MRA-style blockquoting activated!

So, inspired by a conversation on Twitter, I finally did something I’ve wanted to do for a while: I created a special blockquote style for MRAs for my blog. Every time an MRA uses the word “female” instead of “woman” or “girl”, I have always heard it like a Ferengi from Star Trek, with a super-elongated first syllable and a note of disdain or horror. “A feee-male!?” So I thought that the Ferengi head would make a great replacement for the more traditional blockquote quotation mark symbol.

To wit, here’s a comment I never bothered clearing through moderation last month or so, on this post from a full year prior.

Daniel Factor:

mostly lies and smears. Mra…anyone who doesn’t believe all men are the scum of the earth. Which apparently is being anti women and sexist.

I’ll be sure to use it liberally when I next post any MRA bullshit. You should be able to use it in comments as well, much like PZ’s Gumby for Creationists. Instead of <blockquote>, use <blockquote class="mra"> .

It’s a little iffy on shorter quotes, though. But those kinda look like cartoon balloons coming out of the Ferengi’s mouth, so that kind of works regardless.

Oh, and yes, I traced that head from a screencap of DS9, showing off my professional manga art skills. I mostly did it because I wanted to make one with the Ferengi touching his own ear, which if you remember anything from the canon, is an erogenous zone. (Seeing a Ferengi touch his ears whenever there was profit to be had or a woman to try to charm always skeeved me out just a little for that reason, which I’m sure was the intent of the show’s authors.)

MRA-style blockquoting activated!

64 thoughts on “MRA-style blockquoting activated!

  1. 51

    It’s who wants to stand up and talk about it, go on shows about it, go to conferences and speak about it, who’s intellectually active about it, you know, it’s more of a guy thing.

  2. 53

    Hmm. wonder if I can fix it so, on a short quote, the next post-quote line is down a bit. Extra carriage returns don’t show up. How about inside the blockquote?

    I don’t see why it’s such a big deal. Can’t you take a joke?



  3. 54

    I think putting the underscore after the carriage returns, inside the blockquote, made it work. Ah, what a lovely first day of spring. I’ve got a new Spike Jones CD, and now this.

    Thanks, Jason. You are teh awesome.

  4. 56

    Papyrus doesn’t need to be installed everywhere, just on your server. Most modern browsers (starting with IE 6 in fact) will render the @font-face CSS class which allows you to create fonts within CSS. You will just need to get a few versions of the font (*.eot,*.woff,*.svg,*.ttf, and *.otf) and set them up in CSS. You can take an otf or ttf file and create the different web fonts using the web font generator at Example code:

    @font-face { font-family: ‘Papyrus’; src: url(“/fonts/papyrus-webfont.eot”); src: url(“/fonts/papyrus-webfont.eot?#iefix”) format(“embedded-opentype”), url(“/fonts/papyrus-webfont.woff”) format(“woff”), url(“/fonts/papyrus-webfont.ttf”) format(“truetype”); font-weight: normal; font-style: normal;}

    Then use as normal. .svg is only really needed for older browsers and you will need to add the mime-type for woff as hat type is needed for some of the modern IE browsers.

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