Sunday, February 13, 2011

Still doing it wrong, after all these years.

UPDATED BELOW: PERPETRATOR IDENTIFIED!!

That post I took down? It was the product of a passing irritation with a quote from c. 20 history bigwig Collingwood, and its magisterial "you're doing it wrong" thing got under my skin. But three hours later I was in a much more positive mood, and I was over it. Besides, in light of Historiann's Lawrence Stone posts (and her nice handling of their blowback) of last year, I decided that my own post was redundant. Again, my apologies to the commenters. And yeah, surely the post can be found elsewhere. Ah well -- my blog, my call.

But hey, something about my decision to take that post down (or perhaps about some totally unrelated thing? Maybe a response I recently posted to a misogynist commenter on a friend's blog?)
then a person used the blog comments area to react to my objection to a misogynist post on a friend's website. And you know, I don't usually respond to comments directly, but since this correspondent's contribution to the discussion threatened to languish in the comments thread of a nothing post, even though s/he explicitly wanted "[my] groupies to gander at" it, I thought I'd put up front and center so everyone could get a chance to share the love:
Notorious idiot, do us all a favor and do not declare yourself an intellectual because if that is the case we are all Stephen Hawkings. Reading fiction 13 hours a day does not make one an intellectual. Leave it to the public to decide what we think of your intellect, so far I'm not seeing much. Please shove all apostrophes up your elitist ass. P.S. I'm not bothering with your personal email....I'll leave my comment here for your groupies to gander at,asshole.
To which I must reply: I have groupies?


UPDATE: said commenter made himself plain when he came back to post the same noxious spew he had on my friend's blog (complete, again, with link to his own website) on the comments area of this post. I did delete it, because I don't tolerate hate speech here, and that's what his site is, in my judgment: imagine the above, but directed at all American women, and with much more abusive language. See? You didn't need to go there at all.

34 comments:

reassignedtime said...

Wow. Just... wow.

Though, perhaps I'm stunned because I'm a "groupie" and thus even *more* of an idiot than you are? 'Cause clearly anybody who'd be the groupie of an idiot is an idiot supreme.... which makes me wonder: why does this person think his/her comment will affect your groupies, who are clearly too thick to see you for what you "really" are?

But again, wow.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Sorry Crazy, no time for a long response now: I'm too busy trying to fit all these apostrophes...

human said...

Whaaa...? What does this person have against apostrophes?

That's probably one of the weirdest flames I've seen in a long time.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Human, I think that's a response to my "about" statement in the sidebar. I'm at war with sentences like "The citizen's of Egypt protested against their government."

But I'm with you on the "weird" bit.

emilyselephant said...

This avid groupie is bemused.

Janice said...

We know that there's nothing mutually exclusive about using apostrophes correctly and thinking useful thoughts. In fact, the two of them tend to go together, more often than not.

Not a groupie, mind you. I'm much too old to be a groupie, in any case.

But I could be a fan!

Comrade PhysioProf said...

SUEDE APOSTROPHES, FTW!

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Oh please, Comrade: do you know how hard that would be to clean?

alan said...

Shoving apostrophes up one's ass seems unwise, groupies or not. I shudder to think of what that would do to the colon.

freeze-dried said...

As a new, ahem, follower, I'm saying: "hells yeah! You've got groupies. Also, wow, really?

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

What is the old, er, medieval version of a groupie? A pilgrim? A beguine? Margery Kempe? Let the crying and roaring commence.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

You guys crack me up. But if you're groupies, then where's my sex? I've seen the "behind the music" stuff; I know what I'm entitled to.

And Alan, I'm struggling for an "apostrophe-colon" joke here, but I'm coming up empty.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

A semicolon is a colon with a drunken apostrophe up its asse!

Don Guitar said...

Arrogant, nasty people are their own reward. Nuff said.

Dr. Koshary said...

Trolls seem to be out in force lately. Freshly unemployed baltagiyya from Research Country, perhaps?

Anyway, I happen to like well-placed apostrophes. And your blog.

Historiann said...

HEE-hee. I didn't click on his link, but I'm sure it's full of orientalist as well as sexist fantasies about non-U.S. women.

It must really suck to be unable to attract quality women and find a partner. Maybe not being a misogyblogger would help? I'm just sayin'.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

It's not just Orientalism, H'ann. Eastern European and Russian women are nice, too, apparently.

Now, if you'll excuse me: It's already 9:30, and I still have to finish reading a book for class this evening and undermine three men's masculinity before lunch. A conniving bitch's work is never done...

Historiann said...

U R tragically behind. I undermined the manhood of the man who cooked my oatmeal this morning, before I ate my breakfast!

nicoleandmaggie said...

Oh hey, we got one of those in our spam filter this morning (the anti-American woman thing)... I thought it was just robo-spam and emptied the trash. Oops.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Dear misogyblogger,

I spy, with my little eye, something that belongs with "C". Oh yeah... comma splice.

More importantly, Notorious -- you read fiction for 13 hours a DAY??? How do you rate?

a. b. said...

Looks like he needs his site bookmarked on Man Boobz: http://www.manboobz.com/

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Hi a.b. -- I'll have to pass. Not to my taste, and it's my preference not get down in the mud with a pig.

Historiann said...

That manboobz site it pretty funny. And he put up an Adam Ant video--one of my faves from 1982!

I know you remember Adam Ant, Notorious. Goody Goody Two Shoes! (Except I'm not sure if it works for you: do you still smoke?)

heu mihi said...

The 13 hours of daily fiction brought me up short, too. Where do I sign up for this magical job?

What a fool.

the rebel lettriste said...

Doesn't he know that only LITERATURE professors get to read fiction 13 hours per day? The rest of you "elitist asses" have to read the NON-fiction historical stuff.

Belle said...

Wow. He must be trolling off various blogs, because I got one too. Made zero sense so I just deleted it. What was he thinking? I'm probably crediting him with more cranial capacity & utility than he has....

Fan. Groupie. What. Ev.Er.

New Kid on the Hallway said...

I got that too! But you know, it's totally ineffective when it's just generic ranting about "American women" generally - I mean, it's also ineffective when it's personally directed, but when it's the generic crap I always figure someone ended up at my blog through the blog equivalent of Russian roulette and my blood pressure doesn't rise an iota. Whereas if it is actually directed to me, individually, I still couldn't care less, but there is at least that WTF???? moment, which, I'm presuming, is at least partly what the troll is trying to elicit.

(FWIW, the ISP is part of some generic Asian network.)

New Kid on the Hallway said...

(And the site IS bookmarked on manboobz! That is a pretty funny site.)

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Actually, I think it's all my fault; that is, I was Patient Zero in this spam epidemic, as I actually had contact with our troll on another site. He appears to be going through my blogroll. You are all guilty by association.

And a special shout-out to a.b., to whom I owe an apology, as I wrote off hir suggestion without looking at the site. That's actually pretty funny.

Bardiac said...

Is this the guy who spams with some boycott thing? (Can I help thinking backwards Lysistrata?)

I DO like the idea of being your beguines. We'd have a theme song all ready to go and everything!

An apostrophe is just a comma that got a little high. I'm not saying how.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Fortunately I have not gotten any hate mail in a while. But, then again I get almost no comments these days. On the other hand I have no groupies either unfortunately.

KhabaLox said...

Q: Whats the difference between kinky and perverted?

A: Kinky is an apostrophe. Perverted is the whole keyboard.

Dr. Virago said...

Aha! So *that's* how that weirdo comment ended up on my blog -- apparently the guy took me to be one of your groupies. (Well, of course, I *am*!) Anyway, I'm just catching up with blog reading and wanted to thank you for clearing up the mystery as well as providing a laugh at a schmuck.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Yeah... After all of this hoo-hah, I've been thinking of making up one of those blog-badges for my targeted blogroll friends. It will read: "Guilty by association," and you can post it with pride.