1984.2 (PIV is Revolutionary) January 15, 2012Posted by FCM in books!, entertainment, liberal dickwads, pop culture.
Tags: george orwell
part 1 of this series on orwell’s “1984” is here.
did i say that absolutely nothing happens in this book? because it doesnt. nothing. happens. thats inevitable i guess, in the telling of a story where its the oppressed class’s revolutionary thoughts and not their revolutionary actions or even planning of revolutionary actions that are at issue. where the oppressed class is oppressed at the level of thoughtcrime, its enough to be branded a deadman (yes, this book wasnt written with women in mind, except as PIV-receptacles and blank screens for mens projections) and killed even, before actually doing anything revolutionary at all.
probably the only thing that really happened in this book is our doodly protagonist stealing away as often as possible to engage in the “revolutionary” PIV with a female revolutionary. apparently, even though everyone was already having PIV, and there was no threat of a population shortage, and rape still happened, under certain circumstances PIV was revolutionary and wasnt just more of the same old shit: where it wasnt for procreative purposes (children notoriously ratted out their parents to the thought police, and were very effective social controls) and where the womans thoughts about it were positive. gee, where have we heard that one before? and, talk about thought police.
PIV being liberatory and revolutionary is an example of a reversal, and orwell was familiar with this concept but he goes down this idiotic road anyway. other examples of reversals in orwells terrible dystopian nightmare that never happened: WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. all of which are very applicable to the problem of PIV and PIV-centric sexuality actually, for women. making war on womens bodies and penis-as-weapon (and womens PIV-related anxiety, fear and trauma-bonding) and het compliance creates peace in the self, in the relationship and in society. being free from men is really slavery to religious or radical feminist dogma. being ignorant of womens history, in which the negative effects of PIV figure prominently and have caused and continue to cause incalculable suffering to women as a sexual class, around the world, or knowing about it but choosing to ignore it because its too big and too terrible to deal with…is empowering. yes, fun-feminism is all very orwellian, and i *know* most of them have read this book, being the good progressives they are. is it too much to ask that these connections be made? i guess it is.
anyhoo, other of orwells concepts can be applied to the PIV issue as well. the memory-hole, a garbage-chute into which “real” history is thrown and then a new history is rewritten to serve the interests of the
state oppressors, seems to be the end of the road for all radical feminist PIV-criticism, which is overcome and erased by PIV-positive propaganda every couple of decades. womens own, individual negative experiences of PIV, fallout from PIV and pregnancy-related complications (and of everything) end up falling down the memory-hole too. the state oppressors are responsible not only for rewriting official history, but they also supply all the necessary unofficial propaganda too. here, see for yourself (the entire book appears to be online. this section is from ch. 1 part 4):
And the Records Department, after all, was itself only a single branch of the Ministry of Truth, whose primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels — with every conceivable kind of information, instruction, or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan, from a lyric poem to a biological treatise, and from a child’s spelling-book to a Newspeak dictionary. And the Ministry had not only to supply the multifarious needs of the party, but also to repeat the whole operation at a lower level for the benefit of the proletariat. There was a whole chain of separate departments dealing with proletarian literature, music, drama, and entertainment generally. Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator.
they also produce porn. and in orwell’s universe, the memory-hole and the “mutability of the past” serves not just a central function, but is the central tenet of this oppressive regime. (p. 213). its number-one. which is an excellent reason, isnt it, to have men teaching womens history (and sexuality) to young women and men? but i digress.
and dont even get me started on “Newspeak” in which the language is rewritten with the express purpose of narrowing the range of thought. to literally make thoughtcrime impossible. from ch. 1 part 5:
‘It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take “good”, for instance. If you have a word like “good”, what need is there for a word like “bad”? “Ungood” will do just as well — better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of “good”, what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like “excellent” and “splendid” and all the rest of them? “Plusgood” covers the meaning, or “doubleplusgood” if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already. but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words — in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that […]?
‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we’re not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.
stay tuned for part 3.