Posted on | May 14, 2014 | 47 Comments
The earlier post about @Belle_Knox (Miriam Weeks) elicited an e-mail response from my old college buddy Bert the Samoan Lawyer, who suggests that Ms. Weeks is in need of prayer.
Be that as it may, however, Ms. Weeks has quite emphatically rejected any suggestion that she is a “rescue project” in need of assistance. Furthermore, as my analysis of her situation made clear, Ms. Weeks is not a victim of poverty or misfortune; she is not an outcast or an orphan or the product of a broken home; rather she is the typical result of parental overindulgence and leniency, accustomed to the satisfaction of her childish whims as she was raised in protected circumstances of affluence that failed to prepare her to lead a responsible adult life.
There are too many innocent souls in this world afflicted with real hardship for me to waste prayers on Poor Little Rich Girls.
Beyond that, however, I cannot help but view Ms. Weeks as symbolic of much larger problems, so that her bad example is held up for emulation, sending the message that what she does is valid, and that all criticism of what she does is invalid. These are themes I explored in my e-mail reply to Bert the Samoan Lawyer:
Glad you are still reading the blog. The fact that Weeks’ behavior presents itself as symptomatic of mental illness and yet, in contemporary culture, has been analyzed chiefly in terms of its feminist political significance, tells you an awful lot about (a) what’s wrong with contemporary culture, and (b) what’s wrong with feminist politics, as well as (c) the correlation between (a) and (b).
Instead of trying to solve personal problems — attempting to help people experiencing unfortunate circumstances — instead contemporary culture prefers to politicize everything. Therefore, the attempt to understand extraordinary phenomena (e.g., a girl from a privileged background whose psychiatric problems lead her to make a spectacle and a ruin of herself) is thwarted by the kind of horse-race politics, which side wins or loses in the politicized Culture War, because the Left insists that all such phenomena must be viewed in that context. Because the culture of sexual restraint — of chastity, fidelity and modesty — is associated with the Right, and because Weeks presented herself as a symbolic champion of sexual liberation, therefore the Left must justify the career of “Belle Knox” against all critics, impugning them as adherents of an obsolete Victorian or puritanical ethos, as well as branding these critics as misogynists whose “slut shaming” is assumed to express an anti-female double standard.
Never in contemporary culture can the most obvious truths about the analyzed phenomenon be admitted by all: i.e., that Miriam Weeks’ behavior is extremely dysfunctional, harmful to herself and others, and symptomatic both of her own personal psychiatric afflictions and of the way in which social environments foster such afflictions in young people. The fact that Weeks was a “cutter,” and the fact that self-mutilation is a common enough trend among youth that we have a well-recognized slang term to describe such people — well, it’s shocking. I know that when I graduated high school in 1977, the term “cutter” was unknown in youth culture. There may have been young people in 1977 who did that to themselves, but they were called “kooks” or “weirdos” and viewed as being in need of confinement in what it was still possible to call “the loony bin” without fear that one had committed ThoughtCrime by the use of such vernacular.
We have, in a sense, mainstreamed mental illness and normalized the pathological in such a way that even to speak of sanity and normality may be politically incorrect, as these terms imply a negative judgment on the insane and the abnormal. Thus empowered by an egalitarian worldview (in which all personalities and all behaviors are of equal value) and by the victimhood rhetoric common to identity politics, lunatics and deviants present themselves as oppressed minorities, gaining sympathy, support and advocacy from all the Usual Liberal Suspects who are forever looking for new Victims of Society whose trendy “causes” can be used as a bludgeon with which to knock down another pillar of Western Civilization.
Thus do what can be called the Kook Caucus and the Pervert Lobby manifest themselves in contemporary culture, exercising a political and social influence that renders it impossible either to treat the individual weirdo’s problems or to alter the environments that breed weirdos. And it takes a strong mind to resist the temptation to believe that this is exactly what the Left wants. That is to say, because the Left has always hated America, they must embrace and advocate anything that harms American civilization, anything which weakens our civilization and which may hasten its collapse. Never mind how many people suffer needlessly in the process, of course, because liberals care nothing for actual human beings, loving only “humanity” in the abstract.
Anyone who wishes to pray for Miriam Weeks may do so. My own impulse when confronted with such evil people as Ms. Weeks — who daily curse God and mock the righteous, as they urge others to join them in the willing embrace of Satan in a self-chosen journey to Hell — is to wish them bon voyage on their journey, and to hope that their destruction is both sudden and so catastrophic that the agony of their disgrace will make their spectacular doom a warning to any other fool who may ever be tempted to emulate them.
One hesitates to wish destruction on others. Yet when fools bring destruction upon themselves, when they disregard all warnings of the wise, when they mock those who attempt to tell them they are traveling the road to Hell — well, like I said: Bon voyage!
UPDATE: The latest from the inspirational Ms. Weeks:
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 15, 2014
Because, hey, getting paid to satisfy the kinky tastes of fetishistic paraphiliac sadomasochists is “empowering”!