But of course. News of troubled astronaut, Lisa Nowak, the jilted super-woman, suddenly loses "top-rated" status to Anna Nicole Smith, media super-bunny, the cause of her sudden demise, like the father of her baby, yet to be determined.
At the gringoVision National Desk we offer condolences to all who cared for ANS---and surely there were some among the multitudes of envy, jealousy, lust, paparrazi ambition, Nielsen-driven producers and simple-minded idolaters uncomfortable in their own skins of obscurity. Still, let's keep a sense of priorities.
The Anna Nicol Smith phenomenon is not insignificant. It too refelects on the state of (emancipated) Womanhood today, for better or worse. But the Lisa Nowak saga is arguably more significant, more disturbing, more revealing of what's really happening in the trenches of the Sex War. Lisa Nowak, amazing achiever, far surpassed any T & A stereotype. What woman could not look up to her? She was all that a woman can be: successful wife, mother, musician, athlete, adventurer even in men's extra-terrestrial conquests. Her credits stagger, with no taint of the bimbological or frat boy pet. We've seen or heard no indication of "strategic sleeping around" to account for her success in the new feminized U.S. military.
And yet, as gV will point out, not even such a rarefied woman was immune to SWS (Scorned Woman Syndrome, or the crazed fury triggered by a lover who defects to another (and younger) woman.) In effect, Lisa Nowak, feminist icon, is now charged with attempted murder of Young Blonde Bitch. A splendid bio suddenly goes surreal and seamy. And the facts of her adultery and home-breaking are simply collateral damage, barely mentioned.
Of course, you must describe matters very carefully, guardedly. Watch for those egg shells. Americans sense that they are now living in a pc police state. but they don't want that articulated too clearly. It's so uncomfortable. Americans living in such a state? Anyone who probes the feminist facade in the U.S. today, including it's lawyer-enforced double standards. is considered fair game for the pc police who largely control public discourse from media to academia. Everyone in public life understands that, from politicians to media hacks and even to generals. Who wants to risk being labeled "gender-biased"? Careers can rise or fall on the wrong word. There is safety in cant, fluff, hypocrisy, platitude and mush-mouth. What good is free speech, free thought and frank opinion if it gets you thrown out of the game? A broadcaster can be destroyed in today's pc police state just for mentioning historical fact, such as the old southern plantation practice of mating slaves exactly as thoroughbred horses are bred----for extraordinary physical qualities. And no historian will dare come to the ruined man's aid, publicly.
Americans now accept a national consensus: Let's shut up if it's "sensitive,"or might "hurt somebody's feelings." Repubicans gladly go along with it, knowing how they'll be labeled if they don't. Why talk back to the warden? It's not win-win.
In this contect, and as a special memorial service to Free Speech in this noted Republic, the gV Kultur Bureau references "DEATH BY PERFUME." Why, you ask? Why a tale from medeival Japan?
Look at it this way. The gV Strategy Klatsch assumes that the Government/Media Mind Control Complex needs to keep intelligent discourse at the barest minimum, especially for any subject deemed "hot button," like race, religion, gender, seculatopia, homosexuality, Two Mommies etc etc. For example, if gV (or anyone else) dares to raise the issue of Lisa Nowak as a pathetic (or tragic) instance of SWS, the special interests who see this as threatening their feminist bulldozer will crank up the slime machine. A male dissenter can be labeled a "chauvinist"or "knuckle-dragger"or "misogynist"or "paleo-conservative"or "macho pig,"depending on the quality of the targeted choir. The slime is useful, helping to obscure the fact that the issue is not somebody else's attitude. The issue is Lisa Nowack's fall from grace and why she fell.
It should not be necessary for gV to show that its coolness to femi-nutzies and their white male abettors does not preclude sympathy for Lisa Nowack, or other fallen women. Is it even necessary for such men to affirm sympathy for women who feel tormented by unfaithful lovers?
Well, let'do it anyway.......
In the Court of Heiana, a thousand years ago, Lady Onogoro recounted the tale of a faithless courtier who deceived his mistress with three diferent women in one night. And how did the aggrieved woman react? No, it was not with pepper spray, a concealed knife and other accessories, a la Lisa Nowack who went after the other woman. Was it, then, "Just Like a Woman," (according to B. Dylan)?
Yes and no. It was, in fact, Just Like a Lady---a Lady of in the late 10th century.This Lady went after her faithless lover, and she did it with perfumes. Sweetly, charmingly, she led him to the marble chamber and the mixing vats where, as promised, she made a great confluence of scents for him, from angelica leaves, evening-primrose petals and such. To his temples she dabbed iris and cloves, for his armpits yarrow and gentian, for his throat essence of marigold and so on into the night, even to cherry plum and the aspen that would make him sweat and tremble with vague apprehension, and so on into the night.........
Now let us skip to the end of the tale. The Lady's faithless lover was all naked and relieved, and not since the death of the Shining Prince himself was there ever a corpse so fragrant at its funeral.
( For those who desire the complete tale, it's from The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro, as cited by Isabel Allende in "Äphrodite," A Memoir of the Senses.
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