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From the New York Times opinion page:

‘Feminine Weakness’ Is a Scam

Power is the strength necessary to live in a world rife with misogyny.

By Sophie Mackintosh
Sophie Mackintosh is the author of the novels, “The Water Cure,” and the forthcoming “Blue Ticket.”

Did I mention I have amazing long gray hair?

May 22, 2019

I wrote my first novel at a time when I felt powerless.

Did I mention I wrote a novel? Did I mention I have an upcoming novel? “Scheduled for hardback publication in Spring 2020, Blue Ticket is pitched as “a sly, urgent enquiry into free will, social expectation and the fraught space of motherhood”, described by Hamish Hamilton as a novel that ‘pushes beneath the skin of female identity and patriarchal violence, to the point where human longing meets our animal bodies’.”

I don’t know what “human longing meets our animal bodies” means, but … Rowwwwrrrr!

I was 27 in 2016

Did I mention I’m approximately 27, which is extremely young for a Man Booker Prize long-listed woman writer with a second novel on the way? Don’t let the gray hair, which is amazingly long, fool you. I’m young and I’m hot.

, and there was a public reckoning happening with women’s bodies, but also a reckoning I was grappling with personally. I had felt so powerless in my body

Let’s talk about my body.

for such a long time that by then there was a comfort to be found in passivity, in going through the motions. I was dimly aware that there was another, stronger me somewhere, but I could barely see or remember her. I felt skinless, afraid.

Writing a book laid bare my own reckoning, made me feel worse for a time. But it also opened me to the experience of bridging the gap between powerlessness and power. I wrote, and people read — my words carried weight. Similarly, to have a body, especially as a woman, means to experience that space between power and powerlessness, as determined by the template on which the world has been built: a cisgender white man’s body.

I don’t have a cisgender white man’s body so I am good. In fact, let’s talk about my non-cisgender white man’s body. My body is my favorite subject. Thank you, Ta-Nehisi, for getting woke people to stop talking about “souls” (bo-ring) and start talking about “bodies.”

Consider how much strength is needed to deal with the onslaught of living in a world rife with misogyny, the mental load of constant damage assessments. In that light, the idea of feminine weakness comes across as no more than a scam, a purposeful downplaying of the power embedded within the historic (and current) concept of the hysterical woman, the terrifying woman, righteously angry.

We cannot escape the fact that non-male pain is consistently underestimated.

And so forth and so on.

Seriously, I went to look up Sophie Mackintosh and discovered her amazing variety of hair colors. Besides being fashionably gray, here she is brunette:

Do you think the lipstick is a little much? No, you like it? Oooooh …

From the press release that used this picture:

Graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme Sophie Mackintosh has secured a publishing deal with Hamish Hamilton for her debut novel The Water Cure following a seven-way auction.

The novel is said to reveal “the brutality of love and the price of survival in a hostile world”, tells the story of three daughters raised in an isolated coastal compound, cut off from the world and its men. Their parents tell them they are safe here – until the day three men wash up on the shore, strange and vulnerable and infinitely dangerous.

And here she is blonde:

Do you think the lipstick is a little boring? I was that close to the Man Booker Prize, so I decided to play it safe with the short blond hair and respectable makeup, but I lost anyway, so next time I’ll … well, you’ll just have to see. But let’s just say that when I lost the Man Booker Prize, I resolved never to get short-haired again. So you just wait for 2020.

And here she is redhead (plus book cover hair, which is all of the above):

It’s almost as if women writers spend a large amount of their brainpower thinking about their hair …

And here she is with black hair:

Assuming these are all the same Sophie Mackintosh.

And here’s wet-haired Sophie:

And here it’s hard to tell what color Sophie’s hair is:

I haven’t been able to track down yet a picture of her pink hair (via iSteve commenter Eah):

 
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  1. Don’t let the gray hair, which is amazingly long, fool you. I’m young and hot.

    Remember those old cliché movie scenes, where the long haired hot babe turns around and turns out to be a guy?

  2. Daniel H says:

    >>Graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme Sophie Mackintosh has secured a publishing deal with Hamish Hamilton for her debut novel The Water Cure following a seven-way auction.

    The novel is said to reveal “the brutality of love and the price of survival in a hostile world”,<<

    Seven houses bid to publish her DEBUT novel. She sure does know about a "hostile world". Just let her tell you about it.

  3. eah says:

    link — result of searching her Twitter account for “hair” or “body”

    • Replies: @Neoconned
    , @Declane
    , @Neoconned
  4. Clyde says:

    her debut novel The Water Cure following a seven-way auction.

    Only 71 Amazon reviews and not much enthusiasm for it. I can’t see this book as an earner.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
    , @Tyto Alba
  5. black sea says:

    . . . to have a body, especially as a woman, means to experience that space between power and powerlessness . . .

    I think her next novel should be written from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t have a body — since evidently that’s a possibility — and who is therefore freed from the struggle of having to bridge the gap between powerlessness and power.

    But then, what will this disembodied heroine reckon and grapple with to justify the seven-way auction awaiting her tale of life in a world rife with misogyny: how hard it is to find the right pair of shoes when you don’t have any feet?

  6. tyrone says:

    It’s nice to know the next generation of romance writers are beavering away ……..rest easy Barbara Cartland.

    • LOL: The Alarmist
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  7. Neoconned says:

    She is quite attractive but there is better out there….i LOL’ d at Steve’s ongoing “Lets talk about me…..” series….

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @L Woods
    , @Abe
    , @Kylie
  8. Neoconned says:
    @Clyde

    Makes me wonder who she slept with to get this trash published….

    • Replies: @Dtbb
    , @Dr. X
    , @another fred
  9. “…the mental load of constant damage assessments…”

    Is not all this talk of “mental load”, exhaustion from the “work” of emotions, don’t underestimate the “value”of my suffering, etc just projection of a deep insecurity? An insecurity based in the global economy and the elite froth that it permits. The insecurity occasioned by knowing, deep down, that you are making a comfortable living producing nothing of any real value. Meanwhile others labor (really labor) in China,Vietnam, etc, so you can maintain your iPhone and iced latte lifestyle without the fear of inflation.

  10. Neoconned says:
    @eah

    I’m curious….wtf is “2002 Stargazer pink”…..

    • Replies: @Lot
  11. No wonder she’s morose. It’s not her body in general that she’s obsessed with, it’s her dolichocephalic skull. She looks in the mirror and says to herself, “I’m too long-headed.” Dyeing her hair is just displacement behavior.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  12. I find it impossible to imagine what it’s like to be this self-absorbed, misanthropic and fascinated by one’s own body. I guess it’s like micro-dosing on LSD on magic mushrooms for years on end. It seems hellish.

  13. Anon[128] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t recall ever reading someone brag that they were longlisted for the Man Booker. Someone should coin “offlisted” to indicate the judges never even heard of your book.

    At any rate, there’s no point in ridiculing her for hawking her book by writing a column. That’s what you do. The content of the column, yeah.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  14. Kirt says:

    Classic iSteve bait – Sophie makes it too easy!

  15. Tread lightly Steve, you’re getting into Heartiste territory. The establishment seems especially threatened by his ilk.

  16. @Neoconned

    She’ll marry some rich dude and spend his money on whatever the Times tells her to. She’s the ideal reader for Times advertisers and thus the Times.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  17. Have some sympathy, people! Nothing will make you feel as powerless as graduating from the Warwick Writing Programme and getting publishing deals.

    It’s not like she had an easy life doing manual labor or serving the armed forces. This is art, you fools, art! And, like, you have to totes suffer.

  18. Thirdtwin says:

    Everything old is new again…

    “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle,”–HRC 1995

  19. fnn says:

    Tucker Carlson said that women are “incredibly primitive” on the Bubba the Love Sponge shock jock radio show.

  20. Hubbub says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest tome – The Bodies of Black Folk: If W.E.B. Dubois Were Alive Today.

  21. skedaddle says:

    I wish all these types of “women” would get a real problem so they’d shut up about their imaginary ones. Bet she never had to work a minimum wage job to afford the in-style clothes during high school. Bet she never worked a minimum wage job to put food on the table during college. Bet she’s never had a real health problem – try cancer you stupid cow – then you won’t worry about where spaces are between power and powerlessness. Why doesn’t real life slap these people silly until they shut up and go away?

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @anon
  22. @tyrone

    Question being, does the beaver match the hat, or is she an aviation blonde?

  23. Thea says:

    “I don’t know what “human longing meets our animal bodies” means, but … Rowwwwrrrr!”

    My guess is it’s about adultery.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Bill Jones
  24. Thea says:
    @black sea

    It’s like selfless discorporation Martian style only she is no Heinlein.

  25. my words carried weight.

    Let’s talk about my weight.

    Is this solipsism, or mere narcissism?

    [[[Sophie Mackintosh]]]
    [[[Hamish Hamilton]]]

    Never mind “the Tribe”. We’ve been neglecting the Clan.

    Sophie Mackintosh =

    I hack, spin. Shoot me.
    Pink chaise so hot.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @Reg Cæsar
  26. Let’s talk about Hamish Hamilton’s hair:


  27. If women are so obsessed with how they look, why do they do things like dye their hair strange colours when this only makes them less attractive?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @Alden
  28. Dtbb says:
    @Neoconned

    Yeah, she figured out which space has the power.

  29. @ Steve: We need your expert opinion on these new Good Hair-game-technology from Electronic Arts:

    coming to PlayStation 5 next year:

    Does this tech discriminate WoC? Do we need a hair-diversity-quote in video-games?

  30. Who is these guys ?:

    La imagen puede contener: 2 personas, personas sonriendo

  31. Power is the strength necessary to live in a world rife with misogyny.

    Blue Ticket is pitched as “a sly, urgent enquiry into free will, social expectation and the fraught space of motherhood”

    We have had sexual reproduction for what? A billion years? And we’ve been doing the mammal motherhood thing for 200 million?

    I’ve seen pictures of my grandmother from around 1920–way, way hotter than this BPD head case. Yet, she threw in with a young man and managed to keep jumping further and further into “the fraught space of motherhood” from the 20s, through the Depression and on into the War years, to even have a final “boomer” daughter in her mid-40s … while being a farm wife, managing a farm household during some hard times, and yet maintained a gracious, upbeat attitude her whole life.

    I guess, the misogny has just ramped up so much since then, and life is so much tougher.

    Woe is she!

    • Agree: Logan, Endgame Napoleon
    • LOL: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  32. Dr. X says:
    @Neoconned

    Probably everybody…

  33. theMann says:

    Could we maybe stop indulging the emotional two year olds?

    Even pointing her out as an embarrassment to do manhood is indulging her with attention she doesn’t deserve.

  34. fish says:

    Steve,

    You have to stop chucking these stories out to the commentariat! It’s like shooting dairy cattle with a high powered rifle….there’s no sport in it!

    They’re going to be spun up for the rest of the day!

  35. @AnotherDad

    The use of ‘bodies’ has been commented upon, but I think a more thorough investigation of the growth of the term ‘space’, combined with ‘contested’ or an equivalent adjective, is needed.

    • Replies: @Random Smartaleck
  36. Is that the author in the first photo?

    If so, I recommend twenty minute sessions of intense interval training on a Stairmaster 3-4 times a week.

  37. Here’s my contribution to “misogyny”:

    We won’t have a healthy civilization again until we ignore 99% of the noise from women. All the noise from young women–basically tell them to shut up, find a suitable young man they are willing to throw in with completely, who is in turn willing to throw in with them, and get on with life.

    Once they’ve borne and raised a few children, women have earned some attention. But they can have no say in immigration, borders, race, freedom of speech, freedom of association or decisions on reprinting yearbooks. (They’ve proven they can’t handle it.)

    • Replies: @Abe
    , @South Texas Guy
  38. I was 27 in 2016

    Amateur psych: I think this looms larger than anything else.

    She’s an average looking gal–ok, operationally, above average in America by not packing on the pounds–who is now hitting 30 and the Wall …

    yet, has no husband, no children.

    Basically she’s done nothing in life yet, other than what all young women do–make noise about herself. She’s just been paid for her noise rather than contributing it free to the Zuck.

  39. Mr. Anon says:

    And there’s the obligatory one-eye-covered photo. It’s not a natural thing to do, so why does it always show up? I don’t really believe in all that occult/illuminati stuff, but clearly some people – at the very least, a cabal of fashion photographers – do.

  40. anonymous[783] • Disclaimer says:

    Heavy duty stuff, her hair color journey. Might I guess her readership is all female? Then people wonder why men think women are airheads in general.

    • Replies: @kikz
    , @Alden
  41. Mr. Anon says:

    I can remember when feminists decried patriarchal society for reducing them to nothing but their bodies. Now they can’t get enough of referring to themselves as “bodies” and wearing p**sy hats.

  42. Sophie Mackintosh is the author of the novels, “The Water Cure,” and the forthcoming “Blue Ticket.”

    And think, this rising authoress could be instantly shot down should she tweet about a POC Washington Metro transit worker eating on the train while in uniform. Beware hubris, Sophie! You write, “[T]o have a body, especially as a woman, means to experience that space between power and powerlessness, as determined by the template on which the world has been built: a cisgender white man’s body.”

    It’s the black bodies before which you are powerless! Never police them! (http://www.unz.com/isteve/more-becky-bashing/?highlight=washington)

    BTW, better check all that Beckyish hair privilege. It’s seriously problematic.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  43. L Woods says:
    @Neoconned

    Only iSteve boomers could possibly find this soft 4 “quite attractive.”

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
  44. As an antidote to this article by Sophie Mackintosh, I recommend the two chicks who do the Red Scare podcast. If you don’t have time to listen to all of it, I found the first few minutes a laugh: “I don’t think Kim Karsashian is a sexual person. I’ve seen parts of the sex tape and she seems so cold and dead, especially for an Armenian woman”.

    Their take on Marie Kondo, and the benefits of the Japanese having their own ethno-state, starts around 41 minutes:

    Here’s a short interview with them:
    Red Scare, Don’t Care
    Anna Khachiyan and Dasha Nekrasova: from “aimless, ambition-less, washed-up losers” to the ultimate podcast provocateurs
    https://theface.com/society/red-scare

  45. “It’s almost as if women writers spend a large amount of their brainpower thinking about their hair …”

    Well, probably not Joyce Carol Oates, or Joan Didion, or Muriel Spark so much.

  46. black sea says:

    A sample of Ms. Mackintosh’s work, but I don’t know how to categorize it. There’s no recognizable narrative movement, so I don’t think “short story” is an option. But it’s also not a poem, in any known sense of the word. It seems like an imagined account of haphazardly ordered, fear-suffused dreamscapes.

    I’m confident that you won’t like it at all.

    https://fivedials.com/lists/what-i-am-afraid-of-sophie-mackintosh/

    • Replies: @peterike
    , @Jack Hanson
  47. Abe says:
    @Neoconned

    She is quite attractive but there is better out there…

    Most young women (JAP-American, heh, mattress girl excepted) are attractive enough between their teens and late twenties. Angry-depressed-waif-ish literati girl Sophie Mackintosh reminds me a bit of Fiona Apple (double heh), except she started out not as pretty and will end up uglier.

  48. @Harry Baldwin

    Harry, she could have a Addadicktomy operation and experience being a cis white male and write her next book.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  49. Somebody – I believe it may have been someone from the NYT –recently made a prediction that in five years print newspapers would in effect become history. This Mackintosh woman clearly has, er, “issues “. That a newspaper such as the NYT would publish on their op-ed section something that looks as though it should be confined to a psychotherapist’s office are indicative of a newspaper in total free fall. If stuff like this is going to be typical of what we can expect in the future, then those five years can’t come soon enough.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  50. Ibound1 says:

    Well if women aren’t powerless and weak, then all good and let’s stop the discussion. Women are powerful and strong. Stronger than men! Ten times as big as a man! (Or was that King Kong ?)

  51. jim jones says:
    @Abe

    Take a look at the charity worker who said that Nigel Farage should have been attacked with acid rather than a milkshake. I will remember that woman when I place my vote for Nigel in the EU elections

  52. peterike says:
    @black sea

    A sample of Ms. Mackintosh’s work, but I don’t know how to categorize it.

    Why, they are “observations,” things felt, seen, imagined. Mostly imagined. Ok, probably entirely imagined. Let’s look at the first four (any more would constitute a hate crime).

    I am brushing my teeth and get interrupted halfway through. With my toothbrush held in my mouth I fall and it knocks out several of my teeth, bloodily.

    100% imagined, of course, and more or less at the level of what an 11 year old girl would imagine as some really, really terrible tragedy. I mean, the WORST.

    With my legs in stirrups at the doctor’s he says, This will not hurt, but it does hurt.

    Likely 100% real, and also 100% banal, an observation made by every woman, ever. But for her audience, a moment to say “oh that is so true.”

    The television shows the latest disaster. Melting, drought. You do not say, It will all be OK.

    She believes all The Narratives. I suppose “Melting, drought” is meant to be an interesting juxtaposition. Yet it isn’t.

    Lounging in a hot bathtub of water, the ceiling gives way. I cascade through, naked, into my neighbours’ kitchen, where they are eating. I die of embarrassment but also literally.

    100% taken from “Family Guy,” and the recurring joke of Cleveland bathing and the floor collapsing. Yet since imagining herself in this situation is not self-centered enough, she reports that this tragedy makes her both embarrassed and dead, though how she can be embarrassed when dead is just one of those female mysteries unavailable to my male gaze.

    Bottom line: she’s a pretty lousy writer.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  53. Clyde says:

    How about henna? She should try that. Edgy in my book. Henna is more popular in Europe, from Germany and heading north. A general negative are those short artsy bangs…called fringes in UK. Can you believe that?

  54. indocon says:

    On a different topics, upper caste Indian are giddy over the win of their man Modi. He seems to have made a perfect dumbbell coalition of highest and lowest castes except Muslims.

  55. peterike says:

    Here’s our girl talking a lot of blather about her book. She’s veddy, veddy British, don’t you know.

  56. @Neoconned

    I wonder who she is kin to.

  57. This is the type of person that would complain about Trump’s egocentrism.

  58. Let’s talk about her ass.

    You didn’t need 7 pictures, Steve, as from that 1st one, I was could see what her problem, and the need for all of these powerful books, is.

    There are 2 more things that she obviously doesn’t want to talk about, but as an assman, I’ll leave that to another commenter.

  59. @black sea

    It’s misogynistic to make jokes like that. Of course, me laughing is even worse.

  60. @Buffalo Joe

    Joe, you’re a f***ing genius!

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  61. So, here’s what she really wants:

    Yes, bangable.

    But the clock is ticking, and her enticements are those of youtb–skin, jaw line, neck, etc.

    Sophie, don’t grow old. Or at least, stop taking photos of yourself when you do…

  62. Mr. Anon says:

    OT: Idiocracy – You’ve seen the movie, now experience the reality.

    IQ rates are dropping in many developed countries

    The author does actually mention immigration, but then discounts it. However, if you read between the lines, diversity definitely jumps out as a likely culprit.

  63. Pander to the women or repeal the 19th Amendment.

    I am bald and plain and somewhat short. If I were to engage this brain-dead tart twat, Sophie Mackintosh, on politics I would end up riling her up to no good end. But a handsome devil that the gals — even the lesbians — can’t resist could say the most outrageously nasty things about Sophie’s opinions or crap writing and she would be intrigued and mesmerized.

    This is why I say you have to have enough balls to go after the White female vote without trying to play nice. These White women don’t want nice and they don’t want to be liked. They want to be loved and they want a male political leader to seduce them.

    To pander to the White female voters doesn’t mean you pull your punches and go soft and weak. Pandering to White women voters means you speak to these White broads as White broads and you tell them you will smash the shit out of their enemies and advance their interests as White broads.

    To pander to Sophie Mackintosh, I would complement her not on her hair, but on her beautiful milky White body and beautiful White face.

    I would then tell Sophie she ain’t no Thomas Hardy and she never will be because she is a beautiful woman and that’s that.

    If Sophie Mackintosh ain’t got the brains to discuss politics, I would use her as a foil to pander to other White voter broads and tell them that over-privileged and pampered White broads such as Sophie Mackintosh are stooges of the bankers and globalizers and she is up to no good.

    You tell the White voter broads that the plutocrat globalizers reward bonehead broads like Sophie Mackintosh to distract people away from what the globalized plutocrats are up to.

    Remember, White voter broads are out there just waiting to hear from a political leader who will give them the nationalist patriotic fire and Trumpy the baby boomer backstabber betrayer is just delivering stale globalizer conservative slop.

  64. This is the high end of female journalism.

    For the low end, click on Yahoo sometime.

    The better articles are about what this or that celebrity or royal wore today, or the latest gossip.

    The worse articles are collections or twitter feeds with the occasional OMG LOL thrown in.

    But then, the male journalists tend to write about the scandal of Drake getting on the court in the Bucks-Raptors game.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  65. Cortes says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Mackintosh = “son of the Leader” so she’s really just Daddy’s little girl.

  66. KunioKun says:

    I think nytimes gold memberships allow you to filter out all articles that are advertisements for new books.

  67. Cortes says:
    @black sea

    Superb!

    She reminds me of the captain of the spaceship Vorga in Bester’s “The Stars My Destination”; from the synopsis at space museum.com

    “Gully performs open-heart surgery on one crew member of the Vorga, who looks down at his chest gaping open, his heart pumping on top of the side table. Gully questions him about who was responsible for ordering his being left to rot in space; he is told that the only one who might know is the captain of the Vorga, who is now a member of the Skoptsy Colony. The Skoptsy have had all their sensory input cut away; they live totally within their own heads with no input from the outside world, so Gully steals a telepath to get at this last clue.”

  68. Abe says:
    @AnotherDad

    Once they’ve borne and raised a few children, women have earned some attention. But they can have no say in immigration, borders, race, freedom of speech, freedom of association or decisions on reprinting yearbooks.

    BRAVO!!!

  69. @black sea

    This is generally referred to as “stream of consciousness”.

  70. Forbes says:

    She’s my hero–for the strength and willpower to get up out of bed everyday, in the face of the emotional labor she encounters. How does she even manage to dress herself, with the the onslaught of a world rife with misogyny, and the mental load of constant damage assessments?

    I’m exhausted.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  71. Forbes says:
    @black sea

    Or…

    But then, what will this disembodied heroine reckon and grapple with to justify the seven-way auction awaiting her tale of life in a world rife with misogyny: how hard it is to find the right color of hair when you don’t have any…

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  72. MarkU says:

    “a sly, urgent enquiry into free will, social expectation and the fraught space of motherhood”

    Written by a woman who has never had children? Hasn’t been there, hasn’t got the tee-shirt so its bound to be very insightful.

  73. Lot says:
    @Neoconned

    Without looking it up, I guess it is an anime reference.

  74. Kylie says:
    @Neoconned

    Those are extremely flattering photos, to the point of being deceptive.

    To me, they scarcely resemble the woman in these pics.

    https://wilmajournal.com/2018/07/29/in-conversation-sophie-mackintosh/

  75. I love this bit from one of the Amazon reviews of The Water Cure. This woman is definitely the target audience:

    However, three men arrive – two brothers and one of their sons – initially quite harmless before becoming microaggressive.

    Microaggressive! Did they insinuate men are stronger than women? Did they ask about their accents?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  76. @Reg Cæsar

    That should read, “Pink chamise so hot.”

    The chamise, a western shrub, doesn’t reach beyond the Columbia, so Amazon doesn’t recognize it, and changes it to an indoor fainting couch. For all the testosterone Jeff Besos [sic] has been shooting of late, he really should get out in the fresh air more.

    But then, I confused it for a French blouse, so mea culpa.

    Hey, wait a minute– the chamise may have Fascist roots. It’s been deplatformed!

    Adenostoma fasciculatum

  77. @Paleo Liberal

    This is the high end of female journalism.

    Almost, but not quite. For the highest ends, you have to go African.

  78. @Kylie

    I would rate her a high four, soft five (for her weight class)

    • Replies: @Michael S
  79. Forbes says:
    @Kylie

    Her sense of style appears worse than her constantly changing hair color. Talk about lost…

  80. Anon[126] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kylie

    Those are extremely flattering photos

    They are not as bad as the auto-Photoshopped images that cell phones can produce these days, smoothing skin, enlarging eyes, etc.

    For the moment, if you want to know what someone really looks like (and verify that she isn’t a tranny) you have to look at video, and Ms. Mackintosh is in a few on YouTube. Apparently her first language is Welsh, in which she was educated, so her accent is something I’ve never heard before.

    I think she looks good for a young mom with three kids. Unfortunately, she isn’t a young mom with three kids. She’s a single 30-year-old ex-Starbucks barista, living off a meager book advance.

    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  81. @Daniel H

    Warwick Writing Programme, hmm I wonder if that is associated with the Learn to Draw program
    I remember from the comic books of my long ago youth. Little ad with a head in profile…”Draw Me” and then you mail it. And wouldn’t a writing program know how to spell program?

  82. Tyto Alba says:
    @Clyde

    Who decides to publish these darlings?

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/27/us-study-finds-publishing-is-overwhelmingly-white-and-female

    Of course, 80% of those working in the publishing industry are women, yet all the attention and tears are dedicated to trying to shoehorn more women into technology & engineering & IT….

    …women who’d obviously rather be working in media, entertainment, journalism & commentary… relatively unremunerative & insecure vocations.

    But who cares, any men who date / marry these aren’t really concerned about their earning power or job security because they know that to be taken seriously as marriage-material, they’d themselves better be beavering away at difficult, dull & demanding jobs that pay well and regularly enough to cover the mortgage in the fashionable but expensive metropoles where these darlings have acquired a taste for living.

    Whether the men ACTUALLY enjoy working in tech or might actually prefer to be working in the media or writing is irrelevant. They have the common sense to accept a reality of an existential need to work for money and that there will not likely be any husband or daddy to bail them out or to indulge their hobbies & passions.

    • Replies: @Bernie
  83. @Kylie

    Kylie, not in need of eye bleach, but she is ok, at best. And the review is over the top…”thundering debut”

    • Agree: Kylie
  84. Jeff Bezos might be using performance enhancing substances, or he might be eating a lot of steak and lifting weights.

    But Bezos has gone bald without much fuss, unlike Elon Musk, another one who might be juicing.

    Elon Musk and Joe Biden look like they have had their own armpit hair, and the armpit hair of others, surgically implanted into their bald scalps.

    Bezos and Musk like spaceships and rockets.

    Musk will soon go belly up — some people are saying monetary extremism kept Musk’s scams going.

    Bezos will be financially liquidated by nationalist patriots in payback for his pushing mass legal immigration and illegal immigration. Mark Zuckerberg will share the same fate as Bezos.

    Rocket boys Bezos and Musk on rocket fuel? Maybe?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  85. Liza says:

    Can you imagine if Sophie and other wimmin like her were placed in charge of putting out large, raging forest fires? You know, where you carry about 40 lb of equipment and work for 12 hours straight.

    Sometimes, socalled toxic masculinity is the price us females have to pay for our comforts, wellbeing and safety. Comforts which our multi-haired little sow takes for granted every day of the year. Grownups know that you can’t have everything exactly the way you want it, but I guess no one ever told her.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  86. J.Ross says: • Website

    (re Five Dials link)
    It’s a catalog of irrational fears (most one or two sentences long), which, like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s surreal NPR interview admonishing white people to recognize how dangerous blacks are, actually makes the case that women are hysterical and should be ignored. It doesn’t resemble any sort of literature but it does look like what people do in writing workshops.
    Here’s one:

    I take the shortcut through the alley I never use and a shape moves in the shadows, coming towards me.

    What color are shadows again?
    The under-appreciated female novelist-who-isn’t-an-airheaded-twit Ann Sterzinger is worth a look.
    Alison Bechdel has a storyline in her comic strip, Dykes To Watch Out For, about an Amber Heard-like crushingly hot lesbian, whose execreble poetry is tolerated because she’s pretty. Sometimes women are no better than men.

  87. Logan says:

    The most peculiar thing about the feminist perspective is its utter lack of perspective.

    By any reasonable standard, today’s American and European women are the most privileged and pampered in history. (Euro and American men too, BTW.)

    Yet they envision themselves as oppressed. “Consider how much strength is needed to deal with the onslaught of living in a world rife with misogyny, the mental load of constant damage assessments.”

    Women of the past had to deal with oppression that was orders of magnitude more intense, as did most men, yet most of them somehow managed to live productive and meaningful lives. They would be astonished and infuriated by the self-pity of their descendants.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  88. Updike had the same haircut for 60 years. Maybe in the 70s he let it get a little bushy over the ears.

  89. Anonymous[291] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m here at the Johns Hopkins graduation. Just noticed in the bulletin that a certain former IDF prison guard and editor of The Atlantic is getting an honorary degree (DHL).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  90. Sophie Mackintosh lives in London and she bought a house in Australia and she likes a remote and unspoiled beach and wood in Wales.

    Sophie Mackintosh most likely wants the UK to remain in the European Union and she appears to be a Welsh wacko of the worst sort.

    London must be filled to the brim with Third Worlders stabbing every damn thing in sight and White British or White Irish nutcakes or White euro goon boobs stumbling around the Thames like the Africans of Conrad’s imagination stooping on all fours to drink from the river Congo.

    This bonehead Sophie Mackintosh is the exact type of White wacko broad who must be used as an example of White female privileged obliviousness in order to win the votes of patriotic and nationalist White lady voters who want their enemies destroyed and their interests advanced.

    Nice White lady voters will never admit that they want their enemies destroyed, but a political leader who doesn’t strongly suggest it is a fool and a dope.

    I hope Sophie Mackintosh gets soaked on her antipodean real estate investment.

    Sophie Mackintosh might want to look into China and iron and coal and Chinese monetary policy and Australian real estate bubbles deflating. I bet this broad Mackintosh is a bullshit artist talking about so-called “toxic masculinity” knowing full well that she is playing the role of the distractor to keep White women from looking into what the bankers and globalizers and politician whores are up to.

    White women of modest means should recognize the Sophie Mackintoshes of the world as the bullshit artists that they are.

  91. @Anon

    She doesn’t sound like she grew up with Welsh as her first language. Her accent is bizarre actually; it fluctuates between being a bit Welsh (like at the start of the second video) whenever she stresses something and being an ordinary middle-class accent.

    I think she looks good for a young mom with three kids.

    I can definitely imagine her in Waitrose. If she dropped the silly writer thing and stopped posing with her mouth half open and a waifish look in photos, I am sure she could find a man who would be more than willing to accommodate that.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  92. Olorin says:
    @Daniel H

    And here I thought “seven-way auction” was some sort of sexual adventurizing.

    Somehow involving hair, of course.

  93. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Updike had the same Dutch rat-faced snout for the duration of his life.

    Remember, some German and Dutch people are good looking and some are freakishly ugly.

  94. @ThreeCranes

    No wonder she’s morose. It’s not her body in general that she’s obsessed with, it’s her dolichocephalic skull.

    Good catch. First thing I noticed is, her entire face and skull are a little outta whack. Could that have been an injury at birth or since? Anyway, the modern, ‘educated’ Blue-City feminist mind is a simple world, it’s all about ‘me’. And her stuff only works in Blue Cities filled with like-minded kooks.

    • Replies: @OEMIKITLOB
  95. Bernie says:
    @Tyto Alba

    “Of course, 80% of those working in the publishing industry are women, yet all the attention and tears are dedicated to trying to shoehorn more women into technology & engineering & IT….”

    I work in PR, which is around 70% female (more male as you go up as many women burn out and stop working when they have kids). But we have multiple “Women in PR” awards where they actually claim they have it extra hard in PR and have to overcome insurmountable hurdles. Some work hard but others are the stereoptypical Happy Hour and team lunch planners.

  96. “Thank you, Ta-Nehisi, for getting woke people to stop talking about “souls””

    To Ta-Nehisi, whitey only has a “soul”

    People of the Sun have something much better: a “so”.

  97. Bernie says:

    The ‘muh Constitution and ‘muh tax cuts memes worked well on boomer conservatives.

    We need ‘muh hair, ‘muh body and ‘muh sexuality memes for Becky.

  98. @Daniel H

    If that novel about the compound-bound girls visited by a group of burly men lacks porno undertones, it is hard to see why there would be such a bidding war unless there are undisclosed factors going beyond any self-proclaimed hotness, such as relatives or friends in high places. Maybe, the excerpts selected by Steve aren’t characteristic of this prodigy’s work, though.

    You guys might not think she is hot, but James M. Whistler probably would have.

    In her conservatively dressed white-on-white self portrait, she might have been channeling Whistler’s “Symphony in White,” which is a portrait of his young mistress. If this girl wrote a biography of Whistler, it would definitely focus on Whistler’s unconventional relationship with this girl and the appearance of his girlfriend, as opposed to the technical and formal qualities of his work. She would need to be an art history prof to get that published unless she honed in on the tawdrier parts of Whistler’s bio, along with any resemblances to herself. The Man Booker jury might take this offering seriously due to the art history theme.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  99. Olorin says:

    Dave Foley of the Canadian comedy troupe Kids In The Hall used to have a recurring bit, “On the subject of me.” It involved a boring but self-absorbed person talking about elements of his boring self.

    Too bad The Times enables rather than shreds l’egoisme these days. They inflate into entire genres what KitH covered as satire in under 30 seconds.

  100. @Abe

    That Apple bint looks like Michael Schumacher in a ginger wig. But more dominant and masculine.

  101. for such a long time that by then there was a comfort to be found in passivity, in going through the motions. I was dimly aware that there was another, stronger me somewhere, but I could barely see or remember her. I felt skinless, afraid.

    When you lay around doing nothing, you lose confidence. When you get up off your lazy ass and try to do something, you gain confidence. To the degree you do one over the other is the measurement of how much of a piece of shit you are, or aren’t. By the way, if you’re gonna borrow my car tonight, you’re washing and vacuuming it this afternoon, in case you were wondering.

    – My Dad

  102. Welsh-born woman Sophie Mackintosh’s scribbling anti-man mischief demands a Scottish response!

    We’re just having fun, Sophie, if improbably and against all odds you ever read this!

    Lyrics from Haughs of Cromdale:

    The McDonalds they returned again,

    The Camerons did our standard join,

    McIntosh played a bloody game

    Upon the Haughs of Cromdale.

    The Mackintoshes are still playing their damn bloody game!

    The Mackintoshes must never be allowed to use malicious accusations of male microaggressions to mask their bloody games!

  103. Anonymous[291] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Correction, also commencement speaker. He’s giving a speech on truth or the danger of belief in conspiracies. Now he’s saying Trump believes in conspiracies. Smh.

  104. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Updike wrote about his body in ‘At War With My Skin.’ It wasn’t an elaborate humblebrag about how handsome he was, though.

    If he was a woman writing in 2019, it would be ‘Yes, I have horrible psoriasis. And it’s Beautiful.’

  105. @Redneck farmer

    Red, I will take that as a compliment, but remember, Ta nehisi Coates is considered a “genius.”

  106. Declane says:
    @eah

    She would have been 13 in 2002, if you’re wondering at what age this particular woman’s brain development stopped.

  107. @Kent Nationalist

    Kent, short of walking about with your boobs hanging out,what calls more attention to you than flaming pink, or forrest green or sky blue hair. Add a few goofy tattoos and it screams “LOOK AT ME !” Attraction would be that they would have to interact with you, this about look at me.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @Random Smartaleck
  108. JimDandy says:

    “my words carried weight. Similarly, to have a body, especially as a woman, means to experience that space between power and powerlessness”

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, just remember your body has the potential to carry a helluva lot more weight than your words. So lay off the pate-and-champagne diet, you hobnobbin’ lil long-lister, you, or there won’t be a third book. You are your promo pics, and nothing more. Lit-chicks like you are the Johnny Bravos of prose.

  109. @Cloudbuster

    Cloud, Micro Aggreived > Raped.

  110. @Charles Pewitt

    Charles, Michael Milken, the junk bond king, wore a hair piece on his totally bald head, that looked like road kill. He was able to write a check for $600 million to cover a Fed fine. If you are that rich and can’t find a decent hairpiece then don’t try.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
  111. The novel is said to reveal “the brutality of love and the price of survival in a hostile world”, tells the story of three daughters raised in an isolated coastal compound, cut off from the world and its men. Their parents tell them they are safe here – until the day three men wash up on the shore, strange and vulnerable and infinitely dangerous.

    Sounds exactly like The Beguiled. Surprised it started a bidding war. Must have had some good connections.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  112. Yeah she must really suck as an author. I mean… hair, amirite? Total non-talent hack. Hair.

  113. @Endgame Napoleon

    Endgame, hostile world indeed. She managed to kill and skin an alpha wolf and pose standing on his pelt.

  114. Her accent reminded me of Paul McCartney’s crazy ex-wife. She was trash.

    Anyone know anything about Welsh women? Do they tend to be histrionic? Low-brow, like McCartney’s ex-wife?

    I would guess that It could be helpful for writing low-brow, histrionic novels.

  115. L Woods says:
    @Logan

    (Euro and American men too, BTW.)

    No. The bottom 99% of men in the West have no true stake in anything, thanks largely to women’s emancipation. Whatever you think is yours can be taken in an instant.

    • Replies: @Logan
  116. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Anon

    The Booker (I don’t think Man still sponsors it) is a huge deal. Being long listed for it in your 20s is impressive.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Colin Wright
  117. Off topic: Jeff Daniels lives in 97% white Chelsea, Michigan, where it’s always 1955! (though I’m sure his particular neighborhood is closer to 99.9% white)

  118. @Kent Nationalist

    …a more thorough investigation of the growth of the term ‘space’, combined with ‘contested’ or an equivalent adjective, is needed.

    My guess, based on my mercifully short stint as an academic: It leaked out from the Grievance-Studies-clowns-in-geographers’-clothing infesting geography departments these days into general academia, and thence into the maleducation of Ms. Mackintosh & Friends.

  119. Michael S says:
    @Kent Nationalist

    The HB scale doesn’t have weight classes. Rampant obesity doesn’t mean that every nonathletic skinny girl gets a free point, it just means that actual 5s and 6s are rarer than they used to be.

    She’s a 4, thus invisible to most if not all men whom she desires, which explains the extreme attention-seeking behavior. That’s all it is; feminism has just made her and many other low-SMV women crazy enough to believe that grrlpower is actually attractive to men. In reality, of course, it means she’s transitioned from merely invisible to invisible and annoying.

  120. JimDandy says:
    @Seth Largo

    Sounds like dressed-up supermarket paperback Romance pap–which is essentially what contemporary “literary fiction” has become, now that straight white men are essentially banned.

    • Replies: @Alden
  121. As my dear, departed father was fond of saying, “Shit happens…to shitheads.”

  122. Cortes says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Wearing the full burqa in Western countries is more attention seeking than religious observance. And trumps nudity.

  123. LOOK AT ME!!! LOOK AT ME!!!

  124. @Buffalo Joe

    …what calls more attention to you than flaming pink, or forrest green or sky blue hair. Add a few goofy tattoos and it screams “LOOK AT ME !” Attraction would be that they would have to interact with you, this about look at me.

    It’s often a tactic that plain women adopt once they realize that they are stuck with being minimally attractive. It’s better to draw attention for being stylishly weird-looking than to never get any attention at all.

    Plus it lets you pretend that you are an “individual” with far less investment than it takes to actually develop yourself.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  125. There is no damn reason
    I should have to be so alone
    I’m smothered by this emptiness
    Lord, I wish I was made of stone
    Like a fool I lent my soul to love
    And it paid me back with shame
    God help me

    Am I the only one who’s ever felt this way?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  126. JohnnyD says:

    I’m sure her ten cats find her body fascinating.

  127. @jim jones

    Take a look at the charity worker who said that Nigel Farage should have been attacked with acid rather than a milkshake. I will remember that woman when I place my vote for Nigel in the EU elections

    Jim Jones, you’re a brave man.
    On the other hand – what might have motivated her to fantasize about an acid attack? –

    – I shouldn’t even have guessed, I admit. This is beyond grace and honour and reason, too.

  128. Speaking of young women who can rock grey hair, the female lead in this catchy, somewhat vulgar clip nails it:

    She is also an excellent example of someone who probably benefits from Caucasian admixture. In fact, the singer was criticized for casting such a ‘light’ woman as the lead in this clip.

  129. @Daniel H

    ‘…Seven houses bid to publish her DEBUT novel. She sure does know about a “hostile world”. Just let her tell you about it.’

    What’s depressing is that I doubt if they even care about sales; that’s not why they want the book.

    My guess is that they just want to virtue-signal by being the publisher of a certain-to-be noticed exercise in aggressive misanthropy.

  130. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Dave Pinsen

    Illiterate art-hating culture destroyer #5529448 handed something (a canape? a drink? an award statuette?) to illiterate art-hating culture destroyer #5529449.

  131. @Buffalo Joe

    Milken’s bond scams were high yield junk. Now the bond scams are huge amounts of corporate bonds made possible by cheap money from the Fed.

    Bernie Madoff had an impressive mop of hair in this picture. Bernie’s scam was to swindle money out of people that thought Bernie would swindle the others and not them.

    This is the smile Bernie Madoff had on his face when they would ask him this: Bernie, you wouldn’t swindle us, would you?

  132. @Jim Christian

    “Good catch.”

    Agreed, very astute observation.

  133. @jim jones

    Take a look at the charity worker who said that Nigel Farage should have been attacked with acid rather than a milkshake.

    I wouldn’t play around with such nonsense. Everyone should read up on the story of Victor Riesel:

    BLINDED BY ACID
    OVER SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, COLUMNIST VICTOR RIESEL LOST EYESIGHT IN MOB-ORDERED ACID ATTACK

    Take a look at Victor:

  134. Anon[260] • Disclaimer says:
    @jim jones

    Saying you want to acid attack a guy who just wants to leave the EU is a degree of insanity that is not normal. The world will not end if Britain is not part of the EU. In fact, the Brits got along fine for centuries without it.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  135. Anon[260] • Disclaimer says:

    I doubt she’s a good writer. Self-obsessed ratchet-jaws rarely are. They can’t take an interest in anything besides themselves.

  136. Ibound1 says:
    @jim jones

    That face is the death of the West

  137. @Forbes

    In today’s NYT:

    How to Get Your Partner to Take on More Emotional Labor

    By Britni de la Cretaz

    The term “emotional labor” refers to the invisible and often undervalued work involved in keeping other people comfortable and happy. Coined by Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociologist and professor emerita at the University of California, Berkeley..

    (flight attendants smiling warmly to make passengers feel welcome, for example).

    In contemporary usage, however, the term is more often used to describe labor that takes place in the domestic sphere, and which is needed to keep a household running smoothly. Initiating difficult conversations, managing children’s schedules, remembering to send birthday and holiday cards to relatives, and asking for help (sometimes repeatedly) emptying the dishwasher

    Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer who lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters.

    Hmm… I wonder who pays the bills in this family? How does that work? Oh, I’m so bad.

    • Replies: @Thea
    , @Buffalo Joe
  138. Shameful and misleading clickbait, Steve. I thought you were going to talk about your hair.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  139. “I dyed my hair on impulse . . . ” and everything else on impulse. Hey, I’m only 27! Alexandria Occluded-Cognition is already 29! Does she have seven toxic white male publishing houses vying for her vaj – er, I mean, manuscript?

    These diseases of the rich will be cured by continuously imported, genuinely toxic masculinity, disease-causing rats and junkies in every liberal stronghold, continuing Fed money erosion and expensive, endless war and planet-wide occupation, bottomless .gov corruption, and the rest of our apparently terminal social decay.

    Someday, this spoiled, petulant, overgrown child may have to work for a living. Her bright red-painted facial sex proxy – where those seven auction bids were likely deposited – will soon run out of rent-seeking market value. Sell to the highest bidder soon, not-so-young lady.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  140. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The less said about my hair, the better.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  141. @Steve Sailer

    That’s what noticing too much does to you.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  142. Cortes says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Is that the guy from Pere Ubu?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @duncsbaby
  143. anonymous[102] • Disclaimer says:
    @skedaddle

    If you have something interesting to say, and you can say it well, maybe even in an amusing and creative way, then you can make a living as a columnist/writer (think young Jimmy Breslin).
    If you have nothing but bile left, then your writing will just consist of bitching about stuff (think old Jimmy Breslin).

    This particular young lady is a professional bitcher. I doubt that she will get any more interesting as she gets older.

  144. Graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme Sophie Mackintosh has secured a publishing deal with Hamish Hamilton for her debut novel The Water Cure following a seven-way auction.

    I didn’t know we had seven publishers left. Hamish Hamilton, once proudly independent, is now an imprint of Penguin Random House. Perhaps different imprints of the same publisher were bidding against each other.

  145. Travis says:

    IQ rates are dropping in many developed countries and that doesn’t bode well for humanity
    An intelligence crisis could undermine our problem-solving capacities and dim the prospects of the global economy.https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/iq-rates-are-dropping-many-developed-countries-doesn-t-bode-ncna1008576

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  146. Thea says:
    @Mr McKenna

    As Dalrock writes, its selfishness about caring. Taking care of loved ones was once a source of pride and honor for women.

  147. Cortes says:
    @Liza

    That first paragraph, Liza: yes, I can.

    The remodelling of tasks to accommodate newly “fit” members of staff (“all genders”) in a Fire and Rescue Service near me provides a pretty good idea of what will occur one of these days.

    Just picture to yourself the scene as someone in a firefighter uniform (6st 10lbs) is ordered to carry your overweight mum to safety down three stories in a fire while wearing breathing apparatus…

    “Who could possibly have imagined?” at the presser…

    • Replies: @Alden
  148. @Cortes

    No, it’s Jack Nance from the David Lynch film, Eraserhead.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  149. this video gives a hint why xirls change their hair color so much – when you’re a faceless NPC the hair is all you’ve got going for you.

    @iSteve – um, she’s not hot, you know better, you live in LA…

  150. J.Ross says: • Website

    There was a side-discussion yesterday or the day before about marijuana use among young Judeans. Here is a story involving deceit and an attempt to corner a market, blown up by the release of a Republic Serial Evil Plot Reveal video.

    https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/05/22/a-betrayal-by-a-leader-of-oregons-cannabis-industry-shows-how-the-weed-business-went-from-down-home-to-cutthroat/

    http://archive.is/KGFJ3

    tldr people of a certain religio-ethnic background ask legal pot farmers for DNA from their stock in order to speak truth to power and fight the evil corporate corporations, but actually they were going to copyright the “free” DNA library and use it to dominate the emerging pot market, taking your own work right out of your hands. Or: exactly the same thing the Fein brothers tried to do with YouTube videos.

  151. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Travis

    Are the people taking an average “European” IQ making the same mistake as observers of “American” violent crime?

  152. Linc says:
    @Abe

    Sophie Mackintosh reminds me a bit of Fiona Apple (double heh)

    Fiona was allegedly raped in Harlem by an African American when she was 12 years old. Her love/hate relationship with men has managed her destiny ever since.

    But at least she has an excuse for her whackitude. Anyone who reminds her of powerful men in general , or the dad who wasn’t home, in particular, seems to be a big problem for her.

    Psychologists have noted that Trump sets these women off.

    The irony is a lot of her success in her career is due to her lips strongly resembling an engorged vagina, which she makes the most of, as far as I can tell.

  153. @Dave Pinsen

    ‘…The Booker (I don’t think Man still sponsors it) is a huge deal. Being long listed for it in your 20s is impressive.’

    Perhaps ‘was’ rather than ‘is.’ My impression is that it’s become a certificate of political correctness.

    • Replies: @Logan
  154. @Prester John

    Prester, Yes, so many people willing to bare their psychosis in print.

  155. @Random Smartaleck

    Random, nice reply. Years ago we described marginally attractive girls, that were still fun to know as having a “great personallity.” Kind of guy code used to warn a friend that his blind date was not hot.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  156. @Mr McKenna

    Mr.M. how often does this person fly…attentive flight attendants, where are they?

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  157. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Bard, how sad a commentary, publishing houses will line up for AOC’s memoirs.

  158. @Thea

    Thea, and that is why we have Mother’s Day.

  159. @Thea

    Dal is a good authority on those issues.

  160. Mr. Anon says:
    @jim jones

    Take a look at the charity worker who said that Nigel Farage should have been attacked with acid rather than a milkshake.

    She looks like what would result if Gary Busey mated with a muppet.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  161. @Abe

    As a substitute teacher I oftentimes work in a high school. Imagine a form of torture where you are placed in a dessert, and your tormentor keeps dangling a water bottle in front of you, and you know you can never get it.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @J.Ross
  162. @Forbes

    The next phase of Tindr Grindr etc., consenting flesh auctions. Followed by non-consenting flesh auctions. Contested by no one.

  163. @Buzz Mohawk

    He noticed, and could not erase. His hair could not deliver to its promise.

  164. @Buffalo Joe

    Life is occasionally cruel to almost everyone, very cruel to a few, and gifting to a very few. She rewards the main on occasion, is stingy with a few, and denies her gift entirely to a very few. Even so, with the House apparently fixed, it is good to learn a bit of game. Life is not immutable.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  165. Shouldn’t white people be refusing publication so the vibrants can see their name in print?

  166. @Mr. Anon

    She looks like what would result if Gary Busey mated with a muppet.

    Or with Elizabeth Warren.

  167. @peterike

    Bottom line: she’s a pretty lousy writer.

    You were too easy on her. YOu ignored her bad grammar.

    Lounging in a hot bathtub of water, the ceiling gives way.

    Why (and how!) would the ceiling be lounging in a hot bathtub?

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  168. JimS says:

    “And that singular anomaly the lady novelist
    I don’t think she’d be missed. I’m sure she’d not be missed.”

    • Replies: @black sea
  169. @Buffalo Joe

    Ha! Maybe they fly Singapore? Boy would that open a can of worms.

  170. @Thea

    Good point. Obviously, there are still women who care, but they don’t have the megaphone.

  171. duncsbaby says:
    @ben tillman

    I thought she was talking about floor above her, but apparently she’s talking about the ceiling below her.

  172. @Kent Nationalist

    “She doesn’t sound like she grew up with Welsh as her first language. “

    She has English-speaking parents but was taught in Welsh (how much I don’t know – learning Welsh is compulsory in Welsh schools but most schools aren’t Welsh-language only).

    Her bit of Pembrokeshire is “little England beyond Wales”, pinched by Normans and later Flemings, while the Welsh ended up with the mountainous, infertile land to the north.

    Going to university is a good way to ruin a nice middle class girl (mum’s a nurse, dad’s a GP i.e. they both have seen many more bodies and much more suffering than Sophie ever has).

    For evidence I offer this paper by one Julia Welland, who is now a lecturer at Warwick. Found during a web search on the issue of women in the Navy.

    ‘Feminine Trouble’ and the (re)constitution of the militarised masculine subject.

    This paper provides an outline of debates within feminist IR about the inclusion of women in the military and the ways in which their agency is frequently denied or marginalised. Demonstrating how militarised masculinity is being re-articulated against the feminine in the wake of growing involvement of women the paper reviews two cases of women soldiers previously discussed in the literature (Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England), as well as the more original case of Faye Turney. Through these three case studies, iterations of the masculine and feminine are shown to be co-constitutive, with the militarised masculine identity simultaneously disrupted and constituted by the inclusion of its feminine ‘other’. The paper ends with a challenge to the perceived stability and coherence of the militarised masculine identity, confronting the need for, and subversive potential of, feminist engagement with masculinity directly.”

    The author makes the earth-shattering discovery that women and men in front line military roles are not looked at (by anyone) as being interchangeable, fungible units.

    /http://www.politicalperspectives.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Vol4-1-2010-4.pdf

    I wouldn’t bother reading it (I did so you don’t have to) although there was one prurient detail which struck me (someone was saying (approx) in the fraternisation thread that there were about 35 men and 3 women at Abu Ghraib, and that one of the men was sleeping with two of the three women).

    “England was described as a sexual ‘plaything’ for Graner, who took pictures of himself having anal sex with England and manipulated her into being “sexually wild” with him”

    Hmm. I don’t want to get all Roissy, but Mr Graner (who married the other guard) is obviously a man who “gets it” – in every sense.

    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  173. Neoconned says:
    @eah

    Did she delete the tweet?

    It vanished….

    • Replies: @eah
  174. The “women-only sanctuary invaded by nasty men” genre is growing. Ten years back we had The Carhullan Army.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/jan/03/the-carhullan-army-a-near-future-struggle-that-feels-all-too-close

  175. eah says:
    @Neoconned

    It seems the entire account is gone — her Twitter handle was @fairfairisles, which does not exist anymore — this could mean she deleted the account, or she changed the handle, perhaps due to unwanted attention after this piece — “LOL” — her Instagram account is private — I do seem to recall finding it as well, but do not remember if it was private then or not — ?

    Honestly I don’t really care and this is the kind of low-hanging-fruit Sailer post I would normally not bother commenting on — and actually who really minds that women are concerned about their looks? — I mean, with 40% of American women being obese these days, a little (or even a lot of) feminine appearance-consciousness is not at all unwelcome — even if, as in her case, it perhaps did not match up well with her literary pretensions (assuming she has any) — I guess I just decided to ignore all the boilerplate über-feminist rhetoric (“misogyny” blah blah) — she is not difficult on the eyes…

    • Replies: @eah
  176. eah says:
    @eah

    Here she is as a blonde:

    • Replies: @eah
  177. L Woods says:
    @Shawn Returns

    Yes, it’s right and proper as we all know that the “water” belongs to early blooming chads and tyrones. Your place is to act as pension plan to a used up slut.

  178. Lurker says:
    @Anon

    Indeed. And since Britain wasn’t in the EU (or even the EEC) within living memory for a non-trivial number of people its hardly invoking ancient history.

  179. black sea says:
    @JimS

    “America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash–and should be ashamed of myself if I did succeed.”

    — Nathaniel Hawthorne

  180. eah says:
    @eah

    Look at it this way: it could be worse — and by worse I mean a LOT worse — “LOL”

    • Replies: @Alden
  181. @YetAnotherAnon

    She has English-speaking parents but was taught in Welsh (how much I don’t know – learning Welsh is compulsory in Welsh schools but most schools aren’t Welsh-language only).

    That makes sense about her parents; I used to go out with a girl from North Wales who had a very similar background and similar (absence of an) accent

  182. Today is another Let’s Talk About My Body day at the NYT:

    MODERN LOVE COLLEGE ESSAY CONTEST
    I Can’t Hate My Body if I Love Hers
    Sometimes it takes seeing yourself in someone else to appreciate your own health and beauty.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/style/modern-love-college-cant-hate-my-body-if-i-love-hers.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

  183. I hope the iSteve commentariat haven’t been uncomplimentary about her on Twitter. Bad form, attack her foolishness and ‘politics’, if that’s what you can call parroting someone else’s ideas, but while “brain dead tart twat” etc is OK in the rough and tumble of an iSteve comments session, it’s not nice in your timeline, especially when you’re used to being told how wonderful you are.

    I can see the Guardian piece now – “my sexist troll hell” only translated into SJW-ese.

    “I thought I knew what misogyny was. Then I became a target for the alt-Right/internet Nazis/incel haters”

    She’s not brain dead anyway, she just believes everything her lecturers, teachers and the TV tell her. Which would have been fine in 1955, just not now. After all, why would they want to tell her lies? And once you start going down that rabbit hole things get genuinely unsettling.

  184. kikz says:
    @anonymous

    *eyeroll* vapid twit. @anon…. there are women, real women, who cannot abide these navel gazing ninnies. as a woman, an older woman, it’s disheartening that so many of my sex really don’t have the wits to be allowed out in public w/out a minder. navigating in public among wandering, usually obnoxious, and at times physically dangerous bovine/hircic/ovine homegrown varieties is maddening; but even worse, are the newer imports…

  185. @Daniel H

    She has to have connections.

    A lot better off than most novelists.

  186. @Neil Templeton

    Neil, since you do not credit this comment to anyone else, I must assume it is your work. Well stated, very well stated. Probably an apt replacement for the Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  187. Didn’t we just have a discussion about only reading litcrit instead of bothering to read any actual books? In her case this might be entirely justified.

    As far as looks, she just strikes me as a Renee Zellweger gone horribly wrong

  188. Fenris says:

    Not sure if anyone has pointed this out but the lady with gray hair is clearly not the author. Look at her hands those are the hands of a women in her 70’s or 80’s, body structure too.

  189. Muggles says:

    One thing in common with all of these fem-lit “writers” is that their primary subject of their work is themselves. One assumes that they get up at noon, position a mirror in front of their white keyboard and start bloviating about the person in the mirror.

    The local horrible newspaper on Sunday regularly runs female written laudatory reviews about such books. It is all about “me.” And mainly about how being female is oh so hard. It seldom is about anything remarkable they’ve accomplished, seen or been a part of. Just their feelings and emotions about relationships, the “bad men” around them, how unfair the world is, etc. Even the reviews largely admit this.

    Along with “coming out” memoirs by gay men, this kind of novel (these are often thinly disguised works of supposed fiction) seems to dominate what is reviewed and lauded by the tiny fraction of the public that buys them. Perhaps bitter feminist librarians and aging gays. Who knows?

    While the famous rule still applies, “write what you know” one would expect an author to move beyond the obvious autobiography. Great fiction involves writing about people and events that the author observes and understands deeply in some fashion, not mere superficial political/cultural ranting and GroupThink. And then the Lit Establishment wonders why no one is reading this narcissistic pap.

    • Replies: @Logan
  190. Logan says:
    @L Woods

    Well, sort of.

    But if you compare the lives of most American or European men to that of their great-grandfathers, they are really pampered.

    Pre-mechanization farming was not easy.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @Anonymous
  191. L Woods says:
    @Logan

    Yes, it’s a paradox. Life has never been easier, yet also never more pointless.

    • Agree: Logan
  192. Alden says:
    @Thea

    Maybe she means physical bodies with our brains and emotions? Who knows what she means, who cares. At least this girly drivel is better than the endless blacks good, Whites evil Lenin Stalin Mao Castro good, America bad, garbage the Slimes has published for the last 100 years.

  193. Alden says:
    @Kent Nationalist

    Those strange colors are very cute, especially on Asian girls because black hair is borrrrring. I actually like it. One reason those pretty pastels are so stylish right now is because women’s clothes are so dowdy, boring and colorless. Blackety blackety black and a bit of gray, maybe a hideous dark maroon ugly baggy long shapeless tops, beige and black shapeless baggy dresses yuck. So since it’s not easy to find clothes in pretty colors, its easier to just dye the hair a pretty color.

    You do’t read fashion magazines do you? Even magazines like Elle are now doing articles on tattoos. The magazines for teens and young women have been doing them for years. Tattoos are now acceptable as main stream women’s fashion. I haven’t seen an article about tattoos in Vogue or Harper’s yet but I bet they are coming.

    • Replies: @Random Smartaleck
  194. Logan says:
    @Colin Wright

    Well, sort of.

    But if you compare the lives of most American or European men to that of their great-grandfathers, they are really pampered.

    Pre-mechanization farming was not easy.

  195. Logan says:
    @Muggles

    Same is true of apparently most of the “literature” produced by “writers of color.”

    I was doing a job in a home of a black doctor a couple of weeks ago. He had a large and well-stocked bookcase. Since I’m always nosy, I scoped it out. My jaw dropped.

    Aside from medical books, I think every one of well over a hundred books was about “the black experience” in one way or another.

    Apparently nothing is of the slightest interest to him other than medicine and his blackness.

    I find it almost impossible to imagine being that self-absorbed.

  196. Alden says:
    @anonymous

    She’s a N European pushing 30. That means she’s getting some gray hairs. Tune in, for the next 40 years she can write about the slowly creeping gray until it turns totally grayish White.

    Why don’t you guys write about your struggles with hair loss and graying and submit it to the Slimes?
    To get plugs or not to get plugs; that is the question.

    If they don’t accept it, threaten to sue for sex discrimination. Ask a black friend to write about their struggles with shaving kinky beards. Speaking of beards, sometimes they have a lot of red hair and when men get old the beard hair often is whiter or darker than the head hair. What with both face and scalp hair, men have a lot more to work with when writing about hair. Isn’t it hard to trim a beard so it looks even. And the dreadful burden of shaving every day!!!!!!!!!!! You could write a book about that. What do homeless men do about shaving?

    Get with it! Join the crowd! Start whining about men’s hair issues!!!

  197. Alden says:
    @eah

    See what I mean? The pink hair color is the only thing about her that is not horribly hideous. It’s the most attractive thing about her. It’s not intrinsically attractive, but it is less hideous than the rest of her. Fashion tip. Women with fat flabby arms should never ever never ever wear sleeveless tops. She has tattoos that draw attention to the flabby arms. The hair color coordinates with the pink blotches on her baggy shapeless dress or top.

    It is the era of ugly women.

  198. Alden says:
    @JimDandy

    Patterson, Grisham Ludlum Lescroft Balducchi Lee Childs who does Jack Reacher, Kellerman and dozen other White men crank out their best selling fill in the template books every year

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  199. Alden says:
    @Cortes

    The lowest height for women in the American military is 4’10. Could that possibly be true?

  200. @L Woods

    Only iSteve boomers could possibly find this soft 4 “quite attractive.”

    It’s cool to have eccentric opinions, but you shouldn’t confuse them for what everyone else is thinking.

  201. anon[370] • Disclaimer says:

    she’s quite taken with herself

  202. @Alden

    Tattoos are now acceptable as main stream women’s fashion.

    I’m an individual… just like everybody else!

    • LOL: Alden
    • Replies: @Alden
  203. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Shawn Returns

    So swim through the caramel until you can reach the water.

  204. Look she isn’t even a real person.

    She is a manufactured image created by the celebrity industry to fill a niche that was invented a while ago and will now therefore never die (the niche ((pronounced nitch, peasants)), I mean, will never die, although the people inhabiting the niche are periodically replaced).

    I guess you would have to call it the spoiled crabby little rich girl thinly-veiled autobiography writer niche. Case in point, exhibit A: the lovely! the inimitable! the Elizabeth Wurtzel!

    It’s like they have all these niches now.

    There’s the headbanger bat-eater niche (Alice Cooper, Ozzie Osborne, Marilyn Manson, . . . etc.)
    There’s the fat lovable black woman singer-actor niche, otherwise known as the Della Reese niche, currently squatted in by somebody actually named Queen (remember when heroes of B movies used to all bear that regally ambiguous Christian name, “King”? Those were the days) who can’t hold a candle to good ol’ Della.

    Can you think of other niches, kids?

  205. @Buffalo Joe

    Thanks, Joe. I appreciate all of your comments. Memorial Day is a time to remember why the heavens rain this time every year, to rinse the soil of blood and give the flowers a drink.

  206. JimDandy says:
    @Alden

    I was referring to the genre of “literary fiction” where even anointed dweebs like this are becoming persona non grata.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/magazine/jonathan-franzen-is-fine-with-all-of-it.html

    • Replies: @Alden
  207. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Logan

    Farming is still a hell of a lot of work.

  208. Dare to be different!

    Everyone’s doing it.

  209. Alden says:
    @JimDandy

    I’ve heard of Jonathan Franzen. But I don’t know what literary fiction means. Is it the opposite of popular page turners like Susan Brown and Grisham?

  210. Alden says:
    @Random Smartaleck

    I think tattoos are disgusting.

    But I saw a very interesting one. She had dead black hair maybe dark naturally and then dyed, brown eyes and very very white pale skin. She had on a longsleeved high necked fitted black top and a mid knee length fitted straight black skirt. She was small boned slim and not curvaceous.

    On the back of one very white leg was a black cat. It wasn’t cross hatched, it was solid black except for the face which had eyes mouth features. Anyway, the cat’s head was just below the knee where the leg swells and the cat’s demurely crossed feet were at the ankle where the leg is smallest. The tail was curved around the cat’s legs.

    It was really something to see and a splendid example of tattoo art and the right tattoo for the right girl. And she was a girl, very young. It was very very well done and probably cost a lot of money.

    Luckily, none of the girls in my large family ever wanted to get a tattoo. Maybe its the effect of being growing up conservative reaction to the counter culture in crazy liberal San Francisco.

    Tattoos are stylish now and for the last 40 years. But most people conform to prevailing styles. When tattoos hit rich old lady Harper’s, Vogue, the Sak’s catalog and WWW we’ll know that;

    WE ARE DOOMED

  211. @Thea

    ““I don’t know what “human longing meets our animal bodies” means, but … Rowwwwrrrr!”

    My guess is it’s about adultery.”

    In Wales it’s called sheep shagging.

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