Their crap is getting old – fast!
I’m really, really tired of opening up my news feed to find another rant by a supposed male role model talking about how women are getting too uppity, men need to learn how to “find their balls” in their relationships, and that the world in general is disintegrating into a matriarchy where women demand equal everything (how dare they!).
Like, don’t we know that men are natural-born leaders? Us womenfolk are like children who need to be led gently by parental figures who know better – at least we do according to Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams.
Adams has been known for years as a men’s rights activist, or MRA. He runs a blog where he’s made several disparaging comments about women, dismissing issues like equal pay and instead attributing those lower wages to the ‘fact’ that women are just too timid to ask for more. In one of his more bizarre rants, which has since been taken down but is preserved in its entirety on several feminist sites, he states: “You don’t argue with a four-year-old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a woman tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.” All I have to say is I hope Adams’ kids brush their teeth often.
Another piece of walking human garbage goes by the name of Gavin McInnes.
An actor, writer and self-proclaimed comedian, McInnes has built his career off of kicking around anyone who doesn’t happen to have the same areas of privilege he does – which is nearly all of them. He was kicked out of Rooster, an advertising agency he co-founded, for writing an article titled “Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural” on Thought Catalog. It’s since been removed, but it contained gems like “We aren’t blind. We see there are no old trannies. They die of drug overdoses and suicide way before they’re 40 and nobody notices because nobody knows them. They are mentally ill gays who need help, and that help doesn’t include being maimed by physicians.” He doesn’t stop at transphobia, though. This man-baby has a list of greatest hits that include “When Is It OK To Hit A Woman?”, “Having Kids Turns You Into a Complete Fag”, and “Hey, Ladies! Short Hair is Rape”.
I could spend forever naming these male infants who spend their careers whinging about how they aren’t allowed to make simple date-rape jokes (Martin Freeman) or going on about how nobody notices what a great feminist they are (Joss Whedon, who repeatedly makes ‘strong’ female characters and then punishes them for having sex, and Donald Trump, who has made his presidential campaign on snide comments about how much prettier women would look on their knees).
All these tantrums being sent across the media are more than just words on the internet; the things these men are saying and doing influence the opinions of others. One guy who may be sitting at his computer screen wondering whether his opinions about men being the natural dominators of women are right is suddenly encouraged to rape and abuse not only women but numerous minority groups as well. They’re ironically destroying the very institution they claim to be trying to preserve – they are poisoning masculinity with their toxic spit-up.
Despite this fact and how horrifying it is to realize there are actually infants who manage to form semi-coherent words and grow facial hair, the louder their rants are the wider my smile is. These formula-stained fits are the death throes of an era that is melting away. No longer can men scream with impunity. Though they still have far more power than any of the rest of us, these babies are finally starting to face real consequences for their revolting actions. They’re being removed from key positions, having their comics pulled, and getting negative press for their vile opinion pieces. And what shows their privilege more than anything else is that they seem, in many cases, genuinely surprised by these repercussions. Surprised, indignant and angry. What was that about women being more emotional? Rage on, man-children – maybe one day you’ll figure out how to change your own diapers.
Comment: Should there be a limit to what opinions people can share online?