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Via Jill Filipovic, Milo Yiannopoulos describes the inevitable rape scene in the posthumously published Ayn Rand pseudo-novel:

Another reason people get upset about Rand and sex is that her ideal intimate encounters always seem to be pseudo-rapes. Naturally, the sex-negative, authoritarian modern feminist movement gasps in shock at the suggestion that consensually ambiguous encounters might be thrilling for both parties.

It’s been a while, but I don’t recall anything “ambiguous” about the rape scenes in the previous novels. As for the new old one, Filipovic has the text right here:

“She lay dressed, on his bed, and her one hand hung over the edge, white in the darkness. She jerked her head up and he could guess her eyes on the pale blot of her face. She felt his teeth sinking into her hand. She struggled ferociously, her muscles tense, hard, sharp as an animal’s. ‘Keep still,’ he whispered hoarsely into her throat. ‘You can’t call for help!’
She did not call for help…

That word “ambiguity,” I do not think it etc. The fact the review starts off with logic on a par with “you call yourself a feminist, yet you disagree with Phyllis Schafly, make up your mind!” As Filipovic goes on to say:

Perhaps Rand’s largest talent lies not in her status as the mother of Objectivism, but her ability to play the Cool Girl, even posthumously, in the minds of men whose view of women is colored by both desire and revulsion. You’re not a misogynist if your hero is Ayn Rand, and Ayn Rand is the ultimate shield and sword for the kind of arguments regularly entered into by the kind of man who worships Ayn Rand. Ayn Rand wouldn’t care that you called her a slut on the internet. Ayn Rand doesn’t think it’s rape if you hold her down and shove your dick in her without permission. Ayn Rand probably drinks whiskey and plays beer pong and has always had way more guy friends because girls cause so much drama. She’s the Sociopathic Pixie Dream Girl.

Rand’s admiration for murderers also seems relevant here…

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  • gmack

    Man, what I wouldn’t give to have come up with the “Sociopathic Pixie Dreamgirl” line.

    • Bruce Leroy

      yeah, that’s really a masterpiece of a line

      • Aimai

        Yup. It needed to be invented. And then: suddenly it was.

        • LeeEsq

          Sociopathic Pixie Dreamgirl sounds like a good name for a punk rock band.

          • Tyto

            I was thinking William Gibson short story title.

            • joe from Lowell

              Album title.

              • troll

                I am a troll.

        • LeeEsq

          Sociopathic Pixie Dreamgirl sounds like a good name for a punk rock band.

          • Aimai

            It sounds like the elevator pitch for the next Season of Teen Wolf.

            • Hogan
              • Barry Freed

                Ah Anya. RIP.

              • Aimai

                She wasn’t really a manic pixie dream girl, though. But I acknowledge the hit!

                • Barry Freed

                  More demon than pixie, certainly.

          • troll

            troll

            • Malaclypse

              You have dumpprints Sweattie.

              One of yours is spelling, while another is punctuation. A third is how much space I occupy in your head. I bet it sucks, knowing I’m out there, smarter than you, better paid, with a family that loves me, while you sit there, alone with your bile.

              I feel sad for you, to be honest.

              • wjts

                Ease up on Jenny. I’m pretty sure something awful prompted today’s moron storm. Maybe the forklift from his Small Business rolled under the couch and he can’t reach it?

                • Malaclypse

                  Worse still – Fisher-Price people just voted to join a union. Can you imagine the list of grievances Jennie’s are likely to bring?

        • dilan

          I doubt I am saying anything anyone here doesn’t know, but Jill Filipovic is a VERY good writer. She has singlehandedly made the Cosmopolitan Magazine website a site worth visiting.

          • troll

            trolling

      • troll

        this is my life. This is what i do.

  • Susan of Texas

    I am working on the same subject and found the following quote.

    Barbara Branden: “In childhood, and all of her life, it appears that her most intense scorn was reserved for women. That scorn was evident in her recollections of childhood, and, equally, it is the impression of many of the people who knew her in later years. Even before adolescence, she was what she later called “an anti-feminist. I regard man as a superior value.” In her writing during that period, what interested her was to create a conflict for a hero, a conflict aimed at the achievement of some serious purpose; in her stories, it was the man, not the woman, who represented the qualities of struggle and purpose,” Braden said. Rand did not believe a woman’s place was in the home but Rand said “women as such don’t interest me.”

    Rand, Branden said, defined femininity as hero worship. Dagny pants and begs like a puppy in Atlas Shrugged. Conquest is the only goal in life therefore in a sexual relationship the woman must be conquered by the superiority of the male, who is degraded by his passion because the woman made him forget reason and business long enough to have sex.

    I guess if you can’t muster up the courage to talk to a woman it all sounds very exciting but Rand would never qualify for her own criteria.

    Also, Milo is probably reading the post right now and wondering how to leverage it into more attention.

    • LeeEsq

      Ayn Rand is really good evidence that Fraud might have been on to something when he kept harping about the importance of child trauma. Her unique persona and belief system seems to come from both the internal family drama of having a really bad mother and growing up as a middle class Jew during the late Tsarist and early Communist periods in Russia. The combination of emotional abusive childhood and the instability of the external world doesn’t create stable, happy people.

    • LeeEsq

      Ayn Rand is really good evidence that Fraud might have been on to something when he kept harping about the importance of child trauma. Her unique persona and belief system seems to come from both the internal family drama of having a really bad mother and growing up as a middle class Jew during the late Tsarist and early Communist periods in Russia. The combination of emotional abusive childhood and the instability of the external world doesn’t create stable, happy people.

      • Susan of Texas

        Absolutely. Her father only paid attention to her when she said something smart. She grew up to respect nothing but intelligence. Her father lost his business in the revolution and she grew up to think running a business was the only worthy achievement in life and government interference was always evil. Her mother scolded her constantly to be more like other little girls and told her that she never wanted her in the first place; Rand grew up to hate women. Rand was plain and pudgy, and grew up to idolize an Ubermensch ideal of tall blondes.

        Her books were fantasies of sexual conquests and monetary success and the knowledge that she was right and everyone else was wrong.

      • tsam

        LOL FRAUD (Freud?)

        Slippin’ bro

        • joe from Lowell

          Man, I hate Freud. He’s just, like, this big, giant spear stabbing into my guts and making me nothing.

          Ya know?

          • Karate Bearfighter

            +1, with “1” being an unconscious representation of the phallus

            • tsam

              I sure could use a cigar right about now…

              • I’d respond, but the train I’m on is about to go into a tunnel.

                • tsam

                  Mmmmmmm tunnel.

                  Whoa-did I just say that out loud?

                • Ahuitzotl

                  careful not to let that surf spume all over you

        • LeeEsq

          Considering what the consensus on Freud seems to be these days, Fruad seems about right or at least fortuitous.

          • KmCO

            “Fraud” suggests that Freud was out to intentionally mislead or dupe people, which is pretty obviously false. And the “consensus” is not as simple as you might believe. The man had some solid, accurate ideas (among others, the preeminence of childhood experiences in shaping the human being and the need to resolve underlying emotional trauma in order to successfully mature). He also had some inaccurate or off-base ideas, most notably that of penis envy and some of the particulars of his psychosexual model.

            • Redwood Rhiadra

              My mother is a licensed psychologist. What she says about Freud is that essentially all of his theories are based on his refusal to believe that his very good buddies were molesting their daughters.

              • random

                She’s reciting an existing, but well-justified conventional wisdom about his work involving childhood sexual trauma.

                While this clearly was the case in regards to his most famous work, the man had a ton of work outside of that, much of it absolutely brilliant and to a large degree ahead of his time. Nobody ever talks about Freud’s theory of language acquisition, all you ever hear about is dicks and mom-jerking.

            • The best that can be said about Freud is probably that he pioneered ways of thinking about human development, and wrongly believed that what he’d discovered about himself and his patients was true of everyone (that, and the backtracking over sex abuse of children, and the fact that some of his “discoveries” we’re even more idiosyncratic than that suggests, and that he was basically a tyrant to his colleagues who couldn’t stand the slightest dissent on the most trivial topics, but viewed it as a deep betrayal). The idea that well brought up young men learn to suppress their sex drive until marriage through a process that involves falling in love with their mothers and swearing off women, who naturally make them think of their mothers, until forced into marriage by a shock to the system of some kind, is probably untrue.

              Though frankly, the scene quoted, read backwards, reads like the report of a rape by a woman who’d been subjected to a poorly trained wannabe Freudian: you didn’t call for help, you say? Hmmm. Why could that be? Perhaps you didn’t want to call for help?

              • John F

                The idea that well brought up young men learn to suppress their sex drive until marriage through a process that involves falling in love with their mothers and swearing off women, who naturally make them think of their mothers, until forced into marriage by a shock to the system of some kind, is probably untrue.

                probably?

              • random

                The best that can be said about Freud is probably that he pioneered ways of thinking about human development,

                Let’s be fair to the guy here: he was one of the most important thinkers of the last 2 centuries, he was brilliant and its very hard to over-estimate his influence on both art and science. The things he’s wrong about, he’s wrong about those things in a manner that is characteristic of the time and place in which he lived.

        • troll

          I’m not fooling anyone but that doesn’t stop me.

          • tsam

            Your mom does fools

      • William Berry

        “Fraud might have been . . .”

        Was that a Fraudian slip?

        ETA: Well, I should have read the other replies before posting my throw-away.

      • troll

        trolling

      • troll

        red-baiting trolling

      • troll

        trolling the day away

  • Ktotwf

    Milo Yiannopoulos is basically Vox Day with, at best, half the talent for trolling.

    • Matty

      I don’t know. It takes a certain amount of skeezy talent to ride the GamerGate wave as hard as he has.

      • EvanHarper

        Especially when literally the last thing he wrote about video games before #GamerGate was about how video games are for ‘frustrated beta male’ ‘weirdos who need therapy,’ and undoubtedly contribute to IRL shooting rampages.

        • random

          The previous history of hating on video games is true of several of the prominent figures with garden gnomes.

          Being successful with garden gnomes requires precisely one ability: the ability to write articles that agree with the garden gnomes. If you can consistently do that, then you too can ride the gatorwave.

      • random

        Anyone willing to push garden gnome party line and doctrine could do the same. Look at the august company he shares.

        • Malaclypse

          My google-fu is weak, and I suspect the garden-gnome thing is funny. Can you please to explain?

          • Hogan

            Maybe GamerGate => GG -> garden gnome?

          • random

            Garden gnome is a synonym for gators or GG people. People who are really into #gorillagenuflection a lot.

            (I have a plugin on my browser that changes that hashtag to random other words beginning with g, so I can’t type it for you.)

        • witlesschum

          Yes, this. GamerGate has approximately the same standards for allies as my mother’s beloved golden retriever.

          • One of the funniest parts of the whole GG thing was when the singer of the band Disturbed, he of the ALL-CAPS TWEETING, expressed support for it, and then later on noticed that the “movement” was chock full of anti-Semites.

      • troll

        still trolling.

    • troll

      homophobic trolling

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  • LeeEsq

    Somebody is going to do research with declassified Soviet documents and find out that Ayn Rand was a deep level Soviet agent whose task was to create a justification for capitalism that would be too revolting for Americans. Like most Soviet experiments, it failed miserably.

    • Aimai

      Really very funny,Lee. Perfect.

      • LeeEsq

        Random KGB member: Comrade Stalin, I have bad news.

        Stalin: What is it?

        Random KGB member: Agent Rand seems to have failed in her mission.

        Stalin: Who is Agent Rand?

        Random KGB member: She is a deep level operative. She was supposed to pose as a Soviet refugee and come up with a justification for capitalism so horrible that not even the Americans could support it. So she writes long and horribly written novels about businessman that rape women and kill hundreds of people and get away with it because they are awesome capitalists.

        Stalin: And the problem?

        Random KGB agent: Americans love her books and Hollywood even turned one of them, the Fountainhead, into a movie starring Gary Cooper.

        Stalin: So your saying that nothing could turn Americans away from capitalism?

        Random KGB agent: Seems so.

        Stalin: I have a feeling the next few decades are going to be long and tedious for the Revolution.

        • troll

          trolling

        • troll

          trolling

          • jim, some guy in iowa

            actually it’s her literary skills we find unforgivable

            • Ahuitzotl

              she had literary skills?

    • Linnaeus

      Hard to say of whom that speaks worse.

    • random

      While we’ll likely never know for sure, this theory is not at all implausible.

      The Soviets at the time were deeply invested in training and sending agent provacateurs abroad to do pretty much exactly what Rand was doing.

      We know that she worked loyally for the Red Army for a few years, the written evidence for her supposed hatred of communism comes only after that time period, the story about her upbringing and experiences during the revolution are also not contemporaneous but came later and could very easily be fabrications.

      And yes, her philosophy reads like a laundry-list of communist claims and beliefs about capitalism, or arguments that communists employed to turn Americans against capitalism.

      I’m not saying she was a communist agent, but if she was an agent her biography would look pretty much exactly like it does now.

      • John F

        I think capitalism to her was what satanism was to Anton LaVey*- on the one hand they were attracted to it because it was “forbidden”- so in effect they were attracted by the “idea.”

        Rand was attracted to this “idea” of Capitalism (as identified and vilified by the Russian communists) moreso than she was attracted to, or even cared to understand real life capitalism. Likewise LaVey was attracted to the idea of satanism, but really had no interest in what satanism (or paganism or Wicca) really was.

        *Yes I picked him because his philosophy/ethos on how humans should behave was remarkably similar to Rand’s… except I think Rand’s was even more amoral than LaVey’s.

        • random

          Problem there is that the Communists were atheists, which was incredibly unpopular with a US audience.

          And Ayn Rand kept that part.

          So she wasn’t just going with ‘the other’ in some uniform manner, which would have meant espousing Christianity. She went out of her way to ignore the existing body of capitalist writing (which held that it was a good thing for people) to instead associate capitalism with amorality, exploitation, selfishness, literal rape, and….atheism.

          That’s more consistent with her being a Communist agent then with her reflexively hating all things Communist.

          • troll

            still trolling away

      • troll with a mad crush on malaclypse

        trolling

    • John F

      Back in the 80s one of my Profs was an old red, when asked by a college republican stooge when the communist revolution was going to take place in the US, he replied, “never, unless the objectivists ever manage to take over… then 2-3 years tops”

    • Like that movie with Angelina Jolie where she’s brought up in a replica US society so she’ll act completely normally.

      • tsam

        Salty

    • Malaclypse

      On the same line, I’ve often said that George W Bush’s Presidency makes a lot more sense if you assume that he was a highly intelligent, incredibly successful Iranian secret agent.

      • troll

        I just can’t stop!

      • witlesschum

        Matt Yglesias wrote a blog post on that theme way back when. It continues to be basically correct.

      • troll

        trolling

    • troll

      trolling away

    • troll

      trolling

    • Phil Perspective

      Except that Rand helped spawn Alan Greenspan. And we know what happened there. At least the end result.

  • Nick056

    Rand’s other romantic fantasy is embedded in the Atlas Shrugged love triangle. Dagny Taggert’s first guy backs away politely when Galt enters the scene because Galt is the Awesomest Capitalist, and that takes care of any bruised feelings or realistic emotion. Instead it’s just: the heroine trades up from Awesome Capitalist to Awesomest Capitalist, no one bats an eye, relationships are a function of philosophical and intellectual admiration (read: the extent to which the other person inflates your ego) and anything that would get in the way of that is emotional socialism.

    • LeeEsq

      Polyamorists should take note that Ayn Rand was something of an early but indirect advocacy of it.

      • Linnaeus

        Only insofar as it served her ends and when she could control the situation, from what I can tell.

      • Hob

        Er… why do we need to take note of that? There is a horrible advocate out there for just about any way of life you can think of.

        • Origami Isopod

          Agreed. How many horrible advocates are out there for “One man, one woman”?

          • joe from Lowell

            Are you talking about those dudes who propose marriage on the jumbotron?

            • sharculese

              Not all sporting-event proposals are created equal. One of my good friends was proposed to at a minor league hockey game because that was where they had their first date. At their reception, their centerpiece them was teams they had seen together.

              • brownian

                That sounds sweet. I wish my wife and I had interests.

              • ColBatGuano

                Not all sporting-event proposals are created equal

                This deserves a hashtag.

        • LeeEsq

          Sorry, its been a long day.

        • troll

          troll

  • sharculese

    Naturally, the sex-negative, authoritarian modern feminist movement

    It’s ever so adorable when wingnuts think they’ve score a rhetorical victory by appropriating terminology they very obviously don’t understand.

    • tsam

      Wrong words to say “buncha frigid dykes”

      • Linnaeus

        Except when they have sex with others. Then they’re Slutty McSluttersons.

        • brownian

          Exactly. For such sex-positive fellas (and sympathetic female friends), they’re super mad about Zoe Quinn consensually having it.

          • Scott Lemieux

            Yeah, Quinn’s consensual sexual liaisons being the very center of the “scandal” really gives away the show.

        • witlesschum

          While simultaneously being unfuckable harpies.

          The feminist is a tricksy bird.

    • Lee Rudolph

      To be fair, it isn’t entirely clear that the use of “the” isn’t understood.

      Oh, wait. Yes, it is.

      • Vance Maverick

        Indeed, in other hands that might indicate a distinction between the movement in question and others, variously sex-positive and authoritarian, sex-negative and anarchic, etc.

    • Sly

      The number of anti-feminists I’ve encountered who can adequately define and differentiate First, Second, and Third Wave feminism lies between -1 and 1. Mostly it boils down to “Phyllis Schafley, Christina Hoff Summers, and that FUCKING BITCH Anita Sarkeesian.”

      • Ann Outhouse

        The number of anti-feminists I’ve encountered who have any clue at all what feminism is lies between -1 and 1.

    • troll

      homophobic, one-handed trolling

    • troll

      homophobic, disturbing, one-handed trolling

    • troll

      I am one creepy dude.

    • troll

      homophobic trolling

    • troll

      disturbing homophobic trolling

      • tsam

        Your mom does queers

      • Gregor Sansa

        I am curious how Jenny does it. I appreciate the cleanup work but I have to wonder if there isn’t a way that some extra programming could make the cleanup easier. But since I don’t know how many different accounts or IPs it uses per thread I don’t know what exactly would be most helpful.

        • Today’s clean-up is truly LOL funny.

          • Pat

            It really is.

          • ColBatGuano

            I have to complement the regular posters on not responding to the troll’s comments.

        • Hob

          It doesn’t take a lot of technical skill to get around an email- or IP-based block. What I don’t get is how trolls can still do name-stealing here – doesn’t WordPress enforce uniqueness of user names??

          • jim, some guy in iowa

            the username you register under, yes, but the screen name is changeable

    • troll

      creepy homophobic trolling

  • Lee Rudolph

    off-topic (unless the topic is “things you wish you could unread”):

    James Hansen has a new study coming out that says that sea level rise of 10ft by 2100 is likely, even under optimistic emissions scenarios. That means probably 2-3 feet by 2050. That’s over twice the pace of rise as predicted by the IPCC models that don’t take into account meltwater feedback in the antarctic.

    By the time my daughter is my age, Miami won’t be a thing, and on the order of 1% of humanity will be climate refugees. This is stuff that I will probably see.

    • Gregor Sansa

      Oops, I’d changed my nym as a joke. The above is me.

      • Aimai

        I’m planning to go blind.Rightbefore I drown. That takes the edge off.

        • Wood alcohol FTW!

      • Bill Murray

        sure, you dirty nym-jacker. Why should we believe you now

        • Warren Terra

          In all seriousness – WTF? Why was Gregor nymjacking? I mean, if you wanted to mock or satirize “Commenter X” I could see renaming yourself “The Voices In Commenter X’s Head” or some such, but even in a thread where you think your intent will be clear actually renaming yourself “Commenter X” is beyond the pale, isn’t it?

          • It’s a leftover from the defacing CSA memorials thread. It made sense in context there.

          • Gregor Sansa

            It was a direct reply to Lee Rudolph, who was complaining about Jenny’s nymjacking (Jenny pretended to be Malaclypse recognizing a non-Jenny commenter as Jenny, which nobody fell for but was still kinda WTF). Whether or not you think the joke was funny, it was pretty clearly harmless.

            • Lao-Tse

              The nym that can be jacked is not the true nym.

              • joe from Lowell

                Lao-Tse is not going to enlighten you, Jennie.

                • Lee Rudolph

                  Enlighten a man with a keisaku and he will be enlightened the rest of his life. Enlighten him with a blowtorch? Same difference!

                • Malaclypse

                  Having now seen that thread, I feel so very meta.

                • Lee Rudolph

                  I never meta me I wasn’t not.

                • Ahuitzotl

                  nice to meta you, then

      • Gregor Sansa

        In modern armed conflicts, you often get on the order of 100 refugees per 1 dead civilian. So in other words: if my daughter reaches my mother’s age, by that time climate change will have killed a large enough number of people, so that if those people had been killed by war, the entire population of earth would wish they could leave and find a better-taken-care-of planet. Even if that other planet’s caretakers treated us all like shit, it would still be a better deal than staying around.

    • troll

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      trolling

  • gusmpls

    “Perhaps Rand’s largest talent lies not in her status as the mother of Objectivism, but her ability to play the Cool Girl, even posthumously, in the minds of men whose view of women is colored by both desire and revulsion.” Does he realize how accurately he has characterized himself as a scary, probably self-loathing creep?

    • sharculese

      That’s Filipovic, accurately assessing Yiannopoulos.

    • wjts

      That’s Jill Filipovic writing there, not Milo Yiannopoulos.

    • Hogan

      That’s Jill, not Milo.

      • Hogan

        Double jinxed.

  • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

    My Objectivist feminist GF* in college was always vexed that I didn’t act more like a Rand protagonist. The fact that I didn’t particularly want to act like one didn’t seem to register. And the irony of that fact not registering didn’t register, either.

    * (also a Big L “I actually voted for the” Libertarian, and a trust fund kid…if you needed telling)

    • sharculese

      I was actually about to post something about how this is a thing Yiannopoulos seems not to get. Rand’s claim to objectivity extends to her aesthetic preferences as well; her argument isn’t that some people like play-acting at rape, but that rape is the ultimate expression of a man’s desire for a woman.

      At least your girlfriend recognized the logical consequences of the things she believed. That’s… slightly better.

      • Manju

        You’re objectively hot, Sharculese.

    • My Objectivist feminist GF

      And I thought “My Alternative Girlfriend” was a crap song.

    • rea

      . . . GF in college was always vexed that I didn’t act more like a Rand protagonist. The fact that I didn’t particularly want to act like one didn’t seem to register . . .

      Does she not understand that if you act like a Rand protagonist, she only gets sex if she doesn’t consent?

      • catclub

        Perhaps she is from Crete. Then if she does consent, she is lying so, she really has not consented….

        Maybe, all Cretans are libertarians.

        • Origami Isopod

          Kriti-cal theory?

        • DrDick

          Well, all libertarians are certainly cretins.

        • Ahuitzotl

          Oh. I thought you said librarians, and got all excited about visiting Crete.

    • I knew a woman who sincerely believed that any man who doesn’t act like that is either a submissive or repressed — that every person was fundamentally a top or a bottom, and anyone who claimed otherwise was just fooling themselves.

      • Ahuitzotl

        that’s an unpleasantly common theory in parts of the bdsm community.Every so often, some poseur tries to act on it.

    • Karen24

      My best friend and I have a long running joke about Libertarians that everybody had a roommate with an obnoxious lib boyfriend. You’re the first person I’ve met who had an OL girlfriend. For the sake of humanity I hope she met my roomie’s ex and they lived Objectively ever after.

      • Gabriel Ratchet

        Well, at least that way you only wind up with two miserable people rather than four.

        • Ahuitzotl

          I suspect you wind up with one confirmed OL, and one bitter breakup

  • JMP

    How the hell could anyone consider the modern feminist movement sex negative or authoritarian, unless they’re just flat-out lying to slander their political enemies – oh wait now I see it.

    • sharculese

      He’s not lying; he honestly doesn’t understand how someone could hold both that sex is good and that sex without someone who is too intoxicated to consent is bad, so he concludes that feminists hate sex.

      • JMP

        Yiannopoulos is also a big supporter of GamerGate, so he’s likely also among those creeps who believe that most rape victims really just had consensual sex and then decided to later say it was rape – just for shits and giggles, apparently – and that we should believe that the real victims are those poor rapists who have to live with “false” accusations of rape just because they forced someone to have sex with them without their consent.

        • Susan of Texas

          But that was after he mocked gamers for being losers. He is a BONERS without the charm.

        • Yes, he’s nothing more or less than a skeeve troll like Not LGF Charles Johnson.

        • slavdude

          This might explain a lot about the dude; don’t know if he’s actually done it, though.

      • random

        He’s a gator, so he’s most likely thinking of the general desire to see women in popular media portrayed as wearing context-appropriate amounts of clothing, not arbitrarily disrobing, and not being raped as a device to advance the development of a different, male character.

        That’s what he means by ‘sex-negative’.

    • Origami Isopod

      That crowd is still claiming that Valerie Solanas had any meaningful status in the feminist movement, so going back 30 years to Dworkin and MacKinnon and pretending it’s modern-day feminism is nothing to them.

      • Aimai

        Hell,going back to the Dark Ages and calling it progress is nothing to them.

    • troll

      illiterate trolling

    • troll

      trolling

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      troll

      • tsam

        Your mom does them

        • JMP

          Damn, kind of wondering what bullshit I missed there.

  • posthumously published Ayn Rand pseudo-novel

    And of course Lemieux finds the only thing that could make shit shitparade worse – the jabberings of Milo McGater on Rand and rape.

    May Salon churn out a dozen articles that begin “Even the liberal Richard Nixon…” just for you.

  • The Temporary Name

    Somehow nobody who shells out dollars for terrible books by Ayn Rand is one of the parasites* or leeches* that Ayn Rand complains about.

    *What might a rapist be?

  • Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb

    ‘Keep still,’ he whispered hoarsely into her throat.

    Rand doesn’t seem to have a tight grasp on anatomy, either.

    • wjts

      It’s particularly hard to whisper into a woman’s throat with your teeth sunk into her hand.

      • Only if you’re whispering with your mouth.

    • elm

      I caught that too. Rand’s writing was horrific. I wish Mark Twain had lived long enough to have come across her stuff. Rand makes Fenimore Cooper look like Shakespeare and Twain takedown of her work would have been epic.

  • DrDick

    More reasons to loath Rand and her morally retarded fanboys. Libertians really are sociopathic.

    • troll

      trolling

    • troll

      trolling

      • tsam

        Your mom does the government

    • troll

      trolling

      • tsam

        Your mom does the government

    • Woodrowfan

      it is a useful sign though. As soon as someone tells me they are a Rand fan I know not to take them seriously.

  • NBarnes

    +1 to ‘Sociopathic Pixie Dream Girl’ being the phrase find of the day. Probably of the month.

  • Monty

    Yiannopolous:

    Ayn Rand’s great achievement, from a conservative point of view, present in embryonic form in Ideal, was to recognize that the battle for man’s soul would be fought in the studios of Hollywood, the newsrooms of New York, and the lecture halls of Massachusetts, not in the stultifying round tables of Washington, DC. It’s a lesson the GOP has yet to learn.

    The film iteration of Fountainhead is absolutely beautiful: shot in Rand b&w with great cinematography and bizarrely surrealistic set design. Everything else comes out the novel-I wouldn’t even call it an adaptation (Rand wrote the screenplay)- complete with the robotic characters/motivation/dialogue and utterly fascist overtones.

    The Atlas Shrugged movies, on the other hand, suck mightily. No I haven’t seen them (my capacity for taste and alcohol prevents such stuff) but according to the *cough* free market it sucked: every single one has lost massive amounts of money. I did read the book; meh. It’s overly long, not to mention waaaay too obvious and preachy (and slightly creepy: for example). But I’ve read worse novels.

    As far as DC or the GOP learning the lessons of Ayn Rand, oh please. Romney/Ryan 2012 anyone? Senator Rand Paul??

  • Rob in CT

    I haven’t read Jill Filipovic in a while – I used to follow her blogging at Feministe – so thank you for bringing us her “Sociopathic Pixie Dream Girl” line. That’s perfect.

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