Sometimes the Guardian comes up with a headline that is so epically stupid that even my cynicism struggles to catch up. The Guardian of 30th November contained the article below. Click here if you want to read it. It was written by Flannery Dean who, even by Guardian standards, must be pretty clueless.
I haven’t watched the series Succession on television but I don’t regard drama series as a reliable guide to life because drama is about things that have been made up for our entertainment, not real life. Women are the main consumers of drama and for that reason, it tends to be skewed towards their interests, that is, female victimhood.
I could live with live Flannery confusing drama with real life. After all, the media, especially the Guardian, is full of English Literature graduates who think they have discovered something about the real world by studying people who made stuff up. No surprise then, that Flannery has two degrees in English literature from Toronto University.
What annoyed me was the use of the expression ‘cannon fodder.’ If there is one thing women have not been in history it is cannon fodder that has been an almost exclusively male occupation.
Don’t tell me that was a problem exclusively of mens own making. During World War One, women were the most effective at getting men to enlist and get killed. The suffragettes, including the Pankhursts, viewed it as men’s duty to women to join up and fight during WW1, while they stayed at home. Female leaders have shown themselves to be adept at waging war. For example, Boudica, Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, Indira Gandhi and Aung San Su Kyi have been quite capable of adopting military solutions. In UK parliamentary votes for military intervention, female MPs have been less likely than their male peers to abstain or vote against the motion.
No Flannery, men have always been canon fodder. You just sit at home trying divine truth about the real world from watching TV. The portrayal of women in Succession tells us what women like to watch (victim porn)- it tells us little about real life relations between men and women.