Category Archives: sexism

Why Shakespeare should not be taught in schools

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 19.08.33There are, Dalrymple discovers,

no Chinese characters in Shakespeare,

despite the Chinese representing a fifth of the global population. Moreover, fewer than 16 per cent of Shakespeare’s characters are women — a fact drawn to Dalrymple’s attention via electronic message by Oxford University Press. Dalrymple is shocked, and believes

it is time to impose quotas on the sex of characters. Until Shakespeare is rewritten to include more women, his plays should not be taught in schools, banned from them in fact.

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 19.13.22If, he points out,

you measured the proportion of lines spoken by women in Shakespeare, the situation would be worse.

While, Dalrymple says,

the impact factor of certain female Shakespearean characters, such as Gertrude and Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona, Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, etc., is considerable, it is numbers that count.

Web of the Cultural Revolution

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(by Rowlandson)

The spider needs its prey to live

Dalrymple writes:

When a Nobel prize winner can be hounded from his university chair by the harridans of the internet (or any other self-constituted group of fanatics), the outlook for freedom of speech is not good. The West, having undergone its own Cultural Revolution, has taken up the baton of Maoist self-criticism.

What was Professor Sir Timothy Hunt’s wrongdoing? During a speech at a luncheon for women scientists, he remarked lightly, ironically,

Self-criticism

Self-criticism

Let me tell you about my trouble with girls…things happen when they are in the lab…You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry.

Hunted down

Such is the modern thirst, writes Dalrymple,

for moral or political outrage, which is the tool of the mediocre to bring about their revenge upon the gifted, that words are now taken in the most literal sense and given thereby the worst possible interpretation. The mediocre wait to take offence as a spider awaits its prey in a web; the spider needs its prey to live, the mediocre their offendedness to feel a sense of purpose to their lives.

Struggle session

Struggle session

Red guards of the internet

Professor Hunt was forced to resign

by what in effect was a witch hunt, or a lynch mob.

Dalrymple points out that

science doesn’t need women, it needs scientists, just as art needs artists and literature needs writers; whether they are men or women is irrelevant. There is no female science any more than there was Jewish or bourgeois science, of late unhappy memory.

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 08.52.07Heresy

It is not truth

that is the aim, but power. That is the purpose of propaganda in totalitarian regimes: to force starving people to acquiesce to the proposition that they have never eaten so well.

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 08.53.27It is

a totalitarian demand that a cell biologist, in order to be able to work at all, should subscribe to the current political orthodoxy, whether it be right or wrong. It is constitutive of these times in which diversity is claimed as the highest good that there should exist a demand that everyone should think alike or at least not utter heresies in public.

Orwellian

The aim, says Dalrymple, is that of Newspeak in Nineteen Eighty-Four:

that certain things should not only be unsayable but unthinkable.

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Monstrosity of the sexist bull-demon Sir Tim Hunt

Sir Timothy Hunt, FRS FMedSci

Sir Timothy Hunt, FRS FMedSci

It is not enough, writes Dalrymple, that Professor Sir Timothy Hunt should have been forced to resign from

that great centre of disinterested enquiry,

University College, London, for having

drawn attention to the fact that women tend to cry more than men.

Much more should be done to make an example of this monster after the enormity he has perpetrated. For a start, Dalrymple believes, all Hunt’s papers

should be expunged from the scientific record as if he had never existed.

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 08.20.06He should also at the very least, says Dalrymple, be

  • expelled from the Royal Society
  • dispossessed of his knighthood
  • deprived of his British citizenship
  • disfranchised
  • stripped of the Nobel prize

Only by these means, says Dalrymple, and by certain more severe penalties (one looks for inspiration to China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, when they knew what to do with this kind of professors),

can the terrible damage he did when speaking to the press in Korea be repaired.

Struggle sessions with leading feminists, and wholesale re-education, are necessary.

The British: least attractive people in the world

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 14.57.09If anyone doubt this, let him visit, says Dalrymple, Manchester Airport, which

combines the worst of British architectural functionalism with practical dysfunction, the perfect marriage of abominable ugliness and incompetent design. It is a visual assault on the human soul.

In passing through security, Dalrymple runs into a group on their way to a stag party, all wearing, he says, If a woman says no, molest her! T-shirts. His comment:

A culture which produces young men who think it not only amusing to wear such a slogan, but right to travel to a foreign country wearing it, is a vile, crude and stupid one. This vileness, crudity and stupidity is not unselfconscious, it is the considered rejection of what is better in favour of what is worse. Vileness be thou my charm, crudity be thou my refinement, stupidity be thou my intelligence.

(The slogan on the T-shirts seems to be a version of the Spurs chant Van-Per-Sie, when a girl says no, molest her!, a popular taunt in the stands immediately after the footballer was accused of rape. Charges were later dropped when van Persie’s accuser admitted she had made the whole thing up.)

Next to Dalrymple in the queue,

dressed in the slovenly fashion in which almost all people dress, was a young man, none too clean. He was wearing a T-shirt advertising a rock group whose slogan was Corrupting minds. This was not satire; this was a political programme.

Once inside the departure lounge,

you could hear the sound of English males ‘enjoying’ themselves. They brayed drunkenly (it was 11 in the morning) not from joy but as a triumphant expression of their collective, unopposed power. The people at the airport were not members of the Lumpenproletariat, it was typical of the British population. Our leaders avert their gaze from the problem. The future is deservedly grim.

Madness and malevolence on the internet

Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 01.57.36James Lasdun, a novelist and poet, became the victim, Dalrymple writes, of calumnies and of

e-mails to his employers accusing him of things that were both inherently unlikely and difficult to disprove. Lasdun stood accused of ‘crimes’ which always besmirch in the modern world: racism, sexism, harassment, etc.

Give Me Everything You Have, Lasdun’s memoir, describes, says Dalrymple

a modern vice as well as an ancient virtue, or at least a modern way of putting a vice into action: persecution by internet being a dark side of the information age. Each of us is but the press of the send button away from vicious denunciation, character assassination and the destruction of our reputation.