Christmas draws nearer, and as is to be expected, things get busier. Grades were finally turned in yesterday. A few small presents remain to be bought; I expect to have them done by tomorrow afternoon. On Sunday, I'll be off to England for ten days, for a family New Year's gathering in Exeter.
I don't know what to do about this fellow who, using various internet addresses, posts here and elsewhere as "Hugo." He is what is evidently to be referred to as a troll, and seems part of the movement of MEN (Misogynistic Embittered Neanderthals, and I say that with sincere affection.) I do trust that my readers are clever enough to distinguish my comments from his! Right?
UPDATE: It is interesting to note that men's rights guys tend to use the same slurs in coming after pro-feminist men. Their attacks seem to fall into one of four categories:
1. Pro-feminist men are lapdogs; weak, frightened, and under the control of strong, feminist women.
2. Alternatively, pro-feminist men are "wolves in sheep's clothing", sexual predators using a facade of compassion to attract victims. Pro-feminism is a slick tactic designed to help "score" with certain women.
3. Pro-feminist men are gay, and thus not "real men".
4. Pro-feminist men are filled with self-loathing. To be involved in the feminist movement is likened to psychological self-castration. Pro-feminist men are filled with rage at other males (perhaps rooted in bad experiences with their fathers, or being picked on after school), and thus align themselves with feminists to get revenge.
Most of the vitriol tends to place men in the movement into one or more of these four categories. Feel free to classify the troll attacks accordingly!
Do you have any idea the cognitive dissonance I deal with? I am timid, and passive -- yet predatory. I am gay -- yet controlled by the women with whom I am in relationship. And all of my work with men and boys is really a cover for my own intense self-hatred. I get a headache just thinking about it!
Things I've been reading:
Ralph Luker at Cliopatria on Martin Luther King and plagiarism (new insight -- from an expert -- on the old story).
The growing number of "Top 5" posts at Bob Carlton's place, from bloggers familar to me and new. I still am happy with my own top five, though I have certainly got a few runners up of which I am proud, like this and this.
Lisa at Feminist Mormon Housewives has this provocative post on anger, vindictiveness, and forgiveness.
Graham at Leaving Munster provides a useful thumbnail sketch of anabaptism.
Amanda has a fine feminist analysis of "it's a Wonderful Life".
Lynn, in a long and superb post, touches on mercy and sexuality, among other things.