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Men’s Rights Activists still angry that they’re considered a joke, vow to do nothing to change this

Oh, Colorado, you make me sad. Can't you just search for Nickelback lyrics like normal people?
Oh, Colorado, you make me sad. Can’t you just search for Nickelback lyrics like normal people?

So the fellas on the Men’s Rights subreddit are kicking up a shine about a post one of them found on the internet that treats them like the joke that they are.

You see, a blogger on real estate site Estately.com decided, out of sheer boredom, I imagine, to assemble a list of Each State’s Most Embarrassing Google Searches. 

As you can see from the map above, the searches range from terrible music (for some reason, Maine residents feel a need to track down Nickelback lyrics) to assorted penis-size related concerns.

In Colorado, the search term that made Estately’s Ryan Nickum giggle the most was “Men’s Rights.” 

Nickum notes in his post that Coloradans were also interested in learning more about Vape pens and Crocs (the ugly shoes). He concludes from this that

If you’re a man in Colorado wearing crocs and puffing on your vape pen you deserve to have your rights taken away.

Actually, that’s not quite fair. It’s not right to lump vaping and Crocs with Men’s Rights. Vaping is much better for you than smoking, and Crocs, while atrociously ugly, are at least comfortable (or so I’ve heard).

Naturally, Men’s Rights Redditors were outraged by this assault on their basic human rights.

[–]Clockw0rk 42 points 18 hours ago The "article" makes things worse. Analysis: If you’re a man in Colorado wearing crocs and puffing on your vape pen you deserve to have your rights taken away Oh really? Let's flip the details. If you're a woman in Wisconsin wearing open toed shoes and drinking flavored malt beverages, you deserve to have your rights taken away. Hmmm.. No, that still seems like a monstrous overreach that would have the writer fired before the end of the day. I mean, if we were talking about women's rights. permalinksavereportgive goldreply [–]baskandpurr 13 points 17 hours ago Easier than that. Searching for women's rights would be great and make you a wonderful person. Searching for men's right is embarrassing and makes you offensive. You consider the idea that 50% of humanity should maybe have better rights and that makes you evil.

Poor babies.

Maybe the reason everyone sees you as a joke is because most people realize that men not only already have rights but also have innumerable privileges as a gender?

Or that they realize the Men’s Rights movement has accomplished literally nothing of value over the past five years of its existence? That MRAs in the US haven’t built a single shelter for men, or even set up a phone hotline?

That MRA’s virtually ignore the real issues facing young men of color in our country, from police shootings and gun violence to a misguided drug war that has left an unprecedented number of young black men behind bars.

That instead of actually doing anything about anything they would rather circle-jerk about spermjacking and friend-zoning and the alleged evils of assorted rape prevention campaigns.

Fellas: People treat you like a joke because you are a joke.

In the thread complaining about Nickum’s map, the only “accomplishment” any of the Men’s Rights redditors thought to mention was the fact that people are more aware of Men’s Rights activists than they were a few years ago. And I have to admit that this is true.

Congratulations, fellas, you’ve managed to successfully annoy the world with your stupid complaints, so much so that numerous sites are taking down their comments so they won’t have to deal with irritating abusive babies like you any more.

And you’ve given me an excuse to post this:

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Sarity
5 years ago

Yes, yes, all very amusing…

Beg pardon, packing bags for Wyoming now.

spacelawn
5 years ago

“Deflated balls”

Balls as of genitals or the other?

deniseeliza
deniseeliza
5 years ago

As an unrepentant Croc-lover, I would like to point out that while the style that made them famous is indeed hideous, they make dozens of different styles of shoes that are just as comfortable and also pretty cute.

I have shoes very similar to these which are pretty much my every day shoes in the summer. I switch to these in the fall and spring. They are not the height of fashion but they are presentable enough and my feet have never been happier.

Crocs are great! Buy Crocs today! (not a paid spokesperson I swear)

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

North Dakota, you make me very sad. Did the last 15 years not happen?

Robjec
Robjec
5 years ago

Just wanted to say, vaping is still very bad for you, and some doctors consider it worse for you then smokeing, due to some of the trace materials inside of it. (Such as formaldehyde). So it’s not really eight to say it is better then smokeing.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
5 years ago

I’m just going to point out North Carolina’s “Where is the Internet?” and then go smack my head against the wall for a few minutes.

davidknewton
davidknewton
5 years ago

Not only are they seen as a joke, of a group of fedoras with idiots underneath who go on Reddit and make artless infographics about the lack of decent coathangers for some reason, but they’ve made sure that anyone talking about issues that really do affect men (scorn for stepping out of gender role, circumcision, etc) isn’t taken seriously either. Thanks a bunch!

davidknewton
davidknewton
5 years ago

I’m personally wondering about Wyoming and “furries”! The big conventions are in Pennsylvania, Washington, Connecticut… I see one new convention there this year, but not a big enough one to have caused a notable spike in searches state-wide – unless they’re REALLY curious.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

I’m just going to point out North Carolina’s “Where is the Internet?” and then go smack my head against the wall for a few minutes.

I keep hearing about this “Internet” but I never see one anywhere. I drive all around looking for an Internet but I never see one; not even a sign telling me where to go to find one. Thankfully my friend is letting me use their Google searching program so I can finally find an Internet…

anon
anon
5 years ago

Leaving the Casserole recipe next to the Meth recipe created a comedy of errors.

Sarity
5 years ago

In superseriousness though, it figures that the most privileged, spoiled, powerful, catered-to class of people on planet Earth would react to their first world whinings not being taken seriously as a human rights violation.

Also, the Redditor who comments:

“If you’re a woman in Wisconsin wearing open toed shoes and drinking flavored malt beverages, you deserve to have your rights taken away.”

Does he not notice this shit declared all the time by Men’s Rightsers? That is, about dyed hair, short hair, short skirts/low cut shirts, being alone in certain places or in various states of sobriety etc? I wonder if Mr. Clockw0rk has ever protested such sentiments as monstrous overreach, never mind that unlike the statement he was protesting, they aren’t meant jokingly.

Newt
Newt
5 years ago

…or even set up a phone hotline?

I thought Paul Elam’s “An Ear For Men” was doing that? Well, not quite a hotline yet, you have to book an appointment. And it’s not free or even affordable, and still seeking donations. And you have to talk to Paul Elam. But still, baby steps.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

@ Mike

The Internet looks like this:

marinerachel
marinerachel
5 years ago

Shame on Maine.

loquora
5 years ago

I’m a Colorado native and I’ve lived here for many many years. I can’t think of any local incident that would have caused people to google “Men’s Rights”. But then, Colorado is in a weird state of extreme political opposites. On the one side we have Boulder, home of Crocs (which might be why people search for them) and the richest hippie town in the United States. It’s a place where they enforce protection of green spaces and pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way… even when they jaywalk. On the other side we have Colorado Springs which ranks 4th in the nation for most conservative city. Ayn Rand would be so proud of Colorado Springs.

So while I can’t explain why that would be a break out google search term in my state, it doesn’t totally surprise me. When you have 11 counties in your state so foaming mad over Obama winning Colorado that they attempt to secede, it really doesn’t surprise me that they’re out there looking for more things to be angry about. Shitheads of a feather flock together and all that.

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

These guys. They have all the rights, already, but they still don’t think they have enough. When will it be enough? When they hit 110%? 150? 200? WHAT?

(Obviously, I haven’t been wearing Crocs enough, because I don’t have any. Also, no vape.)

Fabe
Fabe
5 years ago

What is so embarrassing about googling Frisbee golf? I play it and its a fun inexpensive activity.

loquora
5 years ago

I’m glad to see New Yorkers are planning for their future by googling “Magic Lessons”.

Fnoicby
Fnoicby
5 years ago

You can have my crocs when you pry them from my cold, dead hands. Like walking on clouds, I tell ya!

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

If you’re a man in Colorado wearing crocs and puffing on your vape pen you deserve to have your rights taken away.

All this upset and the MRAs have failed to notice that this joke isn’t even mocking men. It’s mocking Crocs and vaping. The joke is that they’re so stupid that an obviously hyperbolic punishment should happen to them. It’s like saying that people who like deep dish are monsters and it isn’t really pizza anyway.* It’s easily understood that the joker doesn’t mean they are literally monsters and it’s easily understood that this blogger does not seriously believe men’s basic rights should be taken away.

As Sarity has already pointed out

If you’re a woman in Wisconsin wearing open toed shoes and drinking flavored malt beverages, you deserve to have your rights taken away.

The reason this isn’t equivalent is because it isn’t obvious hyperbole. There are a whole lot of people who do literally believe that if a woman drinks or wears sexy clothes, she deserves to be harassed or raped. That is she deserves to have her right to bodily autonomy removed.
This statement does not mock open toed shoes and beer. Those things aren’t hated by culture. But women are! The target of this joke is different than the target of the first joke. Because context.

Either MRAs have no idea how joking works and can’t read tone or they’re deliberately misreading in order to have something to be offended by. I’m guessing the latter.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

Hit post too soon. I meant to follow up my asterisk with the statement that deep dish pizza is both delicious and pizza.

ReallyFriendly
ReallyFriendly
5 years ago

There is a distinct lack of self-awareness on their own part (surprise, surprise). Instead of doing the obvious to finding out WHY they could be the object of ridicule, they instead complain that feminism is not as ridiculed.

Somebody explain to me again why do they keep calling others out for being overly sensitive?

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

Deep dish pizza is the only acceptable form of pizza. The electoral franchise is given unjustly to those who enjoy thin crusts.

Dear lurking MRAs: the reason that this is obviously sarcasm is that as WWTH points out, it does not exist within the wider context of systemic oppression of people who eat thin crust pizza: it stands alone in its absurdity. One might suggest that there should be such oppression, but that’s a different matter.

dhag85
5 years ago

As a person with chronic pain and notoriously bad feet, I absolutely depend on crocs to be able to live and move around the apartment. I’d say crocs have made my life maybe 80% better than it was before. Also, the cats have made life 400% better (and 50% worse).

Larry Smith
Larry Smith
5 years ago

Crazy chicks and their White Knights are upset because men are waking up. What’s the matter? You can’t have control over us anymore?

quantumscale
5 years ago

@spacelawn

I think it’s probably Deflategate-related.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

Waking up to what, Larry dear? The epidemic of bloggers making fun of crocs? Oh! The horror!

Miss Diketon
Miss Diketon
5 years ago

Love me, Love my crocs! I am not ashamed!

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Wait, someone else in Maine has an internet connection?

*furtively wipes One Direction searches from browser history*

@spacelawn

“Deflated balls”

Balls as of genitals or the other?

American footballs. There was a “scandal” around the time of this year’s Superbowl, revolving around some footballs that were found at halftime to be underinflated by .5 PSI. This was after they’d been outside in 52 degree weather for quite some time. Boyle’s law, what is it?

Moggie
Moggie
5 years ago

This Larry Smith isn’t as funny as the “Legs” Larry Smith in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Larry Smith
Larry Smith
5 years ago

@weirwoodtreehugger

The fear of women losing control of men is scary for you people. I understand your frustration. It will be ok.

Larry Smith
Larry Smith
5 years ago

@Moggie
That made zero sense, but I expect no less from a crazy chick or mentally unstable White Knight.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Missouri needs to add “Vajazzling Capital” to their license plates.

estraven
estraven
5 years ago

I don’t know, Maggie, I think he’s pretty funny. I mean, I laughed out loud. But he will soon become boring.

Moggie
Moggie
5 years ago

Missouri needs to add “Vajazzling Capital” to their license plates.

The “please don’t show me” state.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
5 years ago

Who’s got control over you, Larry? Some dude with a Cayman Islands bank account owns your workplace, your house and your pension. Some dude in a funny hat decides whether or not you’re allowed to be gay. Some dude in a necktie decides whether or not you get to have healthcare. Some dude in a uniform decides whether to send you or your sons to go overseas to kill some other poor bastard and his sons.

What’re you doing to shrug off their control? Tell me and I’ll help you against them. But a little bit of shouting on the internet isn’t going to cut it. When the Men’s Rights people actually get up and start dismantling churches and armies and banks, then I’ll believe that you aren’t just a joke.

You don’t believe in men’s rights. Not actual men’s rights. You’re just pissed off because your chew toy is being taken away and now you don’t have anything to distract you from the people who actually control you.

ReallyFriendly
ReallyFriendly
5 years ago

Oh Larry, coming in here with your insults and ‘the end is nigh’ proclamations. Why do you like proving us all right?

Tanya
5 years ago

To be fair, i think colorado is googing “mens rights” so we can learn to see them, and AVOID them. hehe!

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

@Moggie

The “please don’t show me” state.

Where would you like your gift-wrapped Internet?

(Assuming we can find it, first…)

Tanya
5 years ago

That MRA’s virtually ignore the real issues facing young men of color in our country, from police shootings and gun violence to a misguided drug war that has left an unprecedented number of young black men behind bars.

I don’t know if this is a national thing, but at least in Colorado (oh, the irony) the groups that actively work to provide men involved in Divorce actions better equality from judges, that work to help with access to their children, etc., staunchly refuse to associate with even the *term* “Men’s rights’, much less the groups.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

Larry, follow the comment policy or get banned. No calling people crazy in here, or using it as a pejorative.

Larry Smith
Larry Smith
5 years ago

ReallyFriendly, yes I am proving you right. Crazy chicks need to be respected.

Larry Smith
Larry Smith
5 years ago

@kirbywarp

It ok to insult guys who do not agree with your logic, but calling any the ilk in here crazy is a no-no.

LMFAO.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

@Larry:

Yeah, pretty much. Those insults just can’t be ableist. I’m sure a brilliant mind like yours can find ways to insult us without ever saying anything substantive without calling us “crazy” as well. 🙂

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

I vote banhammer. Larry’s attention-seeking is incredibly tedious and I’d rather get back to discussing serious issues, like why Vermont is searching for Four Loko.

ReallyFriendly
ReallyFriendly
5 years ago

@Larry:

Unlike you, we really don’t have to insult you, the person, just your ideas. Have you brought anything of real substance to discuss here or are you here to spout your MRA talking points? You aren’t really blowing our minds here you know.

If you, I don’t know, actually had a discussion with us rather than being a random MRA word generator we could respect you. You do realize that you are not winning your side any points here, correct?

marinerachel
marinerachel
5 years ago

Has Four Loko been a thing for the last five or ten years?

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

Does Larry think he’s being oppressed by our butts? He kind of sounds like the kind of troll that thinks that way.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
5 years ago

I thought Four Loko (and other similar mixes of alcohol and caffeine) has been banned for the last five to ten years…

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