The Sexist

Sexist Comments of the Week: “Aristophanes Can’t Touch Rand” Edition

This week, Sexist commenters dared to answer the greatest philosophical question of our time: Are Ayn Rand devotees morally and intellectually superior beings, or are they actually just people who spend their time whining in the comments sections of feminist blogs when they could be daring to stamp the world with their boldly phallic architectural designs? Let's answer that question with the help of one Randian who has deigned to grace us with his presence.

In a comment thread largely dedicated to the brilliance of the 2005 Sci Fi Pictures original Mansquito, commenter Michael Hardesty writes:

All of the anti-Ayn Rand comments are moronic.
MORONIC. I’m dubious that a movie can do justice
to the greatest novel in world literature. It should
be a miniseries or a one year tv series.
Just read her works and ignore the statist-collectivist
retards who denigrate her.
They are zeroes and Rand will live forever while all of her critics are forgotten.
Check out the new book, The Vision Of Ayn Rand.

Laurel puts her inferior education on display:

My education in literature ended with PhD coursework, meaning I didn’t finish the degree; so I haven’t read everything. However, it’s odd that I was never required to read the greatest novel in world literature. Must be a plot by liberal academe to divert my attention from the one important author by making me waste my time on a bunch of hacks like Shakespeare, Cervantes, Twain and Aristophanes.

Nope, it’s because her writing is terrible–and I’d say that even if I embraced her “philosophy.

Michael Hardesty is an expert on clarity:

Laurel, Rand is the clearest, greatest writer ever.
Twain was a HACK as Vidal noted years ago.
Shakespeare was a great writer but had a terrible
malevolent metaphysics. Aristophanes and Cervantes
are ok but can’t touch Rand. Yes, your tiny little
mind went through the great liberal-socialist-communist
brainwashing machine during your typical college miseducation.
Why are there SO many stupid feemales on this thread ?

kza speaks up for feemales:

These comments need more
super smart maales
how to

Michael Hardesty is sensitive about the length of his paragraph:

Oh, get off it ! What I wrote is perfectly clear and the length of any given paragraph is purely arbitrary.

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  • Kristina

    I kept looking at the comments section on that post, hoping beyond hope that someone would come and defend Ayn Rand. Michael Hardesty and his paragraph compensation issues came along and made my dreams come true. I, as a feemale, am now convinced that I should read Ayn Rand rather than Shakespeare, Aristophanes, or any of those other HACKS, because the maale has come along and saved me.

    This series of comments might be the best yet. If I were ever tempted to be moved by the convoluted, non-structured, and ill-conceived notions of Rand's philosophies, I'd be unmoved by Mr. Hardesty's defenses of her.

  • Shinobi

    I am excited about the new information I am hearing about paragraphs and their arbitrary length. My feeemale brain used to think

    it had something to do with topics. But now I that I can just start paragraphs arbitrarily I feel so much freer.

    I wish Mark Twain were still alive so we could find out what he would have to say about being compared to Ayn Rand unfavorably. I'm sure it would have been hilarious.

  • PD

    kza often confuses me, but sometimes it's because I'm so delighted.

  • Katie

    I don't know what a "terrible malevolent metaphysics" is (are?) but I want one.

  • Em

    kza is still my hero. He's an equal opportunity meta-troll and I love it.

    And yes. Ayn Rand, who's been around as a writer for less than 100 years, surely trumps the enduring works of Twain and Shakespeare. And I'm the stupid feemale?

  • Dave P.

    I am a fan of Ayn Rand though I would not consider myself an objectivist. I feel as though objectivism can be incorporated into a larger philosophy (what I like to call "rational Libertarianism) but alone it is too dependent on a world made up entirely of "paragons."

    I am not so far gone into the Randian cult that I think she is the greatest writer that ever lived (did she really need the eleven hundred pages of Atlas Shrugged to make the same point 500 times?) Also I am fully aware of the moral issues that many feminists have with Rand's works. It does indeed perpetuate a Nietzschean rape culture that is absolutely unacceptable.

  • kza

    I need a fan club.

  • Anon

    I'll give it up for Cary Grant in the movie version. But the novel sucks.

    If the Cal Academy green roof doesn't remind you of boobs, nothing will.

    Then again, it was designed by a man. Oppressor!

  • Lizrd

    @Katie Oh my god! I read "terrible malevolent metaphysics" and practically peed my pants. This from the guy who called my post "wordsalad" mmmmmmm wordsalad..... what kind of dressing do you put on that?

  • Lizrd

    @Em All those other trolls are HACKS! kza is the best meta-troll in the world blogosphere. I think there should be a tv miniseries for his posts.

  • kza


  • Rick Mangus

    Ayn Rand was a racist, plan and simple!

  • just sayin

    "Trooll"!!!! kza for the win!

  • mdesus

    this comment section needs more smart females for me to rape as a demonstration of my uber-male superiority derrrr

  • Joseph Hewitt

    I never had to read Rand for any literature course, but was assigned one of her essays in philosophy once. After slogging through the entire thing I went to my professor and asked, "people don't take this crap seriously, do they?". She replied "well, not philosophers, no...".

  • Laurel

    Oh, this makes me happy. I came by this morning to see how Mr. Hardesty had replied, and he did not disappoint.

    I usually just lurk. Never thought I'd snark my way straight to the "front page." Thanks, Michael!