miss_s_b: (Mood: Liberal)
I don't read Devil's Kitchen. Mat does, but I don't. I never found his tone or attitude quite to my tastes. BUT I was glad he was there, and always felt comforted that there was a place in the blogosphere and the wider world for a writer of his obvious talents.

Today, DK was archived in favour of a new, cleaner, more wholesome DK... And I'm bloody petrified. If even DK can't hold out against the conformist hordes; if even a party where it says on the back of our frigging membership cards that we will fight to ensure nobody is enslaved by conformity celebrates the forced resignation of a person for using naughty words... What the hell chance have I got?

There's all sorts of stuff out there that I've written that's a damn sight worse than calling Nick Clegg names. I've been shipping Michael Portillo and Diane Abbot for YEARS. I've been in naughty online role play! Cthulhu, I've written Six/Mel pornfic in a horror milleau!

But you know what?

I'm not sorry, and I'm not hiding it. I don't want to be the sort of politician who cowers in terror of being found out to have done something that prudes might consider unsavoury or offensive. So here, for your convenience, is a non-exhaustive list of the things about me the Daily Fail could use to manufacture nowtrage:
  • I swear
  • I watch porn
  • I drink alcohol
  • I smoke tobacco
  • When I was at university I went on trips to Amsterdam and smoked cannabis
  • I have written dodgy fanfic in a variety of genres; none of it made me any money, and most of it is utter rubbish. Some of it was very sexually explicit.
  • I have piercings in places other than my eyebrow.
  • my house is messy.
  • I have referred to political opponents in a derogatory fashion, using terms such as prize arse and egregious tory tosser.
  • Sometimes I eat a bag of crisps for breakfast, and I do this at well past what most people would consider lunchtime
  • I am bisexual, polyamorous, and completely happy with my relationship choices.
Now, I am absolutely certain that some of those things will cost me votes. BUT I am likewise certain that if we are ever, EVER going to change our political system we need our politicians to stop living in fear of media exposure, and to do that, we all need to be honest about stuff instead of trying to hide it. Aside from anything else, the digital age means that for people my age and younger, pretty soon there are not going to be any potential candidates without some of these things in their internet history. Does this mean that an entire generation's talents should be consigned to the dustbin? Just because they have been publicly honest about their thoughts and feelings? I don't think so.

None of those things I list above are things which are important in the grand scheme of things. If I had defrauded people, or led my country into an illegal war, or lied to gain power? Those things I would understand people being upset over. Those things are serious matters. Those things, though, do not seem to be matters for resignation. Whereas using a rude word to describe an opponent or jokingly fantasising about their gory death, apparently, is.

There's something seriously wrong about that.

ETA: Warning. Anonymous arsehole thinks it's big and clever to post triggery extracts from DK in the comments. Survivors of sexual violence proceed with caution.

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