Take a look around the world and it puts everything in perspective; suddenly, all the huge â€œcontroversiesâ€ at home turn from mountains into molehills and all the activists seem less like the second incarnation of Martin Luther King Jr being savaged by Bull Connorâ€™s police dogs and more like spoiled and whiney little brats.
â€¦in Iran, a 32-year old actress Taraneh Alidoosti (â€œknown by some as the Natalie Portman of Iran.â€ What, is she Jewish?) is in trouble because during a press conference while promoting her new movie â€œThe Salesmanâ€ at the Cannes Film Festival, her sleeve rode up revealing a feminist tattoo.
Also in Iran, women are getting menâ€™s haircuts and dressing up like men so they can pass themselves as males and not be subjected to having wear a veil. Howâ€™s this for transgressive bending of gender identities?
The original Swedish â€“ and dreadfully dreary â€“ title of Stieg Larssonâ€™s â€œThe Girl With A Dragon Tattooâ€ was â€œMen Who Hate Womenâ€ (MÃ¤n som hatar kvinnor â€“ it sounds even more terrible in the original). Larsson, being a good communist that he was, made sure that all his male characters, except for the protagonist, who like Larsson, happened to be a crusading leftie investigative reporter, were either murderous, corrupt, neo-Nazi businessmen or rapists. This in modern Sweden FFS. Â One gets the impression Larsson didnâ€™t get out much; his 1977 sojourn to teach all-female squad of the Eritrean Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army the use of mortars being pretty much a one-off. It should have been a teachable moment, and not just for the Eritrean tigresses. Maybe Larsson should have travelled to Iran (post-1979). Or anywhere else for that matter. Maybe should all of the Western left.