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Confused Dudes Confused by Confused Cats Against Feminism

Sweetie Pie Jonus pities the fools.
Sweetie Pie Jonus pities the fools.

Oh dear. Some very confused dudes on the A Voice for Men Forums are angry at the Huffington Post for suggesting that Confused Cats Against Feminism might just be a parody of Women Against Feminism.

A guy calling himself Humansplaining w/ Jarred starts off the thread — titled “HuffPo tries – and fails – to politicize ‘Cats Against Feminism'” — with this little rant. (I’ve bolded some of the especially silly stuff.)

So, being that ‘Women Against Feminism’ is an internet phenomenon, through Tumblr as well as Twitter, the internet inevitably took this thread in the direction it takes EVERYTHING nowadays – cats.

If you read through all the ‘Cats Against Feminism’ memes, you’ll notice that they pretty much all revolve around, well…CATS. Go figure, huh? References to food, tuna, shedding, and biting predominate these posts. The references to ‘Feminism’ are basically incidental, since this is just piggy-backing on the viral success of ‘Women Against Feminism’. Those posting these memes never really express whether they are in favor of, or against Feminism. It’s clearly not meant to appeal to EITHER side of the issue. Rather, it’s simply a silly meme meant to produce a few chuckles for ANYONE that happens to run across them. Just like every other stupid cat meme on the internet, of which there must literally be TRILLIONS.

But HuffPo apparently sees things differently …

You know what? I think those CATS are smarter than the people at Huffpo that produced this article. THEY think that Feminism is a stupid and pointless human concept, and they wish you’d stop talking about it and fighting amongst each other, because they need you to FEED them!
Seriously HuffPo, learn to take a joke, and give the ideology a rest for 5 FUCKING SECONDS already.

Because the cats are laughing at YOU now…

AVFM forum dudes, I hate to break it to you, but the cats aren’t laughing at the Huffington Post. They’re laughing at you.

Maybe I need to start up a new blog: Confused Cats Confused by Confused Cats Against Feminism.

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kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
7 years ago

Dudebro can’t comprehend kitties, mockery, irony, or anything else. I am shocked, shocked, I say!

Johanna Roberts
7 years ago

Wait, “Women Against Feminism” is successful? When did this happen? XD

titianblue
titianblue
7 years ago

Confused Cats Confused by Confused Cats Against Feminism.

I think you should – this is getting satisfyingly meta

Luzbelitx
7 years ago

I’m right now a Confused Feminist Confused by Confused Dude Confused by Confused Cats Against Feminism!!!

Misha
Misha
7 years ago

*delurks

It would appear so – the WomenAgainstFeminism fbook page currently has over 17k followers. The posters appear to be predominantly young white women with a very shaky grasp of feminism though, so there may be significance there.

*relurks

cloudiah
7 years ago

Yeah, this blog is also mocking anti-feminists, and there are no actual feminists here nor is feminism endorsed in any way.

They’re so smart.

hellkell
hellkell
7 years ago

Being that literal minded should hurt. He’s completely failed to get to get the joke.

kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
7 years ago

He’s completely failed to get to get the joke.

SOP for MRAs.

Shiraz
Shiraz
7 years ago

“The cats are laughing at you.”

Uh-huh. I keep thinking of Piper Laurie in “Carrie.”
“They’re all going to laugh at you!” She screams at her daughter.

Oh wait, what was the dudebro’s point?

Scabz
7 years ago

outrage!

Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse
7 years ago

Wait – do the AVfM-ers not know that evil and all-powerful David Futrelle is the wicked mastermind behind CCAF?

Because if so, that forum post is extra tasty. 🙂

strivingally
7 years ago

Spoiler alert, dudebros:

Of course cats don’t understand feminism. That’s the joke: neither do these “women against feminism” who clearly haven’t actually spoken to many real-life feminists, if any, and are opposed to a bunch of stereotypes that don’t in reality reflect what feminism *IS* at all.

Since any attempts to point this out are inevitably met with claims that feminists are calling non-feminist women stupid, when feminists are actually saying feminism is misrepresented, the discussion usually devolves into “nuh-uh, you’re the REAL sexists!!” and doesn’t recover…

So fuck it. Demonstrate that these feminist critiques (well, the ones that aren’t just fiverr.com models) are based in strawfeminist confusion by comparing them to the imaginary ponderings of our favourite animals.

Bonelady
Bonelady
7 years ago

He did not mention the dog! MISCANUSRY!!! (Or does “miscynosry” sound better? I mean if Vox Day can mix his Greek and Latin, can I?) But anyway, dogs everywhere are hurt and offended by this callous dismissal by what’s his face. (Really, I can’t remember the guy’s name and I’m too lazy to go look, and I need to go wash dishes before I can grade papers.)

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
7 years ago

Looking forward to the follow-up article from AVfM when they discover that The Dreaded Futrelle is behind the Confused Cats.

Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse
7 years ago

Looking forward to the follow-up article from AVfM when they discover that The Dreaded Futrelle is behind the Confused Cats.

The OP must have read the UK version of HuffPo. The Dark Lord himself is quoted in the U.S. version. I hope they don’t go after the British journalist for engaging in some sort of “cover up.”

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

Humansplaining w/ Jarred starts off the thread

Snurk, snork…is this the Men’s HUMAN Rights Movement ‘splaining? I haz a confuzzle.

Mothrah
Mothrah
7 years ago

“Humansplaining” really summarizes all the wrong.

Fnoicby
Fnoicby
7 years ago

Come on you guys, Women Against Feminism is a totally real thing! For realsies!!

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

Wait – do the AVfM-ers not know that evil and all-powerful David Futrelle is the wicked mastermind behind CCAF?

Because if so, that forum post is extra tasty.

That was my thought too. Otherwise they’d be wringing their hands about the misandry and how the msm is against their noble human rights cause.

Of course it clearly says on the tumblr that it is an offshoot of WHTM so clearly they didn’t actually read it.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

Oh. Oh my. He really didn’t get the joke? Ha. That just made my day.

GrumpyOldNurse
GrumpyOldNurse
7 years ago

GAH!!! The stoopid! It burns!!

Danita
Danita
7 years ago

Whats ‘Humansplain” for stupid?

itsabeast
itsabeast
7 years ago

I remember when there were people on the Right who didn’t know Colbert was satirizing them (could still be happening for all I know). We shouldn’t be surprised when we’re dealing with people so out of touch with reality.

niall
niall
7 years ago

Judging on the entirely humourless cats against feminism memes I saw, I’ll take it as conclusive evidence feminists indeed have no sense of humour. The entire concept, and particularly its execution has been quite lame.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

niall: Yeah, whatever.

A parody tumblr that uses cats to poke fun at anti-feminists is getting more positive attention than the original anti-feminist tumblr. That must be galling.

katz
7 years ago

The “Your joke isn’t funny! You have no sense of humor!” reaction is so beautifully lacking in self-awareness.

Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse
7 years ago

The entire concept, and particularly its execution has been quite lame.

Oh, I get it. niall is concerned about the token canine representation on CCAF. Don’t dogs deserve coverage for true equality to take place, even if it is a supposedly feline space? #dogsrightsarepetsrights

niall
niall
7 years ago

@Sparky – from what I understand the founder of the WAP site is to be featured on NBC and other US stations I’m not familiar with as I’m in Europe. NBC are sending a crew to her home for 2 days to film afaik.This particular cat is coming out of the bag and going mainstream one way or the other. Now that, will be galling to many that prefer not to hear dissenting voices. You’d know the type I think it’s fair top assume.

@Katz – Coming from a guy/gal that calls themselves Katz on an article about cats, I’d say there’s more than a limit to your self awareness and humour. You’ve reached it: step back before you self combust.

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Frankie
7 years ago

This is sort of like when the right wing fringe discovers abortion articles on The Onion. I love when that happens.

(I have no idea why it told me my last comment, which said basically the same thing, couldn’t be posted.)

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

niall: They’re getting coverage because they’re so far out of touch with reality it’s a novelty. It’s a way to manufacture a controversy where there really is none. The women on the Women Against Feminism tumblr are laughingly ignorant of what feminism actually is (at least, those that are for real and not models hired through fiverr).

Which is why the parody went viral.

This is not some kind of watershed moment when the world turns on feminism. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Again, that must be really galling.

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

Judging on the entirely humourless cats against feminism memes I saw, I’ll take it as conclusive evidence feminists indeed have no sense of humour. The entire concept, and particularly its execution has been quite lame.

Please to go fuck thyself. Kthxbai.

bunnybunny
7 years ago

Coming from a guy/gal that calls themselves Katz on an article about cats, I’d say there’s more than a limit to your self awareness and humour.

Wait, what? Katz is called katz in the comments of every article here. Also, what?

vaiyt
7 years ago

This particular cat is coming out of the bag and going mainstream one way or the other.

By all means go ahead and make fools of yourselves in world television. I’ll sit by here with the popcorn.

niall
niall
7 years ago

@Sparky. But it is a watershed moment. Up to now, little or no anti feminist movement would have been entertained on US TV in such a way. Feminism has been the only game in town for a long time. There is no harm at all in a healthy democracy to have divergent views. It is imperative for good debate. Despite the fact I have great reservations about elements of Judgybitch and the MRA, I also have equally grave reservations about elements of feminism.

For that reason. I think it’s healthy this all comes to a head as explosively as possible.

This is a watershed moment I think, whether people believe that are not, or whether it happens or not, is a matter for time and posterity.

Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse
7 years ago

This particular cat is coming out of the bag and going mainstream one way or the other.

The cat’s already out of the bag, sheesh. But it’s in a box now. I don’t blame you for being behind the times, those little guys are hard to track.

niall
niall
7 years ago

Are you always this puerile flying mouse? I’d imagine you are.

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

This is a watershed moment I think, whether people believe that are not, or whether it happens or not, is a matter for time and posterity.

Dude, your “watershed moment” is nothing more than a small group of dudes who’ve given up drumming around a bonfire and are now in full rage-wank mode. And if you seriously believe that a bunch of twits who were probably paid $5 apiece to hold up those signs are in any way a harbinger, I feel sorry for you.

When I’m not laughing at your pomposity, lack of humor and blatant partisan wankery pretending to be “neutral”, of course.

bunnybunny
7 years ago

I think it’s healthy this all comes to a head as explosively as possible.

Yeah, I mean, it just sounds healthy when you put it that way.

Anti-feminism is not uncommon in the US. Straw feminists are par for the course in the media. Women Against Feminism is just another manifestation of the same lazy thinking.

Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse
7 years ago

Nah, only when the situation merits it. I’ll bow out since I’m only amusing myself.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

niall: No, it’s not. It’s old. These “arguments” against feminism that these women are posting on the WAF tumblr? They’ve been around since feminism began. And they’ve always been there. They’re part of a reactionary backlash.

And what exactly is up for debate about women being human beings with the same social and economic rights as men? What the hell “divergent views” must we entertain on the question of women’s basic human rights in order to have a “healthy democracy?”

You obviously have no idea about feminism. Or history.

katz
7 years ago

Don’t worry, honey, the longer you hang around telling us that we aren’t funny, the more you’ll prove that you have a sense of humor and we don’t.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

Oh, niall; first you can’t find anything funny or amusing about cute kitties, then you call one of our wittiest commenters “puerile.”

I’m really beginning to question your taste and judgement here, niall.

bunnybunny
7 years ago

FM, you’re consistently one of the funniest commenters here. I was going to respond to your last comment with a Schrodinger’s cat joke, but it was a bit of the reach as you’ve set the bar too high!

katz
7 years ago

If you make lots of jokes and you insist that they all aren’t funny, then you’ll prove that you have the best sense of humor in the world!

katz
7 years ago

Sorry, that should read “if we make lots of jokes…”

niall
niall
7 years ago

@Bina. It may be upsetting for you than one loud shouting minority (mra) is currently unsettling another loud shouting minority (feminism). But I welcome it.

The fear for pseudo feminists, but not true feminists, is the inevitability of a mens movement becoming truly mainstream, and eventually carrying political clout as a result. That too is inevitable. It’s just a question of time.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

Ah, there we go, comparing the (good) “true feminists” with the (bad)”loud shouting minority” “pseudo feminist.” Isn’t that on the MRA bingo card?

I’ll ask you again, niall, what exactly is up for debate about women’s basic human rights?

And how many MRAs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

bunnybunny
7 years ago

The fear for pseudo feminists, but not true feminists, is the inevitability of a mens movement becoming truly mainstream, and eventually carrying political clout as a result. That too is inevitable.

I think you need to get off reddit for a minute. In the real world, people generally respond to MRAs with a mix of incredulity and tearful laughter.

itsabeast
itsabeast
7 years ago

@niall. Feminists are fine with men’s movements. Just not misogynist ones.

Lids
7 years ago

They never want to say what’s up for debate. Because they either DON’T KNOW or they realize that if they actually looked at it reasonably instead of in a reactionary way they’d have to concede that feminism is necessary. But every part of the MRM is a reactionary movement, they feel threatened by the fact that women are standing up for themselves. So embarrassing.

Anyways, recently due to a mis-hearing of “it’s a joke” me and my friends now say “BJOKE” at the end of a joke.

the commenter currently known as niall.BJOKE!

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