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.
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.