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‘Our Deepest Feelings’

Posted on | September 5, 2014 | 63 Comments

“Many of us who came to lesbian life in the 1950s greeted the . . . feminist movement in the sixties with exuberance and relief because it articulated our deepest feelings. What feminists were saying — about sexism, for example, about male chauvinism and double standards and inequality — touched precisely on those dissatisfactions that had made us want to become lesbians in the first place.”
Lillian Faderman, “Afterword,” in Cross Purposes: Lesbians, Feminists, and the Limits of Alliance, edited by Dana Heller (1997)

Any reader can research Lillian Faderman who, prior to her retirement in 2007, was a professor of English at California State University, Fresno and a visiting professor at UCLA. Some dutiful reader might try Googling her name in conjunction with the terms “Women’s Studies” and “syllabus” and see how widely her works are assigned (e.g., Washington State University). It might also be helpful to take the titles of some of Professor Faderman’s more influential works, plug them in as Google terms and find how frequently they have been cited in academic literature. Furthermore, what about Professor Dana Heller, chairwoman of the Department of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia? Why isn’t her full curriculum vitae listed on her university home page? Pardon my crowd-sourcing request, but I’ve found myself sucked into the ravenous Brain-Eating Zombie Essay From Hell.

Thursday, I didn’t post anything to the blog because I woke up at 4 a.m. and began writing something — inspired by Professor Glenn Reynolds’ remarks about “broken people” — that rapidly sprawled out of control. By the time I went to bed Thursday night, it was past the 4,000-word mark and so I woke up early Friday morning with the idea that I’d finish it off by noon. WRONG!

Damn it, I hate when this happens, but the work must be done. If my “Sex Trouble” project about radical feminism’s war against human nature is to be complete as an ebook by Thanksgiving, I’ll have to crank out the draft chapters at a grinding pace between now and mid-October, then convert this all into book format during a three-week blitz of editing. My next sledgehammer assault — the brain-eating zombie that is now more than 7,000 words in length — would be ready for publication in a few hours, except that I’m now  babysitting grandson James. Training the next generation of heteronormative patriarchy is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. So maybe I’ll finish the Brain-Eating Zombie From Hell later tonight, or it might have to wait until Saturday. Meanwhile . . .

Palmira Silva, an 82-year-old widow and grandmother, “was beheaded in a north London suburban garden by a man with a machete.” Police are investigating whether the attack was “inspired by recent footage of terrorists beheading two American journalists in Syria.” Officials have not yet confirmed reports from the victim’s neighbors that the 25-year-old suspect “was a local man who had converted to Islam last year.”

Does anyone suppose feminists can stop complaining about “sexism . . . male chauvinism and double standards and inequality” long enough to notice that crazed barbarians are beheading helpless elderly widows in suburban gardens? I don’t think so.

Anyway, between trying to finish this massive essay and taking care of my grandson, I’ll be quietly busy a while.





63 Responses to “‘Our Deepest Feelings’”

  1. Mike G.
    September 6th, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

    Amanda, is that you?

  2. Nan
    September 6th, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

    Well, except for the normal part…

  3. Mike G.
    September 6th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    One of my clients has a pair of Corgis. They look like miniature Collies to me.

  4. Nan
    September 6th, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    Does Rachel Maddow’s Haircut have a twitter account?

  5. PCachu
    September 6th, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    If it didn’t when you posted that, it does by now. The Intertubes are driven by their own form of quantum theory, whereby the act of noticing something doesn’t exist brings it into being.

  6. Bob Belvedere
    September 7th, 2014 @ 12:30 am

    Evi, you forgot the Häagen-Dazs, the stuffed animal [for hugging/crying], and the Sex And The City reruns.

  7. Squid Hunt
    September 7th, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    It is a fool that looks for consistency in the chambers of a progressive’s heart.

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  10. maniakmedic
    September 8th, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    Oh, sweetie, it’s amusing – if somewhat tedious by this point – that you enjoy driving home the point that you’re an idiot to people who already know you’re an idiot. It has been funny seeing you build a caricature to attack in your head. I’d feel sorry for you, but I generally make it a rule not to feel sorry for people who are willfully dumb.

  11. maniakmedic
    September 8th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that 🙁 They’re such awesome dogs. Mine drive me crazy sometimes, but they are such happy and energetic dogs you can’t help but love them.

  12. maniakmedic
    September 8th, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    Or her boyfriend. Could go either way.

  13. Finrod Felagund
    September 8th, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    Back to your Community-Based Reality, idiot leftist troll. They have meds for you there.