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Attention-seeking manosphere douchebag offers how-to guide for abusive boyfriends

Not the model for a happy and successful relationship

Not the model for a happy and successful relationship

Apparently hoping to gin up another flood of hate-traffic to his blog, the attention-seeking human stain whose name rhymes with Batt Gorney has posted what is essentially a how-to guide for would-be abusive boyfriends under the charming title “How to Crush a Girl’s Self-Esteem.”

“Gorney” has conveniently arranged his suggestions into a numbered list, so let’s proceed through them one by one. (If you’re triggered by explicit discussions of psychological and physical abuse, please stop reading now.)

Step one, in “Gorney’s” not-so-unique 6-step-plan: “Constantly make her feel inadequate.”

And how do you do that? Easy as pie.

Every time she does something for you, find out what she did wrong and remind her of it. If you can’t find any problems, make some up.

And try some mild gaslighting while you’re at it.

[Y]ou should always sound calm and collected, like you’re talking about the weather. Denigrating her in a neutral-but-firm fashion will trip her submissiveness circuitry, making her think about how she can better serve you. And every time she reaches the goalposts, you move them, forcing her to play an eternal game of catch-up.

Like the salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross, you should Always Be Criticizing:

The concept is that if you criticize girls for minor mistakes, they’ll be less likely to commit major ones, as their mental energy is expended on dealing with your every complaint. For example, if you constantly critique the way she dresses, you won’t be arguing with her over whether she should get a tattoo or nose piercing to express her “individuality.”

In step 2, “Dominate her physically and sexually,”“Gorney” encourages his readers to violate their girlfriend’s personal and sexual boundaries at every chance.

Repeatedly violate her boundaries in small, petty ways, small enough that she’ll feel petty for complaining to you.

That’s right: abuse her strategically, and in such a way that she feels crazy for complaining about your abuse. “Gorney” is thinking like a true abuser.

For example, if you’re into anal sex and she’s not thrilled about it, the next time you take her from behind, stick your finger into her asshole. If she doesn’t like facials, cum in her hair instead. Lightly clasp your hand around her throat during sex like you’re going to choke her. (Do not actually choke her. That is dangerous.) Smack her on the behind when you’re out in public. The possibilities are endless.

The message you want to send her is simple: it’s not her body anymore.

This is all textbook abusive behavior.

“Gorney” follows this with a lovely bit of rationalization:

Most girls want you to dominate them anyway, but the rationalization hamster and their conscious minds prevent them from articulating this desire.

And then it’s back to more strategic abuse:

[I]f she lets you get away with minor violations of her boundaries, she’ll accede to your bigger demands later on, letting you mold her into the perfect plaything. If she doesn’t violently resist getting her anus fingered, a little more pressure and you’ll be full-on sodomizing her, grinning as she whimpers between each thrust.

Apparently the only sexual pleasure “Gorney” can imagine from anal sex is the pleasure he evidently gets from forcing women into it against their will.

Oh, and make sure you never give her the chance to say “no.”

Never ask her for anything, because asking is begging, and begging is contemptible.

Yep. Avoid the thorny issue of consent by never asking, and assuming that anything other than violent resistance is a “yes.”

Step 3 in “Gorney’s” program takes the creepiness into overdrive: “Isolate her from her friends and family.”

I don’t have much to say about this one; there’s a reason this is a favorite technique of cults and domestic abusers alike. Here’s Gorney’s take on it:

You need to be the primary emotional influence in her life, and you can’t do that if she’s leaning on anyone else for support. Gradually wean her from contact with anyone other than you.

What’s in it for you?

Not only will this increase her emotional dependence on you, it will make her more willing to please you; she’ll be less likely to wreck the relationship if she knows she’ll be all alone if it goes south.

For step 4, “Gorney” puts away the stick for a moment and pulls out a carrot, urging his readers to “Reward her at random intervals.”

But his emphasis is as much on the random as on the rewards; this is yet another gaslighting trick.

If you reward her every time she does good, she’ll see the pattern and use it to manipulate you. But if you reward her at random, her little hamster brain will run itself ragged trying to figure out your endgame.

Step 5 carries the slightly misleading title “Give her an emotional release.” In fact, what he suggests is that you physically “discipline” your girlfriend when she does “wrong” in your eyes.

By spanking a girl until she starts crying and sobbing, you give her an emotional release, turning her into a soppy puddle of goo and making her more inclined to serve you. As a friend of mine put it, all girls crave spankings; it’s their way of making up for Eve’s sin.

“Gorney” seems to be confusing consensual BDSM — which can bring bottoms or submissives intensely emotional releases — with domestic violence.

In step 6, “Gorney” tries to convince his readers — and himself — that it’s an abuser’s incredible sexual prowess, and not his manipulative abuse, that allows him to keep control over an abusive relationship.

You absolutely must have good cocksmanship if you want to ruin a girl’s self-esteem. Girls are enslaved to their vaginas as much as men are to their penises …  Girls will do anything for a man who can fuck them good … .

Your dick is heroin, she’s the junkie and you’re the dealer.

Yeah, keep telling yourself that.

If you can make her cum on a regular basis, she’ll side with you over her parents, her friends, everyone.

Really? I hate to break it to you, dude, but “[m]aking her cum on a regular basis” is not really an extraordinary achievement, dude. It’s not a sign that you’re some sort of exceptional “cocksman” with a dick of pure heroin. It’s actually kind of, you know, basic? Expected? Also, most women can give themselves orgasms on a regular basis.

Additionally, don’t make her cum every time you have sex. Think like a dealer: you give the customer the pure stuff when you want to get them hooked, and when they’re addicted, you sell them shit that’s been cut with rat poison to increase your bottom line.

Somehow I don’t doubt that sex with guys like this would be a lot like taking drugs laced with rat poison.

[R]ationing out her orgasms at random will keep her on her toes trying to satisfy you.

Or send her off in search of someone who’s not such a complete asshole in bed?

“Gorney’s” advice is so over-the-top awful — it sometimes reads like he’s literally copied it from some textbook on domestic abuse — that it’s hard not to wonder if he just trolling. And to some degree, I’m sure he is. But he also clearly believes a lot of the shit he posts, and so I can only assume he believes, and possibly follows, at least some of his “advice” here.

This is a guy, after all, who admitted plainly to hitting a previous girlfriend, in a post in which he also declared that

Women should be terrorized by their men; it’s the only thing that makes them behave better than chimps.

Actually, that’s not true. In fact, there’s some research that suggests male chimps terrorize female chimps — and beat them with branches —  to punish them for mating with other males. So men who abuse women are in fact the ones behaving like chimps.

Every time I think that the manosphere can’t sink any lower, something comes along and proves me wrong.

NOTE: I don’t want to give “Gorney” any traffic for his terrible post. But I also feel obligated to link to my source. So I have. I’ve just hidden the link randomly in the middle of the post.

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Posted on February 5, 2014, in advocacy of violence, attention seeking, creepy, domestic violence, doubling down, douchebaggery, eek tattoos, emotional abuse, empathy deficit, entitled babies, gaslighting, hamstering, matt forney, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, PUA, reactionary bullshit, red pill, self-congratulation, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 485 Comments.

  1. Interestingly, does anyone know if there’s a link between being an abuser and suffering from sexual dysfunction? Obviously there are a lot of innocent reasons for sexual dysfunction and I am in no way implying that men with sexual dysfunctions are misogynists, or abusers, or anything. But I’ve always wondered if, in abusers specifically, there was a relationship between their dysfunctional relationship with women emotionally and a dysfunctional relationship with women sexually.

    There’s no relationship, based on the DSM sexual dysfunction categories. Things get a little more complicated if one delves into the philias, because not all philias that have been psychologically constructed as requiring “treatment” are pathological, abnormal, or maladaptive. For outcomes other than the philias that could be construed as sexual dysfunction, for example premature ejaculation, one takes the relationship into the equation as well. If both partners are sexually satisfied, then the timing of ejaculation isn’t defined as “premature”. So in that instance, a male can form a view that they’re “too quick”, but using a timer as the yardstick isn’t the correct measure. It also tends to be based on a PIV focus on sex, and so my (general) understanding is that assisting the person can involve expanding the diversity of their sexual behaviours (if that is indicated, it may not be, depending on the what exactly is the problem). I’m not a sex therapist but I have had lectures by psychologists who treat sexual dysfunction as part of the range of presenting issues they deal with.

    But then, I actually have no idea what on earth you mean by “sexual dysfunction”.

  2. Hey Manbobz+awsome (cat)community,
    dropping by to say a big thank you for keeping up with the evil MRAs and their doings. Because of you Ive an easier time to tackle all the crap I need to handle on daily basis.

    Best regards

  3. Interestingly, does anyone know if there’s a link between being an abuser and suffering from sexual dysfunction? Obviously there are a lot of innocent reasons for sexual dysfunction and I am in no way implying that men with sexual dysfunctions are misogynists, or abusers, or anything. But I’ve always wondered if, in abusers specifically, there was a relationship between their dysfunctional relationship with women emotionally and a dysfunctional relationship with women sexually.

    And maybe we could not start coming up with excuses for abusers.

  4. Kiwi girl: Mandy Patinkin–what about Yentl? *drools* Of course I drooled over Babs and Amy Irving too. Lol!

  5. But then, I actually have no idea what on earth you mean by “sexual dysfunction”.

    Maybe erectile dysfunction? Hell idk.

  6. @Kitteh

    MEZ – it’s certainly clearer once you included

    “repeatedly” in it! Doing it as part of a pattern, for

    whatever reason, yes, now I see what you’re getting at

    Yeah, Bat Gaun-ey knows that it will cause certain types of

    women emotional harm, but slip under society’s defintion of

    “emotional abuse” and skirt too close to rape culture for

    feminists to touch. I, for one, have little doubt that Bat

    Guan-ey is most likely not trolling and writing from

    experience.

    Sexual witholding is a passive-aggressive staple.

    @AIT

    First and foremost, anyone in any given relationship

    absolutely has the right to say no to sexual intimacy, for

    any reason.

    YES! Re-read what I said to Kitteh in my earlier post

    and in this one.This isn’t about a one-off event, and Bat

    Guan-ey’s post isn’t talking about refusing sex

    occasionally, because the guy isn’t in the mood, either.

    Also, sexual intimacy =/= helping with household chores. If

    you’re going to tell me that it’s a responsibility for me

    to oblige a woman any time she wants sex for fear of hurting

    her feelings if I say no, you’re just as bad as someone who

    says a husband has a right to sex any time he wants.

    No, they’re not literally the same.I was making a metaphor

    about how repeatly rejecting any form of emotionally caring

    for your partner is harmful, not literally comparing sexual

    intamacy with household chores.Although you say you have sex

    with your partner if zie feels neglected, why is that?

    By the way, it’s not your resposiblity to oblige her with

    helping out with dishes, going out on dates, or anything

    else either. I, personally, can think of an assortment of

    reasons to not do dishes with a partner;

    -I may be doing the bulk of the rest of the housework.
    -I may have an arrangement with my partner that I do the

    cooking, zie does most or the clean-up (this is the

    arrangement in my house).
    -I might be particularily physically drained that day and

    plan on doing them the next day.
    -I may have different cleanliness standards than my partner;

    ie, I may only do dishes once a day, while zie may want them

    done after every meal.
    -I may be physically hurt, have a broken leg, or whatever,

    that physically prevents me from doing dishes.
    -I may have had a particularily long day at work while my

    partner has had the day off.

    Point is, you aren’t obliged to do anything in a

    relatinship, other than being obliged to avoid abusing your

    partner. And when you do something-anything-

    repeatedly and with the intent of causeing emotional

    distress in your partner- it’s abuse!

    @Old Reader

    Mez, “In short, many women’s sense of sexuality, and

    womanhood, is really tied up into pleasing the man in bed.”

    – Mine is not. At all. The men I’ve been with have orgasmed

    regardless of what I did, however I did not orgasm

    regardless of what they did. Therefore I am more focused on

    my own pleasure and what he can do to please me since I know

    he will orgasm regardless anyway.

    Ok, I get that. Other woman are different. Also, men as a

    general rule don’t just “orgasm regardless anyway”. Some men

    struggle with delayed ejaculation, at least some men view

    sex as a major way of connencting emotionally with a woman,

    some men are looking for more than a warm blow-up

    doll.Emotions affect men sexually just as much as women.In

    other words, sex starts in the head for both genders.

    @cassandra

    Oh, awesome, more generalizations about relationships.

    The statment “most women are good kind people who don’t

    steal from their boyfriend’s bank accounts” is also a

    generalization. Let’s focus the debate on whether or not the

    generalizations are accurate, not whether they are

    generalizations. I never said that this was “all” women, or

    even “most” women.

    Looks like dlouwe gets it! :)

    Well, I can add my anecdata for what it’s worth, and I can

    contribute that this situation can happen (though nothing to

    say about how common), and it’s absolutely fucked up. I

    have sexual performance anxiety issues, which she has a hard

    time not taking personally. Both of these issues are borne

    from the shitty idea that all men always want sex all the

    time, and they both feed back into each other and do their

    best to enter a downward spiral.

    Yes, it is a common sceneario, although I’m not seeing any

    statictics for exactly how common it is. Considering that

    “Many” and “Some” are both pretty meaningless words, and

    whether “many” women feel this way or whether “some” women

    feel this way is meaningless as to whether or not a pattern

    of sexual withholding is manipulative and abusive to certain

    women,I’m just going to cede this point.:)

    We can replace all “manys” with “somes”. :)

    Here is one citation;

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?

    articlekey=43662

    What the commercials don’t show you: The painful distress a

    woman can experience when her man suffers with erectile

    dysfunction (ED).

    “Women internalize things — they tend to blame themselves

    first, thinking it’s because they have done something wrong,

    or that they are no longer attractive to their partner. In

    fact, the first thing a woman thinks when a man can’t get an

    erection is that it’s her fault, and nothing could be

    further from the truth,” says Andrew McCullough, MD,

    director of sexual health and male infertility at NYU

    Medical Center in New York City.

    Unfortunately, experts say a lack of education about the

    causes of ED are frequently behind a woman’s self-blame, as

    well as her increasing anxiety, and sometimes, even feelings

    of hurt and anger when the problem occurs.

    “Most women usually start with a line of questioning that

    often has some anxiety or hurt to it. She may suspect her

    partner is having an affair, or that he just doesn’t find

    her desirable anymore, so she begins to hint around at these

    possibilities,” says Sallie Foley, MSW, a professor at the

    graduate school of social work at the University of Michigan

    and co-author of Sex Matters For Women.

    Often, says Foley, a man suffering with ED will interpret

    her questions — and her hurtful attitude — as an attack on

    him, so he pulls back.

    “She then experiences this pulling back as a confirmation

    that she has done something wrong, and so she retreats even

    further,” says Foley. As she does, increasing levels of

    anxiety or depression can set in, along with suspicions

    about what’s going on with him, as well as a continued

    belief that there is something wrong with her.

    The end result: The couple can stop communicating altogether

    — not only in the bedroom, but in all aspects of their

    relationship. And that, say experts, can only make problems

    worse for both partners.

    I’ll get to the rest later, as I really have to get going.

  7. Sure, woman can masturbate, but that only satisfies the physical needs, if you know what I mean.

    …No, I don’t know what you mean. Clarify, please.

    I assumed MEZ meant that there’s a possibility of emotional intimacy in sex that doesn’t exist in masturbation. Which I don’t disagree with. But given what else they wrote, it’s possible they were talking about a woman’s need to ~please her man~, which I’d also like to see citations on if the claim is that this is a universal need. I mean, yes, there is social pressure on women to be sexually appealing to men, and that extends into sex itself, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that (hetero/bi) women are wracked with anxiety over it.

    @coolies,

    Yeah, I mean I’m not ashamed or anything. I just wonder sometimes about what the ‘normal’ thing to do is. Just curious I guess

    I was like that for a long time. For whatever reason, I didn’t (and often still don’t) get excited over the men everyone else seems to find attractive, and I worried that there was something weird about me. Now I know that photographs just don’t do much for me in most cases, because personality is a big attraction factor for me. And now I know that I’m just not that attracted to men (although amusingly, the longer I’m with my [male] partner, the more I find men appealing).

  8. Off topic, but why are you double spacing, MEZ?

  9. Coolies,
    There is nothing wrong with you. We all have different and varied tastes. I’ve been out with friends and they’d say something like, “Wow, look at all the hot guys here” and scanning the crowd I couldn’t find hide nor hair of the guys they were talking about. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

  10. @MEZ

    YES! Re-read what I said to Kitteh in my earlier post and in this one.This isn’t about a one-off event, and Bat Guan-ey’s post isn’t talking about refusing sex occasionally, because the guy isn’t in the mood, either.

    Yeah, but sometimes people just have different sex drives :/

    And I’m gonna have to disagree with you. Household chores =/= sex. I can’t articulate why atm, but it’s just a really off comparison, imo.

    The statment “most women are good kind people who don’t steal from their boyfriend’s bank accounts” is also a generalization. Let’s focus the debate on whether or not the generalizations are accurate, not whether they are generalizations.

    Oh, lordie. Look, just provide your fucking citations, or get out. I’m so tired of your generalizations.

    I never said that this was “all” women, or even “most” women.

    You said many. That means a significant number, that means I’m gonna want to see you back up your shit.

    @emilygoddess

    I assumed MEZ meant that there’s a possibility of emotional intimacy in sex that doesn’t exist in masturbation. Which I don’t disagree with. But given what else they wrote, it’s possible they were talking about a woman’s need to ~please her man~, which I’d also like to see citations on if the claim is that this is a universal need. I mean, yes, there is social pressure on women to be sexually appealing to men, and that extends into sex itself, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that (hetero/bi) women are wracked with anxiety over it.

    Yeah, I get what you’re saying. The reason I asked for clarification was b/c I was getting weird vibes from MEZ on it, and sometimes when people phrase it in their own words it feels more clear which way they’re going with the topic. Idk, if that makes sense?

  11. Where are these photos of guys y’all are talking about?

  12. “Ok, I get that. Other woman are different. Also, men as a general rule don’t just “orgasm regardless anyway”. Some men struggle with delayed ejaculation, at least some men view sex as a major way of connencting emotionally with a woman, some men are looking for more than a warm blow-up doll. Emotions affect men sexually just as much as women.I n other words, sex starts in the head for both genders.”

    But who cares if it’s a generalization if the generalization is right? Why bother with the explains and such, the generalizations is wrong you say, so that’s that then!

  13. Old Reader — go back a page or two and you’ll find them.

  14. MEZ:

    Ok, I’ll give you one more shot at convincing me you’re not a huge troll, because while some would say emulation is flattery, I’m not flattered. I am not saying I would have pity sex with them, as you are implying with your little “why is that?” tag-on. I didn’t say I’d have sex, I said I’d make time to be intimate. Intimacy =/= sex.

    You’re also backpedaling if you tell me now that you’re not obliged to do anything in a relationship, because the way you framed that last bit I responded to framed them as things you should not withhold from your partner.

    You started this by saying that

    In short, many women’s sense of sexuality, and womanhood, is really tied up into pleasing the man in bed. A man rejecting a woman sexually, especially in a committed relationship, is probably one of the meanest things he could do. Even just when it’s just a physical problem on the man’s part, the consequence is a net loss of self-esteem on the woman’s part. (I’m too lazy to dig up my citations right now, but I will do so if anyone’s interested).

    You didn’t say constantly rejecting. The way you put it is a man shouldn’t reject his partner sexually. And I told you, if I’m not up for it that particular moment, I will do what I can to make sure they don’t think I don’t want them.

    I am glad you have an established chore routine in your household, which you and your partner agree on. That’s good. Using not helping with the dishes as a metaphor for not having sex is a bit too far off base.

    Marie:

    Thank you! I think the biggest reason I have a problem with that metaphor is dishes are something that needs done to keep a clean home while sex is something that two partners consent to doing. Hell, some couples are completely asexual, but I’ll be damned if they don’t do dishes. Unless they eat out all the time.

  15. ….I have no words for this. I’m speechless. At the same time, I wonder if this guy actually believes what he says. If he does, well, then he needs some serious Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. And no Red Pill, doesn’t count as CBT (One of these guys came into Blue Pill and told me that their subreddit was CBT once because people who had licenses were all “feminazis.”

  16. @Mnemosyne

    Can’t tell if this is just me being too sensitive, but that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy quip is so fucking rubbing me the wrong way.

  17. I’m gonna hope Mnemosyne was attempting to say they need therapy. Which anyone who seriously thinks this is an okay way to behave does. Or, at least, if you think being abusive is a great way to get a GF, you need a psych far more than you need a GF.

    Or maybe Mnemosyne just said CBT cuz Red Pill dude did? I can’t tell.

  18. It’s not for anyone to say you’re being too sensitive or not, Marie. The joke didn’t rub me the wrong way, but that’s me. I’d just say CBT would be wasted on a shitface like Forney; you have to want to change your thinking.

  19. I read the comment as meaning that some MRAs possibly do think that Red Pill is equivalent to / a valid alternative to CBT. I would normally raise at least one eyebrow at that, but David’s blog has taught me not to be too surprised at anything MRAs might believe.

  20. @ AIT

    On the trolling or just clueless issue I’m going to guess that it’s the latter in this case, but honestly? Given how consistently zie seems to be rubbing people the wrong way I’m not sure it matters.

    (In other words, my patience is wearing as thin as yours, and I suspect it’s not just the two of us feeling that way.)

  21. Cassandrakitty:

    The thing about cluelessness is, zie has zir clueless remarks pointed out often enough, and by enough people, that zie should start to see the pattern and perhaps realize that it’s time to stop doubling down, making snide little quips, and instead just apologize, try to learn, and then shut it.

    I can’t find quite the word I want for snide, perhaps just indirect? Loaded? For someone who studied language, I’m terrible with English some days.

    I personally feel like zie has run out of mana to play the cluelessness card.

  22. @auggziliary

    Off topic, but why are you double spacing, MEZ?

    Because I wrote the post in Notepad, pasted and posted it in a super rush, and then Notepad destroyed the formatting. I’m half tempted to fix that mess and repost it but it seems as if some people have already responded.

    @Marie

    Look, just provide your fucking citations, or get out. I’m so tired of your generalizations.

    Oh god, let’s back up. Forney posted some diabolically fucked up shit about manipulating women, and one of his pieces of advice was that women could be manipulated by withholding sex, an idea that was scoffed at here. I posted that this isn’t off base, as many women would be confused and internalize the abuse, many women highly value sex, other posters chimed in about toxic societal scripts about men “always” wanting sex, etc. etc.

    Arguing as to whether “some” women feel this way, or “many” women feel this way, is completely missing the point. It’s the same thing with saying “it’s a generalization!”; it’s irrelevant to the issue. Generalizations are not automatically bad, they can be false, or they can be true. Honestly these arguments against me are red herrings.

    I’ll gladly provide you citations, but first I want to know what you are looking for so I can make a point of citing it. Are you looking for a discussion on how one partner’s sexuality effects the women’s sexuality, or are you looking for an exact number of women that feel this way so you can say “See, see! You shouldn’t have used the quantifier many!”?

    Why are some of you so defensive over whether it’s “many” or “not so many” anyway? Do you feel that I’m making a judgement call about women who don’t feel this way? Do you feel that I’m implying that it’s abnormal to feel differently? Is this just because of the subject matter, and it’s closeness with both abuse and issues with consent?

    The fact of the matter is, abusers attack any weakness. Maybe you would laugh if a guy tried to put you down sexually, other girls would take it differently. It’s still a red flag. And it’ll take a few days to get my citations in order, once I figure out what you’re looking for.

    Yeah, but sometimes people just have different sex drives :/

    They do. Healthy relationships try to take this into consideration and find a workable solution that takes everyone’s needs into consideration.

    @emilygoddess

    I assumed MEZ meant that there’s a possibility of emotional intimacy in sex that doesn’t exist in masturbation. Which I don’t disagree with. But given what else they wrote, it’s possible they were talking about a woman’s need to ~please her man~, which I’d also like to see citations on if the claim is that this is a universal need.

    Yeah, I was more or less referring to emotional intimacy, but also referring to the fact that sex and masturbation can just be different beasts. Since you guys asked for clarification, I’ll give you an example. Not to TMI you guys but, [TMI] I rarely receive full physical relief from sexual frustration solely from masturbation because there’s all the emotional and sexual components that I bring into sex, the feel of a man’s body, his scent, the intimacy of knowing or finding out what gets each other off, feelings of love, the little goof-ups or awkward moments that happen, etc. etc. I won’t give you guys too much TMI. [/TMI]

    “~pleasing her man~”, it sounds so sterile and robotic when you say it, like it’s about subjugating herself and her needs and not about intimacy. Which some women are in to. Where did I say anything, anywhere, about “universal needs”? :)

    @AIT

    Ok, I’ll give you one more shot at convincing me you’re not a huge troll, because while some would say emulation is flattery, I’m not flattered. I am not saying I would have pity sex with them, as you are implying with your little “why is that?” tag-on. I didn’t say I’d have sex, I said I’d make time to be intimate. Intimacy =/= sex.

    Yes, I assumed by intimacy you meant sex. I wasn’t flattering you, or trolling you, I thought I was dealing with someone who strongly argued a point, and then turned right around and said he doesn’t follow his own beliefs. Which I now see is due to a misunderstanding/bad assumption on my part. “Intimacy” can mean sex, but I shouldn’t have assumed so.

    You didn’t say constantly rejecting.

    This is true, I didn’t, but I was referencing the bullshit in a post by an asshole that was about repeatedly withholding sex from women.

    And I told you, if I’m not up for it that particular moment, I will do what I can to make sure they don’t think I don’t want them.

    And I’m sure your girlfriends understand, because you go out of your way to make sure that your sensitive to their feelings and needs as well. Your behavior doesn’t have anything in common with the shit-stain advice that Forney gave, which is what I was referencing and talking about.

    You’re also backpedaling if you tell me now that you’re not obliged to do anything in a relationship, because the way you framed that last bit I responded to framed them as things you should not withhold from your partner.

    I was specifically using examples of things that you CAN and probably WILL say no to during the course of a relationship, but will likely damage the relationship if done to excess. Being able, and somewhat expected to, say no to something is literally the EXACT OPPOSITE of being obliged to do it.

    Hell, some couples are completely asexual,

    It would be a mistake to say that happily asexual couples “withhold” sex from one another. “Withholding” something important from another person is not about consent, it’s about emotionally hurting the other person and making a power play. Think about it.

    “Withholding money”.
    “Withholding permission”.
    “Withholding approval”.

    None of these phrases are about mutual respect and understanding between equals.

    I think the biggest reason I have a problem with that metaphor is dishes are something that needs done to keep a clean home while sex is something that two partners consent to doing.

    Dishes and sex (for those whom need sex) are different levels of needs. Dishes are practical and basic while sex is is a bit like “self-actualization” in that it’s something that is better to have (for those whom have an emotional need for it) but not life threatening if you don’t have it. They’re not similar in a needs-based way, but how they are similar is that both are emotional bids, or maybe even transfers of caring, from one partner to another. Dishes need to be done, but they don’t need to be done by any one particular person. It’s the emotional disconnect that does the damage when it occurs.

    Again, it’s about withholding and not about consent.

  23. Marie,

    I apologize in advance for speaking for you, but I’ve had it up to here, here being my eyeballs. I also apologize if you prefer another pronoun, I’ll make sure to fix in the future if you wish.

    MEZ,

    You have proven yourself entirely clueless. Marie asked for citations on your statement that “many women’s sense of sexuality, and womanhood, is really tied up into pleasing the man in bed.” Emphasis mine, showing you what zie wanted cited, as if zie hadn’t made that clear already when zie first said she wanted you to dig up the citations that you were “too lazy to dig up” at the time, but said you would “do so if anyone’s interested”. Many is implying a large number, where some could be large or small. Ask Miriam Webster. Marie said zie’s interested in your citations. So far you’ve failed to back it up, constantly being either too lazy, too busy, or at this point unable figure out what anecdata is being objected to. A few days have already passed, you’re treading on people’s toes now. If you have as much source as you imply, you could probably cover both issues you mentioned to Marie. Thank you.

    The argument is not moot just because you cannot back up your side of it. Arguing that generalizations are not inherently bad is missing the point that the one you made is a bad generalization.

    Instead of passing time making long double down comments, why not spend some time finding us at least ONE of your citations? If you can go through them for days, hitting ctrl + F to find key phrases should not be that hard.

    “Why are you so defensive” is a bully tactic. Fuck that.

    The original post wasn’t even talking about withholding sex, in fact he was promoting having sex as often as he wanted, and raping her! He’d said to be rationing out her orgasms, meaning she shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy it all the time. I never once argued that is abuse.

    I do not agrue with you that abuse is abuse. Everything posted in Forney’s article is straight out of the textbook on abuse flags. I get it. I suffered nine months of emotional torture, with many of her tactics reflected in Forney’s guidebook, and still to this day have problems trusting people and myself because of it. If you think I don’t know what abuse is, you clearly don’t know me.

    Don’t you fucking dare tell me that sex is a need. You said yourself, you will not die without it. Maslow has been fairly solidly debunked, please read up here. I already have a wall of text here, so I won’t repost more than the link. Thanks to Sparky for pulling that one up back in the thread started on the 30th.

    I didn’t say asexual couples withhold sex. You are putting your context onto my words. I mentioned them as an example of people who by definition do not desire sex. You are insisting it’s a need.

    A man rejecting a woman sexually, especially in a committed relationship, is probably one of the meanest things he could do. Even just when it’s just a physical problem on the man’s part, the consequence is a net loss of self-esteem on the woman’s part.

    If you honestly only meant abusive relationships in that phrase, I couldn’t see that.

    I am about to pass out because it’s 0300 where I am, and frankly that is an ugly hour. I don’t plan to continue this. I’ve made my points.

  24. Sex is an essential need = asexual people are like Breatharians?

    (except that no Breatharian ever survived for long under public scrunity)

  25. Sexual witholding is a passive-aggressive staple.

    *record scratch*

    MEZ, what the blue fuck is wrong with you? You are an onion of awful.

  26. Expecting your partner to sleep with you regardless of how they feel about you at a given moment, because they’re “supposed” to sleep with you at a certain frequency, is a rapist’s staple.

  27. I’ve kinda skimmed some of the comments, but I’m going to throw my two cents in anyway.

    The biggest issue I have with what you have written MEZ is the emphasis on the ability to manipulate *women* by withholding sex and/or intimacy. It isn’t tied up solely into an idea of womanhood, except in rather backwards sexist beliefs about gender roles, which I know still exist. So yeah if the woman in the scenario holds these beliefs perhaps she would be even more susceptible to manipulation that way. But, the reality is people, not just women, can be manipulated this way. If I started withholding affection from my bf as a tool to control him it would be just as effective (maybe more since I’m not a very touchy emotional person).

  28. @kittehs

    It’s not for anyone to say you’re being too sensitive or not, Marie. The joke didn’t rub me the wrong way, but that’s me. I’d just say CBT would be wasted on a shitface like Forney; you have to want to change your thinking.

    No you are perfect*, because now I understand what bugged me about it. But idk. Like, mras don’t want to change their thinking. They’re just hateful jerks. NEway, on a full nights sleep, I don’t know if it’ve rubbed me the wrong way, so whatever. Mnemosyne, feel free to ignore me, cuz I’m just confused here, so whatever.

    *I mean, you’re already awesome, but this is how I type while caffineated.

    @MEZ

    Generalizations are not automatically bad, they can be false, or they can be true. Honestly these arguments against me are red herrings.

    ‘red herrings’? Wow. Look, I’m not in the mood to give you the benefit of the doubt at the moment, but I am so tired of this ‘generalizations aren’t actually been’. They’re still tiresome, and you use them a lot.

    Do you feel that I’m making a judgement call about women who don’t feel this way?

    I feel like you’re making a judgement call about all women, tbh.

    @AIT

    I apologize in advance for speaking for you, but I’ve had it up to here, here being my eyeballs. I also apologize if you prefer another pronoun, I’ll make sure to fix in the future if you wish.

    Thanks for the consideration. For future reference, I prefer ‘she’ but I think ‘zie’ is a fine one to use if you don’t know. (idk someone tell me if this is wrong?) And I didn’t feel like you were speaking for me, so no worries :3

  29. Marie,

    Good to know! I am cool with anything he or zie for me. They works too, but it is grammatically funky in some instances.

  30. Marie — I use ze for myself, my genderfluid sorta lover (it’s complicated, hence why I usually refered to zir as my pharm student [who’s going onto zir residency soon, w00t! Maybe…we’ll see where it is…]), and when idk what pronouns to use. So I’m not gonna complain about anyone defaulting to it, but I am, of course, not the Final Arbitrator of Language or anything XD

    I’m too lazy to scroll back and look, but people scoffed at the idea that women can be manipulated by withholding sex? (MEZ says it was scoffed at) I’m not recalling anyone going “well that abuse tactic would never work”

  31. *I mean, you’re already awesome, but this is how I type while caffineated.

    Hey I’m not gonna complain about your caffeinated typing! :D

    I got to the point of hardly reading MEZ’s walls of text, but sex as a need? Really? That fucking old rapey trope? Bull fucking Shit.

    Sex is a desire. Yeah, it might be a really strong one for some people, sometimes, but it’s not a need. If it were I’d have expired or whatever is supposed to happen long before I hit fifty, and yeah, like Vaiyt said, there’d be no asexuals at all. For that matter there’d be no people who choose not to indulge at all, despite not being asexual.

  32. @ AIT

    I’m trying to give hir the benefit of the doubt since I was coming down hard in the other thread, but yeah, my eyeballs have been running for cover under the couch every time zie weighs in with another long, rambling, full of offensive assumptions comment. Most of which, like kittehs, I’ve just stopped reading, so I only notice the offensive stuff when someone else gets all “wtf did you just say?”

    Which, upon scrolling back, has so far turned out to be a reasonable response in every case.

  33. I finally got through that other thread where MEZ showed her ass, and after this one, all my goodwill has evaporated. I’m still not sure if trolling or stupid, but I guess that doesn’t matter.

  34. @hellkell

    Was that the one where MEZ said taking a break from a relationship was basically stringing the guy along? Or has zie showed zir ass on other threads?

  35. No breaks! Breaks are not allowed!

  36. Marie: that’s the one. No breaks EVER!

  37. @hellkell

    thanks. I was just seeing if there was another one, cuz I still haven’t been back that long.

  38. Oh, don’t worry but in this thread MEZ wrote something that *could be interpreted as* sexual abusers are that way because they suffer from sexual dysfunction. Tautology, how does that work again?

  39. IMO it seems like the problem with MEZ is that they are writing what sound like absolutes. People here strike me as being skeptics (regardless of religion). I consider myself a skeptic as well and whenever someone comes along speaking in language that sounds like they are trying to come across as authoritative or as some sort of “wise” source of knowledge, it rubs me the wrong way. Science asks questions and constantly tries to falsify the answers, so being too authoritative in how you approach a topic gets my alarm bells to ringing. That’s just my take on it. Maybe it’s like that know-it-all kid in grade school that aggravated everyone to no end because although they could be right sometimes (and wrong as well) it was their attitude that was all wrong.

  40. @Everyone:

    I meant that MRAs like Forney need CBT for obvious reasons. Also, that anecdote about Red Pill was about how MRAs won’t go see real psychologists because they’re all “feminazis” and their crappy subreddit counts as legitimate talk therapy.

  41. cassandrakitty:

    That makes sense… I tried to ignore it, but it struck a nerve. Tired of letting nerves be struck and just ‘letting it roll’. I may have to follow your and kittehserf’s suit.

    And I realize I was rambling myself, so if anyone finds fault with the stuff I’ve been throwing out, please, call me out. I’m done arguing with MEZ, and I apologize for mucking up the thread with that. If anyone thinks I’ve been getting off base, at this point I’m just gonna hang back and listen.

    Here’s what my cat ends up doing when she runs at her tower too fast.

  42. AIT, that video is hilarious! Is the fluffy orange one female? I’ve recently been informed that orange females are rare (I had no idea, since I have one), and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that was long-haired (lots of males, though, including my Grace’s late brother).

    Also, your home is beautiful :-)

  43. Seconding what emilygoddess said about the video (and your place), AIT! :D

  44. Ah crap, I should have mentioned that isn’t my house or my cats. That home is beautiful. I just needed something to illustrate what happens. This is my Navi, conveniently in her tower. I haven’t ever had presence of mind or timing to get vid of her doing it.

  45. Printer’s on the floor by the door, cat tree is set up. I see the Furrinati has trained you well!

  46. AIT, expect a tl:dr email any time now! :)

    Hey, your Navi’s a close cousin of my Mads!

  47. D’aww. Mads is a cutie! Yes, the Furrinati had me so well trained I sought out this particular apartment so I could have a pet. Unfortunately when I moved in the previous dog’s family hadn’t cleaned up the spots ze’d left on the carpet… not even touched them… so that was a fun first couple of weeks, just making sure I got those stains out. Then I found and adopted was given the privilege of offering up my home to the Furrinati. :)

  48. Damn, I didn’t know it was possible to knock over one of those big cat towers.

  49. The super tall one makes sense to me, since there’s such a narrow base, but I didn’t think that would happen with Navi’s little tower, until she charged at it after having destroyed a catnip carrot toy.

  50. It’s like road rage for cats.

  51. Ah, cavorting under the influence, I see.

  52. do these guys hate their mothers?

  53. This man is literally the scum of the earth. If we’re lucky, he’ll hook up with one of the merry murderesses from “Chicago.” And accidentally run into her kitchen knife. 10 times.

  54. Or maybe if we’re lucky, no one will be abused or murdered & this man will realise how horrible he is And stop being so.

  55. The thing I think I found most worrying is how the ‘breaking her boundaries down sexually’ to get what you want in the end actually reminded me of past boyfriends (when I was younger and less sure of myself).
    I don’t for actually think any of these guys actually related to MRA as such but the amount of girl friends and past experiences of guys ‘accidentally’ putting it somewhere they knew you weren’t happy with or ‘slipping’ leads me to believe this attitude might be more wide spread and subconscious even just pestering and coercion into doing something that makes the other uncomfortable. That somehow guys can get what they want in bed eventually even if they know it’s not what the other person wants.

  56. Accidentally?

    The litmus test for this is whether they react to the “accidental” incident in the same way as they do when they accidentally step on your foot or spill something on the floor. The appropriate reaction is always 2 simple steps – apart from the sincere apology.

    1. Stop it instantly.
    2. Do whatever is needed to fix it.

    If they don’t react to sexual “accidents” the same way as they do to other accidents, you have your answer. (Of course, if they’re always oblivious or offensive, you wouldn’t be with them anyway. A person who responds to stepping on your foot by pressing harder is a person who should be avoided at any cost.)

  57. Just a heads up, I clicked the link wholly because it was a mysterious link in the middle of the page and now having finished your article, regret it. My strategy would be to have the link spaced out and or filled with annoying characters, so only the dedicated would bother formatting it properly and following it. Eg. goo!gl3e DOT c,om

  58. Joeldipops, what are you talking about?

    If you commented just to say that someone liked this enough to link to it, and you’re bitter because someone linked, the correct peson to whine at about the accessibility of the link would be the linker, not the linked to.

    The linked to often have very little say in who does the links and how.

    Besides, this blog is pretty good. Did you actually have anything to say as a legit criticism, or were you just being silly?

    You don’t have to answer, of course.

  59. @contrapangloss, I think it refers to David’s NOTE: at the very end of the OP.

  60. Ah, that makes sense.

    I totally just skipped over the random linked d, because I generally do links last. Kind of on my last nerve, at the moment. Hit the critical troll treshold for the Rodgers thing, and might be way over-reacting to everything, now.

    Sorry, Joeldipops: that was totally my bad. Sorry for the rawr-ing. I really should have stared at the post longer, and been more willing to try and figure out what was up. I really shouldn’t have just jumped on that. So sorry, and I’ll try to do better.

    Cloudiah, thanks for the catch. Really. I needed that.

  61. Joeldipops, I’d only suggest that you can take it as a given that links David provides will be to vile stuff, because that’s what he’s writing about and referencing. I know, shutting the stable door and so on, but he did explain his reason for just hiding the link like that; he didn’t want it to stand out. A character string would stand out, and it wouldn’t make it any better for someone who went to the bother of sorting it out and following it and still finding out that the linked page was horrible.

  62. So, making bombs is illegal and I believe posting “how to” manuals is likewise. Sexual abuse is illegal so why is posting a “how to” guide for that not considered a crime?

  63. You know what frightens me? Every boyfriend I’ve had has done all those things to me. Every single one. And I know how they are. I now know that they premeditated making me their plaything. I am truly pathetic that this has happened to me with four men I truly loved. What is wrong with me?

  64. There is nothing wrong with you. There is everything wrong with them. You are not pathetic. They, on the other hand, are abusive men.

    Nothing you did “deserved” or “provoked” their behaviour.

  65. @ Amber

    You’re not pathetic, you just had the back luck to meet a succession of horrible people. The fault lies with the abuser, not the people who they abuse.

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