Lindy West: WOEman

The following is a review of the book SHRILL by Lindy West (a WOEman). She is a perfect example of someone who believes MOXIE WON’T. Someone who uses excuses and makes a living being a victim. She is a divider, not a unit-er.

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an Internet troll who impersonated her dead father. She also was listed as “Internet’s Most Fascinating of 2015” by Cosmopolitan.com, and helped launch the viral #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag in defense of women’s reproductive rights.

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Lindy West SHRILL

“Three aspects of the self betrayer’s conduct always go together: accusing others, excusing oneself, and displaying oneself as a victim.”

 

Oh Lindy Lindy Lindy.

This book is so…sad.

Lindy admits she was raised in a wealthy home with a progressive mother. I can somewhat identify, though my family didn’t talk politics, my mom was a product of the feminist movement.

However, like Lindy, my mom was torn between two worlds.

Wanting to be loved and hold on to traditions of romance – and yet wanting to be independent.

I also, in a way, am like Lindy in that I was highly influenced by pop culture. I thought “progress” meant sexual freedom and gratification and putting pleasure on the top of the “To Do” List.

As I grew older, I realized that not only is pleasure fleeting, it’s disabling and dis-empowering. It corrupts our spirit and soul – which then leads to what Lindy is experiencing: a very troubled angry person who lashes out and throws everyone under the bus (with the pretense that “it’s for their own good”).

Don’t get me wrong – what is the point of being an author if not being authentic. I 100% believe that it’s great to name names and shame people who have mistreated people.

HOWEVER, the theme in Lindy’s book is ANTI-SHAMING people! She feels she’s been bullied, but then turns around and does the exact thing she claims to be a victim of.

This book is not funny.

It’s not empowering.

LIndy claims to be self-confident; her writing speaks to something different: she has no confidence and so she clings to a movement that does nothing but confuse and divide its members.

Of note on being part of the Twitter panel that “seeks to provide a safe place from bullying.”

I read Shrill just as Azealia Banks went on a Twitter rampage against Sarah Palin; calling for Palin to be gang raped by black men and assorted other horrible tweets.

Banks was not muted, nor was she kicked off Twitter.

However, Twitter (thanks to the feminist “safety council” in which Lindy is a part of) has been responsible for shadow banning many prominent conservatives who have never said anything as hateful nor violent as Banks.

Chuck C Johnson, Robert Stacy McCain, Milo Y, etc.

The thought of “silencing” any speech no doubt has Ray Bradbury and George Orwell turning in their graves. The party of “progression” is now regressing to the era of book banning.

And if Lindy truly cared about bullying and shaming, well then, she’d stand for ALL women and not just select women.

By the end of the book, I found myself feeling sorry for Lindy. She is confused and being exploited by a group of people who seek power and gain by promoting victimization, by dividing us, and distracting us.

The book is hypocritical, lacks integrity and authenticity. It’s hard to believe she is a champion for women when she only comes to the defense of a certain few.

Freedom of speech is the most powerful weapon we, as a society have. Those that control speech control power. The more a society is secure, the more those who want to rule need to divide, decay, district, in order to ‘save.’ And the first thing they target is speech and status. Those that advocate collective rule are distrustful that man is capable of making his own choices.

Team USA – Worst Record In League Under Coach Obama

Obama’s main theme is “fairness for everyone.”

Thou shalt not have more talent, more skill, more reward than my brother.

Okay, then, let’s pretend that Obama is the coach of the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady is obviously skilled, a hard worker, and is OMG – reaping the benefits of talent, skill, and hard work. He is creating jobs for those on his team, those outside his team (from sales to marketing to merchandising to bringing income into the city).

If Obama were Brady’s coach, no doubt, in ‘being fair,’ Obama would send Brady to the Browns; Colt McCoy is the quarterback for the most losing team in the NFL (aside from the Saints) so far this year.  The Browns are having a terrible season and OMGosh, this is JUST NOT FAIR!

According to Obama, no person should do better than another, and if they do, they oughta be stripped of their talent and wealth and it should be re-distributed. Obama blames everyone but himself – imagine an NFL coach doing this – just how long do you think he’d be reporting for duty.

“We lost again, but WAIT, it’s not my fault, it was the weather – it was too hot!”

“We lost again, but wait, it’s not my fault! It was the fans – they weren’t loud enough!”

“We lost again, but wait, it’s not my fault – it was the previous coach – he spoiled our whole team!”

Obama proclaimed at the start of 2012 that he wasn’t going to work with Congress anymore because they (including a Democrat filled Senate House) can’t get along.

How well do you think this would work at a coach?

Imagine Obama walking into the GM’s office and saying, “Listen, these players won’t listen to me so I’m just going to spend the rest of the year traveling to other cities and talking about what a great coach I am.”

GM: “You’re going to talk about what a great coach you are, when you can’t even work with your own team?”

Obama: “Yes. That’s what a great leader does.”

GM: “Seems to me a great leader will do whatever it takes to get his players to communicate – if it takes locking the doors and ordering pizza and beer for the next month – he’ll do it. A great leader will not turn his back on his players, he’ll turn himself over to them, find out what he can do to bring out the best in all of his players.”

Obama: “That’s ridiculous. Players should listen to their coach. A coach shouldn’t have to listen to his players.”

GM: “You’re fired.”

In an Obamacratic world – There would be no Super Bowl – no World Series – no Stanley Cup – because everyone would be equal. Your children would not get A’s or B’s – because they would share their grade averages with those children who were not as smart or those children who elected to play video games instead of studying – so your children – to be fair to all – would have C’s.

If this is the world you would like to live in, please, feel free to open your house the homeless – to share half your salary with the welfare mom that continues to have kids.

If you’re a true Patriot, you believe in individual liberty, in striving for success, and teaching your children to work hard, not to reach for a handout.

I don’t pretend to know a lot about football (I’m a hockey fan, to be honest) – but I do know if Obama were to be the coach of any team – his “fair” philosophy, endless excuses for failure (none of his doing, of course) and refusal to work with his team – would land him in the unemployment line and no doubt, he’d be portrayed as one of the worst coaches in all of sports history.

The Super Bowl is a celebration of talent, strength, hard work, and success. It is not always won by the team with the highest payroll. It is often won by the team that has hustled the most, has found a way to minimize their losses and how to turn their weakness into strengths – and who is most responsible for the teams’ success? The coaches. They don’t talk about being fair – they don’t blame the weather or bad timing or a previous coach for the team’s failures. They sit in small room and watch endless game tapes, they get inside their players heads, they motivate, they plan and then they execute and if it doesn’t work, they take responsibility and work harder. They never, ever, turn their back on their team.

If Obama would send Tom Brady to one of the worst NFL teams in the league to punish Tom for his talent, success, and hard work, what kind of message does that send to other players?

It sends a message of why try to be successful – only to have it taken away.

A team is a reflection of a coach.

Congress is a reflection of its’ leader.

And with Obama as America’s coach, we’ve become one of the worst teams in the league.