Archive for October 9, 2013
Sometimes I see something weird on the internet and screencap it but don’t end up with enough content for a post – which is really saying something, since my standards for blog posts are clearly very low. The screencaps sit on my hard drive untouched for months or years. I imagine that these snapshots of the internet’s yesteryear have appreciated in value like fine works of art, so I’m dusting some of them off for you now.
In mid-2012, One Direction’s Harry Styles made headlines after allegedly punching a paparazzo in the face. Harry denied the rumours, but the Twitterverse exploded – “harry punched” trended for several hours.
Naturally, Harry’s fans were quick to leap to his defense.
As we already know, it’s hard to be a man in this current politically-correct climate. You can’t call a woman a cunt without some shrieking harpy labelling you a “misogynist”. And when you try to stand up for your rights, those bitches laugh at you!
One organisation is trying to change this. Men’s Rights Edmonton is fighting back against feminazi mockery – by mocking themselves!
MR-E is no stranger to parody. This time, instead of lampooning messages like “please don’t rape drunk girls”, they’ve set their sights on the ridiculous and unjustified stereotypes of MRAs as rapists who think women are inferior to men and don’t deserve to be treated as people.
Their latest endeavour sees member Nick Reading pretending to run for city council under the “Patriarchy Party”.
The idea is this: if “the patriarchy” were real, none of this would be worth batting an eyelid over; it would just be the normal state of affairs. Since everything about this campaign is ridiculously offensive, the patriarchy doesn’t exist after all! Hooray! Feminists, your work is done here – put your bras back on and return to the kitchen.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it was the starting point for Rick Westlake’s Comfort Girls. Through Westlake, we learned that a patriarchal society would inevitably reduce women to sex slaves and babymakers with no real power over anything.
From my frequent trips into the Manosphere, one thing I find disturbing is how a large number of MRAs seem to believe that men are fundamentally evil but are too emasculated by modern society to do what they really want. If there was no risk of punishment or retaliation, the majority of men would be happy to treat women like objects. Women should, indeed, feel lucky that they can vote and drive and choose who they marry – if men had any say in the matter, those rights would be immediately stripped away.
Now, I’m as cynical as the next man-eating feminist, but something about that just doesn’t feel right. I have encountered very few feminists with such an awful view of the entire male gender, so it’s especially baffling that a supposed “men’s rights” community would rally behind people like Nick Reading who are doing more to hurt their image than any external group could ever do.