Bingo!

This goes against my better judgment, which is to say that normally I am not inclined to engage in such pedantic acts. However, I was challenged to do this by a friend. He felt that if anyone could or should make a bingo card for feminists it should be me. I suppose my general deadpan personality might have led to the assumption that I could be objective about it, which is quite far from true. However, after discussing it with my brother (who seemed even more eager to see my take on the card), I decided that I might as well.

For those unaware, there is a sort of bingo card trend happening at the moment. I do not know who began it, but I have seen several versions of the card. I figured by now someone would have done a version for feminists (which I suppose would be called the “Anti-male Bingo Card”), but apparently no one has. If I and mistaken and someone indeed has, then allow me this moment of egotism to say mines is better.

My hope for this card is not that it will be used to attack, dismiss or mock feminists, but that it will provide some insight into the most common perspectives feminists seem to hold, particularly online. For the uninitiated, I hope that this card also shows the kinds of comments and the types of attitudes that feminists often resort to in discussions with those who disagree with or criticize feminist views.

Of course, this card is based only on my experiences and focuses on the comments I have most commonly heard; it is far from a complete list. The comments below not only represent things that were literally stated, but also the kinds of views and sentiments that are frequently found in discussions with feminists, which is to say that they are not always as apparent or relatively polite as the comments as I listed them.

Being such, people are welcome to add their input to the list, although I would ask that they maintain the tone of card, keeping the sarcasm and profanity to a minimum, not because that is always the nature of conversations with feminists, but because doing so would present the greatest possible objectivity to what is admittedly a rather subjective concept.

So without further ado, I present Anti-male Bingo.

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2 thoughts on “Bingo!

  1. One that I think should be added to the card is this: We don’t want to take away (or censor) “the sexy.”

    This is one I’ve seen thrown around by comic book femeists, when they complain about the way women are drawn in comics (specifically super-hero ones), but don’t want to be seen as though they are trying to eliminate or censor comic book creators and publishers, as was done in the 1950’s, in the wake of Dr. Frederick Wertham’s book “Seduction of the Innocent” (in which he blamed criminal behaviors in males, as directly relating to the fact that read comics as kids).

    Comic book femeists don’t want that same stigma placed on their complaints, so the phrase “we don’t want to take away the sexy” was born. Of course, it is a total fallacy, because if creators and publishers were to do as they told them to, they would be taking SOMEONE’S “sexy” away and censoring what material is allowed to be viewed within the magazines.

    Femeists want to be the ones to dictate what types of images of females (even ones of paper and ink) are allowed to exist and control what visual stimuli males get access to, all while claiming to not be surpressing free expression and creativity. And, naturally, it doesn’t wash.

    So, for that reason, I feel “We don’t want to take away ‘the sexy'” should be a part of the anti-male feminist bingo card.

  2. That is not a bad one. Generally, I dislike lists like the one I created. However, I thought that it could be useful for those who do use them. Most of the different versions I have seen were more petty than critical of feminists, and given the wealth of material one has to work with, I never understood how that could happen.

    In regards to feminist comic book fans, in general I do not pay much attention to them. Their arguments consist of dictating to male creators what they can write and draw and that is precisely the kind of censorship I dislike the most. I will say that I am most impressed by their lack of product. So many feminists complain about how sexist the industry is, particularly the Big Two, yet virtually none of them create any original work. Given the strength of their online community, if any of them were inclined, they could create webcomics or pay-on-demand comics and build up a significant fan base. Unfortunately, none of them seem to want to do that. Instead, they demand that male creators, particularly the successful ones, should make comics for feminists fans. That strikes me as wondrously narcissistic and selfish, and it does not surprise me than the average fan boy pays them no mind.

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