We Have an Admirer!
Lo and behold, Darragh Murphy (the blog owner) was gazing into her Wordpress admin stats, and saw the incoming traffic from my link! She quickly surfed over to CF, and what she found made an impression. That impression was non-trivial, and Murphy felt moved to "share the experience" by announcing it, as follows, on a comment thread:
admin 08.05.09 at 1:45 pmNow, I feel bound to raise an objection. I do not feel dedicated to "eradicating" feminism—neither ironically, un-ironically or otherwise. No! I would much prefer to cut feminism's legs off, and then mock it while it crawls around on bloody stumps! Do I make that clear enough? Can you picture it?
heh. some blogger linked to my “All Women Are Feminists” post. Apparently he runs an utterly un-ironic blog dedicated to eradicating feminism. His post has 3 comments calling me a dumbass. Each one is special in its own delicious way, but I like this one the best by far:
” trent13 said…
yeah, she’s pretty much an idiot. I’m not one to call names, but that’s just a fact.
If one is saying that being a part of the female sex = feminism than it would go the same way for men and mysogony (right?) Whatever – I don’t really see how one would even be able to have a rational conversation with someone who decides to come up with things that are so far out in left field as to be entirely out of touch with objective reality.
Oh, and another thing, if she can’t appreciate Aristotle… well, like I already said, she’s an idiot.”
Something else: I wonder if Darragh Murphy is aware that Trent13 is a woman? From what I can gather, Darragh has no idea. Yet it would surely be a point of significance, or so you might assume. (Trent13 is also Catholic, which could explain the affinity toward Aristotle—by way of Thomistic philosophy, of course!)
So, according to Darragh Murphy, my commenters called her a "dumbass"— although none of them use that actual word. Now, whether Darragh Murphy veritably IS a dumbass, is a separate question. But Darragh very clearly stands accused—or thinks she does. This event, of being imputed a dumbass, was a point of some importance in her day or she wouldn't have brought it to her readers in quest of communal reinforcement. Surely, if it meant nothing to her, then her response would have been . . . nothing. Or at any rate, noblesse oblige. Also, 'dumbass' is rather a schoolyard choice of words, which observers of a psychological bent will not fail to consider—the kind of word that might pop out as a reversion to the primitive, under the duress of emotional agitation.
Interestingly, Murphy makes the following remark further along in the thread:
"that dinky little blog and its 3 comments just convinced me beyond a shred of doubt that i am so fucking right it’s not even funny.Possibly it's my imagination, but something in the tone of this makes me wonder. Something profoundly hollow is happening here: can you feel it? Darragh Murphy wants very, very badly to be convinced or reassured of something, and in these words she reveals her conflicted state of mind with painful clarity for all the world to read. Again, note the agitated language. Clearly, the dinky little blog made more than a dinky impression or Darragh would have promptly forgotten all about it.
But here is a link to the original comment on PumaPAC:
As you read further along the thread, you'll find one or two short quips by some other people, one of whom takes exception to the photo gallery along the right side of this page, and pretends to find something irregular or "off" about the phrase "we males" which occurs in the caption. I am still trying to fathom the mentation behind that! Seriously, what IS that person on about?
Well, I don't know if Darragh wants the attention or not, but she's getting it anyway. You see how very thin-skinned these people are: thin enough that we can easily get under it! Something tells me it isn't easy to be Darragh Murphy, when more and more people like us are popping up everywhere, everyday!
You might wonder why I should be at the trouble of writing this. Well, I want to provide some entertainment for "onside" readers. And not just entertainment, but practical instruction and useful insight to boot. Other than that, I think it is a good idea to use your claws once in a while, just to keep them sharp.
If Darragh Murphy wants to do the adult thing, the "cool" thing, then she will simply ignore this little zinger which I have composed in her honor—and it's mild salsa; I could make it way the hell hotter! But yes, the grown-up response would be to ignore this, as it would have been to ignore my earlier post instead of making such an easy target of herself.
On the other hand, if Darragh Murphy wants to be an ignoramus and a jackass, and go another round or three, then she will get sucked straight into the vortex and pinned to the bottom like a gasping, drowning, flailing fool. What else can I say? ;)
Really Darragh, the wise plan is to tuck, and turn your back, and walk straight away from this dinky little blog, and carry on with your serious, important political business! ;)