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MRA: The National Rifle Association needs to stop talking about video games and fight the real enemy: feminists.

Video Games: Super Serious Man Business
Video Games: Super Serious Man Business

Our old friend over at the Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist Technology blog is angry again. This time he’s mad at a legitimate target: National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre. But not because LaPierre is the head of an organization that has stood athwart every attempt at sensible gun control, making tragedies like the one in Newtown an all-too-predictable side effect of the easy availability of semiautomatic weaponry.

No, Mr. Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist Tech is made at LaPierre because he thinks the NRA big gun has turned into a feminist. No, really. Noting that in the wake of the Newtown shootings LaPierre launched a transparently opportunistic attack on violent video games, Mr. PMAFT accuses him of doing the work of the grand feminist conspiracy against men and manhood:

The most important reason why LaPierre is wrong is because what he is doing is feminist.  Video games are an activity predominately enjoyed by men.  So are guns.  Both activities are under attack from feminists (just like other predominately male activities like science fiction are) because men are interested in them and women are mostly not interested in them.  LaPierre is shooting himself in the foot (pun intended) by alienating allies among the video game community and helping out feminists in their war on male activities.

Never mind that nearly half – 47% — of those playing video games these days are girls and women, according to the Entertainment Software Association. (I await the inevitable comment from a troll telling us all that whatever games these women are playing just don’t count because blah and blah.)

What LaPierre should have done is form an alliance with the video game community.  While the Newtown shootings are being used against gun owners right now, the next target will be video games and other mostly male interests and activities.  Both the video game community and the gun community are fighting the same enemy, feminism.  They should be working together to point out facts like how the Newtown shooter was raised by a single mother and how homes where the father is kicked out lead to more violence.

Never mind that the shooter — like virtually all mass shooters — was a dude; a woman is always to blame.

The NRA is in a position of weakness now because they are attacking video games and not the real causes of the Newtown tragedy, single motherhood and feminism.  The NRA is in the same boat as the Republican Party where it needs to become an explicitly anti-feminist and pro-mens rights organization to survive.   (Lots of conservative and right wing organizations are in this situation.)  Guns aren’t the problem here, but neither are video games.  The NRA needs to realize this and realize that its only way forward is by fighting feminism.  Anything else leads the NRA to irrelevance.

So one of the most powerful lobbies in American politics needs to team up with a Men’s Rights “movement” that can’t organize a single event that draws a crowd bigger than 8 people, or else it will fade into irrelevance?

I dearly hope the NRA fades into obscurity, and I am hopeful that public opinion about guns is beginning finally to shift in the right direction, but I’m not sure the NRA needs any pointers from MRAs on political relevance.

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Holly Green (@winnersusedrugs)

I am a feminist that loves video games, even if some of them have some problematic and inherently harmful tropes. *dudes head explodes*

Falconer
8 years ago

Holy cow I’m not sure I believe that picture. What’s that from?

blitzgal
8 years ago

They should be working together to point out facts like how the Newtown shooter was raised by a single mother and how homes where the father is kicked out lead to more violence.

So guns and violence are sexy man things and feminists want to destroy them — but women also CAUSE these behaviors. ‘Kay.

blitzgal
8 years ago

Also, as David points out in this post, they are simply flat out wrong with the video game thing. It is not a “guy activity.” Half of gamers are women and girls. Fucking deal with it already.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

“Both activities are under attack from feminists (just like other predominately male activities like science fiction are)”

Oh is that why I keep debating putting the computer down and getting back to my sci-fi? I’d have never guessed that I was attacking it…thanks for clearing that up?

drst
drst
8 years ago

the Republican Party where it needs to become an explicitly anti-feminist and pro-mens rights organization to survive

Cause being blatantly misogynist and the War on Women waged by the GOP over the last 2 years worked out so well for the Republicans last November?

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

Predominantly male = anything I like

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

OMG it’s a secret liberal plot to steal our guns by undermining the effectiveness of the NRA, and the most fiendish part is that we’re going to make them do it themselves!

(Sorry, wrong group of conspiracy theorists.)

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

Pic is form Saints Row 2, it’s like Grand Theft Auto but better.

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

The “surprise, the enemy is secretly feminists” thing reminds me of Obama’s campaign putting out the Big Bird ad.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

I love that feminists are launching an attack on SciFi. ABNOY should head over to this guy’s blog rather than trolling our LotR thread. Their ideas seem to line up pretty well. We should start a list of “male” things feminists have ruined. So far, guns, comics, SciFi, Fantasy, videogames, being white, what else?

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“Both the video game community and the gun community are fighting the same enemy, feminism.”

Mr. PMAFT needs to speak for himself. I’m part of this “video game community” (if there is such a thing. By now it’s like saying “movie watching community” or “book reading community) and I’m a goddamn feminist myself.

cloudiah
8 years ago

Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist Technology is my favorite MRA, just for the sheer entertainment value. And the terrible web design.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

I’m gonna guess steam punk, but that’s mostly because the not-an-ex figured if I like steam punk, I’d like a cyber punk / sci fi novel…and thus the two overlap.

Sex without having to ask permission, except we did “ruin” that, and for good reason.

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

Also, this is seriously the first time I’ve heard single mothers blamed for mass shootings. That takes some serious logical leaps and/or insanity. Mr. PMAFT needs to get himself a CAT scan.

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

Everything about the way people are talking about that shooting is an assheap of wrongness.

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“Their ideas seem to line up pretty well. We should start a list of “male” things feminists have ruined. So far, guns, comics, SciFi, Fantasy, videogames, being white, what else?”

Can someone explain the reasoning behind saying that feminists have ruined Science Fiction? Last time I checked Science Fiction was still a common thing.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

“And the terrible web design.”

We love technology and hate web design! Has always struck me as odd, but then again, I could code a web page in my sleep. Kids these days and their dream weaver and shit, makes for bad, lazy code! XD

Web design, or more thing feminists stole, along with flash, CSS2 and HTML4 (and thus the body tag, I’m still getting used to that)

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

@ cloudiah

Also for the grammar. Does he support technology that’s pro-male and anti-feminist or is he in favor of smiting feminist technology (like…um…IUDs)? The world may never know.

leftwingfox
8 years ago

Atomicgrizzley: Actually, the pic url says it’s from Saints Row the Third. And yeah, If I can outfit my entire gang in fursuits and recreate the flash mobs from Trigger Happy TV, I’m going to be buying this game.

The rallying cry of the MRA: “She made me do it”.

Freemage
Freemage
8 years ago

Some Gal: Don’t forget atheism. Non-belief in a deity has been TOTALLY ruined by creeper dudes being told that hitting on a woman who is alone with you in an elevator at 3 in the morning is off-putting. (I do hope the sarcasm came through on that.)

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Women must be more than eye candy? I really don’t know. My current sci fi is 20 years old, and the second named character is a woman with skillz.

Hilariously, the tech is frightening accurate in some placed and completely wrong in others — cards with all sorts of data embedded in them (flash drives anyone?) and tube TVs *dies*

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“Everything about the way people are talking about that shooting is an assheap of wrongness.”

True. There was an Onion headline about Americans demanding changes to “Everything and Anything” after the shooting.

Really everyone thinks they have the answer. Me? I would just be happy if we worked harder to keep crazy people away from military weapons. It would help quite a bit.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

And female musicians…oh wait…

Whataboutthemoonz — do you remember NWO’s rant about EA being a drug addled slut? I kind of miss his frothy rage, never a dull moment with him, versus Diogenes the Dull. Our trolls are slacking.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

The tech I would most like to see here is being able to use your cell phone as an ATM card. Hey, it’s already an option in some other countries, why not here too?

(OT)

pseudo_star_17
pseudo_star_17
8 years ago

Oh look! The notion that “single motherhood” is definitely and always a choice made by the woman. Again.

(Seriously, has there been ANY info/discussion about the father of the shooter? Beyond “he wasn’t there”? Divorce, widow, abandoned? NOT that I think that has anything to do with the case, because plenty of people (men included!) manage to grow up with a single mom and not become a mass killer of children (or anyone). But much like the exact nature of the shooters’ alleged “mental illness”, I’m not aware of any details of that kind being released. But people sure like to speculate.)

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

“I would just be happy if we worked harder to keep crazy people away from military weapons.”

As a resident crazy person, I’d like to note that I’m only ever a danger to myself — there’s got to be a bette term here, because I do know wtf you mean. The sort of self-centered empathy-less asshole who could and would hurt others to make a point…keep abusive personalities away from guns? (Honestly, it isn’t the keeping me away from guns that bothers me, it’s being lumped in with him.)

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“Women must be more than eye candy? I really don’t know. My current sci fi is 20 years old, and the second named character is a woman with skillz.”

Yeah. Women in Scifi is something that’s been evolving since the 60s, when Gene Roddenberry figured out “hey, I can make a woman a real character!” It wasn’t much, but it was a start,

It was always bound to happen eventually, and I don’t see how female characters can possible ruin anything. It’s like saying “Gee, this novel would be great if it weren’t for all the black characters.” Good characters are good characters.

justeunperdant
8 years ago

Guns are bad, they shot bullet and bullet go fast and can hurt people. It is not the gun that is bad, but the bullet. Bad bullet.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Pseudo_star_17 — there was a thread here when it happened, give me a min to find it, but his parents were divorced.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

@freemage

How could I have forgotten atheism? As a feminist atheist, I’m on the front lines for that one.

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“As a resident crazy person, I’d like to note that I’m only ever a danger to myself — there’s got to be a bette term here, because I do know wtf you mean. The sort of self-centered empathy-less asshole who could and would hurt others to make a point…keep abusive personalities away from guns?”

I meant it as more of a “keep assault rifles from average citizens” sort of thing. In the Newtown shooting, the shooter stole the weapons from his mother. The question is, what the hell did they need an assault rifle for?

Some Gal Not Bored at All

Oh! We’ve also ruined fatherhood!

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Women have also ruined sex, marriage, fatherhood, television, and cats.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Yeah, I figured that was more the gist of it, and my answer to that is a resounding “nothing” — I’m just sick of this being blamed on mental illness and how we’re all dangerous when we’re really, really not.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Also the internet, in that it’s not fair that women are allowed to use it.

cloudiah
8 years ago

Wait, we’ve ruined cats??!?!!!

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Everything about the way people are talking about that shooting is an assheap of wrongness.

Amen. Wayne LaPierre isn’t a feminist, he’s a ghoul.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Oh, feminism also ruined math, what’s this madness that girls can do math?! MRAs, as men, could never be bad at math!

Except they really are quite terrible at it!

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
8 years ago

I know MRAs are, by definition, not members of the reality-based community, but this guy has crossed over into tinfoil hat territory. His whole schtick is your basic “$GROUP is trying to take over the world and everything I dislike is part of their evil plan” paranoia, but with feminism in place of the more common CIA or One World Government.

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

“Web design, or more thing feminists stole, along with flash, CSS2 and HTML4 (and thus the body tag, I’m still getting used to that)”

Feminists invented PHP.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

He makes David Icke look sensible.

Some Gal Not Bored at All

@CassandraSays

Also the internet, in that it’s not fair that women are allowed to use it.

And we can do it anonymously so that men never know if there’s a woman amongst them. (The fact that they don’t seem to care and just assume women are absent shows how little feminism has made a difference in default=male thinking, but that would let facts get in the way of gut male feelings.) Should we add anonymity to the list?

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“I’m just sick of this being blamed on mental illness and how we’re all dangerous when we’re really, really not.”

Yeah, sorry if my statement was insensitive.

Speaking of blaming mental illness, I was shocked when Lapierre suggested creating a database and tracking anyone with a mental illness.

Ironically LaPierre is more dangerous than literally all of those people. He has both a dangerous ideology and the power to implement it.

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
8 years ago

Ach, the thread advanced quite a bit while I was typing. Feminism also ruined comedy, because rape jokes and “make me a sammich” aren’t funny anymore.

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

” but with feminism in place of the more common CIA or One World Government.”

…but Feminists ARE the CIA and the One World Government! D:

atomicgrizzly
atomicgrizzly
8 years ago

“He makes David Icke look sensible.”

For as much hate as David Icke gets, at least he preaches love and compassion. I can’t say the same for MRAs or the NRA.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

I’m actually a bit disappointed that no MRAs have accused us of being alien lizard people yet.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

“Feminists invented PHP.” — and jQuery! (I know, and love, both btw, well, WordPress php anyways)

Atomicgrizzly — I’m far more worried about people with the view you just mentioned than the general lump us all together crowd (that’s just annoying because this guy really was that fucking foul) — my parents would probably agree with that shit too, so I get defensive on this stuff.

“Ironically LaPierre is more dangerous than literally all of those people. He has both a dangerous ideology and the power to implement it.” — yeah, their the ones to fear, not those of us who might be a danger to ourselves, some times, but usually not really. Though I’m about to be a danger to my fingers, be back whenever I can’t finger notes anymore! (Oh my lovely violin, why must you hurt me so!)

Feminists ruined string instruments, and ballet, and cheer leading (going further back in history)

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