Sunday, 20 October 2013

Defining Curie-Hultgreen Syndrome

Given that we are apparently only months away from seeing the first ever female Chairman/woman/person (who really gives a toss about the politically correct nomenclature when it comes to the creature from Jekyll Island?) of the Federal bloody Reserve, I think it's clear that having women in charge simply because they're women is, and has always been, a catastrophically stupid idea.

Janet Yellen, though, is not the problem. Her nomination for a post for which she is singularly unqualified- unless you count "being a proponent of every single stupid idea that got us into this mess in the first place" as a Good Thing- is a symptom of the disease eating away at our society, not the disease itself. That disease is something that the best among us, Vox Day himself, came up with- and he calls it "Curie-Hultgreen Syndrome".

What he didn't do (insofar as I can tell) is provide a working definition of it.

Now before anyone gets the wrong idea, let me make it perfectly clear that I do not, under any circumstances, consider myself to be Vox's intellectual equal. I'm not even close. He is much, much smarter than me- by at least two standard deviations, last time I checked. He also does not know me personally and most certainly does not need me to explain his work to others, given how very capable he is of doing that himself. I simply want to ensure that, somewhere within the 'Sphere, we have something of a simple definition of what the problem is, so that we can actually fight it.


Based on what I can see, Curie-Hultgreen Syndrome might best be summarised as "a cognitive impairment disorder which results in the victim assigning undue importance and privilege to a woman in any given field of professional, scientific, academic, or martial excellence simply because she is a woman".


The original etymology for this rather insidious disease comes from the careers of two women. The first is of course Marie Curie, the only woman who ever won two Nobel Prizes for scientific innovation, and the only person in history to win Nobel Prizes in two separate fields of science. Her stellar career was cut rather short by the fact that she exposed herself to quite a lot of very nasty radiation during her experiments. She was, in my opinion, one of the very few truly legendary female innovators who really deserves to be recognised for revolutionising the fields in which she worked. She was also, as noted in that article, incorruptible; unlike Albert Einstein, whose ego expanded almost as fast as his fame did, she remained both absolutely honest and completely modest in her personal lifestyle and habits.

The second is rather less well-known. Her name was Kara Hultgreen, and her greatest claim to fame was in crashing her F-14 Tomcat just months after being certified as combat-ready. In the subsequent investigation in the crash that killed her, a classified report into the incident concluded that the pilot screwed up, royally, despite being trained to recognise the mechanical deficiencies of the aircraft she was piloting.


Symptoms include: promoting a woman over a better-qualified man for reasons of optics; insisting that men and women are interchangeable and can perform the same tasks at the same level of consistent quality; being wilfully blind to any evidence to the contrary; and insisting on putting women in positions of responsibility for which they are completely and totally unsuited.


Treatment options are unfortunately limited at this time, due to mass-scale brainwashing over the last 50 years. If afflicted with Curie-Hultgreen Syndrome, the victim is advised to get the hell out of the ivory tower/cubicle/think tank/feminist group meeting and attempt to objectively measure performance of males and females with similar qualifications in similar jobs to see which group performs better under stress and delivers consistently superior results. This is also known as "real world exposure" and "anti-liberal shock therapy", and has proven highly effective- though it is often extremely traumatic to the victim.


Prevention of CHS starts early and must begin in the home. Parents should be advised to note that girls and boys are different, think differently, respond to different incentives, and are not interchangeable. Teachers should stop trying to treat boys as maladjusted girls and start letting them do what boys do- fight, stick together, build stuff, break stuff, act out hero fantasies, and generally muck about in the mud.

It is advisable that parents ensure that their children study sensible subjects in university to prevent their offspring from contracting incurable CHS. This means that children should be advised to study the hard sciences and mathematics (i.e. not biology) and avoid fields like Economics, History, Gender Studies, Sociology (sorry, had to cough up a hairball just now), and other useless liberal arts subjects that essentially amount to 4 years of farting around in the quad sipping overpriced lattes.

Remember, only YOU can prevent the spread of CHS and its potentially devastating effects upon the rest of what little is left of our civilisation.


  1. I operate on what Schopenhauer wrote about women: they are big children, and as such do not know their limitations.

  2. Vox tweeted a more succinct definition:

    Hultgreen-Curie Syndrome: The historical tendency of the first female to accomplish something men already do to kill herself in the process.

    1. That's actually pretty good. The reason I've not come across it yet is because I don't use Twitter.


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