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Muck Ryking: Petition to remove Alexander Ryking as a Tumblr politics editor

Evidently Ryking wasn't in debate club in high school.

So Alexander Ryking is a Tumblr blogger and one of Tumblr’s community “editors” for politics. He thinks of himself as a liberal.

He is also a raging misogynist who regularly calls women “cunts” and tells feminists to “kill yourselves you feminazi twats.”

In recent days he’s turned his douchebag-o-meter up to 11. As a result, there’s now a petition up on Change.org to have him removed as a politics editor on Tumblr. It’s already gotten more than 3000 signatures, with several hundred new signatures added in the time it’s taken me to write this post.

Here’s unknowable woman, a frequent target of his cyber-wrath, with more details on his recent meltdown. (Read the post on her Tumblr blog for links to the evidence of his douchebaggery.)

Alexander Ryking, who has a history of attempting to silence women bloggers (he told Jess of STFUConservatives and the other “feminazis” to “go kill themselves” several months ago, and has also been rude to women of color but I haven’t been on Tumblr long enough to have personally witnessed that), defended The Amazing’s Atheist’s violent rape threats on Reddit by tagging his posts with “I support TAA.”

I and many, many other Tumblr users were disgusted by this, so we decided to tag our criticisms of Ryking that night with “Ryking’s banana republic”—a reference to his co-opting of [social justice] concepts, NOT a homophobic dig, and the person who coined it was a queer man anyway. Someone also wrote a few jokingly romantic lines about Ryking’s blind defense of TAA and new atheism, and Ryking interpreted this as homophobic and misandric…it wasn’t, but because I reblogged it, Ryking insists that I am now a homophobe, which is hilarious given my own sexual identity but whatever.

We also responded to some of his posts with pictures of extreme close-ups of our eyes.

Seriously. That is what this guy is calling “abuse.”

We did NOT threaten him, make personal attacks against his sexuality, tell him to go kill himself, send him rude messages, or commit any other acts that could reasonably be interpreted as the “cyberbullying” Ryking claims it is. I did temporarily change my URL to rykingsbananarepublic and I make no apologies for that. Why should I? Why shouldn’t a group of feminists and their allies be allowed to respond creatively to misogyny? The only actual cyberbullying that has taken place was TAA’s initial rape threats on Reddit; I wouldn’t even go so far as to claim Ryking’s tweets to me and other Twitter users are cyberbullying, though I leave it up to the other people who were insulted by him to label their experiences as bullying or not.

Anyway, a few nights later, I tweeted something in defense of Whitney Houston’s legacy, and suddenly there was Ryking going ballistic. He found me on Twitter, called me a cunt right off the bat, and insisted that I claimed Whitney Houston’s death was “more important than the death of 5,000 Syrians” (I didn’t! Here is what I actually said!). I had never exchanged tweets with this man before, and was confused about his sudden interest in my thoughts about Whitney Houston and Syria. Naturally, I responded, told him how wrong he was, and the next day I screencapped some of the things he said and posted them … I never expected that post to get the amount of notes it did, but I think that just goes to show how widespread the dislike for him is.

Ryking, for his part, has responded to the widespread criticism by striking the pose of a victim, and pretending that it is somehow all related to race. Apparently, the evil feminazis are impugning his white manhood, though he’s not white.

So-called feminists have subjected me to white-bashing comments (even though I’m Hispanic) and sexist attacks impugning my manhood (slash-fiction scenes featuring me and heterosexual men; being called faggot; being told to man-up; insults about my body;) by people who don’t realize I’m gay. After nearly two decades online, I learned early on that when you’re attacked, you defend yourself by attacking right back and just as viciously, if not more so. And that’s what exactly what I’ve done. …

What’s really at issue here is not my rude behavior but that you and others like you want to punish any man who refuses to conform to your rancid, misandrist orthodoxy by discounting everything he says and using his gender and race as the excuse for doing so. …

You don’t want me stripped of my editorial privilege based on my behavior but because I reject your sick, bigoted, misandrist (per)version of feminism.

Yep, apparently the dude who loves to call women “cunts” is the final arbiter of what is and what isn’t “true feminism.” Who knew?

I signed the petition. How about you?

 

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pillowinhell
9 years ago

Ami, he can come and hang out with me!

NOT

Seriously, guys like this push all the wrong buttons with me. Very triggering, I’ve discovered. But I don’t think they’d get the reaction they were anticipating from it.

Shadow
Shadow
9 years ago

WOW. Well that effectively removed my optimism, with surgical precision

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

I keep expecting to hear about some sort of Virgina Tech-type incident at his university, honestly. Part of me feels like someone should be forwarding links to his behavior here to the Dean or something, because it feels like his behavior is escalating over time.

pillowinhell
9 years ago

Ami, sorry to hear that your Dad was like that…. I don’t know you or your situation, but perhaps it will make you feel a little better to know I’ve been there too? Hugs if you want them…

ithiliana
9 years ago

I need these sockpuppets because PEOPLE KEEP BANNING ME

*sits there contemplating it for a while*

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It’s both pathetic AND creepy as hell.

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
9 years ago

“There must be some way to make it into a yes.”

I’m really starting to believe that this is the first time in his life MRAL has had to deal with the consequences of his behavior. Welcome to real life, shithead.

Holly Pervocracy
9 years ago

CassandraSays – Yeah, I thought he was just garden-variety “thinks he’s the only person in college not getting laid, blames women,” but this won’t-take-no stuff is… beyond garden variety.

I’d like to think that it cuts off somewhere before physical violence, but fucked if I know. He’s definitely very good at self-justifying that all his bad behavior only happens because other people set limits with him, therefore none of it is his fault because who could possibly tolerate respecting a limit? And he believes that the only reason other people aren’t as angry as him is that no one sets limits with them.

It’s scary shit and I just really, really hope he goes to a therapist (HINT, MRAL) and is honest with them about everything (HINT, MRAL) because otherwise he’s standing a very good chance of going to Real Actual Jail where they will put any number of limits on him (HINT, MRAL).

Men's Rights Activist Lieutenant
Men's Rights Activist Lieutenant
9 years ago

I sent that comment, but fuck it. Of course I’m Nathan. The comments in this thread got to me. You’re right, downloading a VPN and breaking into the blog was over the line. I have scared myself. This can be just to David, or to everyone, whatever. I am indeed going to see a therapist, starting tomorrow. And this site will be blocked.

[Note from DF: And that will be it from MRAL. Please do see the therapist, and block this site, for real.]

hellkell
hellkell
9 years ago

Most kids learn early on that actions have consequences. Apparently his IQ was absent that day.

He never takes responsibility for his actions; he was pissed, tired, high, someone put him on moderation or banned him, but it’s NEVER “I fucked up and deserve what I’m getting.”

MRAL, when you hit Brandon’s age, “it’s not my fault” becomes even less attractive than it is right now.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

@ Holly

Actually that’s an interesting question. Do you think he understands that, as women, we can’t just go up to some dude we find hot and grab his junk, or demand sex? And that if we did people would think we were being weird and creepy? Is the level of delusion so complete that he genuinely doesn’t think sexual and behavioral limits exist for women, or is that just an attempt at gaslighting?

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
9 years ago

He reminds me of a fellow accounting student who was failing a class and was absolutely flabbergasted to learn that no, there was not going to be any extra credit work.

“But that means I’ll fail!”

“Yes, it does.”

And if he does go to Real Actual Jail he’ll find that his attitude will make it hard for him to earn parole.

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

Ergh. Does that mean you’ve blocked him entirely, David? If so, thank you.

hellkell
hellkell
9 years ago

*Sad trombone* Seek help, MRAL. I personally don’t believe a word out of your mouth at this point, but I hope you get the help you desperately need.

Cassnadra, I have no idea with this kid at this point.

pillowinhell
9 years ago

Okay…so what does he find SO SCARY about his behaviour? Is it just me that’s wondering how truthful he’s being? That looks at life experiences and thinks to herself about how abusers rarely change unless they’ve already run into serious consequences?

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
9 years ago

Thank you, David! XD

Dracula
Dracula
9 years ago

Don’t ever come back, MRAL. You will never be welcome.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

Maybe it was the words REAL JAIL that made an impression?

Nah, he’s full of shit as usual. But if David has banned him, I would like to offer the following as thanks.

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
9 years ago

“Is it just me that’s wondering how truthful he’s being?”

No. A thousand times no.

I think “I’ve scared myself” means “Damnit, they caught me.”

Dracula
Dracula
9 years ago

I think he meant that he will block himself from accessing this site, not that David blocked him. That’s how I read it, anyway.

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

“I’ve scared myself”

He’s said this before. He doesn’t like what he’s become. He’s afraid of become Elam. He looked in the mirror and realized if he’s not careful he’ll end up like NWO. He said on the forum that he hates what he’s become, that he’s just a douchebag that trolls feminist sites now.

On and on and on… it’s all self-flagellation… it’s all making himself the victim, the hero of the story, etc etc etc… -_-

I won’t say “I’ll believe it when I see it” b/c the only way I’ll believe it is if I DON’T see it. If I never hear from MRAL again, I’ll believe something’s changed >_>

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

@Dracula, I interpreted that part that way too, but David said “And that will be it from MRAL.” That’s the part I thought might have meant he blocked him.

Holly Pervocracy
9 years ago

I think there comes a point where rooting for MRAL to get better is still more than he deserves from us.

I’m rooting for him not to hurt anyone else. Anything else is his problem.

And if he sees us saying mean stuff and tells himself “I’m not going to get help because they’re not being loving and supporting and gently coddling me into getting help”… also his problem.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

Yeah, I don’t care if he gets better, as long as he goes away. I’d like to hope he won’t hurt anyone, but that’s not something we can control, and he’s not our responsibility.

Holly Pervocracy
9 years ago

Yeah. “If you leave me without fixing me, you’re responsible for the next person I abuse” is the abuser metagame.

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

*hugs pillowinhell* thank you 🙂

IdeologueReview
9 years ago

Note from DF: And that will be it from MRAL. Please do see the therapist, and block this site, for real.
Jesus… one of this guy’s most popular tags is “men who should not ever be with women ever”. This guy could be Norman fucking Bates, and the best David could do would be to say, “Never, ever, ever, ever see a therapist.”

cloudiah
cloudiah
9 years ago

MRAL is the only commenter here who’s scared me and triggered my stalker radar, and hearing about what he did in the forum and Holly’s blog make me glad I never engaged with him. I admire the courage of the rest of you, but that pattern of behavior is too hard for me to deal with.
@Ami, it hurts my heart that you went through that with your father. 🙁

pillowinhell
9 years ago

Sigh….

I keep thinking….who did you hit MRAL? I doubt very much that a bunch of internet feminists convinced you of anything. So assuming that you have any empathy for women at all, who did you hit? Who wasn’t like “all the others?” You’ve been screaming rage and singling out particular women on line for your abuse. What’s preventing you from hurting someone? Nothing much from what you’ve posted here I think.

Christ that’s depressing. Is there any particular warning that an abuser is about to cross the border into physical abuse?

pillowinhell
9 years ago

Cloudiah, I’m sorry to hear he’s upset you.

If I had dealt with MRAL it wouldn’t be due to courage, it would be defiance fueled by rage. He reminds me of someone, too much.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

It has occurred to me a few times, given that he seems to be obsessing over my supposed misandry, that he might try to harm me in some way. I’m glad he’s in another state, and a bit concerned for any of the women* he’s historically had a hate-on for who’re within easy driving distance of him.

*Obviously Ozy is actually genderqueer, but it’s pretty clear that MRAL refuses to accept that and has gendered hir “girl” in his own mind.

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

I banned MRAL several days ago.

Oh, silly me, I thought he was just on moderation! I think that was the right call.

Viscaria
Viscaria
9 years ago

…Not that you need my validation or anything >.>

Xanthe
Xanthe
9 years ago

Ideologue Review is our old friend FactFinder. Apparently he’s back, to find more facts.

I hope he’s improved since last time, he was totally ineffectual at it last time.

So, IR, your Preggo Punchout game must be very nearly finished by now? Is there a beta version available for testing?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

Shame he didn’t find some reading comprehension during his travels.

Rutee Katreya
9 years ago

He could do with a creative writing course, but I don’t think I’d inflict that terrible on a professor.

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

Jesus… one of this guy’s most popular tags is “men who should not ever be with women ever”. This guy could be Norman fucking Bates, and the best David could do would be to say, “Never, ever, ever, ever see a therapist.”

Wait.. what? o_O

What’s FactFinder talking about? o_O

Shadow
Shadow
9 years ago

I think he ran off with MY reading comprehension ’cause I can’t make heads-or-tails of that post

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

Neither can I o_o

Holly Pervocracy
9 years ago

Ami – I can’t tell. I’m not sure if it’s “therapists are bad for you” or if it’s “David never tells people to get help.”

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

*hugs cloudiah*

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

What I got was a. he thinks MRAL is about to stab someone in a shower and b. he thinks that David is strongly against MRAL getting therapy to hopefully prevent that from happening?

Hey, potentially criticising another MRA, that’s unexpected.

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

Maybe factfinder believes that all therapists are women? o_O And MRAL is likely to kill his therapist or something? -_o

FactFinder, can you come here and find some facts in your post for us? xD

Ami Angelwings
9 years ago

@CassandraSays I don’t think he’s criticizing MRAL, I think he’s trying to use the situation to imply that David is causing some sort of future mass murder…

I’m unsure HOW tho, cuz I still can’t figure out what he means xD

But it’s not criticism of MRAL, it’s criticism of David.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

Can he find a copy of the AP Style Guide first? Please?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

OK, so, in that case, the idea is that David should be able to reach through the internet and MAKE MRAL get therapy, and he’s not doing that because feminists are evil and want creepy college students to kill their mothers?

Rutee Katreya
9 years ago

If he were a good writer, I’d say he intentionally left it open to interpretation, so if we hear about any stabbings in the boston area by the idiot he could then look back and say “SEE! IT WAS HIS FAULT”; That could just as easily be read as “What if he stabs the therapist?”

But it’s FF, not a good writer, and I’m going to go with “He tried to turn a plea to get help into a warning away from therapy”; this the sort of thing that is his MO.

IdeologueReview
9 years ago

Yeah, you don’t get what I’m saying. It’s totally me, sorry about that.

Shadow
Shadow
9 years ago

I thought it was some NWO-style “all therapists hate men, c ya losers!!!” type thing. It’s almost poetic in it’s ability to draw so many interpretations

Holly Pervocracy
9 years ago

Hey IdeologueReview, have you considered the possibility that you should for his the other while you maybe has were that things been?