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Meet the Patriarchy Party, the latest bid for media attention from Men’s Rights Edmonton

From the Patriarchy Party's actual pamphlet. I'm not sure there's enough red in it.
From the Patriarchy Party’s actual pamphlet. Yes, the name of the party is almost impossible to read. I don’t think that’s on purpose.

I sometimes say that the only “activism” that the Men’s Rights Movement is any good at is harassing individual women. But perhaps I’m being a bit too stingy here: following on the heels of the Father’s Rights activists who dress up like superheroes and climb up buildings and bridges to show that, well, I’m not sure what they’re trying to show, Men’s Rightsers seem to be developing a knack for poorly conceived media stunts that make them look like idiots.

The latest incredibly poorly conceived Men’s Rights media stunt come from Men’s Rights Edmonton, the A Voice for Men sister brother group famous for, among other things, chasing women down the street in the middle of the night and claiming that the women they chased were the bullies.

Anyway, the loudest and most obnoxious dude in the group, Nick Reading (a.k.a. “Eric Duckman”) has decided to run for Edmonton City Council on — get this! — the Patriarchy Party ticket! Oh no he didn’t!

Oh, yes he did. I suppose that the Patriarchy Party’s supposed platform — including a pledge “to end antiquated laws regarding women’s sexual consent” and provisions to instruct teachers “to snatch things like toy trucks out of the hands of little girls and replace them with dolls or tea sets” — probably inspired a chuckle or two amongst the folks at A Voice for Men, but the trollery here is really too inane to offend.

Whetever, dudes. You can find their badly designed pamphlet, with traced-photo “artwork” presumably by the noted FeMRA artist TyphonBlue, here.

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inurashii
inurashii
7 years ago

:/

😮

:I

Lili Fugit
Lili Fugit
7 years ago

Dude. That guy’s eyes follow you everywhere you move. Because each eyeball is pointed in a slightly different direction, mainly, but…

He looks like he’s seriously reconsidering a bowl of soup.

Tabby Lavalamp
7 years ago

Awww! I’m not in his riding! I’ll have to vote for a non-joke candidate now. 🙁

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
7 years ago

It looks like an ad for dystopia, so the pamphlet art is amazingly appropriate. What’s going on with the Pp bit, the right one of which kind of looks like a golfing iron. Or wood. The head thing on the end of the … club? stick? I’m not a golfer if you haven’t guessed by now…

adelady
adelady
7 years ago

I honestly thought the poster was a satire, an intentional joke. It’s the sort of thing my husband would laugh at.

I’m still having a hard time believing that anyone, even this clown, could think that others would see “Our Mission” as anything other than a bit of wrong-headed silliness.

Alice
Alice
7 years ago

They think they are being ironic, mocking what feminists think of MRAs. Unfortunately the joke falls flat because so many MRAs DO want to subjugate women, repeal the 19th amendment, abolish child support laws, etc. Yet every MRA will deny this despite the presence of tens of thousands of comments posted on blogs, The Spearhead, AVfM, and youtube. I guess there are only 500 “real MRAs” on the internet but ten thousand MRA trolls (or feminist plants trying the make the MRM look bad). No true Scotsman, my arse.

adelady
adelady
7 years ago

The head thing on the end of the … club? stick? I’m not a golfer if you haven’t guessed by now…

You mean you missed the oh-so-clever, too-clever-by-half, logo “design”.

I think it’s supposed to be an “edgy” version of PP – a campaign button we could all wear with pride. They might even become collector’s items.

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

I love how in the comments they are mocking people who don’t get the “joke” for being stupid (as they did in the Reddit where they debuted this piece of “art”).

They basically admit that they aren’t interested in anything but trolling

“Obviously MR-E doesn’t intend to actually run in an election.This is a publicity stunt that was meant to rustle the feathers of people who can’t understand non-concrete logic and to get media attention.”

And I just noticed that their acronym is MRE. Okay, MR-E, but still. My Army friends would point out, as with the original MREs that it’s “three lies in one”, but I suppose that this bunch of sterling satirists are at least located in Edmonton…

kittehserf
7 years ago

Well, Poe’s law strikes again! Impossible to tell if this is someone going to a lot of trouble to troll them, or an MRA genuinely stupid/blinkered enough to be honest. “Efficient and effective institutions to serve YOUR desire to subjugate women” sounds too satirical to be true, but it really is what these turdbrains want.

Athywren
Athywren
7 years ago

Wait, hang on, is he actually running? I thought the whole thing was a joke?
It’s funny, MRAs like to act as if feminism is all about demonising and shaming men. I’ve never been made to feel as if I should be ashamed of my gender by feminists, but these guys? They make me want to crawl under a rock and disappear. They do such a good job of making maleness shameful… maybe they’re the real feminists? 😛

Alice Sanguinaria
7 years ago

Should I laugh or should I laugh harder.

Damn, this is hard!

Tulgey Logger
Tulgey Logger
7 years ago

I’m guessing the figure in the pamphlet is supposed to convey ideas like “thoughtful,” “intrigued,” or “wondering,” but the major vibe that comes across in more like “I just saw five people expose their genitals to the public and I’m not sure how to react yet.”

It’s the eyes.

Athywren
Athywren
7 years ago

I’m guessing the figure in the pamphlet is supposed to convey ideas like “thoughtful,” “intrigued,” or “wondering,” but the major vibe that comes across in more like “I just saw five people expose their genitals to the public and I’m not sure how to react yet.”

It’s the eyes.

To me it looks like he’s trying to intimidate us… failing miserably of course – takes himself too seriously – but trying.

baileyrenee
baileyrenee
7 years ago

What the hell is it with MRAs and a complete lack of graphic design skills!?

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
7 years ago

I’m not seeing how them expressing what they truly believe as a fake election campaign is trolling. That like an atheist saying they don’t believe in god and then saying but just kidding folks. I would say poe, but I thought that writing a poe piece is irony or sarcasm – which doesn’t fit the context either.

This is like: we wrote what we truly believe and you told us it was awful. Just like you tell us that the other bigoted stuff we write is awful. Checkmate feminists!!!111!!!1

Alice Sanguinaria
7 years ago

Also, the eyes. Oh gods, the eyes. It looks like he just saw someone take a dump right in front of him and he’s like “hueeeeeeeeeeeee”.

I can’t really explain this well, can I? It sounds more stupid in words than in my head. >_>

Quackers
Quackers
7 years ago

and they wonder why no one takes them seriously, regardless if they’re actually being serious or not.

The guy with the boot on his head is a better fake political candidate, and he’s actually funny.

baileyrenee
baileyrenee
7 years ago

Apparently it’s supposed to shake up all those people who think (know) we, at the very least, live in a society strongly influenced by patriarchal views by showing us that nobody would vote for a “patriarchy party.”

A better experiment would be to make a realistic and more subtle campaign and see how much support they get. But since there are so many traditionalists in the world already I don’t know what the point would be.

Tabby Lavalamp
7 years ago

Athywren, yup, he’s actually running. I checked the list of candidates to see if I was in his riding. Under the old system I would have been able to vote against him, but now I can’t.

Shaun DarthBatman Day
7 years ago

“And I just noticed that their acronym is MRE. Okay, MR-E, but still. My Army friends would point out, as with the original MREs that it’s “three lies in one”, but I suppose that this bunch of sterling satirists are at least located in Edmonton…”

I keep saying they ruined Batman for me (MR-E, Mr. E., Edward Nigma (E. Nigma)). MRA’s ruin everything.

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

@Kiwi girl, well I haven’t seen the ballot, so I don’t know that they aren’t actually running a candidate for the election, but they have specifically stated there and on the Reddit that they were only interested in trying to get people upset so that they can get coverage for their tantrums. They want attention for the sake of getting attention, not because they are trying to actually accomplish anything (like supporting male* rape victims or domestic violence victims or, well anything really) but because they want someone to watch them while they have their tantrums.

Like this kid

Sure a lot of them believe it, but that’s not the point. The point is that they produced this piece of “literature” purely to get people upset at them so that they can get attention (and so that they can insult people who tell them that they are pigs, insisting that it is “satire” and “irony” and “OMG you feminists can’t take a joke!!!”).

Pretty textbook trolling, if you ask me.

*does it go without saying that they CERTAINLY aren’t interested in bringing attention to the issues facing trans men? It should by now, but…

Athywren
Athywren
7 years ago

It’s like they have no idea of modern politics as well as history or science, isn’t it?
I mean, who would vote for the fundamentalist Christian dominionist party? Nobody! Maybe a couple of hundred fundamentalists. But who would vote for the republican party? About half of the population of the USA. Because sometimes people are a little bit subtle.

Quackers
Quackers
7 years ago

Unfortunately the joke falls flat because so many MRAs DO want to subjugate women, repeal the 19th amendment, abolish child support laws, etc. Yet every MRA will deny this despite the presence of tens of thousands of comments posted on blogs, The Spearhead, AVfM, and youtube.

I skimmed through the pamphlet quickly and thought to myself “sooo…basically this is an MRA party?” because pretty much every point that’s blatantly stated in the pamphlet as a joke is something I’ve seen seriously argued for or at least justified on various MRAs sites.

I say Feminists should just ignore them and just watch. Let them hold their rallies without protest. MRAs are great at making themselves look like fools on their own and eventually betraying their true desires.

hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

In the U.S., we call the Patriarchy Party Republicans.

hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

I also want them to run and look like asses. They always do a great job of that.

Quackers
Quackers
7 years ago

Other MRAs would vote for him, so would other garden variety misogynists.

So if he’s actually running, and people vote for him, then we actually have even more concrete proof that MRAs want to remove women’s rights and don’t give a shit about helping men.

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
7 years ago

@gillyrosebee right, so they’re trolling like 5-year-olds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puer_aeternus

/rolls eyes

cloudiah
7 years ago

On Reddit, typhonblue argued that if their candidate doesn’t win, this proves there’s no patriarchy so CHECKMATE FEMINISTS.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
7 years ago

That artwork looks like an illustration for an article in a lurid 1950s men’s pulp mag entitled “The New Venereal Diseases!”

Or a Red Scare pamphlet: “If The Soviets Win The Next Atomic War, They Will Sterilize All Our Men And Enslave Our Women!”

Or a guy in an ad at the back of a comic book, pondering Nostradamus’ incredible prophecies about Hister.

In any case, his eyebrows don’t match his flesh-colored hair. I find that mighty fishy in a candidate. What’s he hiding? (Besides a reprehensible platform of douchecanoery, of course…that’s right out there in the open)

magnesium
7 years ago

Let’s take a quick look at the number of men and boys helped by Men’s Rights Edmonton before their MS Paint Political Brochure Campaign…

0

Okay, and what about after the MS Paint Political Campaign?

Still 0.

Keep up the good work, Fella’s! Don’t be afraid to pat yourselves on the back!

cloudiah
7 years ago

Oh here’s the link to the snarking on r/againstmensrights, which also has a link to the r/mr thread and quotes some of the funniest quotes. typhonblue and another MRA get into a big fight, champion doxxer AgentOrangeMRA basically calls everyone else pussies, it’s a real popcorn fest:
http://www.reddit.com/r/againstmensrights/comments/1n48gz/mredmonton_trolls_their_city_council_election/

Quackers
Quackers
7 years ago

@cloudiah

Because apparently patriarchy just means women must be subjugated at all times in the worst possible way. It’s not at all more complicated than that nor does it ever vary in terms of severity depending on time period or place in the world…oh no.

I just…do they actively TRY to sound like idiots?

katz
7 years ago

So the idea is that it’s a joke that’s meant to mean the opposite, like if a feminist joked about running for the Man-Haters Party?

But then you go to the “issues” page and it’s: Domestic violence against men, paper abortion, “misandry,” and false rape allegations. In other words, the things MRAs complain about all the time.

You can’t have it both ways. It can’t be both “lol, this is a silly exaggeration that obviously isn’t what we really think” and “these are the actual real issues that we think are important.” If you mash both into the same webpage, you’re just giving the impression that your “issues”–the ones you really care about–are just silly exaggerations that no one should actually take seriously.

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

@Kiwi girl, that’s the ticket! I remember reading something on the comment section of a gaming or programming site once that summed up all the MRAs pretty well. Basically they are driven by fear and loathing of a world where their mom could tell them to stop playing with the computer and go to bed…

baileyrenee
baileyrenee
7 years ago

On Reddit, typhonblue argued that if their candidate doesn’t win, this proves there’s no patriarchy so CHECKMATE FEMINISTS.

Because a matriarchy party would totally win, right?

We should actually create a matriarchy party. I bet we could design a better pamphlet.

Athywren
Athywren
7 years ago

What does MRE stand for?

“Men’s Rights – Edmonton”

On Reddit, typhonblue argued that if their candidate doesn’t win, this proves there’s no patriarchy so CHECKMATE FEMINISTS.

The more I see of them, the more confused I get. There are legitimately reasonable, rational people who subscribe to this shit, but they can say and subscribe to statements like that. I can see tossing skepticism aside, but that’s throwing basic reason out of the window.

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

@auggziliary, in the circles I move in, it’s Meal, Ready to Eat. Military rations, in boxes with a little portable heater packet. I’ve tested a few of them, and honestly I’d prefer to eat the boxes…

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
7 years ago

I,for one, am sad that if elected they haven’t promised to create a local sex robot industry. Bonbon factories (candries?) in Edmonton must be really worried.

Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

Auggz — Meals Ready to Eat…and let’s just say that three lies in one seems apt. My brother will eat them when he’s too lazy to make food and there aren’t leftovers and our mother isn’t here to cook for him (yes, he is that lazy), I don’t consider them edible, and pecunium had choice words for my brother thinking they’re any good (I do believe “has he had to live on them for a month?” was included)

Basically, processed, unspoilable, “food” in a packet. Does not need refrigeration, nor heating. And, unlike, the Indian packet food that fits that bill, does not taste like food (cardboard perhaps, but not food)

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
7 years ago

I mean, who would vote for the fundamentalist Christian dominionist party? Nobody! Maybe a couple of hundred fundamentalists. But who would vote for the republican party? About half of the population of the USA. Because sometimes people are a little bit subtle.

Thanks, dominionists, for moving the Overton window way out to Neptune and making people like Newt Gingrich look moderate and reasonable.

It’s possible this is the same tactic, an attempt to normalize garden-variety misogyny by contrasting it with an even more horrible alternative, except I don’t think MRAs are actually smart enough to consciously use it.

Argenti Aertheri
7 years ago

Oh they come with heater packets now? Somehow I doubt that makes them more stomachable.

Heaters might be nice for cold hands though.

katz
7 years ago

Apparently it’s supposed to shake up all those people who think (know) we, at the very least, live in a society strongly influenced by patriarchal views by showing us that nobody would vote for a “patriarchy party.”

…And, since they’re listing all their “real” issues, thereby proving that nobody cares about MRA issues.

kittehserf
7 years ago

There are legitimately reasonable, rational people who subscribe to this shit,

How can anyone subscribing to MRA-level misogyny be called reasonable? I’d have thought anyone who has trouble with, let alone flat-out rejects, the idea that women are people is unreasobable by definition.

cloudiah
7 years ago

And really, shouldn’t it be the Kyriarchy/Intersectionality Party? We’ve moved on to a more sophisticated model now, guys, do try to keep up.

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

Well, you know, bias is only ever conscious and overt, never subtle and pervasive, or institutionalized and deeply embedded in structures and systems that govern our expectations and personal interactions. And if people don’t flock to a group that spells those out specifically, it must mean that no one really holds those views any more.

It’s a relief, actually, to know that patriarchy is totally not a thing anymore and that we feminists are truly in control of the world.

totient
totient
7 years ago

I think I get the “joke” alright. It’s supposed to prove some sort of point that the patriarchy is a myth or fiction because nobody is upholding it explicitly by, say, running for political office based on its values.

What makes this an utter failure though is that this rthetoric is very easy to pick apart.

One very easy way to do it (I like easy ways since I’m lazy) is to point out that racists do not go and run for office based on their racism these days, at least not overtly. It’s much subtler these days, and racists even often take offense at being called racist, attempt to redefine the word (“Ant-racist is codeword for anti-white. yadayadayada) or even, well, deny its validity.

Yet anyone who is not a raving racist knows that it’s a real thing and that it impacts society.

So, this “joke” is somewhat like somebody running for office in the Deep South in the 60’s on a Racist Party ticket to prove that, nope, no racism here y’all.

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

Well, Argenti, “heat” is relative. They can be considered ‘heated’ when compared to Antarctica or upper orbit. I do have a friend who claims to enjoy them, but then again I’ve tried to eat his wife’s cooking, so maybe it’s just the contrast that makes them seem tolerable.

katz
7 years ago

I do have a friend who claims to enjoy them, but then again I’ve tried to eat his wife’s cooking, so maybe it’s just the contrast that makes them seem tolerable.

A “wife who can’t cook” joke? Really?

gillyrosebee
7 years ago

Well, not as such, so sorry if it offended.

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