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I think I'm going to have to live in some sort of liberal bubble. I mean, even more of a liberal bubble than the one I already occupy.

Because reading obnoxious conservative viewpoints is driving me into a frenzy. Today everyone's favourite cockfarmer (TM my lovely sister leedy) Kevin Myers has a column of even greater wankitude than usual, in which he tells us how much he hates this time of year (Leaving results week) because of all the nasty feminists "preening" over the fact that girls do better than boys. Now, I've said it before, and doubtless I'll say it again, but....SERIOUSLY, WHAT COUNTRY IS THIS MAN LIVING IN? Or universe, really. Because the only thing I see in the media these days is writers lamenting the good old days when boys automatically did better than girls AS IS THEIR DUE and how that's obviously the natural order of things and anything different must be reversed.

But! He's not finished there! He goes on to praise Michael Buerk (who he says was "only joking") and, of course, he makes repeated references to the mythical feminist establishment he sneeringly calls "the sisters". He always does this, and it drives me insane. Kevin, darling, if you want to set yourself up as some sort of manly voice of truth and reason in a supposedly female-dominated age, don't use phrases which have been outdated for several decades. We know that your idea of feminism is stuck in an inaccurate version of 1971, so you're probably beyond help, but give it a go! If you're going to criticise us power-crazed feminists, at least pretend to know what we're doing these days (apart from thinking of all the ways we can emasculate mankind, which goes without saying).

I mean, really. I'm re-reading Jill Tweedie's wonderful, wonderful Letters from a Fainthearted Feminist (which is one of my favourite comfort reads, because not only is it clever and politically fantastic and very funny, but its early '80s setting reminds me of my early childhood), which was published in 1982 and based on a Grauniad column from the previous few years. And even then, a quarter of a century ago, the idea of feminists po-facedly refering to each other as "sister" all the time had become a joke AMONG FEMINISTS. I mean, for fuck's sake, Kevin Myers. I know you're a pompous misogynist fuckwit, but at least you could be a pompous misogynist fuckwit who knows his enemy.

Anyway. What with that column, and a few idiotic blog posts and comments I've read this evening, I am in a state of rage with the world. It's not good for me. It makes me all hot and cross and, I believe, gives me heartburn. I think I need some sort of media blackout for a while, because even I - yes, I - get tired of ranting sometimes.

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dorianegray
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Cockfarmer. What a lovely term for La Myers. ::giggles::
daegaer
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Down with the patriarchy, sister!

I'd like to emasculate him. With a pair of rusty pinking shears.
ladyxoc
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Why, when tweezers would do?
daegaer
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
True, dat.

ladyxoc
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
*puts placecard on "wanker" side of table*
theodicy
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
FEH.
SOMEbody is afraid of his sexuality, if you ask me.

Did I say that already?

Recommended antidotes:
1. Panda cam!
2. http://www.wildmind.org (Buddhist meditation site)
3. Homemade smoothies.
millamant_
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
You know, those people have drunk the Kool-aid and there's pretty much nothing you can do about it. Their minds are set to a frequency of fear, and they're never going to be persuaded to stop harking back to a yesteryear that's only existed on TV. I like to see it as a retrenchment caused by a deepseated fear of irrelevancy that actually has its basis in truth--that's why they need to proclaim their views so shrilly. But it *is* too bad that we have to live with the very real consequences of their worldview. :(
hfnuala
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
You know, mostly I'm really glad to be reminded of home by the Irish people on my friends list. But I was happy to have mostly forgotten about Kevin fucking Myers. Him and John Waters should just fuck off.
stellanova
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if we feminists are so powerful, why can't we just get rid of those two? Where's the feminist establishment when we need it?
socmot
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Kevin Myers is not a man. 'Nuff said.

stellanova, I've said this before, but I'm serious - you should offer your services to the Paper as a counter to the nonsense spewed out by ol' Kev.
kulfuldi
Aug. 24th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I read the Kevster's article yesterday, and just thought, I can't be bothered. Although, before I thought that, I wondered why I hadn't seen any of them there preening feminist articles in the I.T. - only articles by concerned people of both sexes worrying about the poor boys.
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