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Defenders of A Voice for Men tell Time magazine reporter "we have to SCARE you into listening," you "stinky … human monkey."

The High Council of Feminism holds a meeting.
The High Council of Feminism holds a meeting.

Jessica Roy, a reporter for Time magazine covering A Voice for Men’s recent :”Men’s Issues” conference in Detroit, found herself the target of a vitriolic tirade from AVFM maximum leader Paul Elam before she even sat down to write her account of her time amongst the MRAs.

Elam, evidently incensed about a handful of sarcastic remarks that Roy tweeted during the conference, denounced her as, among other things, a “hack,” “a liar and bigot” and a practitioner of “journalistic scumtardery,” whatever that is. Commenters on A Voice for Men happily joined in the hate, denouncing her as an “airhead,” a “disgrace and a liar,” “lil’ miss hair-o’or-her-eyes,” and a “little asshole [who] will look like a right nazi in five-to-ten years time.” Amazingly, no one pulled out the c-word. Evidently AVFMers are still on their best behavior.

Roy’s “What I Learned as a Woman at a Men’s Rights Conference” appeared on Time.com on Wednesday. Far from the hack job Elam and pals were predicting, her piece turned out to be a long, thoughtful and nuanced account that, while skeptical of AVFM and its brand of hateful nonsense, displayed considerable sympathy for some of the troubled men she met at the conference, men who could benefit from a movement that truly tried to offer solutions for men in difficulty instead of encouraging them to scapegoat feminists and women.

Reflecting on her discussions with several conference attendees, Roy wrote,

When you talk to someone like 68-year-old Steve DeLuca, the legitimate need to remedy some of the issues raised by men’s rights activists becomes more evident. A Vietnam veteran who was injured in combat, DeLuca spoke movingly to me about the two brothers he lost to suicide, and the unfathomable toll the high suicide rate among men can take. There are men out there, like DeLuca and [rape survivor] Brendan Rex, who have a real stake in the movement’s success. The paranoia and vitriol of its leaders can’t possibly do anything for them.

So how did AVFM fans respond to this article? By defending their vitriol. On Time.com, several commenters denounced Roy as “bigot” and a “fascist,” and suggested that their “righteous anger” was the only appropriate response to the evils of feminism.

DennisMarkham 1 day ago  "The paranoia and vitriol of its leaders can’t possibly do anything for them."   Yes it can.  We are dealing with in irrational, incompassionate society.  When MRAs express their grievances with cool rationality or sadness, it just blows past people like you like a gentle breeze.  Only when we pack some sting does anyone actually listen.   Vitriol is the only way we've ever gotten society to listen.  The MRM has tried to be cool and calm for over 40 years and to no avail.  Maybe when you start taking male suffering seriously instead of dismissing it with "check your privilege" and "man up", that'll change.  But until then, you reap what you sow.  We have to SCARE you into listening.

Never mind that the quote Markham was responding to came from a paragraph in which Roy wrote with sympathy about the suffering of male Veterans and rape survivors.

Meanwhile, an anonymous commenter received upvotes for this, er, nuanced analysis:

Guest 1 day ago  @eltra Our hatred for fascist (mainstream) feminism is hardly rooted in misinformation.  You'd know that had you actually bothered to listen to Erin Pizzey or GirlWritesWhat speaking at the conference.   We ARE wronged because feminism is a bigoted, reverse-sexist, and female supremacist tyranny imposed on us by the male (and female) monkeys who puppeteer for popularity at the top of governments in the whole of the Western world.

In a followup comment, “Guest” doubled-down, suggesting that Roy was a “stinky twit” and a “human monkey.”

Guest 15 hours ago  Look. Based on both their ideology and their behavior, mainstream feminists ARE fascists. The reason they became POWERFUL PC fascists is because good men and good women have mostly been too faint hearted or deluded to condemn them.  Clearly, Biden, Obama and the stinky twit who wrote this article are human monkeys because they damn well do know better but the keep trotting out the same traitorous and misandrist monkey business year after year. It's time remove feminist monkeys from power and find a social cage wherein they can chatter bigoted nonsense to one another more harmlessly. That already happened to the KKK. In time, feminist bigots will also be banned from civil discourse rather than lauded as heroic victims of the patriarchy.  Vitriol is appropriate for fascist bigots who have been defecating an endless load of baseless bigoted vitriol themsexes since the monkey movement began in Seneca Falls. You also need to stop already with the false accusation of misogyny. Sadly, not all feminists are women but, happily, not all women are feminists. To loath the women and men who back Roy's officially coddled hate movement is perfectly REASONable. Be nice to see men pitch to help destroy Erin Pizzey's 'Evil Empire' so that bigots like Roy cannot mock, roidicule and silence anti-feminists and MHRMs on the pages of Time too.

Roy made clear that she learned a good deal at the conference. The defenders of AVFM’s vitriol seem to have learned nothing.

NOTE: Picture of monkey party borrowed from here.

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emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

Recipes for hot sauce antidotes! The best methods for condom tampering! DIY fake BC pills to fool the guy into thinking you won’t conceive! Maybe an April Fools issue of the Borg is in order?

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Yay! LBT is something other than a green quilt block! Huzzah!

And double-huzzah to the banning of the troll. What a disingenuous little shit.

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

I just watched a 10 facts about WWI video that said sperm was used as invisible ink. Apparently some (spy?) dude had to be warned to only use fresh sperm because older ejaculate was smellier (and therefore more detectable by the enemy).

Found a link about it here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8015180/MI6-used-bodily-fluids-as-invisible-ink.html

hellkell
hellkell
6 years ago

I’m sorry, but between sperm recipes (WHY) and sperm ink, I’m about ready to hurl.

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

Completely unable to miss this opportunity, hopefully this will make you laugh hellkell:

Was a hundred years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the spies to play
They’ve been going in and out awhile
They’re guaranteed to raise more than a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act’s been hidden for all these years
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Gland

What was wrong with lemon juice?

Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

“Maybe an April Fools issue of the Borg is in order?”

But it isn’t April…otherwise I’d be down with this. Granted, summer posting has been, uh, sparse. So calling it some summer fun could work? Stick shit up as drafts and I’ll send a mass mail to take a look and get group consensus? (You can edit? Or do you need that power? Drop me a line if you need powers!)

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

Haha, I figured we’d have to wait until April! IDK if I can edit, I’ve never checked since I’ve never had enough confidence in my writing to submit anything.

Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

Email me your modship (like lordship, but with mods) — I’ll get you set up. You can always post brain bleach (it has its own page!) to get your toes wet 🙂

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

@pallygirl… I’d heard the Romans used urine as invisible ink( and mouthwash), but semen as invisible ink…
They put themselves into their work, MI6 did.

Lemon juice would react to iodine, I guess, as would pee.

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