Monday, November 17, 2014

The World's Most Perfect Analogy

Somebody made a comic describing exactly how obnoxious it is to try and argue with misogynistic men who act all "intellectual" and "calm" and "reasonable" but are basically just trolls in bow ties.

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[Comic transcript:

Panel 1: Man and woman in an old-timey car.

Woman: I don't mind most marine mammals. But sea lions? I could do without sea lions.

Man: Don't say that out loud!

Panel 2: Human-size sea lion appears behind them.

Sea lion: Pardon me, I couldn't help but overhear...

Man: Now you've done it.

Panel 3: Close up of sea lion behind annoyed-looking woman.

Sea lion: I would like to have a civil conversation about your statement. Would you mind showing me evidence of any negative thing any sea lion has ever done to you?

Panel 4: Man and woman at their dinner table, with the sea lion still behind them.

Woman: Go away.

Sea lion: There's no need to raise your voice. I'm right here. I'm just curious if you have any sources to back up your opinion?

Panel 5: Woman in bed, with sea lion standing beside her.

Woman: You're in my house.

Sea lion: You made a statement in public for all to hear. Are you unable to defend the statements you make? Or simply unwilling to have a reasoned discussion?

Panel 6: Man and woman at the table the next morning, sea lion in between them.

Man: Told you, dude. Sea lions.

Sea lion: I have been unfailingly polite, and you two have been nothing but rude.

Woman: I am trying to eat breakfast.

Sea lion: Very well. We shall resume in an hour.]

This comic was apparently made to describe GamerGaters, but as we all know, the people of GamerGate are just misogynists and MRAs who like video games. Or don't like video games but will jump on any chance to justify their hatred of women and their subsequent harassment of women while painting themselves as the victims.

This comic is a gift, really, because there are few things more exasperating when you're arguing with someone who demands "evidence" for something they're actively doing or something that happens to you and every other woman on a nearly daily basis, and then when you express irritation, act like you're being unreasonable and claim some kind of moral or intellectual high ground because you told them to leave you alone. This is pretty much their formula for every argument. Now I can just send trolls like this a link to this comic and move on with my life.

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