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The Kook Caucus and the Pervert Lobby

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:

Because, hey, getting paid to satisfy the kinky tastes of fetishistic paraphiliac sadomasochists is “empowering”!



47 Responses to “The Kook Caucus and the Pervert Lobby”

  1. ariyadesai01
    May 15th, 2014 @ 12:01 am

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  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    Miriam Weeks is a train wreck.

    When someone recklessly throws her self down a flight of stairs, it is best to get out of the way.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 12:36 am
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  5. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 12:47 am

    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

    Clinical narcissism does NOT result from parental overindulgence but from extreme, prolonged devaluation of a child. If she’s bipolar, it’s entirely possible that one of her parents is likewise bipolar, and the insane, disorganized, out-of-control world that created for her would have resulted in neglect during the parent’s depressive episode and active abuse during the manic phase.

    Cutting is often a symptom of the kind of self-loathing that comes from sexual abuse. A bipolar father might have molested her in a manic phase, or a bipolar mother might have pimped her out during her own risky sexual exploits.

    Oh yes this very much COULD have happened in an affluent family, because money protects them from the consequences of their actions — they don’t necessarily have to show up every day and function in a workplace, so they can hide pathologies better than the poor or middle-income can.

    You can use the term “weirdo” or “kook” if you like but that implies a mere preference for strange things rather than a badly damaged psyche. I can’t speak to how the already-psychotic feminist movement inscribes her in their perverse coven, but I can speak to the nature of narcissistic personality disorder (my father had it), and to attribute it to leniency is a huge perversity on YOUR part.

    I doubt there’s anything to be done for Ms. Weeks — at this point, the personality disorder has crystallized into its final form and she is utterly incapable of perceiving that something might be wrong with her. The worst part about NPDs is that they’re no longer in pain but they wreak awful havoc everywhere they go.

    There’s no reason to pray for her — only God can restore her psyche in the end — but we’d do well to pray for the people who stray into her path, because they’ll need it.

  6. Adjoran
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:23 am

    She’s a damaged, dysfunctional 18 year old girl.

    Praying for her is all we can do for her at this point. Trying to draw any larger lessons from her experience is dubious at best.

  7. Kirby McCain
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    I could understand you might disagree with RSM’S opinion of Ms. Weeks problems. But to outright lie to make your narrative is shameful. Anyone can look up NPD on Wikipedia look under causes and see how epically false your statements were. And while Wikipedia isn’t a medical journal the article is sourced.

  8. Kirby McCain
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:48 am

    Robert Downey Jr’s troubles with drugs and destructive behavior seemed to be irreversible. That he appears to have salvaged his life should give us hope that others might be able to reclaim their own lives. We can only hope that Miriam will come to her senses and make a happy life for herself.

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  10. Anon Y. Mous
    May 15th, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    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.

    I agree completely with your assessment of her self destructiveness and her foolishness. I don’t agree with calling her evil. Someone who is evil does not just harm themselves, they also do harm to others. And I am unaware of any harm she has done to anyone other than herself.

  11. K-Bob
    May 15th, 2014 @ 4:51 am

    Damn. That explains why the ear never grew back.

    I wonder if twitter is good for diagnosis?

  12. K-Bob
    May 15th, 2014 @ 4:54 am

    From her experience, sure. But how she’s used by the folks promoting unhealthy “activities,” and how we deal with *that* is a differn’t thaing.

  13. m
    May 15th, 2014 @ 6:54 am

    I agree with the cultural/social and many of the moral observations made by our host.

    That being said, when I read his pieces on Belle Knox, and quite a few of the comments, adjectives such as “affluent” “rich girl,” etc., show up quite a lot. So much so that it seems like class derision, if not outright class envy to me.

    I have spent many years helping people with taxation and other financial issues. I have seen, with my own eyes, where the money of the so-called “affluent” goes, and in many cases these people are not living the life of Riley, I assure you.

    As I have mentioned before, I worked with a doctor thirty years ago who had started a practice. It was busy, and everyone thought he was “affluent.” His $1.5 million practice netted – NETTED – him $40,000 a year, pre-tax, after paying his rent, staff, insurance, equipment payments, student loans, FICA taxes, etc. On that $40,000, he supported his wife, two kids, and their elderly parents from Mexico. Eight people.

    Week’s father was a military doctor for 20 years. He and his wife raised three kids, and put all of them through private school and contributed to their college educations. Their home is not swank, and looks solidly middle class. But, what if it were luxurious? So what? Is that bad? On top of it, news reports indicate that they have financially supported the mother’s family in India.

    My spouse benefited from top notch prep schools and colleges, as did the other kids in their family. My in-laws afforded it by working extra jobs and taking out a second mortgage on their home. My point is, no one knows what the exact financial situation of a particular family is unless you have the numbers in front of you. We do not in this case – we have a few news articles, and a lot of speculation and opinion.

    “[S]he 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.” Again, how do we know this? She has two other siblings, both of whom are reported to lead productive, hard-working, stable lives. Couldn’t it just be that Ms. Weeks is, in fact, just mentally or emotionally disturbed, and that her issues are not the result of bad parenting? Messed up kids come from families in all socioeconomic brackets.

  14. Mm
    May 15th, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    Hit post too quickly. Mm wrote this, not “m.”

  15. Dana
    May 15th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    Mm wrote:

    when I read his pieces on Belle Knox, and quite a few of the comments, adjectives such as “affluent” “rich girl,” etc., show up quite a lot. So much so that it seems like class derision, if not outright class envy to me.

    Not at all. Rather, it’s a statement that the lovely Miss Weeks didn’t face the deprivations through which so many other kids have to struggle. Most kids grow up in families which are a lot poorer than hers, and far, far too many grow up without a father at all.

    She has fewer excuses than others.

  16. Frankly Bored
    May 15th, 2014 @ 9:00 am

    Miriam Weeks is just another cog of modern human trafficking machine. Thousands of young women in this country are tricked, coerced, blackmailed and worse into the sex trade…and she gives cover to all of the scumbags who do it by claiming “empowerment.” Bullshit. She’s a judas goat leading lambs to the slaughter.

  17. texlovera
    May 15th, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    Stacy, this and the original post are very instructive. Even if her parents were not “rich”, she PASSED UP A FREE RIDE TO VANDERBILT. That, in and of itself, is indicative of mental deficiency. And if her parents are contributing ANYTHING to her tuiton at Duke, they have enabled this fiasco…

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  19. Zohydro
    May 15th, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Weeks’ enablers deserve most of the credit here… I doubt that she’s being compensated directly for all her efforts!

  20. Dana
    May 15th, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    Maybe she heard that Al Gore flunked out at Vandy, and thought it would be too hard for her.

  21. Joseph Dooley
    May 15th, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Women have left the porn industry and modeling industry to become powerful evangelists. R. S. McCain’s boast that he won’t pray for Belle Knox is ill thought out.

  22. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Here is the link to wikipedia: Am I missing something here–I do not see a “lie” on dicentra’s part. I think we all are in agreement that Ms. Weeks has something profoundly wrong with her.

    But I do know that after reading the entry on Narcissistic Personality Disorder, I could not get this big lug out of my head:

  23. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

    She is promoting others to follow her example. That is evil.

    I watched Lawrence Taylor on Showtime the other night. He commented that drugs were a “victimless crime” for the most part…and he paused and continued…provided you leave out the family members of the drug user whose lives are trampled as a result.

  24. Bozikek
    May 15th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    In harming yourself you do more damage then just to your person.

  25. Cactus Ed
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    And another thing. If liberals (and Miriam Weeks) care about women, how can they defend pornography? Apparently they care only up to the point where it would cost them some agreement with conservatives who they hate more than they love women.

  26. mike f.
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Kinda curious about the Vanderbilt point. As I posted before, I consider her every utterance a lie until independently verified. So much of what she has claimed fits so neatly into her scripted persona. A lot of sites have posted the claim but has anyone seen a confirmation from Vanderbilt saying, “yep we offered her a free ride but she declined”?, or a copy of her offer letter?

  27. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    Whose outright lie are you talking about? Which of my statements is “epically false”?

  28. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    Drug addiction is not the same as personality disorder. Addictions can be overcome; personality disorders cannot.

  29. Dana
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    Johnny Manziel will have one less wide receiver to whom to throw, because Josh Gordon, probably the Brown’s best player, is looking at a full year suspension for testing positive for the supposedly harmless drug, marijuana; it is Mr Gordon’s third violation.

    Now, can someone tell me how marijuana isn’t addictive, if a guy who has been busted twice and knows that he’s going to be tested again, can’t not smoke pot, even though he knows, in advance, that it’s going to cost him millions of dollars?

    His Wikipedia biography doesn’t mention a wife or children, so maybe there’s no one he’s hurting by getting himself suspended for a year.

  30. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    That’s assuming that financial deprivation is the only kind of “excuse” that sticks.

    Abusive parents trump any kind of money you might have. That girl was sexually abused and at a young age.

  31. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    Feminists don’t defend pornography. They decry it as exploitative.

    On the other hand, they’re all about calling something “female empowerment” as long as it’s not identified as conservative.

    Inconsistency? You should know by now that proggs embrace nine inconsistencies before breakfast. Else they’re not progressives.

  32. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    People with personality disorders have been much sinned against when young, and when they grow up they perpetuate the very evil that was done to them.

    A wise society would quarantine such people, if not physically then socially. Not give them space to spread their poison.

  33. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    You should watch the Lawrence Taylor special on Showtime. He got busted the second time but laughed because it was not LT’s urine that busted him (he said his urine would definitely had not passed). But after two strikes (and facing a life time ban), he did manage to stay clean for the rest of his career.

    So now that dope is legal in Washington and Colorado, can Seahawk and Bronco players get baked?

  34. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    They were hardly rich. They are more upper middle class, if anything. But I think we all recognize that kid failure and success occurs at every socio-economic rung.

  35. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 15th, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

    Anything can be addictive (especially to an addictive personality). Marijuana is not chemically addictive (in the same manner) like opiates or barbituates, but users can be psychologically addicted to it (and it does impact and affect brain chemistry too and that plays a roll). Sports tends to attract those susceptible to addiction because sports training can be addictive.

  36. Finrod Felagund
    May 15th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    Instead of ‘bon voyage’, I like to say “buy the ticket, take the ride”.

  37. Steve Skubinna
    May 15th, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    Just another casualty of our infantilized culture.

  38. Bob Belvedere
    May 15th, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

    If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.

    -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Part I, Chapter 4

  39. Kirby McCain
    May 15th, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    “Clinical narcissism does NOT result from parental overindulgence” A counterfactual argument in order to bring up molestation etc. Weeks is likely co-morbid. I wouldn’t be surprised if she claimed to be molested in a later interview. But she’s intelligent enough to know that giving interviewers new and sordid info will keep them coming back and continue the attention she craves.

  40. Kirby McCain
    May 15th, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    Drug addiction is not the same as personality disorder.  Well thank you Captain Obvious. People with personality disorders can abuse drugs and can get sober. People can have mild or severe NPD so I can assure you that people with non acute disorders have completed sobriety programs and gotten their lives together.

  41. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    That argument is not counterfactual. The very definition of NPD is that the subject has an insatiable craving for attention, praise, and adulation.

    All people with PDs experienced unrelenting devaluation as children, which effectively freezes them at the emotional age of six. NPDs develop when the parental message is “you’re worthless and [stupid | unlovable | unimportant].” A child’s psyche cannot endure being worthless so they develop an imaginary self that is not worthless but The Most Important Of All. If “stupid” is linked with worthless, the NPD is of type “cerebral,” which means they’re the smartest person in the world (Newt Gingrich). “Unlovable” results in the somatic narcissist, who believes himself to be universally loved (Bill Clinton). “Unimportant” gets a megalomaniacal narcissist who is more important than Jesus (Obama).

    Parental overindulgence alone results in a spoiled brat (Dudley Dursley), but such a brat often straightens out after life delivers a few 2x4s to the back of the head, as life inevitably does. Poor little rich girls are annoying as hell but the are teachable. NPDs are frozen in amber and can only be avoided.

    I don’t necessarily believe any of her claims to what happened in the past; however, cutting + sexual exhibitionism = past sexual abuse. Women don’t behave like that in the absence of sexual abuse.

    Pointing out that an NPD is a badly damaged person who has lost the capacity to self-evaluate or change is NOT the same as making excuses for that person. I’m providing an explanation, which should provide insight into whether she can be reformed or not.

    Answer: no. Such people should be quarantined because they will do horrible damage in the world, and they won’t listen to any degree of reason or compassion.

  42. dicentra
    May 15th, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    You have no idea what a personality disorder is.

    Stop talking through your hat.

  43. K-Bob
    May 15th, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    Several feminists defend pornography. Many create “feminist pornography.”

    Only the old-school feminists were against it reflexively.

  44. K-Bob
    May 15th, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    That’s kind of like saying choosing not to drop a quarter in a beggar’s cup is a bad choice. Some days you feel more sorry for them than others.

    Or like me, sometimes I pay them for the performance. Especially when they do a good job on the old, “listen, my car is back on the Interstate, and I need some money to get the tow truck there to give me a jump.”

    If they sell it well (like this one dood who rubbed his hands in oil laying on the ground at a local gas station), I’ll give ’em a fiver and complement the performance.

  45. Quartermaster
    May 16th, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    Vandy used to be a good school. These days? Not so much.

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