PZ's posts on Pharyngula continue to document his collapse from a minor star in the atheist constellation into a white dwarf consisting mostly of frustrated ambition and ill-disguised bitterness, plus posts about spiders (his new lab enthusiasm and apparent spirit animal). Most of his posts have hardly been worth documenting.
But every so often, you get a sense of just how angry he really is under his affected shell of world-weary detachment, sorrow at how his good intentions were misconstrued, and Minnesotan passive aggressiveness.
Like today's post, where he explains why he isn't watching The Handmaid's Tale.l, because it is depressing torture porn for feminists.
I’m going to have to recommend some counterprogramming, a guilty pleasure: Afterwar, by Lilith Saintcrow. It’s a rough, brutal, post-apocalyptic war story, so not to everyone’s taste, but the twist is that it takes place in a future America, after an all-too-plausible take-over of a large chunk of the country by fundamentalist Christian fanatics who run concentration camps and death camps and enslave or kill anyone of a different ethnicity than white Anglo-Saxon. The premise is very Handmaid’s Tale-ish.
This story starts up, though, with the wars to crush the evil neo-Nazis, and the aftermath as the bad guys are hunted down and their regime demolished. Everyone suffers, and it’s not a happy story either, but at least the right-wing fanatics suffer more.
It’s all about people fighting back, so it’s a wish-fulfillment fantasy for those of us watching the current ascendancy of scumbags
Niiiice, PeeZee. The trouble is, it seems a majority of the people with the guns and the training seem to sympathize more with the right and center than with the far left. So hopefully it won't come to that but if it does, the effete liberals jacking it over the prospect of political violence might have to do some soul searching for any vestigial traces of the attributes of toxic masculinity like aggression and emotional stoicism.