Madrid, Friday XXIX.VI.MMVII

You can’t argue with fundamentalists because if you do, you simple prove, over and over, that they are right and you are wrong. They do not recognize that you have any validity. After all, everything is decided, there are no complications, life is a series of right or wrong turns, and god help you if you admit to ambivalence or embrace a contradiction. Because everything is parceled up neatly, you are clearly one of the enemy, foolish, a dupe, a turncoat, ad infinitum, if you disagree or hold differing views.
O’Sullivan, S. (MCMXCVI). An Unpublished Letter to Lesbian Review of Books. In I Used To Be Nice. London: Cassell.

Dismiss, disrespect, misrepresent, behave as if other self-proclaimed lesbian feminists are ‘the enemy,’ but don’t play the faux-naive when some girls lose their tempers and strike back in less than salutary ways. It’s called reaping what you sow.
O’Sullivan, S. (MCMXCVI). An Unpublished Letter to Lesbian Review of Books. In I Used To Be Nice. London: Cassell.

Got to the last essay, Camille Paglia’s Sex, Art and American Culture, one of the best together with Gender Transformation and Transexuality, in Sue O’Sullivan’s collection I Used To Be Nice. Buying this book at Berkana was a most inspired choice. O’Sullivan’s intelligent and level-headed, impartially attacking and defending who and what she must. If more of us had her brains, the world would be a better place than it is.

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