The Framing of the Shrew
Wow, who knew? And about my cock again, no less…
Not that she can help herself, the poor dear. Much as she tries, she just can’t seem to quit the hypermasculinist bad boys.
— Which, on the plus side, there’s yet another nail in the coffin of Neiwert’s insipid theory of masculinity.
While I’m on the subject of St Amanda of the Perpetual Yeast Infection, though, I’ll offer the following observation: I’ve been reading Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (which would no doubt come as a surprise to Pat Schroeder — but then, she’s something of a bigoted moron), and just the other night I came across the following passage, in which the protagonist, Switters, engages in a theological discussion with Domino Thiry, a nun from an exotic (enclosed) convent whose order has run afoul of the Church proper by taking “public issue with the Holy See’s inflexible stand against birth control”:
“Naturally,” said Switters. “Isn’t it the sacred duty of the Catholic masses to increase geometrically the number of true believers in the world, just as it’s a secular duty to provide merchandisers with more and more little consumers?”
“[The Order of] Pachomians don’t look for ulterior motives. That’s too cynical. We petition for free will and common sense and compassion, and avoid casting blame on the guardians of the doctrine. After all, they were divinely commanded to ‘go forth, be fruitful, and mulitiply’.”
“You mean their tribal antecedents were so commanded. Four thousand years ago. Before a person had to stand in line for an hour and a half just to get a whiff of fresh air. It’s tough to say who’s a greater threat to the world, an ambitious CEO with a big ad budget or a crafty cleric with an obolete Bible verse.”
Robbins’ novel was published in 2000. Whereas it wasn’t until December 2006 that Marcotte posted her now infamous bit about the evil Catholic patriarchy, and its desire to control women and increase the profitability of the herd:
[...] the Catholic church is not about to let something like compassion for girls [here, allowing teens access to emergency contraception] get in the way of using the state as an instrument to force women to bear more tithing Catholics.
Interesting similarities, I’d say.
Which isn’t to suggest that Marcotte stole the idea from Robbins — I have no idea if she’s ever read the book, and even if she had, it’s possible she simply internalized the passage, or that the criticism itself is practically doctrinaire — but I do find it funny that, for all her posturing as the blogosphere’s edgiest feminist provocateur, she’s really nothing more than an ideological sellout who got canned from her gig on the Edwards campaign for an anti-Catholic line that wasn’t even terribly original to begin with.
Seriously. It makes me smile and smile.