Kudos to Ms Laurie Penny

Kudos to Ms Laurie Penny.

I’m not typically one to praise a feminist, but this is quite possibly the best article a professional feminist has ever written. I highly recommend you read it.

I’m with the Banned

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s almost entirely inaccurate or at best wildly hyperbolic – constructed around false stereotypes, publicly accepted misinformation and her own deep seated prejudices, with the odd timely buzzword or pop culture dog whistle thrown in for effect – but it is terribly well executed. In fact, it couldn’t have been more on point had the piece been a diabolical scheme conceived by Milo Yiannopoulos himself. And perhaps it was.

By far my favourite development was when she attempted to hide her entire professional existence in plain sight. Firstly, she lucidly details the rules and objectives of the game, and then purports to be an outsider rather than a participant whilst sporting full team regalia, elegantly prancing the field and even scoring a few points.

It was sheer genius; escalate the culture war to the advantage of all the actors involved, both genuine and opportunistic alike, whilst pandering to her ignorant following of true believers who will completely miss the overt scene unfolding before their very eyes – and subsequently bestow upon her immeasurable plaudits into the bargain.

If you want to know what’s really going on, refer to my earlier piece: Closing the Gate. The piece is constructed around politics, but applies equally to any of the ruling class; be they politicians, business and social elites, media pundits or any other claimed authority with a large platform.

In pointing this out I don’t expect, or even hope, to damage the sport. I actually quite like it. I view the ongoing culture war as a slightly more intellectual version of professional wrestling. It’s theatre. The sport only becomes problematic when people fail to realise it is make believe – like Penny, Roosh V and their respective followings, or wrestling fans over the age of ten.

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  1. #1 by Mark Slatem on July 27, 2016 - 2:26 pm

    Repaste of my direct comment on her Medium Article. Whatever my 2 cents are worth 😉

    First up, credit where credit is due. You write very well and are truly a talented crafter of words, you take your reader on a journey.

    That being said, it’s your journey – a cleverly crafted tale, where the reader is submerged within the mind of the “protagonist” and taken along for the ride, one that is projected through a lens entirely tinted by the preconceived filter of the main characters confirmation biases.

    This reads like a well-written storybook, one where the reader is pulled into the main characters mind and made to see the world as she sees it and feel the emotions she feels.

    It’s a fiction, a tale devoid of facts or impartiality, a tale that does not bring up or address any evidence, empirical data nor tries to refute them – and one that makes sweeping statements and conclusions based on thin air – infused with heart-wrenching emotions that align with the protagonist’s narrative.

    Laurie, you write extremely well and I enjoy your style and I would gladly read any novels you craft in the future – but make no mistake there is nothing factually informative nor grounded in reality about what you have written – it’s a pure opinion piece, albeit a well written one.


    • #2 by Steven Williamson on July 27, 2016 - 6:52 pm

      Girl can write. What was the response?


      • #3 by Mark Slatem on July 27, 2016 - 9:00 pm

        If you are asking what was her/any response to my comment, there was none, it just got lost in the ocean of Virtue Signalling praise comments the article received on Medium.com


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