My First Victim is not a Victim, or the Faults of Academic Liberals
In my first post on this blog, I offered to
thrash kindly critique the blog of anyone who wanted to be victimized (wait a minute… maybe “victimized” was right) by my humor. I just got my volunteer and it is the last thing I expected…
Idiot Photographer volunteered and s/he does a photography blog that has recently been featuring men in drag. Having spent so many years in a university setting, I constantly heard feminists and gay advocates harp on how everyone who isn’t their brand of liberal is obviously anti-gay, anti-woman, and anti-anything-but-medieval-traditional. These professors write theories about it, author books about it, tattoo slogans about it on their butts, etc. And so I must say that it is refreshing to have I.P. making an invitation to me, a blogger who sometimes likes to make acidic commentary in the direction of academic liberal activists.
Unfortunately, Idiot Photographer is not someone I can victimize and it has nothing to do with political correctness. I.P. would seem to have an uncorrupted brain. I don’t know whether s/he is gay or not, but s/he obviously has an interest in gay-related themes. It is most unusual for me to find someone from that arena who seems to just be going along and living his or her life, not referring to people as bigots solely on the basis of their non-leftist views. (Well, either that or s/he missed the posts where I talked politics…)
And so my first victim in this blog is not a victim. A little less mutual distrust goes a long way and it would be nice if professors could realize that. On the other hand, professors can’t let themselves realize that little detail because they would be undermining their life’s work. Conservatives, centrists, and anyone else not on the left (with the possible exception of Libertarians) have to be the professors’ enemy just so they can keep the boat afloat. You can sell “Victim Studies” to students and fill classrooms because these topics make the students feel good. (That’s right: students feel good because they believe they are being good people by learning the stuff.) You can’t sell “Minority Photography that Doesn’t Discuss Victimhood” because students are no longer given the illusion of helping people. Remember: university life is about people believing that they’re improving the world by reading and writing things that no one else looks at; real improvements aren’t usually part of the equation.
The Part Where I Burn Idiot Photographer at the Stake:
Okay, I lied earlier. Idiot Photographer will be my first victim. Even though I.P. hasn’t been corrupted, s/he surely has lots of friends who have been. (Demographically, gays tend to be pretty liberal… probably because of the BS from the academic Left and bigotry from certain people on the Right.) Some of these friends may consider interactions with a non-lefty to be a capital offense. And so my message to Idiot Photographer is this: I apologize if you get beat up by your friends. If you are gay, I hope they understand that you should be able to interact with whomever you please as long as you do not infringe upon anyone else. Lefties can be extraordinarily intolerant that way. And since you wanted a review of your site, I’ll say this: the drag photos aren’t my thing even though the quality of the photography is pretty good. And I’m rather fond of the stairwells, bridges, and cathedrals. But: keep doing what you’re doing.