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Katy Perry – Military Pop-agandist?

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I’m not fond of this dog-faced wonder, mostly due to “Ur So Gay,” a vile little number telling some emo boy to kill himself because, in essence, he isn’t masculine enough. Even coming from someone else such an attitude would be contemptible, but coming from a girl who sings about kissing girls and liking it, it is doubly so. Apparently in Ms Perry’s worldview straight but un-masculine boys should be reviled, while straight girls into a bit of Sapphic fun should be celebrated as strong, independent and of course sexy.

But this isn’t about Perry’s hypocritical view of gender, or the fact that her face looks like a moose’s rear end, it is about her new video, which seems to be trying very hard to portray dying for the oligarchy as some sort of triumph of Girl Power. Apparently, as young American males are wising up and realizing that being able to feel more manly because they joined the army and killed some A-rabs doesn’t really compensate for having their balls blown off, the oligarchy is now turning to the female sex for its cannon fodder.

Poor Video-Katy, she gets cheated on by her bloke, and for some bizarre reason decides that the way to get revenge is to become a mercenary! I’m sorry, I meant to write “a marine,” but there really isn’t much difference these days, is there? So she gives herself a haircut (bad idea, honey — it’s your only attractive feature) and joins the army, where she proceeds to act all butch and shit. Not only do we see the young fool go through basic training, but she seems to end up in some desert war, no doubt proving that you don’t need to be male to be tough.

Now, what the fuck does any of this have to do with a song about being cheated on? Nothing, that’s what. Going to war isn’t even a good metaphor for getting over a broken heart, so why the military theme? Call me cynical, but I think the main thing going on here is that some bastard somewhere decided it was time for women to start doing their fair share of the dying, and that if you can use machismo to sell the army to stupid boys you can sure as hell use Girl Power to sell it to idiot girls.

This entire thing reminds me of an old episode of The Simpsons. You know the one. The one in which Bart’s boy band is being used to sell the army to children, subliminal messages and all. It was funny then, it doesn’t seem so funny now…

Laying It On The Line For The Oligarchy

Laying It On The Line For The Oligarchy published on

We all know that exercising that rather dubious “male privilege” of going to war has its many risks — becoming dead, becoming legless in the not-so-much-fun definition of the word, trying to wipe your ass without any hands, having the kind of face that makes women faint and small children run away screaming, etc. Another unfortunate effect of all this privilege, at least now that medicine can keep you alive even after you’ve been blown up, is literally having your genitals blown off so that the aptly named Dick Cheney and his mates can get their hands on someone else’s oil.

Since 2005 more than 1500 American pieces of cannon fodder have been carried out of the slaughterhouse with some sort of genital trauma, and since the bastard in the White House launched a surge in 2009, the number of such injuries has virtually doubled to about 300 a year. Does Obama care? Probably not — we know he doesn’t care about the poor, we know he doesn’t care about men, and these poor bastards are both so I don’t think he’s losing much sleep.

Personally I found this quote from the linked article rather sad, speaking as it does to a rather skewed set of priorities…

“I remember lying on my side, dust everywhere, and I looked down and saw my arms were split open and squirting blood and I had just two bloody stumps above my knees,” said Marine 1st Lt. James Byler, 26, …”My first coherent words to my Marines were, ‘Hey! check my nuts!'”

Call me crazy, but if my legs had just been blown off and my arms broken apart, my first set of words would be “Oh shit, I’ll never run or walk or do the Lambada ever again!” My second would be “Oh fuck, I hope I don’t lose my arms!” Some time after that I would idly mutter “Mmm, wonder if my nuts are still there?” And frankly, if I had to choose between losing my penis or my arms or legs, it would definitely be the less glimpsed of those five appendages getting a memorial plaque. That said, the Pigman won’t be putting his porker in a food processor any time soon.

More in this surprisingly sensitive article in the HuffPost



Afghan Lives – Worth Squat

Afghan Lives – Worth Squat published on

Sergeant Calvin Gibbs had fun in the magical kingdom of  Afghanistan, killing and mutilating the local civilians then planting weapons to make them look like the aggressors. So the US military – champions of justice that they are – has decided to punish their rogue colleague by giving him life – with a nine year non parole period! That’ll teach him not to kill innocents, won’t it? Still, it’s nine years more than Dick Cheney will ever get, and that fucker is responsible for a lot more than nine deaths…

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War and Male Rape

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Everyone knows that rape is often a weapon of war, what isn’t so well known is that many of the victims are male.

According to a Guardian article focusing mostly on African wars, a large proportion of the victims of wartime rape are male. And given how taboo the subject is, it can be assumed that the number is far greater since male victims are less likely to come forward for fear of being ostracized by a community that no longer sees them as men.

Not only are these men denied help by their communities, but most major NGOs go out of their way to not help male victims. And by that I don’t mean that they unintentionally neglect them, I mean that the bastards actually try to cover up the problem. When the Refugee Law Centre produced a film about male victims called Gender Against Men people in international aid agencies tried to stop them from screening it; at least one U.N report on the matter used a definition of rape that excluded males; and Dutch Oxfam even went so far as to tell one organization that if any less than 70% of their clients were females funding would be terminated. Such immoral behavior from organizations tasked with helping people is  sickening but not surprising, especially from the U.N. You remember the U.N. They’re those wonderful people who, in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, chose to give food aid to women, and only women, through the World Food Program.

One of the most common excuses for wanting to keep this problem in the dark is that there are only so many resources to go round and that if part of the metaphorical cake is used to help men there will be less resources to help the women. These dirtbags are of course lying, as they don’t yell “The cake is too small,” when it is announced that there is a new set of women needing help. For you see, this is a magical cake that gets bigger when the new victims are women, yet stays strangely static when the new victims needing help are men…

I suspect that rape is probably harder on men than on women, as men aren’t told by society that they may be victims and so are less prepared psychologically than women when it does happen, and because no one has ever been accused of being less womanly because they were raped. And that’s without going into detail about the physical injuries described in the article – you have been warned.

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