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Mark Rudd's penis.

Oh, Mark Rudd. What am I going to do with you?

I've been reading his most recent memoir, Underground: My Life With SDS and The Weathermen. And reading it, I've been very annoyed with Mark Rudd. Mainly I've been annoyed by his lack of responsibility for his own actions, like, ever. The book is story after story about how he was just naïve; young, impressionable, and swept away by more charismatic leaders (who were really the ones who believed in violence; Mark Rudd was just confused).

And did anyone else follow the above link to the book and notice that he got the name of his own book wrong?

But today I found the sentence that just so summed up why this dude annoys me.

He was writing about a chance sexual encounter -- a one night stand (well, one afternoon stand) with a married woman, a liberal who was offering assistance to the Underground. And in describing how he felt in that moment, Underground radical bedding this more mainstream artist woman, Mark Rudd writes:

"My penis was a magic wand of liberation."

Oh was it now?

Yes, I know he was talking about how he felt as a young twentysomething radical, full of all the ego and bravado that comes with the package (so to speak). But seriously: there are some thoughts that should remain private (again, ahem). Your every inner monologue does not need to be shared with the entire planet.

Dude is a teacher now. How the fuck (cough, cough) could any student ever take him seriously after reading that?

Repeat it with me:

"My penis was a magic wand of liberation."


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Jul. 18th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
When it comes to *anything* to more-radical-than-thou people, it's all about them and the Movement. Including sex. Sometimes *especially* sex.

Roberta Gregory's Naughty Bits has a very good scene where Midge meets the campus radicals, and they give her the important duty of making coffee for them.

I'd like to think that change comes from people talking to others in bars, coffeeshops, church potlucks, etc. not from people being more radical than thou. But that's just me as an incrementalist liberal talking...
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Fwiw, I think the "radical than thou" stuff is just an especially annoying iteration of "people talking to other in bars, etc."
Jul. 18th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
Never underestimate the importance a man attaches to his penis. Calling it a magic wand of liberation seems mild by some standards.
Jul. 18th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Actual quote from the website:
Notes from the underground: ‘How could you do this to me?’ asks Mark Rudd’s Mom
by Robert Wiener
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Actual quote from the website:
It's not just a quote, it's an article. Not actually by Mark Rudd, tho.
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, it's official. You now HAVE TO guest blog for me over at http://librarianslifeinbooks.blogspot.com.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Would you want this particular post over there, or something different?
Jul. 20th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, this post, pretty much as is is perfect. I'd just need the ISBN and whatever biographical information you want included.

Or you could write me another one. I like having a variety of views and all.
Jul. 20th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure which one you need, but:

ISBN-10: 0061472751
ISBN-13: 978-0061472756

And as for me ... er, uh? I dunno. What sort of biographical information do people typically give?
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
This is an example of a typical guest post: http://librarianslifeinbooks.blogspot.com/2010/06/day-87-dayna-ingram-guest-blogger.html.

Photo, link to blog/profile, and real name are optional. Basically just 3-5 sentences about who you are and what you do.
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hope Anne Nathan is currently unemployed and living in New York City. She received her BA in Communications from Antioch College in 1992, and has used her degree to work in a food co-op, a video rental store, and a haunted house. When not job hunting, you can find her blogging at http://hopita.livejournal.com.

Edited at 2010-07-20 10:07 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! :-) I think I'll schedule this to post tomorrow. I'm assuming the icon is the picture you want to use?
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
How about this one? People have complained I look too angry in the other one.
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
eh, I don't think you look angry in that one. Then again I think I might have been there when you took it. Anyway, post is all set up to go and will be posting around noon tomorrow.
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
ALL 15-25 year old guys think that
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