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Male Neurotic Sexists Wave Goodbye To The Daily Mail’s Allison Pearson

by | 30th, April 2010

ALLISON Pearson has left the Daily Mail . Madame Arcati puicks up a doily wipes away the tears:

She’s left the Daily Mail , as expected. So I read her piece on her depression , an implied reason for her departure. As you’d expect she sexes up her condition by locating it on a fashion wave band: she’s one of the Blues Sisters. She’s Sandwich Woman. More labels that may yet hook a gullible editor into a zeitgeist tsunami of publishing cash.

Because Allison is a newspaper columnist she has nothing useful to say about either depression or her inner life. A Thurderbirds puppet lulled into a Derren Brown hypnotic trance would reveal  something at least as against Allison’s spirit void.

Newspapers by their nature, run in the main by male neurotic sexists, whose evolutionary tendencies have been stalled by workaholism and booze (if not medication and arrogance), are forums for mere borrowed theatrical soliloquy. Columnists gaze at the spotlight and just speak the lines encoded in the editor’s head. It’s a form of professional telepathy enhanced by hot monthly direct debits and a weekly picture byline. Columnist focus is on editor reaction as mediator for those whatstheirnames, the readers.

I’m no therapist, thank God. But a theme of Allison’s life (as I understand it from her columns and novel) is a demented desire to conform. From an early age she sought the Right Way. She sought to tick the right boxes. Later, she tried to please everyone men, parents, publishers, editors, generations, her reflection.

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