personalities and spiteful little shits.

A coincidence, I’m sure.

Fred the Fourth

The problem with the writing class woman is that she's a liar. Amuse yourself by counting the places where she quotes her criticizer and then immediately misrepresents him.
Or note where she proudly / nervously mentions her tattoos, then sneers at his hair and earring.
Are we to think she does not see what she's doing?
Or does she think her readers won't notice?
Or shall we think she believes, a la Matt Yglesias, that lieing in a good cause is justified?

(Obligatory "embrace the power of AND")

pst314

The author is clearly struggling with mental illness

That reminds me: a Marxist author who asserted in the 1970's that black people cannot be racist spent some time in a New York psychiatric hospital (hallucinations, etc.) He eventually abandoned psychiatric treatment because he wanted to get on with life. (All this is more or less his own words, filtered by my memory of 40-year-old events.)

Pst314

Correction: merely because he wanted to get on with life, not because he was cured and healthy/sane.

Hippogryph

Thanks, Pogo. Ms. Neutill (from the longreads article) is operating at Titania McGrath levels!

Damian

Allrighty then:

Sophie Lewis, a feminist theorist and geographer, takes up this forgotten struggle in her work. Her new book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019) specifically links family abolition to a radical reconceptualization of pregnancy itself. The act of carrying a child to term, she insists, is work—labor that has long been exploited and overlooked by the academy—and so is mothering.

By thinking through the logic of commercial surrogacy arrangements, Lewis lays bare the ways motherhood has been weaponized as an ideological construct. She gives us an account of the material conditions—the biological and societal violence—that gestators, or people who are carrying fetuses, have to bear. Her book shows us that the ostensibly feminist objection to surrogacy arrangements underwrites the ossified and alienated familial relations that make capitalism possible. Last month I sat down with her over a cup of tea at The Nation’s offices and talked about why rethinking gestation is central to an emancipatory politics, how we can use surrogacy to subvert oppression, and what kinship beyond possession, beyond capitalism, beyond patriarchy could look like.

If only there were an accompanying performance-art piece.

Ferlin

When she says it's not hard, she means it. She's anti-white on principle and in practice, and she doesn't struggle with any cognitive, moral, or rhetorical contradictions.

It's Goodwhites who struggle to reconcile MLK-era dreams of men of good will who are the same under the skin with today's multikulti communautarism. Integrated education systems have made it hard to pretend that race differences are merely skin deep, and mass Third-World immigration has made it hard not to notice that different ethnicities and religions have incompatible understandings of supposedly universal ideals like freedom and self-determination. This has been a source of cognitive dissonance and moral hesitation in Goodwhites, but not in anyone else.

People like Saira aren't cramped by any commitment to Kennedy era schoolbook ideals. She takes racial differences in aspirations and life outcomes as a given. If the white mans's system isn't working out for people like you, it's reasonable to dismantle it and replace it with a system your people are compatible with, and that can only be done if you have the demographic and electoral numbers. The "who we are" MLK rhetoric is for the consumption of nice white lady Democrats, but as those ladies die out, the appeals to unifying ideals become more perfunctory and the naked ethnic advocacy comes more into the foreground.

Pogonip

Wait till Sophie has a baby and finds out they’re very little trouble BEFORE they’re born...

Unless they’re night people. Mine slept all day in utero and did acrobatics all night. Then after birth he remained a night person, much to the school system’s annoyance.

TimT

"Why would you pay for a workshop to critique your work when what you really want is to be told it’s perfect? Any random fellow wanting into your pants will do that for free."

From what I hear writing classes generally are a hot mess of people with depression and clinical anxiety and related mental cases desperately seeking validation.

pst314

From what I hear writing classes generally are a hot mess

And this is on top of the fact that most writers, even the most sane, hate to hear negative criticism, which is a terrible conflict for a beginning writer who simultaneously needs and wants helpful criticism and hates it.

Pogonip

I’d rather hear the criticism from someone I’m NOT trying to sell the piece to. If the criticisms seemed valid, I’d make changes accordingly and, God willing, the editor would end up sending me a check.

pst314

Pogo, I heard about writers hating criticism from a number of successful writers. I suppose it's a truism that people often dislike what they need and like what they could do without or even ought to avoid.

TimT

Yes, and I sympathise with her (to an extent). Who *does* like criticism? Very few are able to accept it all with equanimity, and even fewer will change because of that criticism. (And let's face it, sometimes the critic can be an utter dickhead).

I'm heavily involved in Melbourne's performance poetry scene, one thing I like about it is that it *doesn't* replicate the atmosphere of such a writing group. It seems to me the very history of such writing groups, the context, and the political affiliations of most - if not all - of the constituent members - could easily turn most meetings into acts of Maoist self-criticism. It's not exactly conducive to improving one's own writing.

I've learnt the most probably from reading criticism of other writers: basic principles, like clarity of style, avoiding needless repetition, not mixing metaphors, etc. If you're a weirdo into performance poetry, like me, you can also learn a bit from hecklers - and there you have the advantage of being able to give as good as you get. :)

Pogonip

Hi pst314,

Well, I don’t think anyone LIKES being criticized. But it’s often helpful.

Which reminds me. David, about those Godawful pictures behind the bar...

Pogonip

Instead of portraits of the pickled “eggs,” why not hang these behind the bar?

https://despair.com/collections/demotivators?page=1

Pst314

Suddenly I have lost all motivation to comment here.

Pogonip

Sounds like the de-motivators still work!

Percy Grainger

Can Black people be racist against Brown people? Brown against Black? Yellow against Brown? Brown against Yellow? Red against Yellow? Yellow against Black? Half white/brown against half Brown/Yellow? Who is white/yellow/brown/black? Is it visual inspection or a DNA test or some combination? Getting really confused here...

Greg

Attention (white) ladies! Mistress Rao and her colleague Regina Jackson are now offering you the privilege of their company for an evening of food, drink, and extra helpings of abuse, all at your expense: https://race2dinner.com/

"Our goal is to be seen, to be heard, and to have you, white women, bear witness to our pain, pain that you have caused."

You might be thinking that sounds like a nice evening, but before you sign up:

"Please consider WHY you want to join a dinner with Regina and Saira. If it’s 'to learn' or to feel better or to be a 'good ally,' reconsider. This dinner is not for you or about you. The dinner will be painful, uncomfortable, maddening, and upsetting. But what you’ll experience listening to our stories doesn’t come close to the pain of living as a Brown or Black woman in America. Are you TRULY ready to join us?"

David

an evening of food, drink, and extra helpings of abuse, all at your expense…

The term that comes to mind is malevolent hustlers.

David

Thanks, Greg. Post updated.

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