The Handjob’s Fail

handjobOoooh, looks like someone didn’t get an invite to Margaret Atwood’s Christmas party!

Further to this post about an idiotic parent’s shriekout over “The Handmaid’s Tale” at a Toronto area high school, the NatPo’s Barbara Kay also wrote about the story, and I can’t let her verbal gallstone pass without comment.

Never one to miss a feminist-bashing opportunity (whether real or imagined), and stroke her brain-damaged readership into a feverish circle jerk of misogyny, Kay weighs in on the story with characteristic sourness, describing Atwood’s book a “nasty trifecta of feminist bigotry”. It goes downhill from there:

A Handmaid’s Tale isn’t drivel because of the sex and violence, the parent’s concern. It is drivel because it is a scaremongering fantasy cut from whole ideological cloth, whose principal purpose and effect is to stir up hatred of men.

And for over 20 years I thought it was a fictional story about an imaginary futuristic dystopian society. But wait — she’s just getting revved up. Kay then takes furious issue with the book’s premise that the Republic of Gilead (probably modeled on the Islamic Republic of Iran) is a fundamentalist Christian theocracy. Ridiculous! Because as we all know,

Conservative Christians are the last people on earth to impose government-run programs of any kind to govern private sexuality.

Pardon?

Conservative Christians are the last people on earth to impose government-run programs of any kind to govern private sexuality.

Say what!??

Conservative Christians are the last people on earth to impose government-run programs of any kind to govern private sexuality.

That’s the point where the column spun out and burst into flames. Because as anyone who’s been paying attention knows, conservative Christians spend an embarrassing amount of time obsessing over private sexuality and longing to invite the state into the bedrooms of the nation. In fact, they think of little else — the economy could crash and burn around them and they’d still be whining about abortion and gay marriage.

It’s just another one of Kay’s typically delusional anti-feminist, anti-secular and anti-progressive diatribes, using a book that it’s questionable if she’s even read cover-to-cover to support her case. In other words, a nasty trifecta of wingnut bigotry, full of sound and fury, signifying sweet fuck-all.

17 Responses to “The Handjob’s Fail”


  1. 1 fern hill Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 10:34 am

    And why hasn’t the NatPo spun out and crashed yet? If I had a bird, I wouldn’t line its cage with that pre-shit-upon rag.

  2. 2 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 11:01 am

    fern hill – They’re working on it. :lol: The invisible hand is slapping them around pretty good.

  3. 3 mouthyorange Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 11:01 am

    “Why hasn’t the NatPo spun out and crashed yet?”

    The liberal media conspiracy must be keeping it going. Must be part of the plan.

  4. 4 J. A. Baker Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

    The comments are even more deranged. They keep “proving” that Hitler was a leftist because the Nazi party was properly known as the “National Socialist Party.”

    Someone should remind these rubes that just because something is called by a particular epithet doesn’t automatically make it so. Fox News doesn’t automatically become a “news” channel simply because it has “News” in the name. Just the opposite, in fact.

  5. 5 Reality Bites Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Regardless of what happens to CanWest, I can’t see the Post surviving.

    If they bled red ink in good economic times they have no chance of a turnaround in bad times and when the path of print media is heading inexorably downwards. Publications that have (or had) a viable customer base are in trouble, so there’s no hope for one that has always served an imaginary market.

    We should also remember that CanWest managed to quickly fail in the one print are that’s been showing signs of growth, namely free commuter dailies.

  6. 6 Dr. Prole Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I saw the movie, and I LOVE men. What it made me hate is religion’s creepy and obsessive need to pay attention to my vagina and what may or may not go into/come out of it. So that hag is just wrong, as usual.

  7. 7 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    orange – It’d be funny if all those idiot columnists at the NP were really liberals doing caricatures of wingnuts.

  8. 8 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    JAB – With any Kay article, the comments are always the icing on the cake. God, they’re idiots. It’s almost painful to read.

  9. 9 mouthyorange Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    JJ – “It’d be funny if all those idiot columnists at teh NP were really liberals doing caricatures of wingnuts.”

    HAHAHAHA!

  10. 10 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    RB

    Publications that have (or had) a viable customer base are in trouble, so there’s no hope for one that has always served an imaginary market.

    And yet, I can remember when the NatPo was a reasonably decent conservative paper, not too many years ago. They jumped the shark when their columnists went from “conservative” to “extreme social conservative”. Socons are a small and deranged minority of the overall population, not a demographic you want to rely on.

    The NatPo is toast. Too bad, they provide a lot of good material ;)

  11. 11 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Dr.Prole

    I saw the movie, and I LOVE men.

    I didn’t see the movie, but read the book and loved it, while *inexplicably* being quite fond of the male gender at the same time. A little too fond, actually ;) Somehow Atwood’s message of bigotry against men didn’t sink in with me.

  12. 12 Torontonian Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hysterics about Handmaid’s Tale–a novel.

    Hysterics about DaVinci Code–a novel.

    What is it about fiction or literature that
    the fundies don’t understand?

    If their thinking is that short sighted,
    I fear their beliefs are just as
    insufficiently thought through.

    D’ya hear be McVety?

  13. 13 brebis noire Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Heh, I think Margaret Atwood should send her an invite next year, just for piqueing people’s curiosity about A Handmaid’s Tale. I might even pick up a copy myself. A trifecta that nasty might just be worth it.

  14. 14 mouthyorange Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Torontonian – The problem is that the types of which we speak live in a fictitious world. In psychological terms, it’s a world of narrative. I suppose that in a world of narrative, only narrative is real.

    Reality is not even on the map.

  15. 15 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Torontonian – Remember Dan Quayle’s hysterics about Murphy Brown, a fictional character, having a baby without being married? Ha! What a tool.

    It makes you wonder though, what kind of fiction would be acceptable to them? Little House on the Prairie?

  16. 16 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    brebis – It’s a good book, worth the read. I plan on reading it again — I haven’t read it for over 20 years, and it might make an interesting read in context with all that’s happened since then.

  17. 17 JJ Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    orange – Well, you know what they say about reality having a liberal bias ;)


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