I came across an article published by The Tab, a news site clearly aimed at young people, entitled “‘Today’s young women’ can do as they please, Sarah Vine“, written by a young lady named Mared Parry. It was written as a response to an article written in The Daily Mail by Sarah Vine, which mostly came across as a sensationalist brand of moralising on the drunk youngsters on New Years Eve (which is something they seem to do every year after NYE). I read Mared’s article, and I was thoroughly disgusted, mainly because of the sub-heading, which reads as follows.
Drunk girls on NYE aren’t the disgrace the Daily Mail wants them to be. They’re an inspiration.
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?
I’m sure the majority are not a complete disgrace, but to say they’re an inspiration makes me sick. I genuinely hate articles like this, because they illicit a gutturally conservative reaction from me, and it makes me think that she and the other writers at The Tab can’t really see the bigger picture here. The article itself seems to celebrate young women getting drunk and out of control. To her, it’s just them “having fun”, and the photos that get taken are “positive”. Earth to Mared Parry, they aren’t positive. I’m pretty sure most people would find them embarrassing when they’re posted. If I got drunk and people took pictures of me acting like a moron, I would be embarrassed, and worse still I would want them taken down if they got published.
Given that she’s talking about Sarah Vine’s article on the Daily Mail, I did read the other article, for which she has been kind enough to provide a link. Vine’s article, clearly written from a socially conservative point of view, makes a lot of bold claims that can easily be disproven with a bit of Google searching (including some bogus stats), and constantly stresses the moral issue. I disagree with her style of writing. I’ve found other sensationalist Daily Mail articles released just after New Year’s Eve, and the whole reason those articles exist is that they’re emotional porn for the site’s readership. It’s easy bait, but apparently Ms. Parry fell for it, and in her article she makes herself look even more retarded than The Daily Mail, which, a year or two ago, I thought would have been impossible.
Apparently her main problem with the Sarah Vine’s coverage isn’t that it’s sensationalist (which is true), nor that it’s inaccurate (which is also true), but with the fact that the article is not only aimed at women, but is also written by a woman. First of all, if that’s her main problem, I can only assume that she must be a feminist (why else would she focus on women). Second, I think this makes her a hypocrite, in the sense that if The Daily Mail wrote an article about drunk boys, she wouldn’t give a damn unless it suited her. Indeed, she does ask the question of “where are the pictures of the young men getting too drunk? Why aren’t they being shamed for it?”. If she wants to see drunk boys, she can find them on Google. There’s plenty of them out there.
I kind of suspected that Parry might be a feminist social justice warrior, which is ultimately proven by her dismissal of Sarah Vine and anyone like her as “clinging to their internalised misogyny”. Only feminists and social justice warriors believe in the myth of internalised misogyny. It’s basically their word for women who aren’t feminist. Of course, the same author previously wrote an article calling for girls to “stop assuming guys will pay for their dates“, claiming that it “doesn’t fit the fight for equality”. In other words, she sounds exactly like the kind of bilgy writers that infest far-left papers such as The Guardian or The Independent.
I also find it laughable that she says that “there’s no point getting angry at the ignorance Sarah Vine spouts in her article”, yet that’s exactly what she’s doing. The entire article, inconsistent and riddled with hyperbole, is little more than leftist bilge, but I can’t help but think it’s worse than that. Ms. Parry is effectively an apologist for one of the worst excesses of modern society, and I don’t care if it happens on New Year’s Eve or Halloween. Binge drinking is a problem whenever it happens, and during the holiday season it’s even worse because it makes the NHS less able to deal with more serious medical emergencies because the hospitals and ambulances get flooded with young drunkards.
Does she have any idea what she is defending? She is effectively trying to make the case that binge drinking is a-okay just because she’s a student, and she seems to suffer the delusion that all students like to get drunk. I don’t. In fact, I hate the idea of binge drinking, and I especially hate it when people like Ms. Parry binge drink, because it makes the rest of us young people look like irresponsible jackasses, and Ms. Parry’s defence essentially amounts to “YOLO”, which has never, in all of human history, been a strong counter-argument.
To me, her attitude represents the kind of overly permissive attitudes we have on binge drinking that we as a society have cultivated over the years, due chiefly to poor parenting, and the promotion of American-style alcohol culture as seen in films like Animal House, Superbad, and American Pie. Normally I’m not this conservative on anything, but on this, I can’t help but react this way. When I look at binge drinking, I don’t see a good time, or even something that could be considered normal. Instead I see a generation that, if only for brief moments of our time, surrenders itself to nihilistic excess, trading in their better judgment for cheap, short-term thrills, all while squandering what little money they have in the process. I see it happening all too frequently in university (not all young people, but most of them).
Both Mared Parry and Sarah Vine are disingenuous pearl-clutchers, but I think Ms. Parry’s article is far worse because it illustrates a complete lack of regard for self-control, essentially saying its great to get shitfaced, and it shows the self-centeredness of modern student culture, and indeed the modern left.