I’ve been much remiss in this…

December 11, 2010

This is Ferdinand Bardamu’s post on Anna Ardin & Sofia Wilens, the two feminists who brought “rape” charges against Julian Assange in retaliation for WikiLeaks’ release of US State department cables.

My personal opinion of Assange notwithstanding, I view the release of the US State Department cables as a good thing overall; if nothing else, it will convince the powers that be to stop waltzing around with their bare asses swinging in the wind. More importantly, it weakens the establishment– and the establishment has been anything but a friend to the people of the United States.

Edit: The Unfrozen Caveman links to an article on Wikileaks by Fred Reed, which sums up the situation nice and neat:

    Two ways exist of looking at Wikileaks, the site that publicizes secret military documents and videos. The first is held self-interestedly by the Pentagon and by Fox News, the voice of an angry lower-middle class without too much education. These believe that Wikileakers are traitors, haters of America, who give aid and comfort to the enemy and endanger the lives of Our Boys.

    Implicit in the Foxian view is a vague idea that the leaks give away important—well, stuff. You know, maybe frequencies of something or other, or locations of ambushes or, well, things. Important things. The Taliban will use this information to kill American soldiers. The notion is vague, as are those who hold it, but emotionally potent.

    The other view, held usually by people who have some experience of Washington, is that the Pentagon is worried not about the divulging of tactical secrets, but about public relations. Wikileaks doesn’t endanger soldiers, insists this way of looking at things, but the war itself, and all the juiceful contracts and promotions and so on entailed by wars.

    Which is obvious if you look at what the military (the president, remember, is commander-in-chief) actually does. Remember the military’s frantic efforts to suppress the photos of torture at Abu Ghraib, photos of prisoners lying in pools of blood while grinning girl soldiers play with them? These had zero tactical importance. They did however threaten to arouse the Pentagon’s worst enemy.

    The American public. (Emphasis Mine.)

And that’s it in a fucking nutshell: Wikileaks threatens to wake the American Public the fuck up. There’s a generational conflict brewing right now between those who maintain the status quo (those who rule ) and those who would change the country ( those who foot the bill ). Wikileaks gives that conflict a huge push.

Gender hierarchy, or gender caste? And, The Beast Rampant.

January 22, 2010

I’ve been thinking about the points raised by Snark in his post Why Do Women Link Game With Rape, and Whiskey in More Scary Vampires (both posts combined into FB’s Game And Gender Hierarchy), and it occurred to me that looking at this as a hierarchical model might not the best one to use–as More Liberal BS noted in the comments of FB’s post, calling it a hierarchy suggests some level of mobility for males within the status structure (my paraphrasing), and this is a thing generally opposed by women (who, as Snark notes, prefer men who “stay within their league”–again, my paraphrasing).

What struck me, in reading Snark’s post, is that I had seen a similar parallel to what he describes, elsewhere. In 2001, there was a mass-conversion of Hindu dalits (untouchables) in India from Hinduism to Buddhism. This was met with considerable consternation by the scheduled castes of India, sometimes to the point were violence was suggested to keep any further conversions from occurring. One would think, looking at the situation from a foreign perspective, that the other castes in Indian society would welcome the departure of the lowest ranks of their society–and, in a Western, hierarchical class model, this may in fact be true, because the obligations a hierarchical class system imposes on its lowest classes are different than those a caste system (the most prominent being that a class system allows for a great deal more mobility in status than the caste system would). The caste system is incredibly dependent on the maintenance of the status quo–if one caste can violate its boundaries with impunity, then all castes can, thereby rendering the system moot.

Is it any wonder, then, that feminists fear Game so? It’s subversive–a threat to the established order. Imagine it: an omega who studies Game can conceivably become a Beta, or an Alpha (should he be daring enough). A high-Beta might out-Game an Alpha, and take the woman home. Chaos enters the system, and nothing frightens those in power so much as finding that the foundation of their home has turned to sand.

But, in my obligatory caveat, while I did make Dean’s List twice while in college, I never graduated, and I am half-way through a bottle of Drambuie; all the above may be the epistemological-equivalent of whistling-out-my-bung-hole. Take it as you will.

In an additional note, the remake of The Wolfman opens on February 12:

I am most curious to see how The Wolfman will be received by those who gushed over Edward Cullen in Twilight. Will they note the similarities? The naked masculinity of the Beast in The Wolfman vs. the cultured veneer presented in Twilight–will they realize which is honest, and which is not?

Again, I am somewhat drunk. Take as you will.