Looks like 20/20 is going to be doing a story on the Manosphere’s ongoing campaign to
destroy women fight for men’s rights by destroying women. See, there’s this whole contingent of men on the internet who think that feminism is “going too far”, by, you know, wanting equal pay for equal work, the ability to be hired without discrimination, the right not to have politicians legally enforce their baby-factory status, the right to bodily integrity, the right to not be treated as the Homemaker or Baby-Raiser By Default, or the right to do things that men can do without fear or expectation of being raped or sexually harassed, coupled with immediate blame for same.
You see, the manosphere knows the real issues here: women just want to be lazy asses and never work or join the military, they want to be able to choose who to have sex with (HORRORS!), and then when they get too old and ugly (at, like, 25), spermjack men to have their babies against the guy’s will, thus setting men up for a legal hell of child support without ever being allowed to see the children thereafter.
That’s right… both feminists and “men’s rights activists” are generally fighting for many of the same goals, except for the ones that are totally invented in the MRA’s depraved minds and never actually happen in real life.
So ABC is going to do a piece on how these men hope to achieve equality and end all these shameful issues caused by patriarchy, by… you guessed it… mistreating women on the internet.
Trigger warning: Paul Elam. Yes, he’s his own category of trigger warning.
Protected by the anonymity of the Internet, men feel free to post hateful and violent comments. Posts such as “I really wouldn’t mind shooting a [expletive] dead in the face, they are evil, all of them,” and “Women are the natural enemies of men” are commonplace on sites like “A Voice for Men,” a Manosphere blog run by Paul Elam.
Elam told ABC News’ “20/20” that while he may not agree with some of the comments that are made on his site, he believes men are society’s victims and need a forum to vent.
“There has been a change in the world, especially in the last 50 years. Women’s roles have changed drastically,” he told “20/20.” “What a lot of us in this area find is that men’s roles have not changed very much. Many find now that they have to react.”
Or, you know, try to change men’s rigid gender roles that enforce Masculinity as the only valid choice. That enforce Rugged Provider and Soldier archetypes on people who don’t want those archetypes foisted on them. That you as a man can choose not to be a Toxically Macho douchenozzle to other human beings out of some effort to be what society expects you to be, and thus undercut your rights to self-define as a loving caring father, for instance. You know, something like how feminists are expressly fighting those rigid gender roles for men and women.
Elam explained that men leave these comments in the Manosphere to get people to listen.
I’ll say it again… thank God finally someone is fighting for people to listen to MEN for a change. That NEVER happens. It’s all women politicians, all women speakers, all women on the news. No man ever gets to say his piece and be treated as a rational human being! No man ever gets treated as an autonomous agent, with all the laws preventing him from doing anything of his own free will!
While Elam told “20/20” that his site does not promote violence or hate toward women, some of his writing appears otherwise. In a post on his website, Elam wrote that women on welfare are “little more than thinly disguised layabouts.”
Elam claimed it’s not anger but satire and social commentary. “What I do is reflect and study what the attitude is in the culture,” he told “20/20.” “I am not creating the problem, I am documenting some of it.”
And that thing about, what was it… killing feminist judges? Or the one about being on a jury for a rapist and always voting Not Guilty regardless of whether or not this guy actually committed rape?
But experts like Mark Potok, from the Southern Poverty Law Center, believe this rhetoric is problematic. “The Manosphere is an underworld of so-called men’s rights groups and individuals on the Internet, which is just fraught with really hard-line anti-woman misogyny,” Potok told “20/20.”
And when a woman is on the receiving end of this misogyny, the Manosphere is unflinching in its attacks.
“Women who are targeted by these sites get a tidal wave of hate mail with rape threats and death threats,” Jaclyn Friedman, founder of Women, Action & the Media, told “20/20.”
I’ve noticed a trend. First, take a male-dominated space, like “politics” or “video games” or “being treated as a human being”. Then have women ask for some of that action. Then watch the shit-storm of entitled douches come out of the woodwork to put those uppity bitches back in their place, in the kitchen making you a sammich. Every goddamned space, the same fight is waged. Men dominate the space by default, women come in and want to also enjoy that space (and maybe in the process talk about women-related matters to other women), and the men get upset that it’s no longer 100% about them.
It’s happening right here, in our own atheist/skeptic communities, in the science-blogging community, in gaming, in politics, in just about every fucking place imaginable. Everywhere you turn, there’s entitled douchebags who are upset that their monopoly is being broken and are doing everything they can to make the environment hostile to the people bringing in diversity. It happens every time there’s some drive to include people outside the “expected default”. And people STILL claim there’s no such thing as privilege!
So 20/20 is bringing national attention to a bunch of whiny-babies who are upset that their monopolies are eroding, and now they’re crying that they deserve all the ice cream and uppity bitches should get none.
Yeah, this could swing either way. Either it’s going to be enlightening, or it’s going to cause the Manosphere to lose their shit and swarm every site even harder.
I’m heartened to know that they’re only a very, very vocal minority. Not VERY heartening, mind you, because they’re every bit as insufferable as your worst, most barnacle-like creationist, only they’re way more willing to destroy your life for daring to have a backstory that undercuts their narratives.