If you are in Central London on the evening of May 16, and have £2 to spare in your pocket, buy yourself a hamburger, or a milk shake. Failing that, there is a comedy show at Bookmarks, the "radical" bookshop. Yeah, that Bookmarks, for fans of Leon Trotsky, you know, the "radical
" whose sons asked him "Why doesn't the chauffeur come in?" when he and his wife were being entertained by a wealthy doctor in a New York tea room.
The comedy is being provided by Julia Long PhD who will be giving a talk on Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism
. What would David Webb call that? He'd call it what it is: sexual censorship
So Julia holds a PhD...in? Yes, seriously, feminist anti-pornography activism. Is this a bona fide
academic discipline like applied mathematics, computer science or history? If you need to ask that question, an academic career is not for you.
Doubtless Miss Long, sorry Ms Long, or should that be Professor Long? will be expounding on the virtues of censorship to her all female audience. Well, she did ask all the men to leave one of her recent meetings, didn't she? That depends if you can believe what you read in the Guardian
. Toss a coin.
Julia Long is not only a self-confessed lesbian but a lapsed Catholic. As a radical and a progressive, as well as of course a feminist, she has no time for a patriarchal, irredeemable sexist
like...the Pope? No, the Great JC himself. Listen to this ludicrous rant
What Julia Long seems to be forgetting is the fate of not only the Man Himself - put to death in the most cruel method imaginable - but the fates of most of his Apostles:
Judas - died by his own hand shortly after the betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane; Peter - crucified; Andrew - crucified likewise; James (Son of Zebedee) - beheaded; James (Son of Alphaeus) - stoned to death; Matthew - martyred; Philip - martyred in old age; Thaddeus - martyred on the cross. These are the rewards of patriachy and sexism
One pertinent question about Julia Long: which male-dominated foundation has been daft enough to bankroll her research
and publish her books?