Louis Nowra Needs a Good Vajazzling

Generally speaking, cialis 40mg International Women’s Day, discount March 8, try is an occasion to which I pay little mind. This negligence is largely due to the fact of me being a lazy shit. And it does owe partially to my great phobia of joining. In 1979, Brown Owl flashed my non-regulation underwear as a caution to all assembled Guides. I have since reasoned that it is better to wrap one’s self in solitude than risk being multiply stung by the hive mind.

As I am terrified that the Sisters’ Army might want to examine my underwear, I tend to avoid IWD. In fact, I rarely give it a thought. The past week, however, has upchucked surprises sufficiently nasty to rev my angry parts. And these all, by chance, involve the feminine form.

I learned recently of the aesthetic practice: vajazzling. This, it seems, is an elective for those who have passed Advanced Brazilian. The female sex organ, bereft of its hair, is encrusted with crystals; Swarovski, of course. Apparently, demand outstripped supply when Jennifer Love Hewitt, a woman unencumbered by talent or charm, told press that she needed to paste jewels on her vagina in order to feel good about it.

Here, there are two salient conclusions to which one might be led. These are (a) the desire for visual perfection has become unmanageable and (b) any bitch who dislikes her own cunt so much as JLH needs to go to hospital.

As tempting as it is to disburse all time and thought on Love’s poonanny-loathing, it’s the broader implications of this twat-ritual that concern us today. Vajazzling has been greeted by many “liberated” women with the sort of You Go Girl finger snapping normally reserved for daytime television. Blogger Bryce Gruber is among the women who casually confuse sparkly flaps for “empowerment”.

I shan’t go on. Except to say, this shit makes Carrie Bradshaw read like Solanus. SCUM and the city.

Then, I learned of My New Pink Button.  This vaginal pigment has already exploded online and unchained a tsunami of disgust. So, I shan’t go on about that much longer either except to say: is there no feminine crevice immune to pimping?

And: I really can’t imagine anyone finding a tinsel covered cunt with a hot pink RGB value actually sexy.

At this point, I’d normally offer some details on my own grooming practice. But today I will refrain. I am not going to make a point about my own attractiveness or offer handy hints on hair removal. Because, it’s about time that the matter of a writer’s body was removed entirely from her text.

Which brings me to the third, and final, thing that prompted me to thought on IWD.

Forty years ago almost to the day, the scholar Germaine Greer showed us a new site for insurgency. It was on the female body.

“You might consider tasting your menstrual blood,” she dared her readers with The Female Eunuch. If in performing this test the revolutionary wannabe felt ill, she had, “a long way to go, baby”.

A confidence that baby would go a long way informed this scorching, funny polemic. When Greer wrote about the yoke of grooming or the fear of menses, she did so with a purpose in mind: to move the body and, by extension, identity to the hub of discourse. The refusal to relegate the self and its associated flesh to absence was, and remains, a central project of feminism; or of gender studies, as the specialty is now more broadly known.

To sound less like my failed undergraduate self: Greer said: I’m a woman. Here’s my tits and bits. Now that you’ve seen them, can we please get on with the business of living outside of “man” and “woman” as we have known these categories?

This fixation on the body was, in my reading, a project intended to remake woman as more than the sum of her looks; to free us from the fairytale idea that the true moral register of a woman is her appearance.

Last Friday, Australian magazine The Monthly published an essay on The Female Eunuch to “commemorate” the book’s fortieth anniversary. Here was an opportunity to contextualise what is arguably the most popular work ever written by an Australian public intellectual.

Instead, they decided to talk about how fucking ugly Greer is. Which she fucking isn’t. I hope I’m that hot at her age. But THIS is not, at all, the point.

This piece of shit was written by a piece of shit called Louis Nowra. And, it was commissioned by a very young piece of shit called Ben Naperstak, a twelve year old whose stewardship of the August Periodical might be kindly called uneven.

Basically, Nowra says: Greer bangs on about the body too much. Also, she is ugly and looks quite old. Besides which, my mother never read her book. And neither did a lot of other people’s mothers. Because, look, women are still obsessed by their own appearance. Did I mention that Germaine Greer was ugly?

If you don’t believe me, look here, here or here . But don’t whatever you do, buy this effing magazine. I want that little sack of shit editor sent back to nursery school for, not only, defecating on his intellectual heritage but saying crap like “political correctness is the enemy of intelligent debate” in Nowra’s defence. No, you little ungrateful shit, you’re the fucking enemy.

And your mate, Louis Nowra, who goes on and interminably on about Greer, who looks like a “demented grandmother”, being too optimistic. How could she possibly think women would change their attitudes viz. “young women today love shopping more than ever”.

What the fuck? Seriously. Nowra is saying: the world didn’t change, so she shouldn’t have bothered. Should we apply this logic to Kapital and bitch that Marx ever wrote it because, clearly, expansionist capitalism was just going to get more and more complex? Should we fling a big old poop on the Gettysburg Address while we’re at it and say: well, Abe, things are still pretty fucked for African Americans. You should never have said any of that.

As for going on about Greer’s appearance: eat me, you fucker. And wait until I have vajazzled in order that you may choke on the Swarovski crystals of my feminist unease. How fucking dare you not accord this writer and thinker her due? Without resorting to cheap jibes?

In this forum, by the way, I can be cheap. You, however, were paid, at the rate of one dollar a word, to write for a periodical that purports to be the voice of leftist fucking erudition. And what did you do? You did what all your blokey fucking mates have been doing with a little more elegance for years. To wit: you have reduced Greer to a desiccated caricature while claiming the detonation of “political correctness” to justify your out-and-out misogyny.

Greer attracts violent spittle of the type not because she is a polemicist, but because she has a cunt. Her every utterance or teeny, tiny OpEd column is the subject of scrutiny and fuel to the flame of what is, let it be said, pure hatred of feminism. I mean: Bob Ellis can vomit ad infinitum anything his cut price Shiraz provokes. And everyone says: Dear Old Bob And, as much as I adore him, Clive James can write an entire work while pulling his pud and his sanctity and his oeuvre remain intact.

Greer DARES to say what we’d all be thinking several months later on the occasion of Steve Irwin’s death and she is called a hag. She DARES to write an informed history on the young male as visual object and she is called a dried out old cougar.

Fuck off. She’s a bright and occasionally charming old ratbag who is far more erudite than most of what passes for an Australian “public intellectual” and should be fucking revered.

Greer may have done her utmost to change the world. Sadly, she was unable to undo the boring sexism that drives so many Australian female thinkers into silence.

Or vajazzling.

Fuck off. I’m going to paint my vagina.  We love doing that, we ladies. And shopping, too.

Happy Fucking International Fucking Women’s Day.

127 comments for “Louis Nowra Needs a Good Vajazzling

  1. FSN
    March 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Very nice work lady. Nothing like a bit of righteous, cleansing, fucking anger.

    Btw, have you fucked off from Facebook again? I wanted to send you a message, and you appear to have made yourself scarce. Keep ’em wanting more, hey?

    • March 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Indeed, Fucked Off from facebook I have. The Social Medea keeps running off with my golden fleece and concentration.
      Speak with you in the less virtual.

  2. captainfez
    March 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm
  3. Pip
    March 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Razer. I loved you over Berkoff and I still love you.

    • March 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      Really? I think it’s you and my former producer Rodney who approved. then.
      Actually, I don’t regard it as my finest broadcast moment. But, (a) He was a right prick and (b) I was in A Mood, having just experienced the most unspeakable week of my life. Portions of which are detailed here. http://badhostess.com/?p=412
      Could be worse. For example, I could have been doomed to a professional life of gardening segments and interviews with matrons who’d just written a book about Tuscany.

  4. RosaLux
    March 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    OMG Why have I never known this blog before? Loved reading all the comments. Thanks Helen.

    Went to school with the intellectual Chihuahua. Met up with him at a pretentious Exhibition Launch. Greeted him by his original birth name (not realising that Mark Doyle is now Louis Nowra.)
    He denied even being Mark in a former life. The man has some real identity issues. BTW he is not simply a misogynist. He hates everyone.

  5. Paul Craft
    March 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Rocket fuel writing, precision targeting that’s lit my fire!

  6. March 13, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Go Helen ! Superb work, I’m in the building squatted by the monthly,I’m moving…that’s it !

  7. March 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    There is nothing left to say, except: ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you Helen for articulating my rage’.

  8. Ms Eirinn
    March 14, 2010 at 12:49 am

    @Captain Fez

    By the looks of Mandy Sayers defense of Nowra’s hatchet job, she hasn’t read ‘The Female Eunuch’ either.

  9. March 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Fuck yes! Excellent post/ranty thing.

    I console myself with the thought that Ms Greer probably doesn’t give a flying fuck what those snot nose gits think of her appearance.

  10. Jane
    March 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks Helen for expressing the blinding rage provoked in so many of us by The Monthly article. Germaine is arguably second only to Howard Florey on the honour roll of Australians who have changed the course of history for the better, and the contempt which her countrymen (and they are always men) show her never ceases to amaze and sadden me.

    A story: Being only 3 when The Female Eunuch (TFE) was published, I never knew much about GG until about 15 years ago when, for work, I was doing some research on her. I grabbed a collection of clippings about GG, all written by Australian men over the decades since TFE, and read them assiduously; they were unanimously disparaging and contemptuous of her, and the impression I started to form of GG was of a bitter, ugly, mad, stupid, hairy, man-hating, shallow bitch.

    Afterwards, I watched a series of archive interviews and footage of GG in action in the early 70s; here was the most brilliant, funny, sexy, dashing, intelligent, original, iconoclastic, gorgeous (not that it should matter), witty, shit-stirring, larrikin, spirited woman you could ever hope to see. I could not – and to this day, cannot – believe that we don’t cherish this living national treasure, who changed the lives of so many.

  11. restaurantpuppy
    November 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

    helen,

    i believe”dirty pillows” is a reference to a pj harvey song from the early 90s called ‘sheela na gig’, or at least the phrase appears in the lyrics.

    • November 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

      Hey, Pup. The source beyond the great West Country songstress may be Carrie, I think. Carrie’s mother attempts to shame the telekinetic teen by referring to her “dirty pillows”. It’s kind of fantastic.

  12. Caz
    March 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Brilliant. Thank you.

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