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march 06

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the war is here

march 23rd, 2006

After WWI, several private anti-communist armies later collectively known as the Freikorps sprung up throughout Germany. They were vigilantes and murderers, but they killed mostly Bolsheviks, so in the years leading up to WWII, the Freikorps were made into heros. They even spawned their own genre of self-glorifying fiction, mostly written by former commanders, including Joseph Goebbels. The image in this post is a cover from one such novel.

The female characters in these novels are rarely given names, but they fall into three classes: mothers, sisters, and whores. The mothers and sisters are left to grieve from a distance. Any woman who compromises that distance falls into the third category and will meet a bloody, dehumanizing end.

The Freikorps novel’s leitmotif is the annihilation of impure women. A grenade or a hail of gunfire renders the woman’s body into a “red heap” that “no longer looked human.” Nurses (despite the benevolence of their calling are all suspected of sinister desires) are repeatedly found dead in the bushes as the result of an “unlucky grenade,” in the midst of “practicing her true profession” with a soldier who had fallen to her charms. Some women die noble deaths, some, not so noble, but in the end, there is little distinction between the wanton prostitute and the rape victim. Whether her chasteness is sold or stolen, it’s unrecoverable, and her fate is sealed. The authors took special pleasure in describing the gory details.

With that in mind, here’s a quote from South Dakota State Senator Bill Napoli. As a supporter of the recent SD abortion ban that outlaws abortions for victims of rape and incest, he insists that exceptions can be made. In his own words, here’s one such exception:

“A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.”

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. One more from the mind of Bill Napoli:

“When I was growing up here in the wild west, if a young man got a girl pregnant out of wedlock, they got married, and the whole darned neighborhood was involved in that wedding. I mean, you just didn’t allow that sort of thing to happen, you know? I mean, they wanted that child to be brought up in a home with two parents, you know, that whole story. And so I happen to believe that can happen again.”

In Napoli’s moral algebra, the out-of-wedlock child is an opportunity for the whore to become the mother, enter the rank of sufferers and end her time as the cause of all suffering. Why, what woman wouldn’t want such transcendence? Of course, the community is right behind you.

Meanwhile, in the recent film V for Vendetta, Natalie Portman’s character is abducted, tortured, and then symbolically mutilated and defeminized with the radical clearcutting of her hair, a la Joan of Arc. The best part, all that is at the hand of the hero.

Why is the feminine so loathed? Why are we at war? If you can answer the first question, you will be a long ways towards the answer to the second.


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