After a prolonged but failed struggle to maintain my foothold among the so-called creative class, I’ve recently been forced (well, not forced-forced) to take a job at the Oakland International Airport as a package handler. It’s an old-school union job, which means I officially became a teamster when signing on. In texting a friend of mine to share the news, he inquired, “What’s a teamster?”
It’s the kind of question key members of the Dirtbag Left – namely, the women behind the Red Scare Podcast, Anna Khachiyan and Dasha Nekrasova (hereafter “Annadasha”) wished were unnecessary. The writer and actress, respectively, hold it down for an increasingly unfashionable labor leftism—see their interview with anti-woke leftist figurehead Angela Nagle—that seems to be going extinct in our emphatically race and gender-oriented age. This is ironic because Anna and Dasha are absolute fashionistas. Far from recoiling from talk of race and gender, these based New Yorkers positively marinate in it, indulging their inherently tabloid-y and salacious qualities.
“I like it when men talk down to us, and I’m not being ironic,” claimed Khachiyan to Nekrasova in a recent podcast. “Men shouldn’t take selfies, ever,” she added, in another.
Though Sanders supporters, Annadasha are more comfortable talking about where the aesthetics of Marianne Williamson sit in the glorified high school cafeteria of national politics than healthcare policy. (But then again aren’t we all?)
Anna Khachiyan has been compared to another swarthy white woman with a big mouth: Camilla Paglia. And why not? They both cut their teeth on the New England literary and arts scene, and their opinions have cultivated enemies in the same academic feminist circles, by seeming to advance allegedly retrograde notions of how men and women relate. Khachiyan’s stop-fronting-you-know-you-want-a-boyfriend attitude dovetails quite well with Paglia’s defense of the male gaze as a natural response to women’s projection of sensuality. These are not thinkers who’ve defined out of existence, via social construction, some semblance of a male and female id. And even if they could, they’ve had (or are having, in Khachiyan’s case) too much fun with it to see it overturned.
Apart from Paglia sounding like she’s coked up whenever she talks – making her a Zizekian kindred spirit – Khachiyan is a bit like a Paglia circa 1990. They’re both disliked by the queen bees at Jezebel too, so there’s that. And on that front…
“I wouldn’t want to be in Vogue,” claimed Anna in the Red Scare Podcast episode, “Return to Pod.” Well, partner-in-occasional-thoughtcrime Nekrasova did appear in Vogue. Teen Vogue, actually (though over a year ago, before the Annadasha’s descent into badthink) And not surprisingly; Teen Vogue has become the butt of jokes of late for its weirdly political content.
Having achieved Internet fame for being interviewed by the notorious Infowars in a Sailor Moon-style outfit, for a socialism hit piece of theirs, Nekrasova claimed, “I’m a democratic socialist and a Bernie supporter and believe in things like wealth redistribution and socialized healthcare.”
Say what you will about Infowars, but they coined a phrase even Teen Vogue found catchy enough to put in their headline: Sailor Socialism.
If the time for throwing rocks at the Google bus ever returns, it won’t be due to the work of Annadasha. Not even close. But it will be the work of the un-reconstructed Marxists, labor leftists, and based progressives who refuse to adhere to the “new normal” of a gig economy boot stamping on a human face forever, albeit with more colorful soles. Colorful enough to be featured in Teen Vogue, even.
- Content: 7
- Quality: 8
- Hotness: 7
- Controversy: 6.5
- Based: 7
- Woke: 3
- Overall Rating: 7