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Men’s Rights Activists turn to Russian dashcam footage to determine if all women are lazy and selfish, or just most of them

Helping women sucks
Helping women sucks

So someone on YouTube decided to put together what was intended as a heartwarming and inspirational video — assembled mostly from Russian dash-cam videos — showing an assortment of ordinary fellows taking a few moments from their day to help out their fellow human beings, and even a few animals. We get to see little old ladies walked across the street, cars pushed or pulled from snowbanks, and so on.

But when Paul Elam of A Voice for Men — the alleged Men’s “Human Rights” site that posts an open call to firebomb courthouses and police stations in its “activism” section — watched the video, all he saw was what wasn’t there — that is, helpful women.

For you see, as far as anyone can tell with all that heavy winter clothing, this five minute video features only helpful men, and I think one helpful boy, and no helpful people of the lady persuasion. Mr. Elam underscored this point by headlining his post “Where are the women?” and ending the post with the very same question.

I’m not exactly sure why Mr. Elam thinks this is a particularly important question to ask (twice). I don’t know the precise gender breakdown for helping little old ladies across the road either in Russia or the US, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t 100% male. I’m almost positive that there are some women in the world who actually help their fellow human beings (and animals) from time to time. I’m pretty sure I know a few myself.

Indeed, if you look at the actual statistics for volunteering from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — generally considered a better source of data than compilations of Russian dash-cam footage — you will discover not only that substantial numbers of both men and women volunteer but also that, in the US at least, women consistently volunteer at rates higher than that of men.  Take it away, BLS:

The volunteer rates for both men and women (23.2 and 29.5 percent, respectively) changed little in the year ending in September 2012. Women continued to volunteer at a higher rate than did men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics.

I guess that’s where the women are. Volunteering.

If you’re interested in seeing the video that got Mr. Elam’s heart feeling so warmed, here you go:

Oh, wait, that’s not it. That’s not dudes helping. That’s dudes punching each other and acting like assholes. Here it is:

Damn it! More punching and assholism. Let’s try again.

Oops again.

In my defense, the videos I’ve posted are assembled mostly from Russian dash-cam footage, and I’m pretty sure there are no women in any of them.

Here’s the actual video, for reals.

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marinerachel
marinerachel
7 years ago

The thought of a lazy greyhound makes me smile.

Kittehserf
7 years ago

No, it wouldn’t be the best combination, would it?

Plus even if they did get along, the kitties would not be pleased at having yet another large oafish creature taking up their rightful couch space.

mildlymagnificent
7 years ago

Yeah, I was thinking that. Greyhounds are really suitable mainly for households whose family room has two or more good-sized couches so that the oversized not-very-mobile living cushions don’t commandeer every possible cat and human sitting space. Cats probably wouldn’t mind if there were enough spaces and laps free of intruding greyhound.

hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

Retired greyhounds can be OK if they’ve been cat-tested. They are the laziest dogs ever.

Dvärghundspossen
7 years ago

@Kitten: On the other hand, in Australia they probably have a “show type” of BC, right? When certain bloodlines begin to be bred primarily for conformation shows rather than their original job their mentality changes pretty quickly. There’s a Swedish etologist called Kenth Svartberg who’s done research where mentality assessments have been compared between various breeds, and working lines vs show lines, and the personality differences between working vs show lines within the same breed are actually bigger than the personality differences between, say, a working-line bird dog and a working-line herding dog. (Although people who have conformation lines always refuse to believe this.)

Plus, you CAN be engaged in dog sports even if you live in a city. 🙂

My italian greyhound (mini-version of a greyhound) would get along lovely with kittens. He likes to chase a lure coursing rag, but has no interest in chasing live animals. 🙂 You should get one of those. He’s also the cuddliest creature in existence.

@Cassandra: Sorry, btw, for mistaking you for American. I KNOW you’re from the UK, I just momentarily forgot and began babbling about the US vs Sweden.

marinerachel
marinerachel
7 years ago

Is it the case that greyhounds are very gaseous and have the worst farts ever? Perhaps I’ve just had bad experiences that have tarnished my perception.

starskita
7 years ago

One thing I have heard about border collies and intelligence is that they’re “too smart” to be seeing eye dogs since they will find shortcuts and decide on what they think are better ways of doing things, rather than following the instructions of the blind handler. I suppose this is particularly undesirable since what the dog thinks is better may not be what the human would think is better if they could see.

Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

Oh shortcuts! Yeah, what’s dangerous to a dog is not the same as what’s dangerous to a human. There are some in Pittsburgh that I absolutely loved, and some I’d have never used — the difference being ability to see everything in them and proximity to frats (my gods frat boys can be awful sometimes!)

Physically navigable =/= safe.

Also, Pittsburgh has a serious “you can’t get there from here” problem — looks like a shortcut, turns out to be somebody’s driveway. Whoops!!

becausescience
becausescience
7 years ago

Haven’t had time to read through the whole comments thread, so sorry if this was mentioned already, but did anyone see this video about the nurse trainee in Australia who saved a man who’d fallen onto the train tracks?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/may/10/brisbane-nurse-railway-tracks-video

Predictable mra response: “Well, uh, she shouldn’t have saved him! Doesn’t she realize how emasculating it is for a man to be saved by a woman? My god! Now she’s probably ruined the guy’s life forever. And do we know for sure this man wasn’t pushed onto the tracks by feminists?”

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
7 years ago

@ Dvärghundspossen

No worries. I do live in the US, so I can see how it would get confusing, since sometimes I say “here” and mean the US.

Interestingly enough, the idea of Border Collies and other working dogs being bred as show dogs bothers me more than the idea of them being viewed mostly as working dogs. I mean, the “but they’re working dogs only!” stuff is silly, but a dog that works on a farm will usually end up being sort of a pet too and those kinds of working dogs spend a lot of time with people as part of their training, so it’s obvious how silly people are being by saying they can’t be pets and hard for anyone to take them too seriously. But the idea of taking a dog that’s generally healthy and active and breeding it to walk around being judged on whether its nose is exactly the right length and color, and refusing to breed healthy happy dogs where that isn’t the case…dog (and cat) breeding for shows often seems ethically sketchy to me, is what I’m saying, given then tendency to value appearance over health. And that’s extra obvious when they take breeds that have historically been strong and healthy and end up making them less so.

You know the average life expectancy of a Bernese in the US is apparently down to less than 7 years? Those used to be healthy working dogs too.

pecunium
7 years ago

Re greyhounds. They were bred to chase deer, but briefly. Medieval hunting used several types of dogs for different parts of the chase. Greyhounds did a lot of waiting around.

Kittehserf
7 years ago

@Dvarghundspossen – “On the other hand, in Australia they probably have a “show type” of BC, right?”

No idea, I’m afraid!

When I said working dogs I mean herding sheep or cattle, not taking part in dog shows or training. That’s definitely not city stuff.

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