The Fox Without a Tail

Okay, I know I said I’d not write about Laurie Penny again but this is just too tempting. Here’s an extract from her book:

I think that it’s usually better for women to be single. Particularly young women. Particularly straight young women. Not just “all right”, not just “bearable” – actively better.

I grew up without much to do in a house full of books, one of which was The Fables of Aesop. I am reminded of this particular fable:

It happened that a Fox caught its tail in a trap, and in struggling to release himself lost all of it but the stump. At
first he was ashamed to show himself among his fellow foxes. But at last he determined to put a bolder face upon his misfortune, and summoned all the foxes to a general meeting to consider a proposal which he had to place before them. When they had assembled together the Fox proposed that they should all do away with their tails. He pointed out how inconvenient a tail was when they were pursued by their enemies, the dogs; how much it was in the way when they desired to sit down and hold a friendly conversation with one another. He failed to see any advantage in carrying about such a useless encumbrance. “That is all very well,” said one of the older foxes; “but I do not think you would have recommended us to dispense with our chief ornament if you had not happened to lose it yourself.”

I can’t think why.

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29 thoughts on “The Fox Without a Tail

  1. Laurie’s so terribly transparent in her adolescent self-absorption that I find it hard to fathom how anyone takes her seriously. I think possibly the worst thing David Stuckey did was lose his temper with her publicly; yes, of course she’s a jumped up public school girl, but that’s the point. She’s tiresome and jejune, not offensive. By getting angry with her he lent gravitas to her witterings.

  2. Has anyone located the book review that broke her heart or did she make it up?

    I’ve looked, and if a major newspaper published it in English, they’re hiding it well.

  3. I think for both men and women it makes sense to not get tied down too soon. The younger you get married the more likely you are to get divorced, and variations of this. NB: this does not mean that you should shag around. Especially for women as it lowers their SMV.

    The problem for women is that the time it takes for them to find out both who they are and what kind of partner they would like, and, as well, to ‘do the twenties thing’ is longer than it takes for them to become unattractive to men due to age. Men don’t have this issue of course.

    What would really help is if 40 really became ‘the new 30’ in more of a biological sense and less in a ‘God did 10 years really go past that quick, but I still look OK, whey party :-(‘. This would probably solve a lot of the ‘I’m 35 and I already have cats’ situations.

  4. Take them who will, the grapes are sour.

    and dearime, perhaps it is a tale that she has, ‘full of sound and fury…’?

  5. That extract from Laurie’s latest — thanks Tim – is a rather pathetic series of generalisations about men by an immature young woman who has had some unsuccessful relationships with immature young men and who persists in viewing her experiences through the self-serving lens of radical feminism.

    Possibly so damaged that she finds it difficult to form lasting attachments, she blames the patriarchy and capitalism for her woes in preference to addressing her own inadequacies. She’s a mess, and radicalism is her chosen therapy.

  6. Not unrelated:

    I’m still trying to find a polyamorous couple that looks normal. The search goes on…

  7. https://youtu.be/YKY5zSuny9s – the inimitable Jordan Peterson on polyamory. He deftly slices and dices the concept. Somewhere in todays (Friday, 15 Sept) papers is an article by another green haired polyamorist. As to be expected, as dumb and ugly as a bucketful of arseholes. You are probably hard at work right now Fisking it. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel but oh so pleasing!

  8. You are probably hard at work right now Fisking it.

    I’ve missed that one! What makes it fisking them fun is the author always sets out to show:

    1. Polyamory is normal.
    2. It is about more than sex.

    But by the end of the article has shown the precise opposite.

  9. Bingo! Unrelatedly, that’s also why the Russkies always try to annex people to their disastrous empire. The Penny gal rather less violent though.

  10. That said, this polyamorist is not unattractive:

    She looks batshit insane though, and needs a hairbrush.

    As for the piercings…well, I quote myself:

    “The piercings should also have served as a warning, same as dyeing her hair bright colours. If someone feels the need to seek attention like that, there are deeper issues at play.”

  11. Quite so, Tim.
    Piercings are, to my mind, not only look-at-ME! exhibitionism (like exotic hair colourings) but also masochistic self-mutilation. Piercings are an anti-aesthetic: a deliberate attempt to make yourself appear ugly to everyone other than your in-group, and it’s a signal that you reject and negate the values of your civilisation. Rejection and negation on this scale is satanic, if the concept of Satan means anything in a secular age.

  12. Theophrastus:
    “Piercings are, to my mind, not only look-at-ME! exhibitionism (like exotic hair colourings) but also masochistic self-mutilation. Piercings are an anti-aesthetic: a deliberate attempt to make yourself appear ugly to everyone other than your in-group”

    There’s an economic-ish point of view that goes (roughly, from memory) : drop dead georgeous women get tats/piercings to show they’ve got georgeousness to burn, and yet still win. Same reason guys get Corvettes, only different resources.

    Alas, this leads to tubbies with tats, and minimum wage guys with 20 year old Camaros…

  13. Piercings are an anti-aesthetic: a deliberate attempt to make yourself appear ugly to everyone other than your in-group, and it’s a signal that you reject and negate the values of your civilisation.

    Yes, exactly that, and that’s how they should be interpreted.

  14. There’s an economic-ish point of view that goes (roughly, from memory) : drop dead georgeous women get tats/piercings to show they’ve got georgeousness to burn, and yet still win. Same reason guys get Corvettes, only different resources.

    Alas, this leads to tubbies with tats, and minimum wage guys with 20 year old Camaros…

    Uh-huh.

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