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>Opening Statement

>I’ve been watching the Men’s Rights movement, such as it is, for some time, with a mixture of amusement, horror and disgust. It’s a movement that’s bad for everyone — for men, for women, for children, and probably even for my cat, though I haven’t yet quite worked out how. The best thing you can say about the Men’s Rights Movement is that it doesn’t, and hopefully never will, have anything near the impact on the world that feminism has had over the years. And this blog, in its own little way, hopes to help keep that way.

So in this blog I hope to take on the assorted myths promulgated by the Men’s Rights Movement, to dismantle their rickety logic and their dubious statistics. I’ll round up assorted examples of misogyny, mendacity and just plain stupidity from MRA’s online and off. And I’ll highlight some of the best anti-MRA arguments I can find.

As for the boobz in the title, I do not refer to those rounded lumps of flesh and fat on the chests of women and some men. I refer to the classic definition of boob as “a stupid or foolish person; a dolt.” Too many MRA’s, alas, fit this definition to a T.

Oh, and the Z on the end of “boobz?” Someone else already took the “manboobs” URL. So I improvised. I’m crafty.

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magdelyn
10 years ago

>As a mens rights activist, I believe that anyone that dismisses legitimate societal barriers to men's happiness is not a deep thinker, or to be taken very seriously.Cordially,Magdelynwww.fauxwhore.com

David Futrelle
10 years ago

>Uh, I don't dismiss legitimate issues. I dismiss made-up issues and people who distort the facts to make political points. Keep reading the blog and you will see what I mean by this.

Darc
10 years ago

>The Men's Rights Movement is about reversing a series of injustices which affect men because of their gender : bias in sentencing, bias in family courts, bias in treatment by the media and government programs.That the actions or rhetoric of a number of idiots in the movement annoy you is understandable, but not the broad brush with which you tar the whole thing.Once again, you prove Gandhi right : "First, they ignore you. Then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win." The only thing on display here are you own prejudices.

David Futrelle
10 years ago

>MRAs sure do love that quote. I just don't think you guys are ever going to make it to step four. I think you'll remain forever stuck between steps 2 and 3: getting laughed at, and being fought. And eventually, forgotten.

YOHAN
9 years ago

>It seems, David, you are very worried about the MRAs – yes, true, the movement is growing, getting stronger …

CenterFold
CenterFold
6 months ago

Your mission is failing. You can’t stop MRAs from spreading the message. Men are angry and will not stop.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

This is the funniest necro I’ve ever seen.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
6 months ago

You can’t stop MRAs from spreading the message.

Who’s trying to stop you! We’re laughing at you — because you’re hilarious when you’re hateful.

Naglfar
Naglfar
6 months ago

@CenterFold
Men are apparently angry enough that they totally miss this post when it came out 9 years ago and leave one drop by comment on it. Yup, sounds like a rage.

Thanks for providing us some entertainment for International Women’s Day.

Moggie
Moggie
6 months ago

Will he still be angry in 2029?

Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
6 months ago

The shout will rise again!

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
6 months ago

I can’t imagine a future in which I don’t laugh at MRAs.

Moggie
Moggie
6 months ago

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a feminist dunking on an MRA, forever.

CenterFold
CenterFold
6 months ago

“I can’t imagine a future in which I don’t laugh at MRAs.”

I like to remember:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
6 months ago

Yes, all thoses marchs and protests are showing how angry or motivated they are !!

Or you can check reality, where the MRAs are impotent internet wartriors. The movement itself have mostly died and fusioned with fascists, which is sad, but mostly because fascists get things done rarely instead of never.

CenterFold
CenterFold
6 months ago

MRAS have not fused with fascists, we are just laying low for now, while other groups and other fights steal the limelight. We were the first antifeminists, and after the whole Trump thing blows over, we will be the last.

MRAS are not fascists, but the true liberals. Feminists are actually the fascists, just a different kind from Nazis.

Moggie
Moggie
6 months ago

Nono, it’s like this:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they’re out of breath, then you say something, then they start laughing again.

Naglfar
Naglfar
6 months ago

@Moggie
Reading the comment above yours actually made me run out of breath laughing.

@CenterFold

We were the first antifeminists

Well, not exactly. The first antifeminists as defined by opposition to feminism specifically were anti suffrage politicians who opposed first wave feminism. The first men to oppose women having rights probably lived thousands of years ago.

we will be the last.

So in the near future everyone will be a feminist? That sounds like a fantastic future.

MRAS are not fascists, but the true liberals.

This sounds reminiscent of Sargon of Akkad calling himself a classical liberal. Anyone who calls themself a “true liberal” or “classical liberal” is a conservative who doesn’t have the guts to own up to it.

Feminists are actually the fascists

Serious question: if feminists are fascists, they should fit the 14 characteristics of fascism. Please explain how feminists fit these characteristics and how your movement isn’t fascist.

Nina
Nina
6 months ago

Oooh, what a great reminder that this blog is turning 10 years old soon. Congratulations and happy anniversary to David! To another decade of mocking MRAs!

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
6 months ago

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they’re out of breath, then you say something, then they start laughing again.

Then we laugh harder.

Naglfar
Naglfar
6 months ago

@Hippodameia
That reminds me of this:
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Diego Duarte
Diego Duarte
6 months ago

@WWTH

This is the funniest necro I’ve ever seen.

Worst 10 year challenge I’ve seen so far.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

we are just laying low for now

And men’s rights activists continue their bold strategy of doing no activism.

Diego Duarte
Diego Duarte
6 months ago

Clearly their whole strategy is being bottom feeders, hoping to get by with some of the scraps the more emboldened fascists will leave them, should they get their way.