I think of it more like the mental hospital in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", in which the mysandrous Nurse Ratched (the prototypical "fag-hag?") is determined to break the spirit of anything remotely resembling virile independence.
1) I object to the term "fag-hag". *shudder*
2) Even if you read gender or sexual orientation (???really???) issues in to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, I don't see that as relevant to the Greater China blogosphere.
It isn't a matter of virility that The Village objects to (see the objections to Cat and others who don't project virility, but wander outside the acceptable boundaries of the status quo discussion.)
It's the illusion of independence and variance and debate within the village, but actually use various threats, rewards and other social manipulations to ensure the acceptable boundaries are maintained and quite carefully circumscribed.
In fact if you rewind the clock a few years, Roland specifically talked at a blogger conference about the benefits of a lack of conflict within the Greater China English-language blogosphere (as opposed to the progressive-conservative divide in the US political blogosphere, which self-corrects against any factually unsupportable orthodoxy of the sort Roland usually is pitching.)
That's a valid point about Cat, who has earned pariah status for reasons having nothing to do with virility. So I'll concur in part, but I continue to disagree in part, and maintain that perceived virility is indeed one among several items to which the Village objects and wishes to obliterate.
Speaking of "The Village", have you noticed that (at least one)Western "public relations" agent in Beijing who has been instrumental in the Olympic Torch debacle, still has not acknowledged the slightest personal relation with it on his own blog or (as far as I can see) in any public forum at all?
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