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“Pregnancy is No Excuse For Misandry” and other pithy, baffling slogans from the Men’s Rights propaganda squad

pregnancy is no excuse for misandry
A real Mens Rights poster from deviantART

Pity the poor Men’s Rights activists. The real civil rights movements that MRAs like to compare their, er, “struggle” to may have faced many obstacles that MRAs haven’t — from legal prohibitions on voting to fire bombings and assassinations  — but at least they haven’t had a hard time explaining just what it was, and is, that they’re seeking redress for.

When Martin Luther King so famously dreamt of a world in which “my four little children will … not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” he was not only speaking eloquently; he was expressing an idea that was, well, pretty easy to understand.

And that’s where the trouble comes for the MRAs. It’s a bit harder to explain your alleged anti-oppression movement to the general public when the people on whose behalf you’re fighting aren’t actually, you know, oppressed. So is it any wonder that MRAs have such a hard time explaining themselves to the public?

I mean, all the Suffragettes had to put on their posters was “Votes for Women.” MRAs are stuck. Men already have votes. They already have civil rights. Heck, men already run most companies and hold most political offices and control most of the world’s wealth.

And so MRA propaganda tends to be muddled, a weird mixture of misogyny and special pleading and stuff that just doesn’t make any sort of sense no matter how you slice it. In earlier posts we’ve looked at baffling and/or offensive posters from A Voice for Men and associated sites, as well as at some of the awful graphics that sometimes make their appearance on Reddit.

Today, a quick stroll through the MRA underground on deviantART.

The graphic at the top of the post is from someone calling himself awesomeninja; for his propaganda work, he specializes in somewhat baffling text-based graphics in basic colors.  Apparently he has convinced himself that “feminazis use child-bearing all the time to defend their sexist views,” and feels it is necessary to respond to this in giant letters in several colors with a black background.

He is also responsible for this similarly befuddling contribution to political art:

if feminism is about equality then why are so many feminists against men's rights activists

Wait, is this a trick question?

Dude, have you actually met any Men’s Rights Activists?

Oh, wait, you are one. Oops.

But wait, there’s more:

proud to be a white heterosexual male

Of course, awesomeninja isn’t the only one spreading the MRA message of love on deviantART. Here are a few other graphics I found by searching for “men’s rights” and related tags on the site.

This lovely “stamp” from loqutor, who has convinced himself he is “debunking an ages-old feminist myth” with it.

dearcunt

A meme from Userbruiser, who apparently thinks that if a woman has alcohol in her system, it’s ok to rape her:

Raped_by_Userbruiser

This bizarre castration fantasy from the same lovely fellow:

Snip_by_Userbruiser

This rant posted by themodsquad, who also enjoys jokes about pedophilia and bestiality.

superior_lol_by_themodsquad-d2ygdyt

There’s some question about whether or not themodsquad came up with that all by himself, but this uglier and worse-written sequel seems pretty authentic to me:

women_are_attention_seekers_by_themodsquad-d2zpcke

Is he a “real” MRA or just a troll? I don’t know, but he does seem to be an authentic misogynistic asshole attention-seeker, and I’ve seen virtually every “argument” in the first graphic rehashed many times on assorted MRA sites; it’s pretty much standard-issue “we hunted the mammoth to feed you.”

Let’s close with several graphics from an aspiring Man Going His Own Way. millenia89 is proud of his own reproductive organs:

proud_owner_of_a_penis__black_by_millenia89-d3ct2hd

But he doesn’t seem to think too highly of most of his fellow male-identified penis-havers. Indeed, he believes most of his fellow men are like lemmings marching off a cliff — except for a tiny percentage of MGTOW like the two tiny fellows at the bottom right of the graphic below.

mgtow_lemmings_by_millenia89-d3e6eva

I know it seems confusing, but trust me, the MGTOW in this picture aren’t the ones going over the cliff, really. They’re the ones facing the other direction, underneath that little MGTOW sign.  No, not under the big MGTOW sign, under the little one. Just trust me on this one.

millenia89 is especially unimpressed with men who step in to “save a hoe,” like this fellow, whom he sees as a handy “personification” of the sort of  “manipulated tool” who, I guess, apparently likes women enough to help them out.  I’m not quite sure I get it. Apparently this picture is inherently hilarious because it’s a picture of a black guy with an odd smile in a weirdly inaccurate superman costume. Heck, even the font is wacky.

captain_save_a_hoe_by_millenia89-d3ct2vj

Millenia89 may not think much of most of his fellow men, but at least he doesn’t want to render them obsolete. Women, well, that’s another issue entirely, as this utopian paean to the glories of artificial wombs suggests:

artificial_wombs_by_millenia89-d4xtw4h

So awesomeninja thinks that “pregnancy is no excuse for misandry.” Millenia89 evidently hopes that in the future there will be no excuse for pregnancy itself.

This is how the Men’s Rights movement tries to explain itself to the world.

And MRAs wonder why their little movement has the reputation it does.

I was inspired to check out deviantART’s MRA community by some of the commenters here. Check out the comments in the “Feminist anti-obedience school” thread starting here to see some homegrown parodies of awesomeninja’s graphic works.

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Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

OF is one of two that I’ve lost it at, Joe being the other. He suggested arsenic might improve the taste of pecunium’s coffee and you do not go after my friends.

katz
6 years ago

I’ve been other places where the mods had a fallacy of the middle thing going on, where they felt like they couldn’t take sides and so they had to portray every argument as a free-for-all scrap even if it was clearly caused by one person. So they’d just delete the whole conversation and act like it was nobody’s actual fault.

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
6 years ago

Wow, banned for stalking. That’s not creepy at all.

I’m sure it was just Internet Presence Game or something (remember when he referred to dating a friend as “Social Circle Game”? Literally everything is Game to him. He sees the world through peacock-colored glasses.)

And of course, feminism is to blame.

If it weren’t for feminism, people wouldn’t have this ridiculous belief that following someone around the Internet and continuing to comment at them when they’ve asked you not to is somehow inappropriate behavior. Feminists think everything is harassment!

Shadow
Shadow
6 years ago

He sees the world through peacock-colored glasses

This is 10x better advertising than Puke-U-As will ever manage

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

RE: katz

they had to portray every argument as a free-for-all scrap even if it was clearly caused by one person.

Yeeeaaah, pretty much. I always wondered what the fucking POINT of mods were, if they never did anything. I decided they were like landlords or insurance. Shit like what you describe was what actually got me leaving the online multi community. People were acting completely abysmally, but because they were old guard or because the mods wanted to play “everything’s equally reasonable,” they were allowed to just keep going. I decided I didn’t want to be in a place like that.

cloudiah
6 years ago

Apparently, OF had his blog taken down a few years ago. He writes about it here. (Note that others in the thread speculate that his blog was taken down because of copyright issues, since apparently he had a habit of posting other people’s articles there.)

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

RE: cloudiah

Honestly, the cynic in me figures it’s for that reason. Apparently you can hound and harass someone all the livelong day and it’s no big deal, but once you start infringing on actual MONEY things…

cloudiah
6 years ago

Yeah, I think we’ve all seen how seriously the internet powers-that-be take stalking, threats, and harassment… But copyright infringement, that’s SERIOUS BUSINESS!!!

kittehserf
6 years ago

katz, I’m glad you found that; I just googled this and all the entries about “the Obsidian Files banned” came from 2010, and I was wondering if our troll was the same person or just some loser who named himself after a defunct stalkery blog. ::rolls eyes::

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

That seems like odd behavior, even by our standards, Kittehs.

grumpycatisagirl
6 years ago

My guess is it is the same person because that blog and the person who commented here seem equally boring to me.

CassandraSays
6 years ago

There was a time when I didn’t think talking about sex could be boring. Many PUAs have since proved me wrong.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

PUAs, for all their talk of Game, seem to have made a fine art out of removing every drop of fun and interest out of sex.

CassandraSays
6 years ago

So “swirling” is what the kids are calling it these days?

katz
6 years ago

Wait, black girls are sticking white guys’ heads in toilets?

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

BAHAHAHA, katz.

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
6 years ago

I think “swirling” only applies to interracial couples.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

Yeah, that’s what I figured. But the image of a bunch of black women shoving white dudes’ heads down toilets is hilarious.

leftwingfox
6 years ago

Maybe thinking about chocolate+vanilla swirl soft-serve?

CassandraSays
6 years ago

Also, PUAs can never just say “sex” or “fucking”, they always have to find a way to imply that the proceedings will be unpleasant and vaguely humiliating for everyone involved.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

Roosh alone would make a nice pretty list of ‘unfun ways to refer to sex.’

katz
6 years ago

Didn’t one of these guys talk about how he likes having bad sex because it makes women feel guilty?

Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

That was Roosh. Who only enjoys her misery, doesn’t actually get off even, just enjoys humiliating women.

At least most PUAs are in it for sex. Bad manipulative sex, but they are actually, presumably, enjoying it. He’s just a sadist.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

What a prize he is. *eyeroll* He makes pre-spirit Scrooge appear the very embodiment of human decency.

CassandraSays
6 years ago

And not even the fun kind of sadist either. He’s Scrooge McFuck.

katz
6 years ago

He’s Scrooge McFuck.

ROFLMAO!

hellkell
hellkell
6 years ago

He’s Scrooge McFuck.

OMFG. That is perfect.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

Would that make Roosh’s blog… Fuck Tales?

I’M SORRY I’M SO SORRY

Alice Sanguinaria
6 years ago

I am laughing right now. Oh gods.

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
6 years ago

That was Roosh. Who only enjoys her misery, doesn’t actually get off even, just enjoys humiliating women.

Roosh won’t be happy until everyone else hates themselves as much as he does.

kittehserf
6 years ago

That seems like odd behavior, even by our standards, Kittehs.

Never underestimate the weirdness of trolls! But yeah, presumably it’s the same dropkick.

Scrooge McFuck … Fuck Tales …

::dies::

Roosh won’t be happy until everyone else hates themselves as much as he does.

I am schadenfreude is gratified to know that just being happy (and especially, being a woman and being happy) is helping to keep him miserable.

Suffer in yer jocks, McFuck.

Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

“And not even the fun kind of sadist either. ”

Nawh, there’s no such thing. This masochist has the best time when the person causing my bruises is doing it because I’m enjoying it, not because they like inflicting pain for pain’s sake.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Ever since readng about BDSM here I’ve wondered about how sadism ties in with it. I’ve heard the term ethical sadist, but (and I’m asking for corrections here!) I’d always thought the core of sadism was enjoying the other person’s distress, rather than the simple infliction of pain. It always seemed to me that a sadist wouldn’t really get any pleasure from inflicting physical pain on a masochist. Is that a popular notion that’s too broad, or reasonably accurate, or what?

(BTW thank you Argenti for giving me an opening to ask something I haven’t nerved myself to before.) 🙂

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

Alas, I can’t really answer Kittehs’s question, since I’m not that knowledgeable about pain play, but I PRESUME that some people only enjoy inflicting pain on someone they know is into it. Just like there are people who only enjoy doing other sexual activities with a consenting partner.

Like, obviously there are unscrupulous sadist who just like making people miserable. (Like Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors!) But with all the human variety in the world, I’m positive that some people only enjoy inflicting pain they know the other person likes.

kittehserf
6 years ago

That’s sort of like what Argenti described, isn’t it – someone enjoying inflicting pain when they know the other person likes it. I wouldn’t have thought that was sadism, and I don’t know if that’s where ethical sadism (now that’s a mind-boggling idea in itself) comes in.

Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

Yes, that’s what I meant — you know those little noises of “yes, more please” during sexytimes? Same concept, but making me make them tends to leave bruises.

I would think that “ethical sadist” is either a term for such people, when they want to sound all I. Am. Dommy. Dom. Or like ethical pedophiles — they don’t fucking act on their desires.

garden sparrow
garden sparrow
5 years ago

artificial wombs sound like an incredible idea to me, pregnancy/childbirth is TERRIFYING

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