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Someone could probably write a Master’s thesis about the sexual insecurities on display in A Voice for Men’s "memes."

Classy, A Voice for Men, very classy.
Why are so many MRAs and PUAs so invested in the notion that women who reject them will end up miserable?

A Voice for Men’s ongoing campaign to convince the world that “Men’s Human Rights Activists” are a bunch of petty, malicious, sexually insecure douchenozzles continues apace.

I mean, that must be what they’re really up to, right? Because no one who actually had any real interest in human rights of any kind would produce “memes” like the one above and all the rest below, delivered to your eyes straight from AVFM’s Fcebook page.

At their best, AVFM’s memes are merely baffling …

Wat?
Wat?
What ... do the Saw movies have to do with any of this?
What … do the Saw movies have to do with any of this?

… or ridiculous.

How far must your head be shoved up your ass to even think any of this was even remotely true?
How far must your head be shoved up your ass to even think any of this is even remotely true?

AVFM also loves appropriating the images of famous people, and pretending that these people are somehow on their side. But their choices of imaginary celebrity endorsers can be a bit, well, ironic. A couple of days ago in one of my posts on the iconography of the “Cultural Marxism” conspiracy theorists, I posted a neo-Nazi meme showing a crudely photoshopped picture of Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock endorsing Adolph Hitler — a rather odd conceit, given that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are both Jewish, and that the original Star Trek series promoted tolerance and a very 60s-liberal sort of multiculturalism.

Well, here’s AVFM’s attempt to make Spock an MRA:

Er, not so much.
Er, not so much.

Dudes, hate to break it to you, but Nimoy is actually a … feminist. Really. In the 60s he demanded that Star Trek’s producers pay actress Nichele Nichols the same as her male counterparts on the show. And as a photographer today, Nimoy acknowleges that he is heavily influenced by feminism, partiularly the writings of Jewish feminist Letty Cottin Pogrebin, one of the founders of Ms. magazine.

So that’s not really his “listening to feminism face” at all.

An astonishing number of AVFM’s memes are so sexualized that they are more or less soft-core porn. Even their anti-male-rape memes, ostensibly attempts to raise consciousness about the rape of men by women, feature seductive, scantily clad women, undermining whatever message they are supposed to be getting across.

But the most, er, revealing memes are the ones that hint at deep sexual insecurities on the part of the meme makers and those who “like” them on Facebook. (The images that follow are mildly NSFW.)

This meme, for example, actually features the dreaded vagina dentata:

[slightly risque meme removed]

And this one attempts to shame male feminists by suggesting they enjoy being penetrated, an act that’s really only “shameful” if you have some rather fucked-up notions of what is and what isn’t appropriate male sexuality. And a certain degress of  hatred and fear of female sexual agency.

[slightly risque meme removed]

 

AVFM meme-maker John Galt also continues to be weirdly obsessed by me.

And then there’s this lovely meme, intended as a joke at the expense of a feminist activist who’s been on AVFM’s enemies list ever since she told some AVFM dudes to shut up at a demonstration several years ago. (I’ve crossed out her face, because no one really deserves to be made into an AVFM meme.)

[slightly risque meme removed]

The joke is obviously supposed to be at her expense, suggesting that she is so unattractive that she makes penises wilt. But you don’t have to be Sigmund Freud to realize that this isn’t the real story here. This is a woman demonized by AVFM and other antifeminists because once, several years ago, she shouted down some dudes. It’s not her appearance that frightens their penises; it’s the fact that she wouldn’t put up with their bullshit.

Guys, you’re not fooling anyone, except yourselves.

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Lea
Lea
6 years ago

A Voice for Men Who are Grossed Out by Butt Stuff When the Butt Belongs to a Dude.

Kakanian
Kakanian
6 years ago

Actually, the sheet of paper the doc handed Henk reads: “Margaret Thatcher” who was… well, if she was, she was a rather strange brand of feminist.

http://s17.postimg.org/djdyt59yz/mrs_thatcher.gif

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

A Voice for Men Who Have Alot of Unresolved Issues About Aging.

Jake
Jake
6 years ago

That last one is the final panels from an extended Cowboy Henk strip about priapism and the face was originally Margaret Thatcher.

katz
6 years ago

There must be a pun somewhere in the dude-swimming-down-a-road one, but it’s just not coming to me.

bodycrimes
6 years ago

I just want to think about that Atlas ‘meme’ for a second, that’s obviously based on this manospherian idea that ‘we created civilisation for them, and the bitches show no gratitude’.

I can’t work this out. Even IF – and this is just for the sake of the exercise – I agreed that human achievement was a completely male domain, with no women to be seen anywhere (apparently women were lying around being waited on), I don’t understand why this means I have to forfeit all human rights in perpetuity.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

I love that they say dating is unappealing as if it is the worst thing ever for women that MRAssholes don’t want to date them. They just want to fuck them (even though they are boner wilting feminists). These doodz don’t do thinky do good. They have no respect for women or concern for their kids. I’ve got news for the MRAs. Nobody is getting in line to give a shit about what they want in a ltr. It’s unlikely that a woman will see an MRA as Mister Right. The best they can hope for is that in a pinch they might do as Mr. Right Now.

katz
6 years ago

(For the record, implying that Margaret Thatcher is a boner-shrinker isn’t any better than implying that feminists are.)

freemage
6 years ago

If you’re a guy in the legal system, it’s like asphalt has become liquid enough to swim in, thanks to feminism? I don’t… I mean where… how does… why?

That’s it, I’m broken.

taitaisanchez
6 years ago

I cohabitate with two hardcore feminists. annd… nope. Still not in jail or dead.

tooimpurenangel
6 years ago

Dude, I’m married and I gotta say that the idea of being 70 and beholden to no one but my self AND an MRA free existence sounds pretty damned awesome.

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

Bodycrimes, I think that Atlas one is invoking the “feminism already achieved it’s goals” meme.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I’ve never really gotten the whole “child support is unfair to divorced men” argument, since the mother usually has to cover the overwhelming majority of the cost of raising a child. Child support just puts a nice dent in the price.

lacerta viridis
lacerta viridis
6 years ago

Pretty sure being 70 and lonely sounds infinitely better than being 70 and having to put up with a 70 year old MRA, but hey whatever they need to tell themselves, I guess.

The one with the guy swimming in the road is just an amazing work of surrealism though. MALE PRIVILEGE IS SWIMMING THROUGH SOLID GROUND. Apparently.

philosopheria
6 years ago

That’s Sisyphus, not Atlas. It’s actually the most coherent of these nonsensical memes, even if I disagree.

bodycrimes
6 years ago

Sisyphus! Of course.

So who solved all the problems? Was it ‘we’ as in the MRAs, or was it feminism?

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

I’m pretty sure the dude with the boulder is Sisyphus, the guy who was cursed with the impossible task of rolling a boulder up a hill for eternity (as the boulder kept falling back down when near the top) after cheating death for a bit.

As for the dude swimming down the road, I can only imagine the creator of the meme mistook the swimming for drowning. Falling into water on a surface that should be solid with nobody around to help, what could be more poignant? *ow* I think I sprained my imagination…

The Saw one almost irritates me the most, because they could have made it work. Saw was a film about people being put in “games” where they could only escape by making some great personal sacrifice, usually ironically related to some sin they committed. Fatherhood to the MRA crowd would be a perfect subject, but they flub the reference! Irritating!

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Ninja’d, nuts. That’s what I get for not refreshing.

@bodycrimes:

“We” as in “all men,” because MRAs represent all men don’cha know.

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

None of these make any damn sense.

There’s just too much wrong here.

Xanith
Xanith
6 years ago

Quick do we have a picture of Roosh V to put “PUA isn’t gonna seem so great when you’re middle-aged and lonely” on?

Also are those underwear with teeth printed on them a real thing? They seem like they’d be cool to have.

theomegaconstant
6 years ago

“We solved every problem…”

Let me stop you right there, guys.

bodycrimes
6 years ago

I second the Roosh V picture! Except that he’s already alienated and bitterly lonely, according to himself.

Xanith
Xanith
6 years ago

Okay I found the underwear. They actually exist but sadly it looks like they’re not available anymore. http://becariotroll.tumblr.com/post/15420947011/vagina-dentata-glow-in-the-dark-underwear-by

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

@Freemage: didn’t you know? Feminism melts tarmac AND changes it’s molecular elements! Because females can’t science, apparently.

@Bill: I think the MRAs basic argument is “if I can’t have full control of the kids then why should I pay a penny?” But actually give them full custody and they’ll whine that parenting is a ‘woman’s job’.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Let’s have some fun dissecting these:

“Feminism isn’t going to seem so great when you’re 70 and lonely.” Says someone who’s obviously never seen or spoken to a 70-year-old feminist. Actually, what doesn’t seem so great is being so dependent on (older!) men from an early age that I’d end up being widowed at 70, and lonely because I don’t know what to do with myself now that I’ve apparently aged out of the dating market (because youth and fertility are all that matters if you’re a feeeeemale, don’cha know). Feminism exists partly so that women who do find themselves still (or suddenly) single at 70 won’t be automatically considered worthless on the grounds of age and singledom.

MALE PRIVILEGE: Must be nice to be able to swim up a road. Guess you can only do that if you’re male, though. If you’re female, it’s just a whole lotta nasty asphalt.

DEADBEAT DAD: What the fuck is up with that Halloween costume? I don’t get it. Also, all the circumstances listed below? Don’t make a dad a deadbeat. What does? Not paying child support, not showing up for visitations, fucking off to Vegas and spending all your kid’s time and money on coke and strippers.

“We solved every problem they could possibly have…”: No, you didn’t.
“…so they just made up new problems to complain about.” No, we didn’t.
Our real, unsolved problems? 30% Penis Surcharge, HB10-Seeking Hypergamous PUA Dude, Deadbeat Dads (yes, they are real), PMS Amirite?, Respect Mah Authoritay Little Woman, Go Home And Make Babies…and no respect for our tremendous inventiveness and problem-solving panache. Because we’re feeeeemale, and clearly we amount to nothing but sex automats and diaper-changers in this manospherically idiotic world. Who’s the Sisyphus, again?

Leonard Nimoy: Yeah, no. Even Spock was too logical to just assume that women were illogical because, you know, hormones.

Vagina Dentata: “Now we really are after only one thing!” And too bad for you it’s got teeth. That’s what you get for only being after one thing.

Male Feminism Strap-On: Oh myyyyy, somebody’s kinky. Does Paulie want a pegging? I can practically hear him begging!

Cowboy Henk: Cured of priapism without medication? It’s a miracle! Originally, that paper just said “Margaret Thatcher”…who, by the way, was a staunch antifeminist. Oh, the irony!

maistrechat
6 years ago

I interpreted the asphalt swimming one as somebody attempting to swim against the current. Or somebody attempting to get ahead but who is probably going to be run over by a car.

eveloria
eveloria
6 years ago

Hi, so I’ve never posted before because posting on the internet terrifies me but the more I read on this blog the more panicked I’ve been getting.

At first I thought all of these MRAs and the other denizens of the manosphere were just a ridiculous minority that were mostly found on the internet. However the more I read the more I realize my brother (who lives with me currently) frequently says very similar things to many of these men. He’s been getting more and more bitter lately and it’s only been getting worse. I’d like to talk to him about it but I don’t want it to seem like I’m attacking him or trying to put him down. I refuse to make excuses for him and his attitude but I’m worried that he needs a wake up call soon.

Does anyone here have experience talking to a loved one who might be heading down this bitter, misogynist sink hole?

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

Re: The “But feminism isn’t necessary anymore!” one:

Even if we lived in some magical alternate universe where women had achieved full equality, we’d still need feminism, because MRAs, Republicans, Libertarians, religious fundamentalists and other misogynistic dickwits are doing their damnedest to undo every last bit of it.

Grace Alexander
Grace Alexander
6 years ago

The Spock one cracked me up. As a kid I wanted to BE Spock soooo badly. He was the COOLEST. (OK, and also because my life was shitty because I grew up in a cult that had NO logic behind its insane rules and Spock at least made freaking SENSE most of the time!)

I love Nimoy as a person as well – he’s at the VERY top of my “If you could meet an actor/celebrity/etc” list.

Fnoicby
Fnoicby
6 years ago

I mean, I’m just not buying that the top meme is expressing a genuine concern that old feminists will wind up alone. There must be something else to this…*strokes imaginary beard*

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

MRAs: Settle for us when you’re 20 so we can leave you for someone younger when you’re 40.

But, hey! At least you’ll have the kids to keep you company…I mean, either won’t pay or will endlessly kvetch about child support, but at least we’ll have a drawn-out legal battle to ensure that MY children are raised to MY precise specifications!

Wait!
Wait! Where are you going?
Come back!

Whore.

Fnoicby
Fnoicby
6 years ago

@proxieme

Yep, that’s it!

fromafar2013
6 years ago

@ proxieme

Perfect imitation. I lol’ed.

J. Schmidt
J. Schmidt
6 years ago

Why are so many MRAs and PUAs so invested in the notion that women who reject them will end up miserable?

Eh. That kind of rhetoric happens both ways. Wishfully hoping your political enemies live lonely, pathetic lives isn’t an MRA thing.

yutolia
yutolia
6 years ago

I love how in their world woman not getting married = failure at life and eternity of loneliness.

Honestly, in a way, though, women not getting married DOES equal those things…

FOR THE MRAS, THOUGH, NOT THE WOMEN!!!

At the bottom of all these memes, I think that’s really what they are afraid of… just like Scott Aaronson admitted – in the old days, some family member or something might’ve found a woman and forced her in some way or another to marry a dude. Now these dudes, just like women have always had to, actually might have to work at making themselves dateable because women are allowed to have choices now (in theory), which means that it’s now socially acceptable (in theory) for women to refuse to date these guys.

katz
6 years ago

Wishfully hoping your political enemies live lonely, pathetic lives isn’t an MRA thing.

But we’re not talking about political enemies–this is how they feel about every woman who doesn’t have sex with them.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

These memes..I mean…what?http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/twoflower/64307/18497/18497_600.jpg
women and girls would rather die alone than date an abuser. They cant stand that we have the right to date and marry whoever we want and that scares them because they need us but they can’t have us. The only people who will die alone will be Misoygnists.

I’m getting really tired with all this ‘Misandry!’ The MRAs keep crying out but the only people who are doing the misandering are them. Calling men and boys ‘manginas’ that actually enjoy being submissive and aren’t misognists like them.

Antifeminists: we’re the ones who love and respect men and boys! We will shame them if they enjoy dresses and other girly things, we’ll make fun of them for crying and seeking help, we’ll laugh at them for being raped because they enjoyed it amiright!? And we totally think that men and boys can’t control themselves! Screw you feminists we are the ones who love and respect men and boys!

estraven
estraven
6 years ago

In my husband’s extended family, it is not at all uncommon for men and women in their eighties to find a partner after their spouse has passed away. In my own family, my uncle was single until his sixties, when he married a woman with three grown daughters and some grandkids. They had ten years together before he died of colon cancer and she said they were the happiest years of her life (her first husband had been a real shit). Where do these people get the idea that love and partnership don’t happen for older people? This, of course, is aside from the fact that marriage isn’t for everyone and not being married is not the kiss of death. I knew plenty of older women when I was involved in NOW that were happy being single–they were far from the stereotype of the lonely, bitter spinster regretting that she’d been too damn particular. They were active, a lot of fun, engaged in their work, involved in their nieces’ and nephews’ lives, had a lot of friends, etc. These guys just live in an alternate universe designed by their own bizarre, distorted world view.

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
6 years ago

Why would you swim up a road? Oh right, it’s much easier to flop around bawwwwing about feminists than to actually use your fucking legs and walk.

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

Eh. That kind of rhetoric happens both ways. Wishfully hoping your political enemies live lonely, pathetic lives isn’t an MRA thing.

Ten-minute time-out for “Both sides are bad” and false equivalence.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

The guy in the second meme is swimming in the male tears road that leads to the magical male tears spring, that is where the great Fempire gets their tears for baths, scented Effin candles and other great Misandry products.

J
We are talking about them who wish for women, who don’t date them, become miserable. And ‘happens both ways’? I don’t think so.

Elektra Kenway
6 years ago

I have no idea of who the girl in the Jigsaw cosplay is, but I doubt they asked her for authorization to use her image on a meme that seeks to promote their (hateful, harmful and violent) ideas.

I remember I’ve also seen Patrick Stewart in a few (related) memes at some point, which is also a contradiction (and proves their ignorance) since he’s a spokesperson against misogyny and violence against women, besides his involvement in Amnesty International.

I remember his speech made me cry.

On the other hand, if they make a meme mocking you, Futrelle, then that’s proof you’re walking the right path.

duerstisms
6 years ago

I think it’s funny that you’re attempting to refute misogyny with blatant misandry. It’s a total non productive, eye for an eye scenario.

lkeke35
6 years ago

I only wish they hadn’t drawn one of my favorite fictional characters into their sordid arguments. Please leave Spock out of this nonsense.

That first meme, I guess it doesn’t occur to them that when Women Go Their Own Way, we actually do it.

That one with Sisyphus: whose problems did they solve, cuz I know some PoC who would react extremely to the suggestion that that’s what happened. I m not even sure I can point out just how many things are wrong with that assumption. That’s a level of ignorance so extreme, it’ll make your head pop.

Estraven: Thats assuming of course that they believe in love and partnership. I’m pretty sure they don’t. They only believe in sex and that’s for hot, young , white , cis-gender people.

ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

Dear divines up above, it’s like glimpsing into The Twilight Zone.

Specifically that one episode where a ten-year-old boy gets the power to control reality, and makes all the adults fear him. I think this is what MRAs want most in the world.

For those in need of brain bleach, I drew a kitty! Its name is Sparrow, and it’s a familiar for an original character I’ve been batting around in my head the past few days:

http://40.media.tumblr.com/0f9276e0b606fa543e428dc7ee5a02fd/tumblr_nj7yn3uYbA1qjd686o1_1280.png

Enjoy!

P.S. I would have taken a picture of our physical cat, Mr. Whiskers, but he won’t stay still unless there’s food involved.

ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

Eh, I just noticed Sparrow’s fuzzy butt’s a little wonky. Eeeehhhhh. I’ll fix it later.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Why did the MRA swim across the road?

1. To blame the feminists on the other side for everything.
2. To get out of paying child support.
3. He was liquidzoned by that conniving bitch of an asphalt lane. (Oh sure…it only solidifies when assholes cross it.)
4. #notallmencrosstheroad
5. Because women have higher road-crossing rates while men are more likely to get run over and more likely to be victimized by false jaywalking accusations
6. He didn’t cross the road. He went his own way. (But he kept hurling rocks at the road anyway.)
7. Because he personally invented and built all the roads one night while sitting behind his computer.
8. It’s about ethics in crosswalks.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
6 years ago

How do you post images? Got a nice one.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Just paste the URL in. No html needed.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
6 years ago

Ah cheers, it’s one on my computer though. Can I just copy and paste?

[Obviously being a bloke I’m brilliant at computers and technology and stuff. Just pretending not to be to give the women a chance; me being such a white knight and all]

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