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Attila vs the Lynch Mob Cult Savages: A Case Study in Twitter "Activism"

Attila Vinczer: The Men's Rights Revolution Will Be Well-Hydrated
Attila Vinczer: The Men’s Rights Revolution Will Be Well-Hydrated

Today, the first in what will be an occasional series of posts on the Twitter activity — sorry, “activism” — of Men’s Rights Activists and other misbegotten misogynistic miscreants.

Sorry about the cheap alliteration at the end of the sentence there, but I’ve spent the last few hours reading  Tweets from Attila Vinczer (@Alvhun) and I guess his penchant for tacky rhetorical special effects has rubbed off on me a little.

Attila, the “Activism Director” for Men’s Rights hate site A Voice for Men, is an energetic Twitter “activist.” While not quite as hateful or vicious as his colleagues Dean Esmay or the now-banned Judgy Bitch (aka Janet Bloomfield), Attila has developed a Twitter style all his own, spewing forth minor masterpieces of overwrought incoherence that are the unintentional result of his attempts to pull off complicated literary maneuvers without a mastery of the basics. There is a kind of poetry to them.

I’ve written about Attila before; you may recall his not-altogether-successful attempts to dig up dirt on me. But I felt his Tweets deserved a more thorough examination. Enjoy!

As you read the following Tweets, keep in mind that this is not some anonymous rando spewing invective on the internet; this is the official “Activism Director” of AVFM, the most influential Men’s Rights site on the internet.

Attila is perhaps best known for “zingers” that are more befuddling than zingy:

atparasiticatallergies

attoiletAs this last Tweet hints, Attila has a bit of an obsession with the bowels:

atturd atturd2And a kind of horrified fascination with vaginas.

atvulvaIndeed, when another Twitterer accused him of having a “littledick,” he responded with posts suggesting that her clitoris is essentially an even littler dick.

attlittleattwat

He makes the “clit = small penis” equation a little more directly in this attack on the “MICROPENIS aka CLITORIS” of a feminist whose blog routinely skewers MRAs.

Attila’s contempt for women leaks out in Tweet after Tweet. Aside from calling women “twats” or “t-wats,” he is not shy about calling them “bitches” and “whores,” a trait he shares with many of his colleagues at AVFM.

atbitch2 atbitch

attwhoreHe seems to think that calling women “missy” is the sort of brilliant retort that ends arguments and wins people over to the Men’s Rights movement.

atmissyyWhen men challenge him, he tries to belittle them as insufficiently masculine.

attgirl

Attila, by contrast, sees himself as “all man,” and regularly boasts of his fighting prowess.

attrainingattrain2 attraain3 attrain3 attrain4

He must be quite a man! If you look at the dates of these Tweets you will see that he somehow managed to undergo two years of training between last September and this January. He hasn’t been able to keep up the pace, alas, and has somehow managed to lose a year of training in the last month.

He has this to say about Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who carried a mattress around campus as a way to bring attention to the school’s unwillingness to punish the fellow student she says raped her.

atmatressmistress

And he apparently thinks that Albert Einstein was a bit of an underachiever because he allowed women in his life.

atteslaFor someone who shares a first name with that of an infamous barbarian leader, Attila is quick to label his opponents “savages.”

atsavage atsav3atsav2Lately, Attila has been working diligently to introduce a new catchphrase. Can you guess what it is?

attlynchbig copy

This catchphrase, you may not exactly be shocked to learn, is not catching on; despite Attila’s enthusiastic promotional efforts, literally no one else on Twitter has picked it up.

Perhaps he will have better luck with these alternate spellings:

lyncmob lyncmob2 lumchmobNote: I plan to do a few upcoming case studies on several other AVFM staffers who are particularly energetic Twitter “activists,” as well as a couple of well-known PUAs. Please suggest any other Twitter heroes you think I should take a look at.

 

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M.
M.
6 years ago

Even though “#LynchMob cult” will obviously never catch on, “#LumchMob” just might.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

When white people say they are being “lynched” every time they get criticized or talked back to:

http://rack.0.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEzLzA2LzEyLzY2L0phY2tOaWNob2xzLjIxZTBhLmdpZgpwCXRodW1iCTEyMDB4OTYwMD4/a7087029/e2b/Jack-Nicholson.gif

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

MMmmmmm lunch.

tedthefed
tedthefed
6 years ago

Lynchmob Cult sounds like a terrible professional wrestling stable.

Dodom
Dodom
6 years ago

I don’t follow Twitter, but am I reading it wrong if it looks like he throws the namecalling at multiple recipients at a time?
“Here I so cleverly cornered your personality let me send the same conclusion to a bunch of targets at once to make it more personal!”

Spindrift
Spindrift
6 years ago

Men’s rights bowel movement sounds about right.

Film Runner
6 years ago

Shouldn’t the title be Attila vs the Lync Mob Cult Savages?

Button
Button
6 years ago

The martial arts training thing is stupid and profoundly unprofessional (hell, un-amateur – when I took karate lessons as a kid, our senseis made it clear from the first class that we were never to threaten or intimidate anyone, and if they got word that we had attacked or even threatened anyone, we would be banned from the club). But, minor fluctuations in remembering how long you’ve been doing something isn’t necessarily indicative of a lie.

However, I’m pretty damn sure he’s lying, and I dearly hope someone has tweeted the Navy Seal copypasta back at him.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

Also, I knew a man who was raised in a cult and he is traumatized to this day. He and his mother fled the cult and he’s been out since he was a teen, but he still cries when he tries to talk about it and can’t get much out. I wish people would stop throwing around that word.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Bragging about 40+ years of martial arts experience on twitter = admitting that he’s a middle aged man getting into twitter feuds and attacking college students.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

If he’s an ex Seal who is proficient in martial arts, so am I.

(I’m not)

Binjabreel
6 years ago

Jesus, it’s depressing to see the names of like a dozen people I follow in those. Also, he tweets at jackbarnesmra a fuck of a lot.

Binjabreel
6 years ago

Also, “even with a gun”? Pretty sure if I shoot you dead I can take your wallet pretty easily.

Reminds me of what an actual martial artist used to say. He always got the question, “what do you do if someone sneaks up on you with like a two by four or a pipe or something?”
And he’d say, “well, first you go ‘ugh!’ Then you fall to the ground. Then you probably twitch and bleed a lot.”

Because the moral of the story is that nobody is invincible, anyone can get the drop on you.

There’s a fencing quote: “the greatest swordsman in the world has nothing to fear from the second, third, or fourth best. It is the rank amateur, waving the blade around wildly and unpredictably, that will do him in.”

NicolaLuna
NicolaLuna
6 years ago

I am literally crying with laughter at “can subdue enemies without killing them.”

http://cdn.meme.am/instances/58367078.jpg

I don’t know what a #Lumchmob is but from the rest of his tweet I think they aren’t good at all.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

This guy.. He’s the very model of a modern internet tough guy. Why is it that I see his “dojo” as being some karate class for young children that he never left, and the only reason the instructor keeps him around is because the checks don’t bounce and he’s relatively well behaved in class?

Hey, at least it keeps his body supple. And it would explain why he seems to run every new insult he comes up into the ground with repetition, as if he were learning a swear for the first time.

Binjabreel
6 years ago

He meant “Lunch Mob”, which is when the whole workplace goes out to lunch together and ends up swamping the little diner because nobody called ahead to warn them about the 23 person party.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Can #lunchmob be a real thing? Subscribe to it and you get notifications of local restaurants to mob (chosen at random)? It’d be horribly disruptive, but awesome.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Dang, ninja’d. Binjabreel, have you been training ninja skills for 41 years?

mrex
mrex
6 years ago

Awwww now I don’t want to take the pseudonym “T – Watt” and start making inspiring raps about my undying loyalty to “the Cunt Cult” and lesbianism.

Thanks bro.

Spindrift
Spindrift
6 years ago

“Also, “even with a gun”? Pretty sure if I shoot you dead I can take your wallet pretty easily.”

Considering all the red pill stuff, maybe he believes martial arts let him dodge bullets like in the matrix?

mrex
mrex
6 years ago

*Awwww now I want to take the pseudonym “T – Watt” and start making inspiring raps about my undying loyalty to “the Cunt Cult” and lesbianism.

Thanks posting too fast.

mrex
mrex
6 years ago

@kirbey, sorry, but as someone who worked in fast food for many years, you’ve been long ninja’d by preteens. I still believe that 12 year olds reproduce by splitting in half whenever they’re exposoded to the environmental conditions of “half day” or “school field trip”. 😉

Moggie
Moggie
6 years ago

He really shouldn’t try to sound smart. He can’t pull it off, and just comes across as… odd.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

In a street fight, my money would be on the non Dunning-Kruger guy.

Aren’t martial arts supposed to teach humility and self-control? None of his tweets exhibit a shred of inner discipline. It’s like he thinks he can overcome his opponents with Tantrum-Fu.

dhag85
6 years ago

If you’ve done anything for more than 40 years, you’re definitely too old to be talking about how you “subdue enemies”.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
6 years ago

There’s a fencing quote: “the greatest swordsman in the world has nothing to fear from the second, third, or fourth best. It is the rank amateur, waving the blade around wildly and unpredictably, that will do him in.”

I believe originally from Mark Twain, in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. (Though obviously he could have been referring to an even older maxim.) Going from http://www.twainquotes.com/Stupidity.html

…there are some things that can beat smartness and foresight. Awkwardness and stupidity can. The best swordsman in the world doesn’t need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn’t do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn’t prepared for him.

(I looked the source of this up for a story I was writing at one point. If I’m going to quote someone in a story, I like to know who and what I’m actually quoting. Unless there’s a good in-character reason for the person making the reference to be wrong, in which case I should still know the real quote myself.)

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

“ABOYNE (vb.) To beat an expert at a game of skill by playing so appallingly that none of his clever tactics or strategies are of any use to him.” — Douglas Adams, The Meaning of Liff

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

That fencing/Mark Twain quote was a big feature of one of the episodes of an anime called Katana Gatari, where the main character found himself fighting an extremely strong young Eskimo-ish girl (long story) and broke an arm as a result. The idea was that her movements were so erratic that he couldn’t rely on his trained reactions.

It’s kind of a cool explanation for “beginner’s luck” in a variety of skill-based games and competitions.

Mirroring Moggie, this guy shouldn’t try to sound aloof and tough. He can’t pull it off.

For context, one of his “I’ve been a trained martial artist” tweets was in response to a really odd conversation. Someone said they’d have no problems killing someone that threatened their family, Attila pops in with “#lynchmob cult” and claims they’re murderous. After a strange back and forth, where Attila is called weak for not being willing to defend his family, Attilla brings up the whole “I don’t want to hurt anyone but I could” thing. Then it wraps around to him saying he could kill someone in defense of others.

Really bizarre. I guess his need to appear tough outweigh’s his need for consistency.

M.
M.
6 years ago

I imagine this guy’s martial arts classes going similarly to Bart Simpson’s.

That is, skipping them to play ninja-themed arcade games followed by running around threatening the “Touch of death” on his sister.

Pelagic
Pelagic
6 years ago

Is that him in the first photo? Why does he look like he wants to sell me a time share?

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

Quit trying to keep up with my pace causing parasitic drag.

Wut?

dhag85
6 years ago

@sparky

Yeah seriously. What the fuck does that “sentence” even mean?

freemage
6 years ago

I admit, I went kinda numb from the dumb after awhile, and just started power-scrolling. Especially when he started using more characters on addressing his bum mots than in actually saying them.

So instead, I’ll take a tangent from one of the comments I found interesting here.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants | February 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm

“ABOYNE (vb.) To beat an expert at a game of skill by playing so appallingly that none of his clever tactics or strategies are of any use to him.” — Douglas Adams, The Meaning of Liff

My favorite example of this is in the Myth series by Robert Lynn Aspirin. The main protagonist, Skeeve, has been trapped into a very public face-off against an interdimensional champion of an exceedingly complex form of stud poker. Knowing that there’s no hope for him to actually win, and not wanting to suffer a humiliating defeat in a very public match, his training consists of being taught how to lose slowly. However, he realizes he has a second option. By raising the max every time another card is dealt, he drains both players’ stake-piles into a single pot on the first hand. Since stud poker games involve no opportunity to trade cards, he turns the entire match into a protracted coin-flip that could go either way.

Binjabreel
6 years ago

I think it might be from something older, the guy I know who quotes it (he’s been fencing for like decades) never reads Mark Twain but does read old ass fencing texts; plus he’s a pedantic asshole so I figure he’d sooner die than misattribute a quote. But either way, good to know one possible source.

His graduate thesis basically consisted of getting his school library to buy books by every fencer mentioned in The Princess Bride.

Professor fate
Professor fate
6 years ago

‘can subdue my enemies without killing them’ – I guess the lack of space in twitter prevented him from adding “with the power of my MIND!”.
As several others have noted – on of the first thing you learn in martial arts is humility – you start with a white belt for a reason. That’s not meant to go away.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@sparky and dhag85:

If you have the time, try to find the original tweet and it’s conversation context. It’s rather illuminating.

Basically, Attila’s MO seems to be to jump in at the tail-end of any sort of feminism vs. mra twitter conversation, misinterpreting sarcasm as required to land a surprise accusation.

In one case, someone was arguing with Tom Martin (of misandric hard chairs fame) about Warren Farrell’s thing on incest, and the person made some sarcastic comment. Attila jumped in by declaring the person had a sick mind. In another case, someone made a joke about some mra sitting around the house in his underpants, and Atilla asked them if they often think about underpants, again insinuating they had a sick mind.

His “pace” seems to be just jumping around randomly with harsh insults, and when his target tries to back out he insults their intelligence. If his target doesn’t back out, he blocks them.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

Lynch mob is a band but lunch mob sounds pretty cool too
http://youtu.be/1K3-FmBHFHg

yutolia
yutolia
6 years ago

He keeps including jackbarnesmra in his tweets. Is this because he needs this guy to back him up, or is he saying that jackbarnesmra is also part of the #LynchMob cult?

yutolia
yutolia
6 years ago

Well, was trying to make a joke, but now realizing that it really didn’t work…

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

“ABOYNE (vb.) To beat an expert at a game of skill by playing so appallingly that none of his clever tactics or strategies are of any use to him.” — Douglas Adams, The Meaning of Liff

Yup, that sounds like the Witless Hun’s “debating” style, all right. I’m still scratching my head over that “pace causing parasitic drag” garblish.

Also, I’m pretty sure his 40/41/42 years of “martial arts training” consists solely of taunting little girls on the playground in a futile effort to make them cry. The man’s all beard and no chin.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

o__________o

Walp, I’ve done it folks. I’ve dug too deep. Like a fantasy dwarven civilization, I’ve dug too swiftly in my greed and uncovered something that never should have been. Sorry for the OT, but I’m pretty sure this is like that movie where if you don’t share it with someone before the end of the week a ghost girl will crawl out of your television. I mean, I don’t have a television, but… you know… better safe than sorry.

CW: Rape, running roughshod over the idea of consent, clever twists that are not at all clever, Janet Bloomfield

“I’m the serial rapist everyone’s talking about”

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
6 years ago

Is he claiming to be an ex SEAL?

If so I can get him checked out (if that’s his real name)

Annie Squidface
6 years ago

@Lea:

Your first comment. Yes. Add “calling things that aren’t rape rape” to that and I’m getting that printed on a t-shirt.

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

I am totally down for #lunchmob. We should try and make it trending just to piss off Attila.

Annie Squidface
6 years ago

I’m going to be really honest.

A lot of these manosphere people seem to want to be seen as intellectuals. Everyone I knew growing up who was like that was *incessantly* teased, and more than anything they were called fags, which is what our toxic society labels boys who like to read and learn. At least, it was and still is in the conservative talk radio-listening bible belt community where I live.

I know that childhood bullying often goes two ways, either making people predisposed to be little dicks when they grow up, or making them sensitive to the suffering of others. Supposing that these guys grew up being made fun of for preferring intellectual pursuits, and I realize that I’m being incredibly generous here but it’s just a thought, do you reckon that has anything to do with this projection of anger we’re seeing now?

I get the sense that some of them equate femininity with negatives because they’re lashing out against deeply personal attacks that they themselves have received. By no means do I think all of them are, but it’s something I’ve had a feeling about for some of them.

If it’s true, then it’s especially damning that they then go on to call other more cerebral men gay, or manginas.

/ramblerambleramble

Word salad because of cold medicine but hopefully my feels go across.

Spindrift
Spindrift
6 years ago

“Martial arts training” is awefully vague, that could range from training in various armed and unarmed combat styles to hitting a tree with a stick occasionally for 40 years. It could be 40 years of beginner’s classes. If he could boast some kind of belt or something other than time since he started it’d be less vague.

sparky
sparky
6 years ago

Holy shit, kirbywarp. I honestly didn’t think JB could any worse, but, holee shit. She basically calls herself a rapist, describes raping people, and is proud of it. And is all, “checkmate, feminists!” about it. What an awful human being.

Has David heard about this?

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

can subdue my enemies without killing them

I wonder if he’s had this stitched onto his family crest yet?

We can’t decide between “From beneath we devour” and “You will be assimilated” for ours.

ikanreed
ikanreed
6 years ago

No amount of martial arts training prepares you for all kinds of fights at all times. It’s exactly that kind of attitude from which mall ninjas are born.

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