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Feminism's inevitable death spiral explained in simple infographic

Woah, dude. It's like it's actually spinning.
Woah, dude. It’s like it’s actually spinning.

Well, fellow members of the feminist sector, it’s been fun. But we’re all doomed, as this helpful infographic, prepared by Men’s Rights Edmonton, makes clear:

feminismdeathspiral

Ok, maybe “clear” isn’t the word I was looking for. Also, I left out the first part of the diagram. Does this make it any clearer?

feminismdeathspiral2

Hmm. Is it too small? Here’s the whole thing, full sized.

That didn’t help either?

All right, then let this young fellow in the hippie costume with the obviously fake beard and the, uh, big knife, explain it in this video.

I’m being told that this is not actually someone in a hippie costume with a fake beard, but Nick Reading of Men’s Rights Edmonton, and this is just how he looks now. The knife thing is a little creepy but I suppose it’s still better than when he looked like this:

nickreadingevil

And, no, I didn’t draw that or project it onto your computer screen direct from my nightmares; that’s from a pamphlet Reading put together to promote his joke candidacy for Edmonton City Council as a member of the Patriarchy Party.

I’m not sure these MRAs understand public relations quite as well as they think they do.

H/T — r/GamerGhazi on Reddit

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fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
5 years ago

I saw those graphics and just scrolled down
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5ktoxCHdT1r1amrpo1_500.gif

Rabukurafuto
“The most intelligent negative response I received; the rest were mostly “Women need to grow thicker skins!” and “Feminists want to force everyone to be equal and without individuality! Everyone there was so privileged it hurt.”

Anybody who says those things just want nothing to do with helping people; to silence them and continue being selfish and unempathetic and don’t realize how good they got it. I know I’v been around those kinds of people, they’re usually sexists, racists and homophobics.

katharticspit
5 years ago

The major problem I keep seeing time and again with these guys is that they simply are not half as intelligent as they deeply believe themselves to be. This is because they have a profound inability to encompass or entertain viewpoints outside of their own experience. Because of this, these guys spend the vast majority of their time distorting the basic principles of mathematics and logic in a doomed and laughable attempt to codify their own narrow world view into some sort of universal axiom. These MRAs probably perceive themselves as the misunderstood geniuses of the world, entitled to the bodies and admiration of naturally less capable females, but thwarted unjustly by evil lesbian feminazis disrupting the natural order of the universe. Here we see the product of centuries of male entitlement exceptionalism crushed by the reality of a changing world. It would be funny and a little sad if it wasn’t so scary.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

Glenn Beck is the undisputed king of terrible infographics. He and the MRAs should have a showdown in a conspiracy-off! They’re both anti-feminist, so it could be awesome. I would make so much popcorn.

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

I don’t know why it cracks me up, but in the comments, he says it’s not even his knife. He borrowed his roommates.

Silly fucker. He probably blew his whole peanut budget on those silly infographics, so he couldn’t even spring for the cheapest laser pointer at Staples. Typical!

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

Magic Markers and Bristolboard…wow…so expensive…

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

Hey, he did have to buy that wide-angle lens. That probably put a dent in.

katz
5 years ago

I also saw a diagram of the human intestine.

sparky
sparky
5 years ago

Do not like the ableism in Salon article, though.

Merus
Merus
5 years ago

I like how there’s no room for people that read feminist “lies” and go “huh, there’s something to this, like it sounds blown out of all proportion but there’s some really good points to this that… don’t have a simpler explanation. Uh. Oh man.”

Loon of Butts (@LoonOfNature)

Why do I feel this theory is something else that’s been plagiarized, and had key words like “feminist” shoved in to make it relevant?

Specifically the part about failing to confront reality, or is that projection?

Loon of Butts (@LoonOfNature)

Oh yes also KANE LIVES

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

Hey, he did have to buy that wide-angle lens. That probably put a dent in.

Snurk. Just don’t let him loose in the crayon aisle…

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

Snurk. Just don’t let him loose in the crayon aisle…

“Oh gee, look at this! A 100-pack with nothing but blues and reds! I’ll be set for life!”

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

@sparky:

Ha ha! I heard about that. Glenn Beck basically created a ninja-warrior Santa that ripped off the hunters from Princess Mononoke (who used the skins of boars as disguises to get up close and kill them).

Now there’s a bizarre thought… Beck being a Studio Ghibli fan. I don’t know what I’d think of that.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

@Boogerghost

Can we please make this a board game.

I’ll bring the laminator.

Definitely. It needs a spinner, and a card that says “go directly to jail. Because a Feminazi said so.”

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

And don’t forget the pop-o-matic dice bubble!

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Hearing about Edmonton always makes me think of Minister Faust. “Coyote Kings” was the first novel I’d ever read set there.

Glenn Beck always distresses me; I can’t decide if he’s conning the rubes or actually believes the things he says. Or which would be worse.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I always find it entertaining when the delusional argue that their detached from reality worldview is on the verge of going mainstream.

alaisvex
alaisvex
5 years ago

What’s the alleged difference between masculinist, masculists, and MRAs?

Reeve Savage
Reeve Savage
5 years ago

Roll a 14 on the D20, flying trolls transport you to the manosphere junkyard. I don’t think I like this game anymore.

sparky
sparky
5 years ago

kirbywarp:

Glenn Beck basically created a ninja-warrior Santa that ripped off the hunters from Princess Mononoke (who used the skins of boars as disguises to get up close and kill them).

Yep. That’s what I want in my Christmas special. Santa Clause stalking boars and a side order of sacrilege.

I kinda want to see this movie but don’t want to put any money in Glenn Beck’s pockets. It just sounds like something out of MST3K.

alaisvex:

What’s the alleged difference between masculinist, masculists, and MRAs?

Weren’t masculists/masculinists like, the early version of the MRA? Like the guys who got all into Robert Bly? Or do I have that wrong?

Aerinea
Aerinea
5 years ago

@sparky MST3K did have an episode where Santa had to keep thwarting the Devil. It was…odd. And yet I think it might make more sense than whatever Glenn Beck is trying to create.

http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/Santa_Claus_%28episode%29

Catalpa
Catalpa
5 years ago

I suspect the ‘unicorn feminists’ refer to the exceedingly rare ‘feminists’ who oppose women’s rights and echo MRA talking points instead.

They were probably included in response to Mr. Reading’s fevered imaginings of arguing with people who say “Not all feminists are horribly misandristic harpies who want to send all men to death camps! Some are reasonable human beings who respect men’s rights!”, to which Mr. Reading wittily replied “Yeah, those feminists might as well be unicorns”. In his head. And then cackled to himself and scurried off to make more incomprehensible charts.

skybison
skybison
5 years ago

I read it as Mas[b]cult[/b]ists, so picturing a bunch of MRA types wearing robes and chanting prayers to the concept of masculinity until Xenu takes them to the feminist free planet Blisstonia.

As for activated non-feminists, that just makes me think of yu gi oh.

Feminist: I play Informed Consent in Attack Mode.

MRA: Ha, that activated my face down non-feminist, blocking your attack costing you 500 life points.

Feminist: For the tenth time, playing a card isn’t the same thing as attacking, so no I don’t loose life points.

MRA: flips the table over and runs away to declaring victory reddit.

Michael Lindsay
5 years ago

What exactly is a unicorn feminist? I know Sommers is supposed to be one but does saying offensive crap about rape victims turn you into a unicorn?

Kootiepatra
5 years ago

I find it interesting that the first step is not “Feminists are wrong,” but “Feminists lie“.

I feel like I’ve noticed this as a recurring theme from debate-happy trolls; their targeted opponents in the (real or imagined) debate aren’t just wrong, or misguided, or even deluded—they’re lying. As if to say, “That woman can’t possibly be claiming that there’s a wage gap because she really believes it, she must be intentionally spreading mistruths for her own perverse ends.”

Which, of course, justifies MRAs in their own minds for immediately jumping to verbal abuse and dirty tactics, because they aren’t dealing with someone who is confused or deceived—they’re dealing with a liar. To them, now she deserved it. The attackers now have the perceived right, nay, the moral imperative, to make themselves as obnoxious as possible.

I mean, among the litany of things such d00dz get wrong, they’re missing one very big point: It’s possible for someone to disagree with you without malicious intent.

Catfish
Catfish
5 years ago

I created a tumblr and followed you, because t’was about time damnit.

Anyhoo… Been trying to take a break from all the toxic crap in my life but it only served to teach me that the kind of shit that gets to me is unavoidable. It really takes a toll on you, man.

Oh well. At least there are people who tackle these issues in ways that make them tolerable to read about. Also, people who are so over the top with their agendas that it just amuses me. And jebus kristos on a bicycle that image is creepy.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
5 years ago

I’ve been on holiday for two days, so excuse the mass reply.

1.

The target zone is where everyone holds feminism in the same disrepute as racism …

… So, where it’s a major part of Western society, anybody who’s against it is considered a “Communist! SJW! Cultural Marxist!” and it’s particularly popular with all of the big-name MRAs? Don’t think they’ve thought their cunning plan all the way through there.

2.

Unicorn Feminists

If that’s supposed to mean “So-called “Feminists” who are extremist anti-feminists,” then “Unicorn feminists” actually works as a name for them, because unicorns don’t exist and make so little logical sense that they’re actively anti-logical sense.

3.

Feminists Lie

Who wants to do the Projection Dance with me?

4. So, knives are to this guy what skulls are to Aurini?

5. The horribly crappy pamphlet art just reminds me of Francis Dolarhyde.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
5 years ago

Crap. Take two.

1.

The target zone is where everyone holds feminism in the same disrepute as racism …

… So, where it’s a major part of Western society, anybody who’s against it is considered a “Communist! SJW! Cultural Marxist!” and it’s particularly popular with all of the big-name MRAs? Don’t think they’ve thought their cunning plan all the way through there.

2.

Unicorn Feminists

If that’s supposed to mean “Feminists who are extremist anti-feminists,” then “Unicorn feminists” actually works as a name for them, because unicorns don’t exist and make so little logical sense that they’re actively anti-logical sense.

3.

Feminists Lie

Who wants to do the Projection Dance with me?

4. So, knives are to this guy what skulls are to Aurini?

5. The horribly crappy pamphlet art just reminds me of Francis Dolarhyde.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
5 years ago

And I forgot to copy-paste the bit where I changed “Feminists who are” to “So-called “Feminists” who are,” because I need ten coffees.

Ian Rennie
5 years ago

This is amazing because it’s pretty much a note by note description of the concept of the Idée fixe. The immovable stuck idea that the rest of someone’s mind reshapes themselves around. The idea that “feminists lie” is so set in stone for these gumballs that anything that suggests otherwise is now just another feminist lie. Amazing.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
5 years ago

I don’t know why it cracks me up, but in the comments, he says it’s not even his knife. He borrowed his roommates.

I guess someone told them that, for publicity outreach, they need to find the sharpest knife in the drawer.

mildlymagnificent
5 years ago

What’s the alleged difference between masculinist, masculists, and MRAs?

Who knows? Sounds like a topic for a very depressing sociology essay.

proxieme
proxieme
5 years ago

kinda want to see this movie but don’t want to put any money in Glenn Beck’s pockets. It just sounds like something out of MST3K.

But he’s such a womderful font of material!

Anyone remember the novel he wrote awhile back?
Me, neither, but I *do* remember some of the coverage it received + one special line from a featured excerpt.
Beck, we, I mean, the main character was being “seduced” by whoever was the love interest, and he said, “Don’t tease the panther…”

COMEDY GOLD.

My husband and I still say it…and then giggle like idiots together.

proxieme
proxieme
5 years ago

I found a template for the board game:

http://imgur.com/Pwy5I4R

proxieme
proxieme
5 years ago

Oh, on that –

Have any of you played this game?

Mice and Mystics Board Game https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TNOF9G/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_KQJWub1JG5QVZ

I’m looking for another child-friendly but not deadly boring addition to game night and you all are a diverse group to poll 😀

Ellesar
5 years ago

Reminds me of a line from the first Terminator film: ‘see how it doesn’t require one shred of proof’ – with ‘intellectuals’ like this opposing us I don’t think feminism has anything to worry about, besides, nothing fuels feminism like misogyny!

pendraegon
pendraegon
5 years ago

@proxieme I played it a few times, it was enjoyable a few times but you really have to go out of your way looking for new stories to play it with, or of course create your own. If you’re the artistic type it can also be a fun family project to paint the figures.

ParadoxicalIntention
5 years ago

Kootlepatra

I find it interesting that the first step is not “Feminists are wrong,” but “Feminists lie“.

I feel like I’ve noticed this as a recurring theme from debate-happy trolls; their targeted opponents in the (real or imagined) debate aren’t just wrong, or misguided, or even deluded—they’re lying. As if to say, “That woman can’t possibly be claiming that there’s a wage gap because she really believes it, she must be intentionally spreading mistruths for her own perverse ends.”

Yeah, I noticed that too.

It’s essentially begging the question. They’re walking into the “debate” under the assumption that feminists are lying to harm them, thus making their whole “argument” completely pointless and rather invalid, because it’s based around an entirely false premise.
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I’m not really doing board games as of late, but a friend of mine and I are looking to get into doing a Vampire: The Masquerade campaign on Roll20, which is kind of like a board? Except it’s online and you get to create it for yourself, and you move the pieces around and it’s really good for people like me who want to be a part of online tabletop gaming with online friends, but it’s hard for me to pay attention without any visuals. @.@

We’re studying the rules and how-to’s and such now, because I played Bloodlines, and it’s something that I’ve wanted to get into ever since.

If you guys want a card game though, I would recommend Fluxx. (It actually does have a board game too, now that I remember.)

http://www.looneylabs.com/games/fluxx

It’s an amazing card game that has many different flavors. I’ve tried Vanilla, Zombie, and Monty Python, and they’re all amazing. I’ve also tried the board game, which is also fun, but I prefer the card edition just a teeny bit more.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Another interesting thing: the dotted dumbbell-shaped line that yokes the supposedly neutral “middle mass” together with the “activated non-feminists”, leaving the “feminist” circle out in the cold. You can’t claim a neutral party is on your side, just because it doesn’t overtly embrace your opponent’s position. If anything, it’s more likely that the “middle mass”, once exposed to the cesspool of MRA hatred, would want to edge far, far away from it. I don’t think they’d appreciate being corralled inside the invisible electronic fence of stupidity with those idiots.

Also this:

Upon witnessing the fact that they are unlikable, feminists do not try to become more liked

Human rights are only for the popular.

Newt
Newt
5 years ago

their targeted opponents in the (real or imagined) debate aren’t just wrong, or misguided, or even deluded—they’re lying.

This may be a result of thinking that their own position is based on “common sense” and “stuff everybody knows”. Somebody disagrees? They can’t *not* know these obvious truths, so they must be pretending.

…or it could be the troll’s starting point for haggling. They waste several responses before graciously conceding that maybe you’re not one of the evil lying liars, you’re just brainwashed by all those other lying liars, and they’re so kind in taking all this time to tell you about you the Red Pill.

AltoFronto
AltoFronto
5 years ago

I’m seconding whoever said this would make a neat boardgame. You could make your own paper cut-out MRAs to use as counters. Choose from a set of stickers including: wild staring eyes, neckbeard, Evil Turtleneck Sweater, bad goatee, fedora, unkempt hair… etc.

Then when you get to the Middle Mass Awakening stage, players yell “NON-FEMINISTS, ACTIVATE! Form of…” Then spin to choose an Activated Non-Feminist category and gain a bonus for every dice-roll based on which misogynist icon you picked. 😀

First one in the race to the bottom of the barrel wins; Humanity loses.

I know it’s not kind to mock people on their physical appearances, but do you think this guy is following Roosh’s stance on non-grooming? The first thing that sprang to mind was “Anything to me is sweeter, than to see Shock-headed Peter.” He even has the kind of vacant stare and open-palmed gesture of the original illustrations.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter

Glenn Beck’s ninja Santa certainly won’t be bringing this slovenly boy any Christmas-box containing any social-justice themed board games this year. 😛

Emmy Rae
Emmy Rae
5 years ago

What exactly is a unicorn feminist? I always thought that unicorns were notorious slut shamers, only giving virgins their time of day.

I know this is old, Kane Thari, but I LOL’d.Same to Buttercup Q’s boardgame description.

MTremblay
MTremblay
5 years ago

David, you lied! The video didn’t help at all!!! :'(

@skybison: I guess great minds think alike. I was thinking about Magic: the Gathering, but still… 😀

@Catfish: Same for me, I stepped away from the internet for a whole damn month, only to be reminded that the same bullshit also exists offline. Ugh…

Emmy Rae
Emmy Rae
5 years ago

I like how many more groups there are in Activated Non-Feminists than any other group. Feminism just has Feminists and Lap Dogs. I think our circle should also include regular size dogs and cats of all sizes. Plus I’m pretty sure my sister’s pet rat was feminist.

paradoxicalintent
paradoxicalintent
5 years ago

Buttercup

Also this:

Upon witnessing the fact that they are unlikable, feminists do not try to become more liked

Human rights are only for the popular.

Sorry, but I’m picturing so many Mean Girls spoofs right now.

“You can’t just ask someone why they’re a feminist.”

“Don’t touch PUAs, or else you will get a STD and die!”

“It’s not my fault you’re, like, in love with feminism or something!”

“That MRA asked me how to spell orange.”

http://cdn01.cdnwp.celebuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/30/mean-girls-10-year-anniversary-best-quotes-gif1111.gif

Though, I have to admit, the fact that they think that one, feminism is not popular, and two, our goal is to be popular is sad.

This isn’t a popularity contest, silly billy. It’s our LIVES we’re discussing. I couldn’t give two flying, furry cute rodents’ asses if you don’t think it’s “popular”.

freemage
5 years ago

So, briefly wondering if the speculation that this was simply a blank template that the designer stuck their own words to might be accurate, I went on a Google Image search for similar pictures to the ‘faction’ image.

I didn’t turn up a blank template, but I did run across this:

http://www.customaniacs.org/forum/attachments/custom-blu-ray-labels/675421d1338936723-silence-lambs-3d-label-blu-ray.jpg

I don’t know why, but it made me giggle.

Myriad
Myriad
5 years ago

Okay, so they start off with the feminist lie. Then they have unicorn feminist on their side. If feminist lie, how is their unicorn feminist not lying that they support them? Head splodes. Does the unicorn power cancel out the lying bit?