Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Boys will be Boys

The Colonel returned to his Irishman's Diary duties today (after a weekend of solemn reflection) in typical form - looking to boot our former president squarely in the trousers, while indulging in a fine bit of gender fatalism.

On the bill this Tuesday was (yawn) yet another Myersian attack on "liberal and ideological disingenuousness", this time perpetrated by Ex-Pres. Mary Robinson, whose recent Irish Times article caused the Colonel to foam at the nostrils in righteous rage.

The topic of the Robinson piece (which, alas, I was unable to source…thanks a million subscription-only Irish Times) seems to have been the persistence, despite advances made in the last 50 years or so, of "gender based violence" (or GBV as the Colonel fatuously calls it).

Myers first takes issue with the opening paragraph of Robinson's piece which, he informs us, spoke of "A cloak of silence [covering] one of the world's most widespread and persistent human rights abuses", i.e. 'gender based violence', involving victims who are "mainly women and children." Instead of focusing on the real substance of the issue under discussion, the Colonel instead fixates on the use of the phrase "cloak of silence", declaring that "this is very probably the most idiotic and inaccurate opening paragraph it has ever been my misfortune to read."

Hmmm…well if nothing else the above statement proves, as we've long suspected, that the Col. clearly doesn't re-read his own stuff (that sorry job is left to us).

Moving on, Myers shocks us with his internet savvy by declaring that he "[Googled] 'violence against women'", and found "4,580,000 non-specific global items". If the Colonel has become au fait with Google, how long can it be before his frantic searching leads him to our door? Surely it's only a matter of time…so quick, everyone, let's hide behind the sofa and pretend we're not at home!

Anyway, you can make your own minds up, dear readers, about what these Google stats tell us about the "cloak of silence" in question , but we need to press on, as the 'good stuff' is yet to come. Feeling that the sex of which he is a vigorous and potent representative is taking it on the chin a bit from Ms. Robinson, the Colonel launches into a bout of 'spade-a-spade-ism':
Cut to the chase. We all know that men are capable of the most appalling infamies - the atrocities in Darfur, the suicide bombings in Iraq, the "honour killings" of rape victims in Muslim countries, the catastrophe of the Congo, and the joys of Yugoslavia.
All of which, I suppose, one would have to put in the minus column (along with the Irishman's Diary of course). But hark!
Unsocialised, this is what men do - but far more to other men, as it happens, than to women and children.
I see. Ah well, that's alright then. Boys will be boys! However…
We also paint the Sistine Chapel, put a man on the moon, create grand opera and invent antibiotics.
Good for us. Hoorah! I feel like getting the lads round and toasting our collective ingenuity. I don't, mind you, actually remember helping to paint the Sistine Chapel, but I'm sure there's some tangential responsibility on my part. So what, Colonel, have the ladies done in comparison?
Name me a female composer, a female artist, a female war criminal. Not impossible, but. . .
You're right Colonel, it's not impossible. In fact it's remarkably easy, at least as far as the first two are concerned. The only reason anyone would find it remotely difficult would be if they had ignored the cultural products of the last century and a half, which (you can be sure) the Col. is only too happy to do. I'll leave it to our female readers to pitch in with lists if they feel the need, though there really isn't any necessity (Myers probably won't have heard of any of them anyway).

Moving towards a conclusion, the Colonel informs us that Ms. Robinson (or 'Robbo' as he dubs her) explains the "root causes" of "gender-based violence" as lying in "the imbalance in power relations and gender equality." Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously like a 'liberal' red rag to the Myersian Bull (& I mean bull), and so it proves:
Not true. The root causes are not institutional but hormonal. Long before the first king was crowned or the first law promulgated, man was violent towards other men and towards women.
Well there you are. We just can't help ourselves. It's all in the blood. Just a simple case, to use a term reactionaries are inordinately fond of, of 'human nature'.

Now I must away and find mah shootin' iron. I've got a hankering to do me some violence. Woo hoo!



Blogger EWI said...

and invent antibiotics.

Umm, Marie Curie?

11:10 p.m.  
Blogger fústar said...

Not to mention innumerable female artists, writers, musicians, songwriters, composers etc etc, et bloody cetera.

It's all perfectly daft, and little more than the ramblings of someone who only gets off on the (sanctioned) 'great works' of people with a cock and balls.

12:29 a.m.  
Blogger Copernicus said...

Catherine (my bird) points us in the direction of Gentileschi. A very significant talent and continuing influence on painters of every genital hue.


1:23 a.m.  
Blogger Copernicus said...

Sometimes, one gets the impression that the GBV from which Myers thinks the female of the species suffers is none other than Grevious Bodily Vagina.

2:14 p.m.  
Blogger fústar said...

Aside from his numerous other failings, the Col. is a cultural snob of the worst kind: happy to wallow in the same old turgid, 'highbrow', shit that has sustained cultural snobs for generations. I vividly recall, years ago during his beardy "Challenging Times" days, him describing the late, great Johnny Cash as "perfectly dreadful", or some such.

Of course, back then we students thought the Col. was great gas, and that the pompous bore persona was all an act that meshed well, in some incongruous way, with the studenty vibe of the show.

Little did we know...

I'd be intrigued to see how much music/art/film of the last 30 years that Myers is actually familiar with. Perhaps we could send him a questionnaire?

2:52 p.m.  
Blogger Copernicus said...

We may have had a visit from the Colonel himself!

If you check our stat meter below, you will notice a couple of hits from Kilteel County Kildare. Kilteel is near the N81 on the way to Ballymore Eustace and hath not the Colonel himself described the wonders of that place and the horrors of getting the bus from there through Tallaght, packed to the rafters as it is with smoke-ban ignoring proles.

Actually, have to agree with the Colonel on the last point.

Of course, our dear Kilteel reader may be some blameless soul, popping in for a quick browse and not Ireland's greatest living polemicist - after Cruiskeen Eile that is.

3:02 p.m.  
Blogger Laughman said...

"...Ireland's greatest living polemicist"

What's Eamon Dunphy got to do with this?

3:12 p.m.  
Blogger Copernicus said...

Isn't Dunph on three months hols? Does that count as being alive?

3:19 p.m.  
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