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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Avert your eyes

This isn't a book review, it's a literary rape scene. Robert Stacy McCain reviews Jessica Valenti's SEX OBJECT:
New York City is a terrible place to raise children. This is one obvious lesson the discerning reader might glean from Sex Object, although it’s not the lesson Valenti intends to teach, nor is it a lesson she has learned, given that she and her husband, Andrew Golis, are now raising their daughter in Brooklyn. The belief that New York is the only place in America worth living has become an idée fixe among young writers, even as the Internet has made it possible for anyone to be a writer anywhere. No doubt the neighborhood in Brooklyn where Valenti and Golis live is crowded with would-be writers in their 20s, English majors fresh out of college, crowded into tiny apartments, working day jobs to pay the rent in hope that their spare-time hobby — poetry, fiction, political commentary, whatever — will someday make them famous. The success of 1990s TV shows like Seinfeld, Friends, and Sex and the City served as an advertisement for the idea that all the cool kids live in New York, having zany adventures with their colorful cast of attractive friends. The urban hipster lifestyle — tribes of carefree single buddies hanging out together in their cool apartments — is now as blatantly promoted by TV as was the suburban idyll of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver in the 1950s. For all the media criticism that has emerged from the latest feminist resurgence, no one seems to notice this particular elephant in the room, i.e., the way TV sitcoms sell a particular way of life. Because this urban hipster lifestyle is in fact pursued by feminists themselves — all those ambitious 20-something girls in Brooklyn — they don’t notice it for the same reason fish don’t notice water.

“Stay away from New York” is not a lesson Jessica Valenti intends to teach in Sex Object, nor does she bother to warn middle-class girls against the error of thinking that an elite private university is the ticket to happiness.
Read the whole thing. It's funnier than all the collected performances of Amy Schumer combined.

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Anonymous Wyrd November 05, 2016 1:09 PM  

The belief that New York is the only place in America worth living...

I visited NYC as a teen back in the late 80s. It reeked of urine everywhere. Nuff said.

Anonymous Ironsides November 05, 2016 1:16 PM  

Wyrd wrote:The belief that New York is the only place in America worth living...

I visited NYC as a teen back in the late 80s. It reeked of urine everywhere. Nuff said.


Those were definitely the Good Old Days, then. I was stuck there for 1 day back in 2010 due to airlines horribly botching one of my flights (and permanently losing my luggage in the process), and the "Big Apple" reeked of human excrement everywhere.

The desk clerk at the hotel where the airline put me up said "You look like you come from a more peaceful world, sir." I still remember the exact quote, it made a large impression on me. That and the unspeakable stink outdoors. And the fact that there were four dark brown cleaning crews in the hotel, all of them jabbering in different languages and mostly unable to understand even the most basic English.

Anonymous Wyrd November 05, 2016 1:27 PM  

"You look like you come from a more peaceful world, sir."

When I was young, I cursed the boredom of my rural Southern environment.

Now that I'm older, I praise God for it.

Blogger VoodooJock November 05, 2016 1:27 PM  

That's one train that isn't fine.....

Blogger Alexandros HoMegas November 05, 2016 1:28 PM  

The 'Alpha fucks, Beta Bucks' saying is more true than ever with feminists.

Anonymous One Deplorable DT November 05, 2016 1:30 PM  

Avert your eyes

Who else saw this in their feed and thought it was about Anonymous finally dropping a video/photo nuclear bomb on the Clintons?

I have to admit I find dense cities and downtown areas fascinating. But they are places you visit, not places were you choose to live.

Blogger The Kurgan November 05, 2016 1:35 PM  

It really is an awesome review. It takes the time to indeed strip Valenti to the bone with nothing but facts and a mirror. A work of patience beyond anyone normal but producing such exquisite result that only true art is capable of.

Anonymous NateM November 05, 2016 1:35 PM  

“You’re a piece-of-shit garbage whore, do you understand that? . . . You’re fucking trash and I don’t want to ever fucking see you again because I don’t fucking associate with whores.”

should have been the foreword to the book.

Blogger Unknown November 05, 2016 1:38 PM  

I'm glad _someone_ took the time to read and review that, I couldn't make it past the third block quote.

Preening doesn't even begin to describe it.

Blogger NATHANIEL MANELLA November 05, 2016 1:38 PM  

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Blogger Happy Housewife November 05, 2016 1:38 PM  

Milo is right. Feminism is truly worse than cancer.

Blogger Ron November 05, 2016 1:40 PM  

@NateM

Yes, that would have been genuinely funny.

Anonymous aegis-1080 November 05, 2016 1:40 PM  

The review is great, specially when he points this paragraph:

"When I start taking women’s studies classes, and loving them, [Paul] is happy. . . . We do coke with one of my women’s studies professors in her house when we cannot get ecstasy."

Robert Stacy McCain is very polite, because, seriously: What. The. Fuck. The globo homos are so depraved that they say shit like this, or Podesta's "art tastes", or Lena Durham's repeated rape of her own sister and are shocked, just shocked, that normal people find them repulsive. They are not only fallen, but might as well be a different species since their mindset is completely alien.

Blogger Alexandros HoMegas November 05, 2016 1:41 PM  

Feminism means she does anal.

Blogger Ron November 05, 2016 1:41 PM  

Meanwhile we have no real word for men who kill women. Is the word just “men”?

No, I think the word you are looking for is "murderer", you retarted man-hating bitch.

Anonymous Headcannon November 05, 2016 1:47 PM  

Most of Seinfeld's enduring popularity comes from the fact that the main cast are horrible people who the audience loves watching fail. It's a big beautiful banner saying "Stay away from the city" and it is hilarious at doing so.

Anonymous NateM November 05, 2016 1:48 PM  

@13 is it weird that I am reading that quote in Angry Christian Bale's Voice?

"I had a miscarriage"
"OHHHHHH GOOOD FOR YOUUUUUU!"

Blogger Zimri November 05, 2016 1:49 PM  

What I'm seeing here is that Valenti could have written a cautionary tale about the false hope that is privileged white hipsterdom in New York City. But she failed, because she hadn't the insight or the work-ethic to do this. Just like she failed at studenting in Tulane.

Anonymous One Deplorable DT November 05, 2016 1:53 PM  

Is it just me, or are the actual 'sex objects' of the world pretty happy with their beauty while the fulgy women bitch and moan?

Was Cindy Crawford ever raving mad about male attention? Has Miranda Kerr ever shamed men for liking beautiful women?

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable November 05, 2016 2:02 PM  

if you’ve never been sucker-punched by some redneck looking for a fight, you’ve done better than me. Objectively speaking, however, I’ve got no cause to complain. Other people suffered worse harm than I did in life and with less justification. Probably I deserved to get sucker-punched more often than I actually did

I endorse this sentiment. Couldn't have put it better myself.

Anonymous Snake Plissken November 05, 2016 2:03 PM  

Escape From New York just started on BBC America. Coincidence? I think not.

Blogger Zimri November 05, 2016 2:05 PM  

If you've done something to deserve getting punched, it's probably not a sucker punch. You see that blow coming. Or at least you think back on it, lying on your back with a headache, and think to yourself - 'yeah, I see where I planted the idea in that guy's head' (or girl's head).

Blogger Alexandros HoMegas November 05, 2016 2:05 PM  

"Is it just me, or are the actual 'sex objects' of the world pretty happy with their beauty while the fulgy women bitch and moan?"

It's pretty much this, many women who do modeling and even porn are happy to be seen as "sex objects".

Blogger Lazarus November 05, 2016 2:08 PM  

Some people NEED to commit suicide.

(Eventually, it will be the only way to deal with the coke induced anxiety-disorders and depression which will increase as she ages.)

Blogger Otto Lamp November 05, 2016 2:10 PM  

It's a devastating critique.

Devastating, because she is obviously clueless as to how bad her own admissions makes her look.

OpenID luciussomesuch November 05, 2016 2:11 PM  

A disdainfully déclassé question: while I understand that Ecstasy is sometimes consumed outside of a "dance venue", is it really the sort of thing three people would, on the spur of the moment, consider doing before opting for cocaine as a second choice?

I mean unless they were gonna have threeway sex?

Not that coke is conducive to happy decision making, but I would imagine a person rolling on MDMA would be prone to make of herself quite a public spectacle, outside of any environment where the majority of persons are similarly artificially elevated.

I mean, what if they'd had ecstasy on hand and then Jessica needed to return unescorted to her dorm in the next few hours and wound up publicly humping a tree while weeping or something?

Blogger Ken Prescott November 05, 2016 2:25 PM  

"You see, fellows, the road to Hell isn’t paved with good intentions, but with good weed — and bad women.

"Which brings us back around, of course, to the subject of Jessica Valenti."

I. Can't. Stop. Laughing.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 05, 2016 2:26 PM  

Meanwhile we have no real word for men who kill women.

Aside from the word "murderer" and the title "Death-row inmate" for men who literally kill women, we also have the term "wife-beater" for men who routinely beat women up. It's been a term of contempt for decades, implying a man who is only able to influence women through sheer brute force and thus utterly unremarkable as the average man is considerably more physically capable than a woman. But maybe her real problem is she's never been appealing enough to a man for him to think keeping her around was worth any physical effort at all.

As to raising kids in NYC or any other city, the no-kids-yet Millennials are dumb as a box of rocks on that subject. The "excitement" of the big city and all that. But, when they do end up having kids, the vast majority look for the nearest suburb, small town or rural location they can afford.

I'm convinced the only thing really wrong with that generation is the rest of society has tried to keep them from growing up. Give em a chance to actually be adults and most of them figure it out okay enough.

Blogger Cail Corishev November 05, 2016 2:28 PM  

Great review, but good grief. Could there be a better condemnation of feminism than Valenti? What a train wreck, and what a slap in the face to women who followed her thinking she was some kind of guide, when she was out spending the money she made from preaching man-hating to them on drugs and PUAs. Maybe I'm behind the times, and I know feminists are sex-positive these days; but isn't spreading your legs for hunks and then crying when they leave you still a betrayal of feminism?

Anonymous Maj November 05, 2016 2:31 PM  

McCain's review basically cements my view that feminism isn't an ideology so much as it is the rantings of various mentally ill or personality disordered women.

Blogger Longstreet November 05, 2016 2:33 PM  

That was at the same time funny and disconcerting.

I thought over and over as I read, "What must her parents think?"

Blogger pyrrhus November 05, 2016 2:37 PM  

Epic tale of the deranged female, who thinks she's a "feminist." And this looney, and tens of millions like her, has a vote.

Anonymous Gen. Kong November 05, 2016 2:43 PM  

Feminism - a beast who should have been laughed off the world stage into the garbage dumpster of history after Mother Gloria absolved Beelzebubba with the "free grope" doctrine - seems to never die regardless of how many times over it's been exposed as a complete fraud and total scam. Yet more proof (as if any is needed) that women should never be allowed anywhere near a ballot box - assuming one even gives any real credence to such arcane niceties to begin with.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 05, 2016 2:47 PM  

Maybe I'm behind the times, and I know feminists are sex-positive these days...

You might be so far behind the times that you've been lapped. I think feminists have gone sex-negative again (in the realm of truth-through-typos, I originally wrote that as "sex-nagative"). Well, actually, I think it depends on the specific feminist and whether she's getting any or not.

Sorta like any liberal and money, power or fun. It's a sin when other people have it.

Blogger Cail Corishev November 05, 2016 2:49 PM  

Growing up in the 80s, I knew a couple girls who couldn't wait to run of to New York City. I lost track of one, but the other is still there. She's what you picture if I say "small town girl who ran off to the big city": liberal, fighting the bulge less successfully every year, shacked up with a "fiance" she probably desperately fears will leave her, and childless at 45. Such a waste.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer November 05, 2016 2:50 PM  

Every time I see pictures of her I think of the transvestite in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. How many people actually volume early fucked manjaw while they were sober? I think I would need more drugs than Kieth Richards to even consider touching this fully.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer November 05, 2016 2:51 PM  

Voluntarily...not volume early. Hate this spell check

Blogger VD November 05, 2016 2:53 PM  

Hate this spell check

So turn it off. Seriously, how hard is it to figure that out?

Blogger Boko Harambe November 05, 2016 3:03 PM  

Or even regular old wives who married young(ish) and respond to their husband's every touch.

Objectification is the way you satisfy a woman. Make her your object, she's happy.

Blogger Dexter November 05, 2016 3:06 PM  

Man, I had no idea what a total disaster she was.

Anonymous One Deplorable DT November 05, 2016 3:09 PM  

@38 - you're assuming the errors would go down if spell check was off.

I can only speak for myself, but that's the battle I face on devices without keyboards. I get angry, turn it off...things get worse. Turn it back on...miss the occasional screw up.

I just wish people would stop posting corrections. Everyone already knows why the mistake is there.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) November 05, 2016 3:11 PM  

One of the more amusing aspects of NYers is their complete shock at how clean other cities are.

Anonymous One Deplorable DT November 05, 2016 3:11 PM  

@26 - I mean, what if they'd had ecstasy on hand and then Jessica needed to return unescorted to her dorm in the next few hours and wound up publicly humping a tree while weeping or something?

If?

It's a guarantee this happened more than once. She's just lucky nobody has video of it.

Blogger Nate November 05, 2016 3:18 PM  

My opinion of new York is best summed up by reaction to 9-11.

Which was..... So what?

Blogger The Kurgan November 05, 2016 3:19 PM  

with a big dicked guy according to her

Blogger Roger G2 November 05, 2016 3:28 PM  

Had me at "literary rape scene", lost me with an Amy Schumer joke. Got to go absorb this nonetheless. Few are as good at taking apart 3rd wave feminists as RSM.

Anonymous kfg November 05, 2016 3:39 PM  

"It's funnier than all the collected performances of Amy Schumer combined."

Yeah, well, so is a punch in the gut while getting a root canal. Can you set the bar a little higher?

I was born in Manhattan, but didn't stay there long, so I got better.

I had the experience of watching Leave it to Beaver in first run in the very place it was modelled after. Ground had been broken on it only ten years before and they were still putting the finishing touches on it when I was born.

Not only had most people not lived any place like it, most people had never even seen any place like it. Not even on television. It was indeed a promotion. An ad. For something new and shiny to aspire to.

Blogger Cail Corishev November 05, 2016 3:45 PM  

I've seen pictures from when she was young. She was never a head-turning hottie, but she was cute and fit enough to do well with guys, especially since she was easy and drunk a lot.

Which makes me wonder: imagine that you're an ugly woman, or one without the talent, money, or family connections to get into fancy colleges and get a job in the big city, so you console yourself on lonely nights with the rantings of feminists like Valenti about how male privilege "kills" women, so you're better off without one. Then you find out that while you were sitting home alone reading her blog and feeling righteous about your singlehood, she was out spending her average looks and blog earnings partying with whichever guy had the biggest muscles and cock, and then managed to score a house-husband just before she got too old. Wouldn't you be pissed off?

Blogger Gapeseed November 05, 2016 3:51 PM  

As a New Yorker born and bred, I always hated Friends and like shows for giving young clueless outsiders the notion that New York is some sort of Nirvana and not more akin to a Hobbesian state of nature. It's actually a terrible place to live without money, and any normal youngster who wants to stay here is perpetually living on the edge of financial ruin.

Columbia Journalism School specifically tells its graduates to leave New York and make a name elsewhere before even thinking about living in NYC. In most cases, it is very good advice.

Anonymous Wyrd November 05, 2016 3:52 PM  

My opinion of new York is best summed up by reaction to 9-11.

Which was..... So what?


This was my reaction until a (((colleague))) guilt-tripped me into caring. Fortunately, I've learned to not give a damn about her holocaustianity.

Blogger Boko Harambe November 05, 2016 3:54 PM  

Copypastaed into my "future musings for my daughters" folder.

Well done. Thank you.

Anonymous Daniel H November 05, 2016 4:07 PM  

Valenti despises dutiful feminist avowing betas and loathes her husband, notwithstanding his Harvard degree. How can one tell? Click over to McCain's site. Halfway down there is a photo of Valenti and her husband published in the New York Times. The photo was taken at their wedding. The husband leans in to kiss and nuzzle and Valenti instinctively arches backward away from his advances. This is a clear tell. He repulses her. Her husband is in beta hell and I bet he knows it too. This is not a happy union.

Blogger tz November 05, 2016 4:09 PM  

There were several miraculous instances of people not being in the WTC on 9/11/01.

Can someone explain to me why Putin nuking NYC would not be advantageous to Christendom (cauterization - I've read the Apocalypse - I'm trying to formulate a "White Triad" since I think and fear I've embraced such).

Blogger Jose November 05, 2016 4:11 PM  

"Read the whole thing. It's funnier than all the collected performances of Amy Schumer combined"

Damning with faint praise, are we? 😄

Cheers,
JCS

Blogger tz November 05, 2016 4:13 PM  

Spell Check must have been a boon to the Witches and Sorcerers at the Bohemian Grove.

Open Sorcery?

Anonymous Shut up rabbit November 05, 2016 4:20 PM  

Zimri wrote:lying on your back with a headache ... that guy's head' (or girl's head).

Yeah, because women knock men out all the time just like on (((TV))) or at the (((movies))). @Zimri get thee to a gym post haste!

Blogger MATT November 05, 2016 4:23 PM  

I hate it here.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr November 05, 2016 4:30 PM  

R.S. McCain's blog is well worth reading, though he's gone full-time Feminist Hunter these days. He's an Old School Reporter, honest and fearless of "authority".

Anonymous Shut up rabbit November 05, 2016 4:31 PM  

Maj wrote:McCain's review basically cements my view that feminism isn't an ideology so much as it is the rantings of various mentally ill or personality disordered women.

I think most of modern society's problems are due to having sufficient excess resources to allow such incapables to participate in it and still survive. The awful effects of feminism are, of course, exponentially more impactful as it profits from the male white knights' instinct to not discriminating against mad, vile bitches on "principle".

Anonymous kfg November 05, 2016 4:33 PM  

"Is it just me, or are the actual 'sex objects' of the world pretty happy with their beauty while the fulgy women bitch and moan?"

Feminist is SHOCKED Compliments Work!

Anonymous Shut up rabbit November 05, 2016 4:34 PM  

MATT wrote:I hate it here.

And we all be hatin' you right back sister ;)

Blogger kh123 November 05, 2016 4:34 PM  

"How many people actually volume early fucked manjaw while they were sober?"

All it needs is Mick Jagger singing it to make sense.

Anonymous Maj November 05, 2016 4:36 PM  

Daniel H said, "This is not a happy union."

Did you read to the end of McCain's piece where he quotes her opining on the current state of her marriage? Just paraphrasing from memory, but she says she thinks they both secretly hate each other.

Blogger Pseudotsuga November 05, 2016 4:38 PM  

Big cities are places to visit occasionally, and then thankfully leave to a real place where real people can really live. I remain appalled at how many people dream of the big city lights of LA, SanFran, New York, etc.
I don't know if anybody really dreams of the big city lights of Chicago or Minneapolis or Houston.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit November 05, 2016 4:38 PM  

tz wrote:There were several miraculous instances of people not being in the WTC on 9/11/01.



Were they all on the train? Because the train is fine.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit November 05, 2016 4:42 PM  

Maj wrote:...she says she thinks they both secretly hate each other.

She says she hates him (of course) and suspects he hates her right back - I'd say that's a given. He clearly also hates himself (as does she but she'll go to hell denying the obvious)

Anonymous Jack Amok November 05, 2016 4:48 PM  

Then you find out that while you were sitting home alone reading her blog and feeling righteous about your singlehood, she was out spending her average looks and blog earnings partying with whichever guy had the biggest muscles and cock, and then managed to score a house-husband just before she got too old. Wouldn't you be pissed off?

She might feel about like the average Republican voter feels about the average Republican establishmentarian whore these days.

But I'm not sure too many females reading about her husband are terribly jealous. It's a good message to get out young women - slut it up in your twenties and this sackless wonder is your best-case husband. Of course, special snowflakes will be able to beat the odds, right?

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants November 05, 2016 4:48 PM  

Jessica Valenti's main problem, (of which there are many, many), is her inability to see herself as others see her.
Her petty, immature jealousies of what she perceives as being withheld from her, manifested into an adult woman who is completely blind/deaf to the fact that her failings, her life's trajectory, her current unhappiness, her puzzlement as to why so many people seem to hate her, are 100% a cake of her own baking.
She is more comfortable blaming others, blaming an imaginary system, blaming whomever she can scapegoat, seeing herself as the perennial victim.
The short, red haired boyfriend's mother was a sharp cookie-this woman genuinely shouldn't ever be a mother.
If I could say one thing to Valenti, (and many others like her), it's not your looks, your outer shell, that has caused your issues or problems with the opposite sex. It's the ugliness inside.
IOW, Jessica, you are an apple that appears normal, perfectly edible, but just one small bite reveals the worm-ridden, thoroughly rotted core.

Blogger MATT November 05, 2016 4:50 PM  

Drug using leftists don't see the ieony in using drugs we get from third world countries, then railing against human rights abuse.

Blogger MATT November 05, 2016 4:51 PM  

@shut up rabbit

I was referring to NYC.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 05, 2016 5:00 PM  

I’m leaving out a few others, like Carl, the finance guy who lived in a high-rise apartment “in Manhattan overlooking the river” she dated a while in 2002. Carl raped her while she was passed-out drunk, she says, but then he bought her a grilled cheese sandwich and fries, which somehow made it OK.

Oh those poor college men going up before the rape tribunals today. If only they had known the secret.

Anonymous BGKB November 05, 2016 5:07 PM  

One of the more amusing aspects of NYers is their complete shock at how clean other cities are

Unless they have only gone to Philly, Baltimore & DC as cities.

How many people actually volume early fucked manjaw while they were sober? I think I would need more drugs than

I know it must be from cleaning cookies regularly but I saw an ad for dating women over 40, I don't think even STR8 guys are interested in that. From when I clicked on the claims TRUMP's wife worked illegally one her visa by being paid to have pictures taken. I don't think modeling counts as a job if its just individual shoots.

of new York is best summed up by reaction to 9-11. Which was..... So what?

Someone needs to tell moslems that Philly & Chicago are more important http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/al-qaeda-plans-attacks-us-cities-day-before-election-voting-1589939

Blogger YIH November 05, 2016 5:09 PM  

A while ago I saw a chart listing the IRL incomes of TV characters vs. the IRL rents/mortgages they would have.
Most realistic? The Simpsons - I kid you not.
Least? Full House, that bunch would have been foreclosed and living out of cardboard boxes by the end of the first season.
As you can guess, NYC shows are some of the most unrealistic, and I'm guessing the writers were being generous with both incomes and rents.
For example, Seinfeld, they probably used an estimate of Jerry's actual IRL income, in the show, he's an ordinary stand-up comic who probably wouldn't make $7700/mo.
I wouldn't doubt thousands of young people have moved to NYC, got jobs and small, lousy apartments and went ''This isn't like what I saw on TV!!!''...

Blogger tz November 05, 2016 5:14 PM  

@65 - they all stopped at Subway and it took too long to fill their order.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 05, 2016 5:15 PM  

Seems to be a pattern with femtards the bitterness over not landing an Alpha White Man

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 05, 2016 5:17 PM  

This was like visiting an old friend. I'd forgotten about Jessica Valenti and her "I bath in male tears," schtick.

Attention girls! Do not bath in male tears. You are statistically more likely to develop, obesity, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, chlamydia, anal warts and AIDS.

She is currently married and has a kid but she is also 38. I predict with utter conviction that in two years she will be divorced and doing the "Eat, Pray, Love" thing. Assuming she doesn't skip a step or two and just go full dyke.

The only real question for me at this point is, is she already seeing "Paulo" on the side?

Anonymous kfg November 05, 2016 5:23 PM  

"''This isn't like what I saw on TV!!!''..."

That's what they get for not watching reruns of Baretta.

Blogger kh123 November 05, 2016 5:24 PM  

"...but then he bought her a grilled cheese sandwich and fries, which somehow made it OK."

So long as it wasn't hot dogs and pizza.

So far as we know.

Anonymous map November 05, 2016 5:25 PM  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2004/09/23/married-with-art/dee9a0d0-0f0d-4505-b0ef-2f0e1bd1e0e0/

Pedophile Podesta:

Not always. Folks attending a house tour in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood in Falls Church earlier this year got an eyeful when they walked into a bedroom at the Podesta residence hung with multiple color pictures by Katy Grannan, a photographer known for documentary-style pictures of naked teenagers in their parents' suburban homes.

"They were horrified," Heather recalls, a grin spreading across her face.

Blogger Cail Corishev November 05, 2016 5:36 PM  

"This isn't like what I saw on TV!!!..."

That happened to me too. I was expecting Magnum, and got Rockford. Still, not so bad.

Blogger kh123 November 05, 2016 5:43 PM  

...Remember seeing Basketball Diaries as a kid and thinking the characters were all scumbags even before they started turning tricks for heroin. And that was the cinematic 90's sanitized version. Read anything from Leonard Michaels and it becomes apparent the place has had a history of breeding a special kind of big city cabin fever.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer November 05, 2016 6:19 PM  

I did figure it out genius. The spell check tab is off.

Blogger buwaya puti November 05, 2016 6:22 PM  

This is one of the best and most thorough things McCain has done, and goodness knows he is a thorough man. He has torn down the city, burned it, plowed the rubble and salted the earth.

Anonymous a_peraspera November 05, 2016 6:32 PM  

This chick gleefully chronicles her exploits as a LITERAL coke whore, and expects people to look to her for a moral compass?

Blogger Dexter November 05, 2016 6:35 PM  

Sorta wondering - what else did her parents do wrong? Was it just living in NYC that turned their daughter into a drug-addled slut?

Blogger Mighty Lou November 05, 2016 6:36 PM  

I went to high school in a small suburban town on the Connecticut shoreline. After high school I saw many of my friends head to off to college and then to Brooklyn. They were all trying to become writers, actors and musicians. So, out of this group you had two basic types, the first most prominent type were those who came from families that had enough wealth to support their Brooklyn adventures, and the second type were those who had to struggle to get by while trying to realize their dreams. In the end most of them ended up getting what you would call a real job and moving away from Brooklyn. But of both types, the one commonality was that they all wanted to be famous, more than they wanted to be either writers or actors and musicians.

There were a couple of old friends I had who fell into the second group. One of them was obsessed with being famous, he tried writing, acting and music, to no avail sadly, and he supported himself working in human resources of various start ups; he got married and then divorced two years later, he still lives in Brooklyn in a tiny apartment on a meager salary and is bitter from his life experiences; his one indulgence in life is drinking over priced craft beer while hob knobbing and rubbing shoulders with his friends from the first group, the group of which he always wished he could break through the glass ceiling and be a part of, but never will. None of their women want him.

The second friend played in various indie bands and experimented with heroin while working as a barista for over ten years until he met a groupie with a trust fund. He was smart, he married her, had a couple kids and moved out to the country.

Me, I never wanted anything to do with Brooklyn or New York; there was this desperation to become famous that polluted all of those people; it was an evil desire to basically be worshipped and to be able to say that yes they were BETTER than everyone else, that they were the beautiful people.

Anonymous Big Bill November 05, 2016 6:40 PM  

Poor pathetic, confused woman. She picked a beta male and is disgusted by him. She wants to leave him and their crippled kid, but she lacks the nerve. So she writes this dreck to rub his nose in her mess hoping against hope that he will show some balls (for once!) and divorce her.

What she cannot deal with is that the young fornicating feminist at Feministing are bored with her, no longer want to deal with her ego, and are not about to let her turn into elderly Queen Bee and take back the Feministing website.

She did the picture postcard wedding, dumped Feministing, moved to New Jersey, got knocked up, had a crippled kid, put up with a pathetic weak husband, wrote an occasional screed for The Guardian ... and got bored stiff.

Angry at her husband, angry at her kid, angry that everyone has forgotten her at Feministing, angry at getting fatter, hairier, and more wrinkled, and determined to drag husband and child back to Brooklyn now that she has gotten her tubes tied where she can restore her former career as AngryYoungSexyWoman.

So sorry. Ain't gonna happen.

Blogger Felix Bellator November 05, 2016 6:41 PM  

Funny how Jessica Valenti embodies the very intellectual capability that Hillary wants to bring to the White House.

Blogger Fenris Wulf November 05, 2016 6:45 PM  

The book is so deranged that the reviewer only had to post excerpts and say "I rest my case."

Since somebody mentioned Cindy Crawford, I have to ask, am I the only person who thought she was butt-ugly and looked like a drag queen? All the hype surrounding her in the early 90's seemed like an attempt to destroy the concept of feminine beauty.

Google "Cindy Crawford looks like" and check out the first suggestion. LOL.

Blogger Mighty Lou November 05, 2016 6:52 PM  

@88. Fenris Wulf,

LOL, my sides!

Blogger Mighty Lou November 05, 2016 6:58 PM  

A modern take on Last Exit to Brooklyn with vignettes about Hipsters would be an instant classic.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 05, 2016 7:00 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:The only real question for me at this point is, is she already seeing "Paulo" on the side?
No, she likes them big and blond.
Which at her age probably means fat and balding as well. And no more giant cocks for her.
So sad.

Blogger buwaya puti November 05, 2016 7:04 PM  

I wouldnt feel that sorry for her husband. He was mixed up with Josh Marshall's TPM and is now general manager of Vox.com
These people punish themselves.

Anonymous Bring down the left wing political machine November 05, 2016 7:24 PM  

Can you guys help me out? I made a video satirizing liberalism and I need some help trying to get it out there, I'm surrounded by cucks and excessively confident liberals so their no help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNsFvA3e6xI

Anonymous Maj November 05, 2016 7:37 PM  

How much of a bitter cunt do you have to be to not only hate your husband, but publish the fact that you hate your husband to the world? That alone should be grounds for divorce, if the hapless beta would take the hint.

Anonymous dagwood November 05, 2016 7:48 PM  

Yes. This. A thousand times over. ALL of you, FLEE New York City, shake the dust off your sandals, and NEVER return again! Every one of you! This place is a hell-hole, it is the utter pit of filth, insanity and depravity, and that is exactly why you should NEVER, EVER, set foot here! And tell all your "Friends/Seinself"-worshiping chix, they've got it all wrong! No one with that mind set will ever find happiness here. Ever! They are in for a lifetime of misery. GO! RUN! RUUUUNNNNN!!!!

And also, never come to Portland, it's even worse than NYC.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 05, 2016 7:49 PM  

aegis-1080 wrote:
The review is great, specially when he points this paragraph:

"When I start taking women’s studies classes, and loving them, [Paul] is happy. . . . We do coke with one of my women’s studies professors in her house when we cannot get ecstasy."

Robert Stacy McCain is very polite, because, seriously: What. The. Fuck. The globo homos are so depraved that they say shit like this, or Podesta's "art tastes", or Lena Durham's repeated rape of her own sister and are shocked, just shocked, that normal people find them repulsive. They are not only fallen, but might as well be a different species since their mindset is completely alien.


Do you get the feeling that the Leftists are like this:

Then my dwarfs took me on. I didn't care for the arrangements much. they were not men, you know, not dwarf men, but real dwarfs-trolls. They could talk, and they walk on two legs, but the structure must be quite different from ours. I felt all the time that if they killed me it wouldn't be murder, any more than if a crocodile or a gorilla killed me. It is a different species - however it came there. Different faces. --C.S. Lewis "The Pilgrim's Regress"

Blogger Michael Maier November 05, 2016 7:52 PM  

I don't know... Amy Schumer is a little funny when she's being racist.

From the linked page:
"One of the amazing things about the patriarchal oppression of women is how guys with too much money so easily locate women with an appetite for free cocaine."

Blogger Michael Maier November 05, 2016 7:54 PM  

Aside from the word "murderer" and the title "Death-row inmate" for men who literally kill women, we also have the term "wife-beater" for men who routinely beat women up. It's been a term of contempt for decades, implying a man who is only able to influence women through sheer brute force and thus utterly unremarkable as the average man is considerably more physically capable than a woman.

Hell, after living my life and observing, I don't even look down on men that beat down women.

1: they probably did something to deserve it
2: they seem more oft than not to be asking for it by their own behavior
3: they don't leave on their own

Hell, one girl our circle drooled over was being beaten by her man. He died of something or other. She whined about it forever.

I should have backhanded her. Probably would have gotten some.

Anonymous George of the Jungle November 05, 2016 8:01 PM  

What, she didn't think about getting a nose job? Don't all the really cool with-it people in NYC get nose jobs?

Anonymous Jack Amok November 05, 2016 8:20 PM  

Hell, after living my life and observing, I don't even look down on men that beat down women.

Well, to be sure, it came about as a derogatory phrase back when women who acted like Valenti wouldn't be allowed into the average restaurant. They were expected to behave themselves, and a man who couldn't do better for a wife than some drunken mess of a slut who's behavior was bad enough to warrant a backhand... well, you get the idea.

Blogger Kristophr November 05, 2016 8:57 PM  

"Also, never come to Portland, it's worse."

I was born and raised in Portland, It's a nice place, but over run by Caltards and their spawn. I think it can be restored and turned alt-right if enough people move there, and start firing libtards.

Anonymous Ciao Shitlord November 05, 2016 9:28 PM  

For our Western confused brothers....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KZMPgJ3IoM

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson November 05, 2016 9:44 PM  

That was the rare review that is itself a fine work of literature. I read the whole thing with delight. Very incisive.

What he sees in this book matches my own observations. I work in a field that consists largely of hard labor with poor pay, but requires college education and demands a master's degree for higher positions. So it tends to bring together the worst of white- and blue-collar living. They've imbibed all the poison taught at our universities, so I see this kind of thing all the time: people who, when outside of work, know no means of enriching themselves and no form of entertainment aside from sex, drugs, and booze. And what's particularly sad is that they can't envision anything better, and get very angry when anyone suggests anything better.

It is as McCain says: they don't notice the sleaze they wallow in for the same reason fish don't notice water. Their souls are shriveled, and what's worse, they don't even know.

Blogger dfordoom November 05, 2016 9:56 PM  

@30. Maj

McCain's review basically cements my view that feminism isn't an ideology so much as it is the rantings of various mentally ill or personality disordered women.

They used to call it hysteria. Now we call it feminism.

The difference is that nowadays we encourage it. We encourage these feminists to indulge their hysteria.

Blogger rcocean November 05, 2016 10:18 PM  

Good to see you're throwing a bone to R.S. McCain. He's been a coward on the whole Alt-right, Trump, thing but he's obviously a real - if poor -conservative. If someone gave him a few sheckels, I'm sure he would support Trump.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable November 05, 2016 10:22 PM  

Wow. I've seen Stacy McCain wield a shiv as well as anyone, but that was more like a ballista.

Blogger wreckage November 05, 2016 10:27 PM  

There's this view that if a man finds a woman to be attractive and of good character, he's a monster.

Oddly enough, the fact that my now-wife found me to be attractive and of good character isn't a problem.

I apply no standards to women that I do not apply to myself. This is where feminists go so badly wrong; they make up a double standard.

They then apply one of their own: they want marriage material but not to be marriage material; they want a stable, family-oriented future but they don't want to commit to pursuing either it or the type of man that can provide it, and they don't accept that once found it must be carefully maintained.

Blogger wreckage November 05, 2016 10:38 PM  

Feminism is pimping your friends for cocaine:

"Soon, every night we went out — two or three evenings a week, at least — involved cocaine. . . . As I got ready for the night out, I would do few bumps . . . before meeting Ron at a bar, or if we were going out to dinner, I’d wait until I was done eating to snort some in the bathroom. . . . The truth is that I loved coke not so much for the drug itself but because it let me drink as much as I wanted without passing out or embarrassing myself. . . .
Everywhere we went, Ron had friends. He knew every bartender, every drug dealer, every restaurant manager. . . . We snorted lines with the bar owners, who loved me for hooking them up with my cute friends, in back rooms and upstairs apartments. — Sex Object, pp. 117–118"

Blogger Miss Carnivorous November 05, 2016 11:08 PM  

There is so much nonsense there, I can't even process it! In the 1980's we had a hook up culture. It was all about the hook up! We often had sex when we were almost passed out! In fact, during a party in the 80's, my passed out sister awoke to one of my brother's friends mounting her from behind. C'est la vie, say the old folks, it goes to show to you never can tell!

Blogger Basil Makedon November 05, 2016 11:32 PM  

I'm amazed that anyone -- including her editor -- actually read the entire book.

Blogger Bosefus November 05, 2016 11:57 PM  

It might be your self... or it might be the other self... or it might be the over self...

But everyones been enscripted with out wages...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CwHby-YTNo

Blogger Bosefus November 06, 2016 12:23 AM  

It might be your self... or it might be the other self... or it might be the over self...

But everyones been enscripted with out wages...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CwHby-YTNo

Blogger Bosefus November 06, 2016 12:24 AM  

My would be friends they foresake me... because:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_N-_Fc-cGY

Blogger Bosefus November 06, 2016 12:33 AM  

No use turning on your lights... I be gone...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCC4VkGvs1U

Blogger Bosefus November 06, 2016 12:39 AM  

Into this world we are thrown...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS-af9Q-zvQ

Blogger Bosefus November 06, 2016 12:53 AM  

He took a face from the ancient gallery... and then he... the blue bus...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSUIQgEVDM4

Anonymous Tipsy November 06, 2016 1:27 AM  

In the 1600s the poet Robert Herrick advised maidens to "be not coy, but use your time, And while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime, You may for ever tarry."

Why is that still not good advice now?

Anonymous Shut up rabbit November 06, 2016 5:49 AM  

Basil Makedon wrote:I'm amazed that anyone -- including her editor -- actually read the entire book.

Shades of Lena Dunham's outrage that her molestation of her sister and false rape allegations she wrote about in her book were explained as such. It is an basic assumption of the leftard that whatever they do is perfectly acceptable, ney the very epitome of correct behavior since they are doing it. They are then surprised when normal people take their own words at face value and put them in context revealing their broken vileness. Add to this the cloud of sycophants that surround the faux-famous and you have a recipe for embarrassing revelations that including one normal person in the process would have prevented.

I'm sure Hilary's bio will include tales of satanic sacrifice and pedophilia as part of her day to day mudanity and she'll be shocked, shocked I tell you, when people point to her self-confessed depravity.

I truly believe that those of the left are so reliant on an external power defining every aspect of their existence that if they are allowed to do something they feel it is justified: if it wasn't surely someone would have stopped them? No self-control, no self-awareness, no responsibility for their own acts - the very essence of soclialism

Anonymous Anonymous November 06, 2016 10:38 AM  

Wow! This is one of the most insightful reviews I've ever read. It should be mandatory reading for all young people.

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