Still, Zeller argues that the rise of gynophobic
nationalism was only one possible direction for the evolution of Soviet fan culture on the eve of perestroika; the sources of post-Soviet ultraviolent, xenophobic football fan culture have their origins, he asserts, not in the late Soviet period but in the context of "post-Soviet discourses of 'loss,' of'trauma' and of'hopelessness'" (226).
He was himself not so much misogynistic, McCrum rightly points out, as gynophobic
. Whether bluestockings or ditzy airheads, women in Wodehouse tend to be objects of terror, interfering, dangerous in their potential to undermine the knut way of life.
While this critical posture is seductively straightforward, it fails to consider the complexities of gender throughout the entirety of Donne's corpus; representations of women indeed sometimes invoke the gynophobic
invective these critics identify, but this by no means characterizes all, or even the majority, of Donne's work.
Later, I discovered two watercolors, one by another Pakistani, Shahzia Sikander, with spermlike squiggles dancing around in a bloom of pink mist, the other by French artist Beatrice Cussol, a mushroom cloud of crimson and liquid white that made me think simultaneously of an amorphous family tree and a Rorschach spreading of scarlet ink in water, until it made me think of the old gynophobic
myth of the odor of menstrual blood fouling and curdling milk.