Have you heard of the Phenomenon that is Cat Marnell? She used to work for xoJane as Beauty Editor. She talks Openly about her Use of Prescription Amphetamines and PCP. She writes for VICE now. People say she's a Talented Writer.
Of Course. Cat Marnell's Descent into Addiction mirrors Edie Sedgwick's. Edie Sedgwick's Dependence on Drugs was created because her Wealthy, Overly Flirtatious Father drugged her with Prescription Pills and locked her in her Room for Days on End when her Rebellious and Sxe TeenAge Years came on.
I believe there is Blame to be laid in the Case of the Self-Destructive Amphetamine Socialite, and it ought to be placed on Patriarchy, the Notion that a Man owns or has Dominion over a Lady ( his Daughter, for Xample ), that a Lady is noThing but the Sum of her Physical Parts insofaras those are Useful or Desirable to Men ( the Beauty inDustry is Predicated on this Ideology ). The Patriarchy Actively maintains that a Lady's Natural, Sxualized Self can be or should be repressed or controlled or xploited by Men, Often, "for her Own Good," by whatever Means are Available, like Drugs.
Now let's talk about Consumer Capitalism's Role in the Persona of the Amphetamine Socialite. Consumer Capitalism is a Patriarchal Pyramidal Ideology that thrives on the Notion that Beauty and Happiness are to be bought with Money, a Notion that is eSpeically Appealing to People who have Never been given Love Free for their Authentic Selves. Girls betrayed by their Fathers, made to feel Dirty in their Authentic ( Feminine ) Selves, like Edie Sedgwick and Cat Marnell, are prone to become Fashionistas, Girls who Base a Large Part of their Social Identities in their Superficially Sxual Appearance ( who remembers Just like a Woman? ). Money can buy Beauty via Cat's Coveted Perfumes, or Edie's Trademark Dresses, it can also buy a False Kind of Happiness, with those Amphetamines, but these Commodities cannot help what Truly torments these Girls: the Lack of Supportive Love they received in their Youths. So, the Desire for Constant Attention from the Media and from a Party Environment by the Amphetamine Socialite is an Attempt to replace Love denied in Formative Years. The Turning away from Society that the Amphetamine Socialite Ritually goes through can be seen as the reOccuring Conscious or subConscious Realization that this Kind of Love, given for a Falsified Version of the Girl ( the Girl as Body on Drugs ), is also False.
The Amphetamine Socialite is a Patriarchally-Thwarted ( Low Self-Esteem caused by Abuse in Childhood causes Addiction and an inFatuation with Beauty Products and Parties intended to hide Emotional Wounding ) Creative Lady ( hence the Amphetamine Socialite's Perpetual, Easy Charm and Talent in the Arts ). Here is how this happens : imagining that the Male is Superior to the Lady, that she is but a Body that belongs under his Control, an Ideology acted out on by Cat Marnell's and Edie Sedgwick's Fathers, creates disCord in the Growing Creative Girl. The Creative Girl wants her Father to love her, yet she feels she has no Control over her Life, and no Freedom of Xpression, because he has taken these from her, or is preventing her from xpressing herSelf Authentically ( by drugging her, threatening her, or treating her with disRespect ). Because of the Lack of Positive Affection she has received from a Masculine RoleModel for her Authentic Self, the Growing Creative Girl feels that her Only Value lies in her Looks and Sxual submissiveness, the Abusive Patriarchal Male's Favorite Cocktail of Feminine Traits. So the Creative Girl begins channeling her Energy into meeting these Standards, even if they are not her Own.
Creative by Nature, however, the repressed Amphetamine Socialite craves inDependence and Freedom. Hence - Eating disOrders, Common to the Amphetamine Socialite ( you can kill Four Birds with One Stone with an Eating disOrder : look More Attractive to Men by making yourSelf Slender; drain yourSelf of Energy, making you submissive; regain a Sense of Control over your Life via the Denial of Food to yourSelf by yourSelf; and prevent the Man from emPregnating you by denying your Self Nutrients, thereby, thwarting his Plans to use you as a Breeding Machine ). Drug Addiction is anOther Means of lets call it "Negative Freedom" ( neutralizes the Sx Drive and makes you feel like you have SomeThing in your Life besides of Men, but, as Drug Addiction becomes entangled with One's Sense of Self, it becomes that Much for Difficult to love the Self sans Drugs, as this has been given so Little Freedom to develop ), as are Borderline-Style Behavior Tantrums, aka "Hysteria." An Eating disOrder, like a Drug Addiction, like Hysteria, creates the imPression that the Amphetamine Socailite is out of our Control. She is Compensating for the Truth, which is that the Amphetamine Socialite suffers because SomeOne else ( her Father Specifically / the Patriarchy Generally ) has taken Control of herSelf away from her.
Further Proof that Cat Marnell's Drug Addiction & Self Esteem Problems stem from Patriarchal oppression in Childhood and Adolescence : here
Which brings me to VICE Magazine, who, after xoJane asked that she get Help for her Addictions and Cat Marnell refused and lost her Job, picked the unRepentant Drug Addict up for a Collumn called Amphetamine Logic.
Some herStory : as a Young Writer, say 19 through the First Half of 23, I idolized VICE. I wanted to write for them, just like Cat Marnell is doing now. But SomeThing nagged at me, throughout those Years, about my Favorite Magazine, though it took me that Long to figure out what it was. I will spare you the Suspence: VICE is Bigoted. It is preJudiced in Favor of the cisSxual if biCurious White Male, and this creates Problems for Every Reader who isn't a cisSxual biCurious White Male ( homoSxual Males are treated as "Other" by VICE, though they are afforded the Most Respect of those who are not cisSxual biCurious [ White ] Males, Likely because of the Latter's biCuriosity ). Considering that I am a biCurious ( I swing either Way, but prefer Males ) White Lady, and that the Phenomenon of the Amphetamine Socialite occurs Predominantly amongst biCuri White Ladies ( this is why I'm writing about it ), and that the Phenomenon of the Amphetamine Socialite finds its Root in an oppressive Patriarchy of the Xact Kind VICE is trading in ( the Rule of the cisSxual [ White ] Male over EveryBody else on the Planet ), this Article seems like a Good Place to discuss, within the Lens of my Xperiences, the Issues I have with VICE Magazine.
Throughout VICE Magazine, I see Evidence that Ladies are treated as Accessories, the Sxe Attachements of Men, there to indicate the Status of the Men, not in an Obvious Way All the Time, in a Subtle Way Most of the Time, but Pervasively.
from the 'Party Naked' Photoshoot
For the Most Part, like PlayBoy Magazine, VICE Magazine is a Men's Pleasure Magazine. The Moral, Aesthetic and Politikal Ideologies of the Magazine are therefore Moral, Aesthetic and Politikal Ideas that favor the cis Male's Pleasure. UnLike PlayBoy Magazine, however, VICE Magazine does not admit to being a Men's Pleasure Magazine. Rather, it heads itsSelf under the Banner "The Definitive Guide to Enlightening Information" and employs a Number of Lady Writers. A Recent inFatuation with the Phenomenon of "Girls" ( reflective of the Rise of "GirlKor," the Artistic Genre chronicling Feminist Liberation in the 21st Century ) by the Magazine, does not change the Fact that VICE Magazine is Sxist. For Xample : "Girl News" is the Name of One of these Recent VICE "GirlKor" Columns. As if All Other News ... weren't "Girl," Somehow ...
The Three Biggest "Girl" Writer Phenomenons who have been published by VICE, Cat Marnell, Megan Boyle, and Marie Calloway, are 1 ) the Patriarichally Victimized Amphetamine Socialite, 2 ) the Lady who's Marriage to a More Famous Male Writer catapulted her Literary Career and 3) the Girl who whose Short Story about having Sx with a More Famous Male Writer catapulted her Literary Career. InTeresting, eh?
Female Fighters of Kudistan, a Self-Congratulating Bit of Open-Mindedness, is reported on by a Male, as if to say, these Ladies, from Other Cultures, can be viewed as Parallel to us Males through their Use of Guns ( also, their Country's oppressive Regime is Worth Fighting against, but not ours -
From Riot Girls, Literally [ Really? Literally? ]
), Things are Different, here in the Western World. In North America we treat Girls like this :
100th Issue, 100 Girls -
We tag and catalog them!
Archival Girls -
We place them in a subserviant Position and Sxually objectify them!
We medicate them ( into submission )!
Why are there so Few Sxualized Photos of cis Males in VICE Magazine?
Why is it Most EveryTime a Man shows up Naked and Eroticized in VICE Magazine, its because he's Gay?
The VICE Guide to being Gay
Bears vs. Vikings
Please note how the Gays are given an "Object of Affection" for their Pictures whereas for the Girls, the Camera is the Object of Affection.
It's our Ommissions that say the Most. VICE Magazine reflects theView Point, looks through the Eyes of, so to Speak, a cisSxual, if biCurious, White Male.
This Cover sums it up. VICE Magazine is the cisSxual, if biCuri, White Male who believes his Perspective to be the Most God-like. Perspectives besides his are reduced to Figures in his Dreams and reflect his Ideals. The Fiery Eyes and Nervous Sweat show that despite the White cis Male's ( Self Perceived ) omniPotence, he is consumed with a Guilty Lust. Note the AirPlane flying into his Head as into a World Trade Tower.
VICE Magazine's Articles on / by Girls are but Nods to their Feminine Audience, who have nowhere else to Turn for a Certain irReverence of Spirit &/ Drug Talk ( as seen by Cat Marnell's being fired from xoJane ) These Articles, however, are Treated as Catchy Add-ons to the Dominating cisSxual biCurious Male Aesthetic ( That's why our "News" is in with the "Stuff " ). The Articles on "Girls" in VICE Magazine bolster StereoTypes / help Guys get laid / set a Precedent of subserviant Alternative Girl-Tude Other Girls can emulate.
Girls are not being treated, by VICE Magazine, like Equals.
Nor is Any One, Really, but the cisSxual, biCurious, White Male.
Girls are being treated, by VICE Magazine, like Xpendable Fuck Toys. Well-Dressed Xpendable Fuck Toys that say Witty Things and come in More Diverse Body Shapes than in your Average Men's Pleasure Magazine, but Xpendable Fuck Toys Nonetheless, their Value reduced to the Sum Total of their Fuckableness and their Willingness to conform to the Moral, Aesthetic and Politikal Standards set by the Men directing the Content of the Magazine. There are no Ladies challenging Men or Male Domination in VICE Magazine. There are Ladies who live up to Standards set by Men so they can hang around them.
And VICE Magazine swoops in and promotes Marnell after xoJane fires her as if Cat were the Greatest Thing to hit Lit for Chicks, 2012 As if her Drug Addiction were Part of this. Because it's what makes her so Cool and Different and Dangerous and Raw and Honest, Right? I have to ask mySelf, for Culture's Sake, is Drug Addiction Really how we want Young Girls to go about being taken Seriously as Artists by Men? Is an Obvious Drug Addict Really VICE Magazine's Idea of a Hot Young Lady Writer? What does that say when creating a Dependence on Drugs is a Primary Tactic used by Pimps to make Young Ladies Dependent them so they can xploit the Girls for Money? Cat Marnell is Honest about her Addiction, yeah, but she is an Addict living an unHealthy and ( having read All her Columns ) unHappy Life. She can do what she wants, but what does she want? Is being an Addict and a Bulimic and a Self-Loathing Narcissist Any Fun beyond the Controversy it generates? Is Cat Marnell's Persona put on for her Good, or for the Good of the Patriarchal Media Establishment in the Same Way Ladies have been, throughout ourStory, reduced to their Value for Others? Either Way, insofaras, in her Drug Addiction, Bulimia, Beauty Product inFatuation and Self-Loathing Narcissism, Cat Marnell does not act for herSelf but for Others, Cat Marnell is not a Good Role Model for Young Girls. You may disAgree, but I think Ladies in High-Profile Media Positions should be Good Role Models, as Fallible as Any Mortal, but Rich in Spiritual, Intellectual and Humanitarian Qualities. InStead, what we Young Ladies toDay get for Emulation are Drug-Addicted Fashionistas who are obsessed with Superficial ( and Often Racist ) Beauty Standards fetishized for their Clear, if Sxually Nubile, Self-Destruction.
That is Really Fucking Creepy.
Why are Girls toDay being bombarded with Imagery that tells them to consume Lots of Xpensive Things ( with the Notable Xception of Food ) to make themSelves look Fuckable before they Self-destruct?
I'm asking you, VICE
But I am Strong enough. And so I will fight.
there are Only Ads and Vice : there is Only Hedonism, Mockery, Fashion, and a Projection that the rEvolution, the Fight for Freedom, is Somewhere else, in Kurdistan, in Libya, but not here in North America. Here in North America we take Drugs and buy Cool Clothes and that Supposedly make up for the Lack of Intimacy we get. These Ideas / Behaviors are Vestiges of Youth and Ignorance, and they errode EveryOne's Self Worth.
I say that, and I'm Twenty Three Years Old.
But, before you tell me I'm a Little Girl and I don't know Any Thing, or you accuse me of being Square, understand, I am the Philosopher of Sx, Drugs and Anarky, so when I say that VICE Magazine is going about these Matters ( Sx, Drugs & Anarky ) the Wrong Way, that means SomeThing. The rEvolution is Feminarky, my Friends. So, while I appreciate VICE's adding More Girl-Friendly Content to their Magazine, their Continued Use of the cisSxual Male's Perspective as their Standard, and the resulting repression of Authentic Self-Xpression that results, means that unLess they acknowledge this Bias Openly in their Magazine and apologize for the Ways in which their Attitude has lent to the suppression of Others - Ladies, for Xample, their Eating disOrders and Drug Addictions an Attempt to cope with a World in which their Girly Ideas aren't taken Seriously, but their Girly Bodies are - VICE Magazine's Perspective will Soon appear as Laughably out Dated as that of the XenoPhobics it is so Fond of acting like it's not One of.
It's Perverse to me that the More Material Power a Girl seems to have in this Crass Commercial World, the Less she has over herSelf. The Amphetamine Addictions / Anorexias of Cat Marnell and Edie Sedgwick remind me of the Bound Feet of Chinese Princesses / the Corsets of Victorian Aristocrats.
Anorexia / Amphetamine Addiction
Personally, I cannot let this State of Affairs go on. I cannot let Ladies, or AnyOne for that Matter, be objectified and condescended to, made to starve or mutilate themSelves so they don't have the Capacity to challenge the Authority of People of Privilege. I must get VICE Magazine to change its Tone and Content. My Words will not see the Pages of the Magazine until it does. This is a Threat, for not Only am I a Great Writer, I represent the Release of the Authentic FeminEnergy after Centuries of Patriarchal oppression and I am Powerful and Angry. I am One of the Greatest Artists the World has ever seen and I am going to use this Power to make a Better Place to live for EveryBody, or die trying.
Where the Amphetamine Socialite is held in a Dependent Position by Drug Addiction, has Sx with Men without enjoying it or addressing her Wants, and relies on Consumer Products with Fancy Names to Beautify her Self, I use Drugs for Spiritual and intelLectual inSight while being in Control of my Use, promote a Fem-Powered and Open Sxuality throughout my Blog, and though Very Beautiful,
Here's a Draft of an Apology, which I Really Really Really Really Really want to see on the Cover of VICE' Magazine in Big Bold Font so that Every One can read it :
I can forgive AnyOne Any Thing as Long as the Repentance is True and Honest. Let's see how you do, VICE
as for Miss Marnell
Soul Animal : Ocelot
Hello. I am Andrea. I am Mountain Lion. I am your Friend, Pretty Ocelot. I want to see the Girl Writers thrive. To do that, they need to survive, and SomeTimes, to survive, they need Help taking out the Bad Guy.
Hot, Damn ~ Quoted in the Wall Street Journal on this ( though, Admittedly, as they allways do - they took my Quote out of Contxt and made it seem like I wanted VICE to apologize for hiring Marnell rather than for BEING BIGOTED )