Thursday, September 13, 2012

creating a cultist is all about timing

Kim ("BB") of the "Den of the Biting Beaver" said:
I suppose it all came together for me when I bought my first Andrea Dworkin book, Pornography: Men Possessing Women, right about the time I kicked my ex-husband out. In it I found names for the infrastructures I had already recognized in my mental meanderings. Andrea Dworkin gave me a center from which to work, and I connected with her words on a very basic level. From there I read everything I could get, and sometime around then I also began blogging about the threads I was so excited to be seeing.
If a book by a Scientologist or a Jehovah's Witness had arrived at the same time, if Kim had bought Bell Hooks or Ayn Rand instead of Dworkin, she might've found different "names for the infrastructures". There are times when we're sure something's wrong with the world and we need a model to make sense of it. Then we accept the first model that seems to work, and because it came to us first, we believe it's best.