Mark Fisher on #piggate and the death of British satire

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‘From the early records of Greek and Latin slang, where [words for pig] were used to describe the female genitalia through to modern uses of ‘pig’ to mock the police, the fascist and the male chauvinist, pigs seems to have borne the brunt of our rage, fear, affection and desire for the ‘low’. [But] it was precisely the ambivalence of the pig, at the intersection of a number of symbolic thresholds, which had traditionally made it a useful animal to think with.’ – Peter Stallybrass and Allon White, The Politics and Poetics of Transgression

As I said earlier, it is hard not to enjoy the ridiculing of Cameron. But if we take a step back, it should be clear that an atmosphere of sexual humiliation is one that favours current forms of power rather than dismantles them. Robin James points out the role of hazing in sexual abuse, and in some ways we can consider the whole range of ways in which the English haute-bourgeoisie initiate children into its ranks as a form of abuse. This is one of the points I was trying to get across in my piece on humour in the latest New Humanist (below). Boarding school and the top end of Oxbridge are environments designed to produce the very hardening and insensitivity which allows Tories to dehumanise and demonise the poor. Class wounds everyone, especially the ‘privileged’.

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? REPEATER PLAYLIST #3 – BAE OF PIGS SPECIAL ?

Piggies – The Beatles

We Are the Pigs – Suede

Pigs (Three Different Ones) – Pink Floyd

Maggie’s Farm – The Specials

All Pigs Must Die – Death in June

(h/t @spitzenprodukte)

Stand By Your Ham – Pig Aid

(a 2008 charity song made by pig farmers to raise awareness of high feed prices)

War Pigs – Black Sabbath

(h/t @allononenote)

Fascist Pig – Suicidal Tendencies

Ham n Eggs – A Tribe Called Quest

Itsu – Plaid

September (accidental) – Matthew Herbert

Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag – Pigbag

Piggy – Nine Inch Nails

(h/t @danielcbristow)

Dear Diary, Men Are Pigs – Finally Punk

(h/t @panthermoderns)

Pigs in Zen – Jane’s Addiction

Making Bacon – The Pork Dukes

(h/t @stevefinbow)

And, of course, Cassetteboy – Getting Piggy With It