Nuh-uh, YOU Are: Men’s Rights Activists respond to petition calling on the president to classify them as terrorists
Posted by David Futrelle
So about a week ago, someone put a petition up on Whitehouse.gov asking the president to classify the Men’s Rights Movement as a terrorist group. The petition, posted in the immediate aftermath of Elliot Rodger ‘s killing spree, seems to be sincerely motivated. But it was a bad idea. The Men’s Rights movement is full of assholes, some of them potentially quite dangerous. Still, not every MRA is an Elliot Rodger in the making, and this kind of hyperbole doesn’t help those who are trying to expose the true terribleness of the Men’s Rights movement.
After their initial outrage wore off, MRAs decided to treat the petition as a golden opportunity for self-martyrdom. Dean Esmay of A Voice for Men urged fellow MRAs – sorry, MHumanRAs – to sign it themselves, perhaps not realizing that it might prove difficult to convince the world they’re being oppressed by a petition if they’re the ones most actively collecting signatures for it. (Esmay also took a moment to compare me to Bull Connor, which seems a tad odd, to say the least.)
Well, now the MRAs are trying a new tack. Perhaps taking a tip from old school rap feuds and all the “answer records” they generated, or possibly just the childish retort, “nuh-uh, YOU are,” one AVFM commenter named Janet Wilkinson struck back against the evil feminists with a Change.org petition announcing to “The Government” that it was “Time To Class Feminism As a Terrorist Group.”
No, seriously, that was the entirety of her message to “The Government.”
You’ll note that she didn’t even specify which country’s government she was talking about. She claimed to come from “Spain, United States,” so we’re just going to assume she meant the US. And maybe also Spain. Unless “Spain” is the name of a city in Alabama, or something, but somehow we doubt it.
She illustrated her petition with a Completely Authentic Documentary Photo of Violent Feminazi Misandering That’s Totally Not a Stock Photo or Anything No its Real MISANDRY IS DEATH.
But if the picture in itself wasn’t enough to win you over, she offered this powerful case against the evils of feminism. I’ve highlighted some of the most powerfullest arguments.
Huh. So feminists are maiming Canadians now? Weird. I mean, given that MRAs bring about sixty gazillion cameras to every protest they attend (“Always Be Recording”) it seems strange that we haven’t seen any photographic evidence of these maimings or even of the injuries themselves. But, what the heck, I ‘ll totally take the word of some random AVFM commenter who can’t spell the word “lunatics.” I guess Canada truly is a land of danger for men and boys.
And what’s this about “a new cell activating” to “attack” some talk by some antifeminist?
I really need to start going to more of the meetings. I’m always missing the fuuuuum stuff like this.
Also, the correct collective noun for feminists isn’t “cell.” It’s “coven.” A “school of fish,” a “murder of crows,” a “coven of feminists.”
But as always, it’s in the comments, filled with contributions from assorted AVFMers, that the MRAs really shine.
Here are some of my favorites, starting with the most popular comment in the thread. That’s MOST popular, NOT least. Keep that in mind while reading it. More people liked this comment than liked any other comment.
So … feminism is a long-overdone coagulation of confused thrashing bitterness and prejudice? As the New Yorker likes to say: Block that metaphor!
Moving down the list, we see this comment, conclusively proving that feminism is unnecessary because prejudice is a thing of the past:
Apparently this Canadian believes that the misandering is even worse in the United States than it is in the Feminazi Gynocratic Republic of Canada.
Meanwhile, the somewhat implausibly named “Joe Joejoe” reported that he’s having similar problems over in jolly old England
But this comment takes the cake. It takes the cake, eats it, and has two more cakes.
I can’t top that, so I’m not even going to try. Good night everybody! I’m here all week! Don’t try the veal.
About David FutrelleI run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon, Time.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.
Posted on June 3, 2014, in a voice for men, antifeminism, antifeminist women, are these guys 12 years old?, block that metaphor, Dean Esmay, drama kings, evil women, FeMRAsplaining, gross incompetence, homophobia, icky lady fluids, imaginary oppression, misandry, misogyny, MRA, playing the victim, reactionary bullshit, shit that never happened, straw feminists, straw futrelle, terrorism, that's completely wrong and tagged a voice for men, anti-feminism, antifeminism, men's rights, misandry, misogyny, MRA, terrorism. Bookmark the permalink. 141 Comments.