The Honey Badgers had an interesting stream with YouTuber TL;DR about the “puritanism” of the current progressive and feminist movements. The Badgers and TL;DR break down some of the reasons why so many modern leftists fall into the a cycle of smug arrogance. As TL;DR notes in the stream, everyone has this capacity and everyone does it from time to time.
Alison mentions this as well. She notes that she and Karen Straughan went through a series of videos and noticed the smug looks on many feminists’ faces in the videos. This is something I have noticed as well in my dealings with feminists, both offline and online. The contempt for those who disagree with feminists or feminism is often palpable, as is the arrogance when feminists know they are in a protected space.
One can see this in spaces in which the opposition is heavily moderated or banned. The feminists in those spaces behave with a kind of self-righteous indignation based solely on their assumed superiority over whomever represents the opposition. Yet this attitude quickly shifts when they enter uncontrolled spaces. Feminists then become defensive to a comical extent, reflexively accusing anyone and everyone of hating feminists, women, and social justice. Continue reading →
One must commend UK MP Philip Davies. He was recently appointed to the Women and Equalities Committee. The committee, in typical newspeak fashion, has little to do with actual equality and instead focuses exclusively on women’s issues, often misrepresenting facts about women’s situation in the UK. Feminists were none too pleased with conservative Davies’s appointment, particularly given his history of criticism of feminism and concern for men’s issues.
This criticism and concern led several UK outlets to brand Davies “anti-feminist” and accuse him of “misogyny”. Davies has not stated or done anything suggesting he is afraid of or hates women. He merely criticizes the modern feminist movement, its control within his government, and the lack of services available to men.
What makes Davies so interesting is that he managed to get on this committee and there appears to be little anyone can do to remove him. Continue reading →
It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept.
Women’s marches are scheduled in Washington DC and other major cities the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration and women across the country are knitting pink “pussy” hats to wear at the protests.
The hats have little cat ears and are an obvious homage to Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” comment.
The Pussyhat Project was started by two Los Angeles women who published designs for the hat online. The movement spread and now thousands are getting together to knit the hats to distribute at the marches.
Granted, these thousands of people could spend their time volunteering at a shelter, working with at-risk teens, contacting their local officials to address the myriad of social issues that affect women, or any number of acts of actual activism. Instead, these people choose to engage in a pointless act in the most ironically sexist, immature, and cowardly way. Continue reading →
Sargon of Akkad has an excellent video series on the reasons why people take issue with feminism. He presents a thorough explanation of the problems within feminism as an ideology and with its adherents. Some feminists may object to Sargon’s tone, however, he comes across as fair. He does not paint all feminists as the Borg. He acknowledges that different feminists think different things. Yet he also notes that the voices we hear tend to come from the authoritarian, anti-male element of the movement.
This is an ongoing series, so as Sargon uploads videos I will add them to this page. Continue reading →
Years ago there was a syndicated radio show called His Side with Glenn Sacks. Sacks is a father’s rights advocate who hosted the show from California. He regularly brought on prominent feminists to debate men’s issues, primarily father’s rights. He also had people call into show and ask questions.
On one episode, he invited a newcomer feminist blogger named Amanda Marcotte to talk with him. Marcotte had made name for herself with her blistering diatribes and rants on her blog Pandagon. The vitriol that came from her digital mouth knew few limits. There was little she would not write in order to trash men, the men’s rights movement, and advocates like Glenn Sacks.
So as one would expect, when Marcotte appeared on the show she spoke in the most restrained, mousey voice humanly possible. She presented the complete opposite of her online personality, acting afraid and timid and barely speaking loud enough to be heard despite the microphone being inches from her face. When challenged by Sacks on the various charges she had made against him and other advocates, Marcotte had only soft spoken, non-committal remarks.
What does it say about our society when we are only acknowledging the reality of female sexual perpetrators at the end of 2016?
As much as I detest the “it’s the current year” argument, I feel it is applicable in this instance. Despite all the progress made in victim advocacy in the last thirty years, we still hesitate to admit that women commit sexual violence. The hesitation comes in part from cultural norms about women’s capacity for violence, in part from assumptions about male victimization, and in part from a political movement that frames sexual violence as a “gendered” crime.
I havewrittennumeroustimesaboutfemalesex offenders. While the topic receives less media and scholarly attention, there are plenty of studies showing the prevalence of female sexual perpetration. I previously noted that if one looks at these studies in chronological order, the reported rate of female perpetration, particularly against male victims, increases over time. The more we study the topic, the more obvious it becomes that not only do women commit sexual violence, but that they represent the majority of people who sexually assault men and boys.
As shown above, none of this information is new. I pieced it together without access to scholarly publications. Other advocates, men’s rights activists, and even feminists have done the same. The information is scattered and somewhat limited, yet it is not hard to find.