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Friday, September 15, 2017

Stop encouraging young writers!

A heartfelt plea from a woman writer over 40 to stop recognizing people who are not her:
A few years ago I wrote an article for the Guardian on ageism in the literary world, about the predilection of publications like Granta, the New Yorker and Buzzfeed for authors under the age of 40. The problem hasn’t gone away and on Tuesday I wrote an open letter to the Royal Society of Literature, after it called for nominations for 40 new fellows under 40.

Encouraging young writers is laudable. After all, it’s increasingly difficult to get started. Publishers’ advances are low and getting lower; arts degrees are more expensive than Stem subjects; social security is fiercely tested. Which must mean that those most able to pay for a writing course, or those most able to take time off work to write while still young, are those most likely to have money, security, contacts, confidence. There’s a correlation between setting an age bar and encouraging the already privileged.

All writers were young once, and many start writing young, but not all begin their careers as published authors at that point. Leaving aside the fact that some only decide to start writing later in life, many factors affect one’s ability to commit to writing seriously. Besides income issues, age bars can lead an organisation into worrying territory. Authors from outside the perceived cultural mainstream who do not already see their voices represented – LGBTQ writers, writers of colour – are sometimes slow to recognise the contribution they can make, or to feel like their voices will be valued.

Age is a feminist issue. Carers, delayed by years looking after children or other dependents, are mostly women; residencies that offer no childcare or require long stays are an easy way to sift female candidates out of contention. Older women are already told every day, in ways ranging from the subtle to the blatant, that they are irrelevant and should shut up. Multiply this by, say, race or gender, and the courage required to put work out is even greater. Or the potential writer might not be the carer, but the cared-for. Writers who live with a disability or ill-health may not start out until they have found a way to write with their condition – which may take longer than this 40-years-old rule allows for.

Since writing to the RSL, I’ve been sent heartrending accounts from well-published writers, several of whom specified that it wasn’t until their late 30s that they were finally able to take the time to write, making age bar of 40 not only arbitrary, but a particularly cruel irony.
Wow just wow! First, I am, of course, appalled by the writer's unpersoning and excision from the social justice movement of so many sexualities. It's fine to defend Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer writers, but what about those who are Genderqueer, Demisexual, Transsexual, Twospirit, Intersex, Questioning, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual, and Polyamorous? If she doesn't support LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP in its entirety, she is clearly a bigot, a hater, and she should never be published by any socially responsible publisher.

Second, what, exactly, is the point of her article? Should we not recognize young writers at all and attempt to identify the most promising? Actually, that's not a bad idea, since the convergence of most writing awards and institutions means that they're only promoting callow SJW droppings anyhow.

But I suspect that she wants to make elderly female and diversity writers eligible for young author awards, never mind the fact that first-time novelists of any age are honored by awards such as the  John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. What we have here is merely a literary spin on Sailer’s Law of Female Journalism: The most heartfelt articles by female journalists tend to be demands that social values be overturned in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking.

Or, as in this case, an award-winning writer.

I have to admit it, I'm going to be genuinely sorry when The Guardian finally finishes burning through its once-massive endowment and goes out of business. It's genuinely funnier than The Onion.

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84 Comments:

Anonymous Jack Amok September 15, 2017 4:48 AM  

It's almost 2am but clearly I haven't had enough to drink.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable September 15, 2017 4:56 AM  

Thanks for that, Jack, but really, if you're not Jack Ward, who cares where you stand on alcohol consumption?

Blogger Niccolo Machiavelli September 15, 2017 4:56 AM  

Hi, Vox.

I was thinking about writing either a fictional or a nonfictional book.

What are the ideological rules which must be complied by?

Regards.

Anonymous vfm September 15, 2017 5:00 AM  

"It's almost 2am but clearly I haven't had enough to drink."

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

Blogger VD September 15, 2017 5:04 AM  

What are the ideological rules which must be complied by?

Do whatever you want and publish it. Be aware that the chances Castalia House will publish a book by someone who hasn't even decided if he prefers to write fiction or non-fiction are negligible. We are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions.

Unlike the author, we do not concern ourselves with encouraging new writers. We are in the business of publishing good writers and helping them become excellent.

Anonymous vfm September 15, 2017 5:06 AM  

Jack while your drinking...

http://989rocks.com/

Blogger Anno Ruse September 15, 2017 5:38 AM  

"We are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions."

A write-up on how Castalia House finds its authors would be interesting. The catalog is becoming increasingly diverse, in the true sense of the word. I love it.

Blogger roughcoat September 15, 2017 5:45 AM  

She's impressively out of touch and cares about all the wrong things.

Harder than ever to get started, the assumed-required arts degree costs more than STEM... wuh?

I could write a short story from scratch, bang together an okay cover, and publish it on Amazon by the end of the day. No problem. Nobody would know how old I am, which of the 72 standard genders I identify as today or if I invented a new one for the occasion, or if I'm even human and not a very well trained dog.

'Course, it is a woman. Women rarely want solutions; they just want an audience to bitch at.

Anonymous Rocklea September 15, 2017 5:58 AM  

Ho Hum, another bombing in London.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 6:00 AM  

A few years ago I wrote an article for the Guardian on ageism in the literary world,

I got that far into the quoted section before, if I was the King, I would at that point interject "Off with her head!" and she would be dragged away sobbing to the headsman's chopping block.

Anonymous Difster September 15, 2017 6:03 AM  

The solution to this woman's perceived problem is simple. Anyone can just choose to identify as a writer under 40.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 6:06 AM  

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Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 6:08 AM  

Age is a feminist issue.

Burn it! Kill it with fire!

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 6:13 AM  

We are in the business of publishing good writers and helping them become excellent.

That's a microaggression against old Godless leftist ladies.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch September 15, 2017 6:19 AM  

So in other words, we need more straight white male writers.

Read "Bovodar and the Bears," fellas.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 6:20 AM  

– LGBTQ writers, writers of colour –

By refusing to acknowledge people of LGBTQIA+, that's a microaggression against IA+ writers, you senile old cunt!

Blogger The Kurgan September 15, 2017 6:24 AM  

Clearly good writing is only done by hard men doing hard things in their 40s.
Who invariably oppress women. And everyone else, especially the boomers.
Strangely, the younger women like being oppressed by us and they hardly write anything at all aside from the grocery list.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 6:24 AM  

To use an expression from Jordan Peterson, listening to people like this is like listening to a babbling demon. The person has been completely possessed by ideological voices and there is nothing authentic whatsoever, the person cannot be communicated with, they are puppets of their animating ideology. This one is a very acute case. Or as the artist Sabo said: "Leftism is a mental illness.".

Anonymous Andy September 15, 2017 6:36 AM  

Sailers law of Journalism?

"The most heartfelt articles by female journalists tend to be demands that social values be overturned in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking."

Anonymous Caspar Vega September 15, 2017 6:36 AM  

TLDR: I want a prize :(

This article will provide excellent fisking fodder for Larry Correia.

Anonymous Circumsucker V2.0 - President Cuck Edition September 15, 2017 6:37 AM  

“And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep cucking, cucking, cucking. We’re going to make Amnesty great again!”

Blogger Roger G2 September 15, 2017 6:50 AM  

Sailer's Law of Female Journalism? Makes sense.
After the revolution, she'll be a physically hot, bestselling writer like J.K. Rowling-who's also an insufferable, refugee-hugging virtue signaler. Ugh. Lucky us.

Blogger Rick September 15, 2017 7:12 AM  

No one encouraged Cervantes.

Blogger Scott Birch September 15, 2017 7:13 AM  

She wants attention and help. Special treatment IOW.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 7:22 AM  

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Blogger Dirk Manly September 15, 2017 7:28 AM  

Wisdom is independent of number of facts collected and the ability to collect them.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 15, 2017 7:30 AM  

One can be ignorant (i.e. not have all the facts) and still be wise.

One can be informed, and yet not wise (the definition of stupidity is having the necessary information and STILL doing the wrong thing.)

Blogger Johnny September 15, 2017 7:44 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:One can be ignorant (i.e. not have all the facts) and still be wise.

Or to put it quickly, ignorance and stupidity are not the same thing. Unless of course the ignorance is deliberate.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 15, 2017 7:48 AM  

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Blogger dc.sunsets September 15, 2017 7:51 AM  

I guess old men are guilty of appropriating something that belongs to feminists.

When the war of all against all goes (white) hot, I doubt she'll fare too well.

Blogger peter blandings September 15, 2017 7:52 AM  

seriously? after the last 48 hours' events? this?

Anonymous Circumsucker V2.0 - President Cuck Edition September 15, 2017 7:54 AM  

What really happened...

Schumer: You're a little dipshit President. With a dirty asshole. And you shit out your dick.

Trump: Oh that's what people think, huh? Well, maybe I won't build the wall and repeal DACA. What do you think about that?

Schumer: Yeah, you will, because you're a little retarded shit bitch.

Blogger Xellos September 15, 2017 8:08 AM  

>age is a feminist issue
mfw

Blogger Niccolo Machiavelli September 15, 2017 8:11 AM  

"Our ancestors had women in the household, making a beautiful household and managing its affairs, nurturing the children with the type of love only a mother can give. It was because of motherly love that Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books, and that is the mother's greatest power aside of childbirth itself. The recent generations have seen fit to put women out into the hustle and bustle of public life instead of keeping them in their former role. In times past, issues such as national security were placed into the safekeeping of being handled entirely by men. This includes border and immigration control as established by the likes of van Creveld."

Yep, people instinctively knew that males were more rational in their judgments, particularly when it concerned national security. Nowadays people try to invalidate this instinct by labeling it as internalized misogyny.


"Our ancestors were wiser than we are. This is something that is considered laughable by any leftist, and perhaps many conservatives would not even agree - they are destined for the annals of cuckery, as the conservatives gravitate towards the left."

To a point...

I have little doubt that the philosophers of the 20th century and prior will be superior to any of our upcoming modern philosophers.

The Nazis and fascists probably had the best philosophers of the 20th century.

Alfred Rosenberg (The Myth of the 20th century)
Martin Heidegger (Being and Time)
Giovanni Gentile (The Doctrine of Fascism)

"The notion that our ancestors were wiser than we are is a revolutionary idea, but there is something in us that looks around at all our marvellous technology and wealth and just comes to the conclusion that we must be the best and wisest people of all time, having passed through such unfolding 'enlightenment' as we have."

That is sheer stupidity, the enlightenment era has produced the most simple-minded and anti-rational people in human history.

Adults are like grown up children!


There is this guy called Martin Rees, who is the Astronomer Royal of the UK, a very high ranking and highly respected astrophysicist and a Christian although not holding supernatural religious beliefs. One of the things he said which shook me, was when he said, regarding the top cutting edge 21st century scientists: "We are no wiser than Aristotle."

Blogger Johnny September 15, 2017 8:25 AM  

SirGroggy wrote:Our ancestors were wiser than we are.

Or to put it another way with a somewhat different focus, our ancestors had a sustainable culture and we do not.

The argument that it is ideology driven is kind of thin because the changes that made the new ideology workable predate the ideology. That is, the changes came first.

The big one, it would appear, is industrialization. The fabulous efficiency of modern factories has all but replaced the production that used to take place in the household. Not so long ago a chicken dinner for many people would start with water being heated so as to scald the feathers off the freshly killed bird. Now the bird will come in pieces in plastic wrap. And so it is with a chicken dinner, so it is with everything. Homebrew labor can not compete with the factory. Better to go out, get a job, and buy the chicken ready cooked at a take out place.

It used to be that independent living was only for those who were willing to "rough it" in difficult conditions. Otherwise the need was to be married, or part of a household that was set up by a marital relationship, or living in a boarding house that would itself be doing the in house production.

Add to the above birth control, and the outcome is something new. People who are not wealthy can now live in reasonable comfort and not be a part of any group affiliation. Marriage is optional, as are family connections. And as women were the ones who did the majority of the in house labor, their traditional role became optional, making the feminist vision of the appropriate role for a women a thing that could be implemented.

The second big shift is that people last longer. It used to be that most people were pretty much used up by forty or so. But now we linger on and on in relative good health. Thus the female role in child rearing becomes transitory. She becomes forty, the kids are gone, the nest is empty, her daughter does not need the assist with her family because of modern "conveniences", and the former wife and mother ends up in the house with nothing much to do, except perhaps to wast away keeping the place exceptionally tidy. That gets old and the women ends up out in a man's world, but at the lowest rung of the status ladder. And guess what? She starts getting feminist thoughts.

The one area where the role of women has not been replaced is reproduction, because the household was not only an area of production, it was an area of reproduction. And that is the current difficulty. We have no adequate replacement for the home when it comes to producing the next generation.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 8:28 AM  

I deleted the post because it was too wordy. Now people reply to it *slap forehead*

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 15, 2017 8:32 AM  

Does anyone really care about the authoress?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

My question to the feminist foot soldiers, how are you dealing with loneliness?

Anonymous joe doakes September 15, 2017 8:32 AM  

Formally encouraging young writers is like giving grants to people to sing. Not necessary. When people have an itch, they must scratch it, you can't stop them. Listen at a traffic light - the guy at the bus stop, the gal in the next car, singing, free. Look at Kindle Direct - millions of scribblers writing, for free. True, they suck. But they'd suck even if you paid them. So why pay them?

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 8:34 AM  

Wow just wow! First, I am, of course, appalled

Of course!

Everybody is appalled at the utter LGBTQ-privilege of denying the right to exist for IA+ writers by pandering to LGBTQ supremacists with IA+ phobic dog whistles.

Anonymous Avalanche September 15, 2017 8:35 AM  

"But what about meeeeeeeee?"

Anonymous Avalanche September 15, 2017 8:39 AM  

Women rarely want solutions; they just want an audience to bitch at.

Why,you evil unfeeling cis-hetero-racist-homophobic-*AGEIST*-bigot!! She wants (some MAN in) an audience to FIX it for her!!

Blogger Duke Norfolk September 15, 2017 8:39 AM  

I am not a writer, but this modern notion that writers have to be educated in credentialed classes to be able to write well is nonsense. It's just another symptom of our credentialist society.

And also that writers need to be able to devote all their time to their craft. Yeah, because that was surely the case for all the classics of all time. They were all living in comfort provided by others and devoted all their time to writing (just those normal working hours though, don't ya know, they must have their leisure time; social justice!).

Typical modern feminist nonsense.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 8:40 AM  

@Johnny

They say Feminism is cancer. The problem with cancer is there is no known cure.

What is the cure for Feminism? There is a dire need.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 8:42 AM  

Why,you evil unfeeling cis-hetero-racist-homophobic-*AGEIST*-bigot!! She wants (some MAN in) an audience to FIX it for her!!

The fact that you are not willing to admit the diversity and inclusiveness of our Muslim and IA+ genderqueer brothers, sisters, man-women, women-men and people of tartan (the Scots), belies your dog whistling to the LGBTQ-supremacist systemic power structures.

Blogger Phat Repat September 15, 2017 8:43 AM  

Age is a feminist issue.

Sure as hell is; if there is one thing certain, time isn't kind to women. So let's make it an issue, you men will love us no matter how fat, wrinkled, and anti-men we are.

Hint to femcunts; no, we will love you IF we knock you up when YOUNG AND you devote yourselves to the FAMILY (well technically GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY). And for those that have missed that boat, no amount of legislation or nasty women marches is gonna turn that boat around; biology trumps all. But your twisting in the wind amuses me.

Blogger Mocheirge September 15, 2017 8:44 AM  

Multiply this by, say, race or gender,

In the female future, math will move beyond toxic scalar values and embrace non-numeric quanta like "feelz".

Anonymous Avalanche September 15, 2017 8:54 AM  

belies your dog whistling to the LGBTQ-supremacist systemic power structures.

Not dog-whistling, Sir Groggy, I'm whistling past the graveyard!!

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 8:57 AM  

I was reading the Guardian article again, and I just had that psychedelic moment of a divine spark of the recognition - a thrill down the leg, a chill down the spine, the hair standing up on the back of my neck - dear Lord, this person is a genius!! This is the most brilliant satire ever written. Yes... yes... and then the slow realisation and disappointment as I return to the original evaluation that they are serious, and taken seriously by readers of the public.... no, civilisation is actually falling after all, and we are drowning in a filthy gutter of lies and insanity. Of course - what was I thinking.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 9:01 AM  

It's like this article came from a Social Justice enrichment facility in which leftist crap is processed through a never-ending series of centrifuges, extracting only the juiciest and most illogical nuggets of Social Justice, and the end result was this article.

I call for UN sanctions and pray that Jack Ward will stand with me.

Blogger ThirdMonkey September 15, 2017 9:08 AM  

"Older women are already told every day, in ways ranging from the subtle to the blatant, that they are irrelevant and should shut up."

Except that it is the highlight of my kids' week when they get spend the day with their grandma. She is blatantly relevant to them. No one has ever told her to shut up.



She wrote a similar article a few years ago lamenting the same thing, saying it's "time we start celebrating the mature voice." My children love the stories their grandmothers tell them. She is irrelevant because she invested her life in the opinions of irrelevant people.

Women who invest their lives in their husbands, their kids, and their grandkids are only irrelevant to old, fat, lonely feminists. They are a treasure to their families, their churches, and their communities.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 9:09 AM  

This article is a blasphemy against God, logic, nature, truth and existence itself.
It contains literally no true information and is a writhing pit of serpentine illogic.
She is clearly attempting some sort of Satanic ritual in an effort to tear the space-time continuum and rip apart the entirety of heaven and earth.
It's an utter heresy against everything that is true and good.

I vote that we burn her at the stake.

Blogger SirGroggy September 15, 2017 9:17 AM  

She wrote a similar article a few years ago lamenting the same thing, saying it's "time we start celebrating the mature voice."

Again - I am still struggling to understand why this vile creature hasn't been burnt at the stake.

Blogger Ned September 15, 2017 9:27 AM  

She sucks as a writer anyway - with her lame attempts to link SJW non-sequiturs to the writing profession.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 15, 2017 9:28 AM  

We need a word for whatever's beyond solipsism.

Anonymous Kat September 15, 2017 9:30 AM  

Vox - on the basis on "Don't tell people what they should do - go do it yourself." I have been slowly churning away at a novel for women/moms that isn't a bunch of converged, idiotic drivel. Would my best bet be to try and self-publish if I feel that the end result as worthwhile? My goal was to try and put together something that the girlfriends/wives/daughters/etc of the Ilk might find worth reading.

Blogger Xellos September 15, 2017 9:34 AM  

SirGroggy: I vote for subjecting their hives to Exterminatus.

Blogger bw September 15, 2017 10:34 AM  

Questioning +1

make Amnesty great again

mAga





Anonymous fop September 15, 2017 10:53 AM  

Curiosity got the better of me once again. Her bio inexplicably makes me want to smash something.

Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh’s writing enacts what Chris Kraus has called “a literal vertigo—the feeling that if I fall I will fall not toward the earth but into space—by probing the spaces between things.” Walsh, a British writer and illustrator, is fascinated by liminal spaces, especially in the many varieties encountered by tourists. She’s sometimes known by her French nom de guerre, Badaude, loosely translated as “gawk,” and suggesting the perambulatory figure of the flaneuse. Her work trades on the literary genres of the miniature—short stories, essays, even postcards—reminiscent of Marcel Schwob, Clarice Lispector, Roland Barthes, and Lydia Davis. Her 2014 Twitter initiative @read_women is an archival who’s who of modern female writers, extolling in its tweets the distaff works of everyone from Leonora Carrington to Elena Ferrante. Aside from her abundant online presence, Walsh’s prolific output includes three new books: Hotel, Vertigo, and Grow a Pair: 9½ Fairytales About Sex, all of which run from the bantam lengths of fifty-five to 170 pages.

Among her seemingly disparate subjects are hotel architecture and etiquette, sexual politics in twentieth-century psychoanalysis, the perils of family vacations, the fantasias of cinema, and fables of transgendered witches. In Walsh’s feminist cosmogony, all are brought to bear as inscrutable souvenirs of the everyday mundane. She elucidates the slippery, gendered in-betweenness of everyday ritual in a manner reminiscent of Derrida’s disquisition on the chora—that most mysterious and mundane of spaces, not unlike the anonymous corridor of a hotel.


Anonymous VFM #6306 September 15, 2017 11:03 AM  

Easy solution:

The Ladies' Auxilliary Authoress Award for the Elderly.

Sponsored, of course, by the perpetual Guardian Endowment for Journalist Salaries. Mature, childless authoresses only need apply.

Slates encouraged!

Is N.K. Jesmin 40? She looks haggard enough.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band September 15, 2017 11:05 AM  

SirGroggy: "It's like this article came from a Social Justice enrichment facility in which leftist crap is processed through a never-ending series of centrifuges, extracting only the juiciest and most illogical nuggets of Social Justice, and the end result was this article."

That's not far off, in fact. The annoying, repetitive jargon references things that these solipsists claim are objective points of fact (setting aside, for a moment, that truth is supposedly a false concept). It's the foundation of their cultish groupthink. There are countless bitter souls who think nonsense like victim X is told daily to “shut up,” or that writing therefore is an act of courage, is plainly, unproblematically, true, and orient themselves accordingly.

In general, the various leftisms are built on lies, but these true believers represent a different strain of cultural pathology.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother September 15, 2017 11:07 AM  

Any word on Jack Ward's position with regards to this woman, and whether he is standing with her or not? Jack Ward watchers are uncharacteristically silent right now, adding to the general sense of tentative optimism infecting the larger body of Jack Ward watchers around the world.

A ripple of mania roared through that group last week, when the customer pressure sensor installed in Jack Ward's chair suddenly registered movement, as if Jack Ward's buttocks had suddenly clenched in preparation for rising out of the chair to stand with the noble underdog but alas it was merely Jack Ward's buttocks shifting to accommodate the breaking of wind.

So, back to the trenches for Jack Ward watchers around the world, waiting on tenterhoiks for the sudden rising of Jack Ward to stand with this put upon, oppressed writer and guaranteed tee her victory, however sallow, superficial and insane she may be.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band September 15, 2017 11:10 AM  

Duke Norfolk: "I am not a writer, but this modern notion that writers have to be educated in credentialed classes to be able to write well is nonsense."

But how else can they learn the courage to contribute their valued voices when the whole world is crying "shut up!"?

Blogger VD September 15, 2017 11:14 AM  

Would my best bet be to try and self-publish if I feel that the end result as worthwhile?

Yes. Don't waste your time on mainstream publishing.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 15, 2017 11:14 AM  

Among her seemingly disparate subjects are hotel architecture and etiquette, sexual politics in twentieth-century psychoanalysis, the perils of family vacations, the fantasias of cinema, and fables of transgendered witches."

So she spends her life traveling, staying in nice hotels, absorbing entertainment, and writing about her fantasies. She has a material life that medieval kings would envy. Yet she's convinced that she lives in a cruel world that is taking advantage of her, and she thinks we all owe her an apology and some special treatment.

I no longer wonder why people build guillotines.

Blogger Rabbi B September 15, 2017 11:22 AM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:Any word on Jack Ward's position with regards to this woman, and whether he is standing with her or not? Jack Ward watchers are uncharacteristically silent right now, adding to the general sense of tentative optimism infecting the larger body of Jack Ward watchers around the world.

A ripple of mania roared through that group last week, when the customer pressure sensor installed in Jack Ward's chair suddenly registered movement, as if Jack Ward's buttocks had suddenly clenched in preparation for rising out of the chair to stand with the noble underdog but alas it was merely Jack Ward's buttocks shifting to accommodate the breaking of wind.

So, back to the trenches for Jack Ward watchers around the world, waiting on tenterhoiks for the sudden rising of Jack Ward to stand with this put upon, oppressed writer and guaranteed tee her victory, however sallow, superficial and insane she may be.


EVERYONE will know when Jack Ward is standing and with whom. When Jack Ward stands, people reflexively stand with him. You underestimate the standing power of Jack ward to your peril.

#StandWithJack

Anonymous BBGKB September 15, 2017 11:32 AM  

It appears everything affects a writers career except skill/quality. Even the casting couch is denied her.

residencies that offer no childcare or require long stays are an easy way to sift female candidates out of contention

At a staff meeting in an inner city hospital a coworker suggested on site child care. I asked if they would really want to risk bringing their kids into a place with so many homeless nearby.

Writers who live with a disability or ill-health may not start out until they have found a way to write with their condition

The world is a darker place without the words of a one legged, deaf, mute, brown, lesbian.

Blogger Sheila4g September 15, 2017 11:45 AM  

@ roughcoat: "Women rarely want solutions; they just want an audience to bitch at."

Truer words have ne'er been written.

Anonymous Stickwick September 15, 2017 11:48 AM  

Third Monkey: She wrote a similar article a few years ago lamenting the same thing, saying it's "time we start celebrating the mature voice."

"Mature voice" = old lady stuff no one is interested in. I'm surprised older women haven't objected to that term by now. The Aggrieved Person's First Law of Avoiding Reality, aka the Theory of Evolution of Adjectives, says you must change the adjective as soon as it is widely understood to correspond with reality.

e.g. Fat -> Rubenesque -> Voluptuous -> Zaftig -> Full-figured -> Plus-sized -> BBW

As a mature woman, myself, I now object to the term "mature," because everyone knows it means middle-aged. Consulting the dictionary, I see many acceptable alternatives, including: sophisticated, complete, perfected, prime.

I encourage you all to support perfected female voices in literature, and please find a suitable award for my whimsical series of travelogues written from the perspective of a slightly wealthy pansexual cat who is on perpetual holiday.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 15, 2017 11:50 AM  

Women rarely want solutions; they just want an audience to bitch at.

The classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg

Blogger Johnny September 15, 2017 11:59 AM  

SirGroggy wrote:@Johnny

They say Feminism is cancer. The problem with cancer is there is no known cure.

What is the cure for Feminism? There is a dire need.




If I am correct in my thinking feminism will self expire because it does not produce a stable society. The societies that actually implement are all shrinking in size, and not uncommonly seem to be headed for instability owing to the character of the next generation. The real issue, then, is will it be replaced by anything that any of us would like.

In Europe it is hubris to think that Islam can not win out, although it will take a generation or two for the Islamic population to be large enough to dominate. If it happens the current culture will end not with a whimper but with a bang. According to Muhammad you don't take prisoners until there has been a lot of bloodshed.

A second solution would be something that resembles the Hispanic culture in their less successful countries. Along with the other stuff, a shift to some sort of more primitive religious culture.

An imposed solution that would be desirable would require a minority that was in charge and wanted to do it, plus the preconditions necessary to implement. For now I doubt it can be done. As for a solution, what comes to mind to me is to institutionalize the family by regarding the stay at home mom as an employee. Make it part of the system. For example, allow that the childrearing years accumulate Social Security type benefits and whatever other benefits normally accrue to employees. Another more radical idea would be to allow children to vote. As they are not competent, let the care giver vote for the child. That would empower the family because it would give superior voting rights to those who are into responsible child rearing. (no vote if it is public assistance)

I would not favor anything like putting parents on a salary. The result of that would be for those who could make the least money elsewhere shifting into childrearing. The result would be the least useful among us would produce the most children, something we have already accomplished in part.

Our problems in my view are not institutional but cultural, and it is the culture that has to be addressed. Institutional changes could be minor.



Blogger Giraffe September 15, 2017 12:15 PM  

TLDR: LOOK AT MEEEEE!

Blogger Ken Prescott September 15, 2017 1:42 PM  

I award her no points, and may God have mercy on her soul.

Blogger Thucydides September 15, 2017 2:03 PM  

Short answer: Cat food is getting really expensive

Anonymous JamesD September 15, 2017 3:00 PM  

[b]SJW droppings[/b]

Brilliant.

Blogger tublecane September 15, 2017 3:22 PM  

About Sailer's Law of Female Journalism, there's no question it's at play here. What else could "age is a feminist issue" possibly mean? Do you think she was actually held back by caring for her many children in her 20s and 30s?

Stop support the young, who are relatively attractive and don't need our help. Bail me out, because no one wants to take their pants off near me anymore.

Blogger tublecane September 15, 2017 3:30 PM  

"Careers, delayed years by looking after children or other dependents"

I see careers, but is this about writing or writing careers. Why not leave artistic considerations put of it and advocate guaranteed incomes for people who self-identify as writers?

Nevermind all the great writers in history who didn't make a living at it. We don't have a gentry anymore, officially, and the reality of dying of consumption in a garrett isn't as romantic as "art for art's sake" types made it out to be. What about all the successful writers--of both sexes but mostly males--who held down day jobs while writing?

I've never understood why, for instance, writing while working as a clerk at the post office was so much easier than writing while being a homemaker. Maybe because, you know, men are just better at it. Any excuse, amirite, ladies?

Blogger tublecane September 15, 2017 3:46 PM  

@Stickwick

They could try writing Old Lady Stuff in which people are interested. There's a novel I like called Excellent Women by Barbara Pym, about a spinster. It's delightful.

I have no idea whether Pym was herself a spinster. Though I once went through my collection of female novelists to tally up how many of them bore children (nearly all were childless), and she probably didn't have any.

Point six I'm not interested in the subject of spinsters, and I certainly don't identify with them. But nearly any subject can make for a good read if you do it right. This person probably just doesn't know how.

Blogger tuberman September 15, 2017 6:20 PM  

Witch old Feminist should we honor next?

Anonymous Alice De Goon September 15, 2017 8:35 PM  

So this writer is mad because she can't afford a bullsh** art degree and can't make a viable living as a writer on her skills alone? Here is what she needs:

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

Seriously, it sounds like the only thing she is angry about is that she's not a fresh enough young thing to get people to notice her and is thus, forced to get by just on her talent. Which can't be all that impressive, considering that her bio is merely a list of effete, overly precious name and quote drops that might as well have just been all made up.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot September 15, 2017 9:19 PM  

Before The Revolution, aspiring interviewer chicks had better be very hot, very flexible, very STD free, and willing to engage in "aggressive actions meant to improve horizontal marketing potential" ...

The hot tub's broken, in other words.

Blogger Anthony September 15, 2017 10:00 PM  

Young writers shouldn't get grants. They should get jobs so they can learn about the human condition through experience and contact with many other humans.

Anonymous DaveA September 15, 2017 11:09 PM  

"...in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking."

This being true of women, women assume that it is also true of men. So whenever a man says anything critical about sex, dating, or marriage, they write him off as a loser who's "not getting any". In the female mind, everything is personal; the concept that something might be objectively good or bad for an entire society does not exist.

Anonymous 7of9 September 19, 2017 12:52 PM  

FFS. Solipsism is the least attractive thing a woman can wear. And yet, so many women seem find it always in fashion.

Blogger Hylean October 20, 2017 1:07 PM  

wrong link! My apologies! https://millennialking.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/the-old-guard-is-dying-she-wants-in/

TLDR: She wants into the old guard, pity they're dying.

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