Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Are Men's Rights Activists Misogynistic? Yes.


Believe it or not, I still get people coming to me to say that Men's Rights Activists don't hate women and are just trying to help men with their issues.

This is really hard to back up when perhaps the biggest voice in the Men's Rights community literally hates women and think they should stay out of the workplace because we're ruining everything with our whining. Also he's totally cissexist, constantly conflating vaginas with femaleness.

Actual literal quote from head of one of the most popular Men's Rights websites:

“There’s just a different way that men do things with each other, and it results in excellence,” Elam said on something called the ManStream Media. “In civilization. In the aqueducts being built. To people landing on the moon and cures being found to disease.” 
“I’m sorry, ladies,” he continued, “but if we want society to advance, we need to leave men alone to do their work — to do their thing and be with each other to get things done. Because that’s how it works.”

Apparently there have been no great advances in science and technology since women brought their women brains into the mix. Throw out your smart phones, they're useless.

There's more:

Elam agreed that women in the workplace is the pits. In his best feminine voice, Elam said, “‘Hi! I have a vagina and a whole new set of rules! Never mind what’s worked for thousands of years, because I’m female and I know how to make 9,000 people work together to build a bridge across two miles of river!’”

Animated gif of the camera zooming in on April from Parks & Recreation's very unimpressed face

If your idea of helping men is to say that we should get those useless females out of the workplace, that's still misogyny. Not sure how much clearer it needs to be.


Austin said...

So I have to agree Men's Rights activists are just the absolute worst. I've learned from experience that like most ignorant people, people who like to associate themselves as activists for this group don't enjoy being questioned on their beliefs. I once tweeted out to a man who runs a Men's Rights (women hate) blog, asking him to explain his beliefs. I told him I didn't exactly agree with him and wanted to know what had caused him to think this way. Instead of responding in a logical manner, he tweeted out my username to all of his followers telling them to spam me with messages. So in short, these people are just full of hate.

Lindsey Weedston said...

[Trigger warning: Mention of suicide]

Yeah, that doesn't surprise me at all. They pretend to advocate for "reasonable discussion" but the second you disagree with them on anything, you become a target for full-on harassment. The worst part is that there are plenty of men running good organizations that actually focus on men's issues, such as high rates of unreported mental illness and higher completed suicide rates.