It’s easy to resent Ms. Calloway. We toil away in obscurity and then to see some pneumatic young woman get pushed to the head of the queue with a few tumblr slut pics… makes the entire indy lit enterprise look like a sham.
not news. we’ve seen that happen since the beginning of time… what’s different here is the gleeful self-proclaimed sociopathy calloway had in publicly humiliating and dissecting her ‘kill’ . and all done fast and dirty on the internet with the guidance of the adorable tao lin team. if a man had done the same thing people would be much more enraged.
Could there be a male equivalent? Guess the closest mimbo thing I thing I can think of was that gay poet party featured in the New York Times… but if some guy seduced Roxane Gay or something like that, I don’t what the reaction would be like. But there’s a special venom reserved for these young women who manage to pole vault up the hierarchy – it certainly doesn’t help them when they claim their doing it as a feminist act
You’re implying that people’s uncomfortable feelings about this Calloway have to do with jealousy. To answer your question, I think the “male equivalent” is often written off as normative behavior and the reality of sociopathy gets buried. I’ve read discussions on the internet that talk about the story’s function as “revenge” on literary heritage / canon / scene, which I see as a legitimate feminist act.
But if Calloway really is a sociopath, then this entire discussion you and most of us are having is a diversion.
People do resent overnight success, particularly when they perceive said overnight success as unearned or as bestowed via the power of the pussy. I don’t feel like that’s what’s going on here, at least not wholly. And yes, there is a double standard. If it was some guy who fucked a female writer and then blagged (blogged+ bragged) about it, he’d probably be high-fived. The double standard is wrong but it bothers me that people assume that taking issue with Adrien Brody is in some way trying to silence a young woman or judging her sexuality. That’s too easy an assumption. Perhaps we’re just so used to women being vilified for such things that we’re making that assumption here. I think the reaction is, rightly, more complex.
I don’t know if you’ve coined blagged (blogged+ bragged) in this sense, but I only know the word as brit slang for tricked, which coincidentally also applies. a number of comments and essays have made points on the double standard for behavior but it would be a disappointing end result for women to reach equality by pulling themselves down to the level of men
I tend to think women are less susceptible to this kind of thing, at least women in their 30s and 40s, so men can’t really flirt their way into magazines as easily as a pneumatic little lass. I don’t know about the literary merits of the piece, it seemed kind of contrived and shitty to me, but to be fair I’m pretty resistant to feminist themes. I doubt Calloway is a sociopath, she’s just a flirt and Mr. R.H. just hit the apex of his career as a writer.
This whole making-up-new-words thing is really a self-chuckling disaster, and I, for one, am sick up and fed with this partisan bickering, and I don’t care who knows it or who doesn’t like it! Can’t we all just put our shoulders to the chicken crossing the road and get along??