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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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Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

What’s Four Loco?

I’d Google it but I don’t know which state I’d have to do it from.

ShakeB
ShakeB
5 years ago

Four Loko is still a thing, kinda, it’s now just terrible tasting “fruit” flavored malt liquor (rather than terrible tasting highly caffeinated “fruit” flavored malt liquor).

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
5 years ago

@Alan

Red Bull and beer, basically.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Vermont’s in its own special time warp. It’s the quaintness factor.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
5 years ago

Ninja’d!

f1ver10
f1ver10
5 years ago

The scientist in me feels a bit doubtful about the trustworthiness of this article. Obviously it’s from an estate website, so figures they want something to attract attention. What better to attract attention than to say “hey, what is YOUR state’s most embarrassing search request?” leaving out the data, sources, and most likely the fact that these search requests are only -marginally- more requested in particular states. Not enough to really draw conclusions from.

But hey. It’s a fun little game to play. And it gets MRAs’ knickers in a twist, what a bonus.

brutalmustang
5 years ago

In Colorado’s defense, I’m a feminist women, and I have Googled ‘men’s rights’ a time or two. So it may mean the people in Colorado have an above-average curiosity about the MRA phenomenon, as opposed to being MRAs. That being said, I grew weary of dating years ago; encountered too many entitled men. It’s more fun spending the evenings with my cats and Skyrim. But that entitlement mentality could be a problem everywhere in this country, so I don’t know that Colorado is worse than the other states.

Sarity
5 years ago

Larry, if you’re still here, you should be thankful to David for giving you a helpful push toward Going Your Own Way. Trolling women and white knights for attention is not conducive to your goal.

LeeshaJoy
LeeshaJoy
5 years ago
Reply to  Fnoicby

@Fnoicby If your Crocs are on your hands, I think you’re wearing them wrong.

Lisa C (@hppykittystudio)

So, googling internet addiction is my state’s secret shame? Never thought Colorado would be more embarassing.

spacelawn
5 years ago

So much for those balls.

Fnoicby
Fnoicby
5 years ago

@LeeshaJoy, touché

Haha, let’s see if that html comes through for us…was a “preview comment” mentioned in the ideas for the redone site?

Where I come from plenty of people do manage to wear them in a sort of hippie-chic stylish manner. Or so I tell myself 🙂

katz
katz
5 years ago

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).

Your cats don’t do this?

http://www.funcatpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/funny-cats-can-in-crocs.jpg

chaltab
chaltab
5 years ago

So Larry seems to think that broadly speaking women control men. And this is exactly what “Men’s Rights” is as embarrassing as “Nickleback lyrics” and “Penis enlargement” as a google search.

In other news I think I’m going to buy a billboard near my house saying NO BIGFOOT IS NOT REAL. Also I’m going to avoid Wyoming, Georgia, Utah, and Ohio for the foreseeable future.

Nick Gotts
Nick Gotts
5 years ago

I have to thank the originators of this pointless survey for prodding me into finally finding out what “bronies” are. It’s a very thank youI feel I owe, as the information is of not conceiveable practical use and is not really at all interesting or even funny, but such as it is, I am glad to pay it!

dslucia1
dslucia1
5 years ago

Vermont’s in its own special time warp. It’s the quaintness factor.

Over the past two years or so, I’ve become pretty well convinced that this state actually exists in a universe very closely parallel to the rest of the USA.

I still don’t know why we’re apparently looking up “Four Loko”, but then that might partially be because I’d never heard of it before just now.

Nick Gotts
Nick Gotts
5 years ago

tiny thank you, that should read.

dhag85
5 years ago

This talk about “Four Loko” has reminded me of when Jamaican artists about a decade ago used to sing about “Red Bull & Guinness”. I never knew whether you were supposed to drink Red Bull first and Guinness afterwards, or the other way around, or mix them together (in what proportions?). I eventually tried mixing them together 50/50, and it was just terrible, so I concluded that couldn’t be what they meant. But now after hearing about Four Loko I don’t know what to think anymore.

dhag85
5 years ago

@katz

Haha! The cats aren’t really allowed anywhere near my crocs (I either wear them, or keep them in the bed room where they can’t be reached by cats), but my girlcat likes to roll all over shoes, including crocs.

contrapangloss
5 years ago

I blinked, and Larry disappeared!

He must be from New York, and have actually completed some of these mysterious “Magic Lessons”.

(That is joking. I am not serious. Larry is probably not from New York… but he could be!)

Spaceman
Spaceman
5 years ago

Really curious on their methodology for this. I tried to find it on the actual article and did not. I know that other sites who have made similar maps use Google trend information to create this list based on pre-selected list of terms. So not even close to a true top ten. Was this similar?

To my knowledge, Google does not provide state breakdown of top search terms without typing in a specific search term itself.

OTOH – I am for anything that shines light on how horrible MRAs are. So I’m cool with a biased map.

katz
katz
5 years ago

The scientist in me feels a bit doubtful about the trustworthiness of this article. Obviously it’s from an estate website, so figures they want something to attract attention. What better to attract attention than to say “hey, what is YOUR state’s most embarrassing search request?” leaving out the data, sources, and most likely the fact that these search requests are only -marginally- more requested in particular states. Not enough to really draw conclusions from.

But hey. It’s a fun little game to play. And it gets MRAs’ knickers in a twist, what a bonus.

Well obviously; it’s just a silly joke and meaningless from a scientific perspective. Looking at the image I would have guessed they just made it up.

zyvlyn
zyvlyn
5 years ago

Oh Maryland… now you’ve made me sad.

Johanna Roberts
5 years ago

Aww, I missed the happy funtime that was Leisure Suit Larry (thus named because it is more interesting than his screen name) oh well. Nothing of value was lost.

howlcat
5 years ago

What’s embarrassing about eyebrow piercings?

And the WWE isn’t fake, Illinois, it’s “kayfabe” 😉

Spaceman
Spaceman
5 years ago

Heh. I’ve been Ninja’d. I really need to hit refresh before posting more often. 🙂

@Katz – Yah its silly and I am surprised to find its info on news sites that really should know better. I’ve worked in news rooms. They are not staffed by lazy people (generally).

Moocow
Moocow
5 years ago

Even though the incredibly unfunny Larry is gone, I find it interesting that his insult is ‘you crazy feeeeemale…… or white knight’ implying anyone here is a white knight. Despite the fact that assuming the role of ‘protector’ for some presumed damsel here is clearly sexist (not to mention the whole ‘sex as reward’ expectation) and not something I see here.

Sorry Larry (and any lurking MRA), but every woman who comments here is perfectly capable of defending herself from your dumb ass.

OT: what the hell, Cali, is fantasy bowling the best we could come up with? I am disappointed.

ReallyFriendly
ReallyFriendly
5 years ago

@ Nick Gotts I openly support Bronies embracing their true selves and their lovely ponies! They even have their own Bronycon! They rose up against their haters and took them to task 8p Now that is TRUE passion! They even have Ryan Gosling singing about My Little Pony. Now THAT is a manly man 8p

Have I filled up your head with even more wonderful information yet? Awesome.

Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

The pictures of deep-dish pizza I’ve seen look like they’re pushing the boundaries of what pizza is– they look more like a cheese casserole that comes in a crust instead of a dish. (Might well be good, though– haven’t really seen one in my neck of California).

Then again, I recently enjoyed a pizza (thin crust) with prosciutto, watermelon and feta so y’all probably think I’m nuts anyway. 😀

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

Dear Larry Smiths of the world: The only “control” over you any of us wishes to have is for us to say GO AWAY, and for you to do it. We couldn’t care less about your not-so-great awakening, or your boring belief that anyone who doesn’t “think” like you must be insane.

And anyway, insanity is more fun than you are, even when it’s a tedious, lonely, tiresome hell. Ask me how I know.

Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

Oh, having been distracted by hunger– I apologize if my use of the term ‘nuts’, even in humorous self-deprecation, was taken amiss.

But I have been in pizza arguments before and when I bring up a few of the odder pizzas I have tried and liked (kung pao chicken with peanuts; gorgonzola with Fuji apple), the reaction is often 0_o.

Oddly enough, when I just want a nice mundane takeout pizza I prefer extra cheese and nothing else. Go figure.

freemage
5 years ago

Nequam: That wasn’t a pizza, it was a salad on a big cracker. 😉

One thing to understand–deep dish pizza is not, generally, a common delivery order. It’s something you get as a large group at a sit-down restaurant dedicated to the dish.

Moocow
Moocow
5 years ago

Also MLP:FIM is an awesome show and deserves all the praise it gets. I’m so happy it’s breaking down gender stereotypes and making tv execs realize that yes, boys will watch a show aimed at girls.

The whole brony thing is a big insight into the world of toxic masculinity too. I love seeing the disgusted look on guys faces when I tell them I am a brony or talk about how awesome the show is. I drink the tears of their projected insecurities. Hehe.
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ReallyFriendly
ReallyFriendly
5 years ago

@ Moocow I always assume their use of ‘white knight’ to be self-projecting. They talk a lot about how to get ‘it’ either through protecting, manipulating, purchasing, etc. It is impossible for them to fathom that there could be males supporting feminism because they happen to AGREE with it – no ulterior motive required.

Also, since they assume men to be so sexually driven they forget sometimes that males have brains too capable of agreeing without asking their lower half (which is actually incredibly insulting to males).

Sometimes I really can’t dislike them since I feel so badly for them. Only sometimes 8p

Mieze
Mieze
5 years ago

What the hell, DC. Couldn’t we have gotten Redskins facts?

I’m not sure what’s embarrassing about casserole recipes. And people still search for Limp Bizkit? Maybe I’m not as old as I thought.

Moocow
Moocow
5 years ago

@reallyfriendly

Pretty much! It’s such a negative way of looking at the world but it’s soooo common amongst men. I feel that the more we can show men (and especially young boys) that they don’t need to abide by toxic masculinity, this will reduce the number of angry misogynists in the world.

mindofchristopher
5 years ago

This talk about Deep Dish Pizza reminds me of a Daily Show I once saw.

ColeYote
ColeYote
5 years ago

Huh, wouldn’t have pegged Wyoming as the furry capital of the US.

Fnoicby
Fnoicby
5 years ago

I tried to get my boyfriend into the brony scene, but he wasnt interested. He did however stick my niece’s hello kitty stickers on his manly toolbox that he takes to his manly construction job every day. <3

dunaganagain
5 years ago

WTF is fantasy bowling? I would google it but I’m in California and I don’t want to contribute to the problem.

Sarity
5 years ago

@chaltab Heeey. :< I get knocking hard drugs, but what's wrong with furries/bronies? We're generally nice normal people with a hobby we enjoy.

Fruitloopsie
Fruitloopsie
5 years ago

I didn’t know what Vajazzling was until I looked it up, I have to admit that’s pretty awesome. Crocs, me personally, I don’t like them. I’m “lolling” at all these comments yes especially at you Larry.

Scildfreja
Scildfreja
5 years ago

I like the ponies very much, but mostly because it showed up when I was basically very isolated and horribly depressed. It was the one honestly simple, happy thing I could indulge in at the time. So the show has a special place in my heart, though I don’t really get to share or talk about it all that much.

This said, I can understand why some people would be very put off by bronies in general, and it’s got nothing to do with the show itself. It’s the way it was adopted by 4chan and similar communities and how they turned my happy, friendly ponies into exclusionary memes, forum weapons, and pornography 😐 I try to ignore that part of things, but I can see how people might see that and immediately be pushed away!

yutolia
yutolia
5 years ago

Way to represent, home state!!!

Actually, I’m not at all surprised. Even in the “super liberal” metro area (which is nowhere near as liberal as it thinks it is), there are a large number of Nice Guy(TM) whiners, and it gets far, far worse once you get to Colorado Springs.

yutolia
yutolia
5 years ago

Oops…

“Even in the “super liberal” DENVER metro area…”

Gaebolga
Gaebolga
5 years ago

My 12-year-old son gets crap at school for watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

As a group, middle school kids are horrible.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

I like how Larry tried to cover up never having heard of “Legs” Larry Smith, by lashing out at Moggie: “That made zero sense!”

The best part is he did that on an article about Google searches.

Paradoxical Intention
5 years ago

Moocow | September 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm
OT: what the hell, Cali, is fantasy bowling the best we could come up with? I am disappointed.

I’m not sure anyone really knows what that is outside of it’s niche.

I googled it and I’m still not sure.

Scildfreja | September 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm
I like the ponies very much, but mostly because it showed up when I was basically very isolated and horribly depressed. It was the one honestly simple, happy thing I could indulge in at the time. So the show has a special place in my heart, though I don’t really get to share or talk about it all that much.

This said, I can understand why some people would be very put off by bronies in general, and it’s got nothing to do with the show itself. It’s the way it was adopted by 4chan and similar communities and how they turned my happy, friendly ponies into exclusionary memes, forum weapons, and pornography 😐 I try to ignore that part of things, but I can see how people might see that and immediately be pushed away!

Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I don’t hang out with bronies anymore either. It’s less and less like the show’s for girls, and more and more like the bronies are taking over the show’s fandom and not leaving any space for who it was intended for. (The other reasons are that some of them are entitled little shits who whine that they’re not getting their way or that the show’s too “predictable” and whatnot.)

There is a group called Bronies Against Bull Shit that do go about and do what they call “winter wrap-ups” and “spring clean ups” where they go to Google and make sure that people’s pony porn is tagged properly, or put on proper NSFW sites so kids can’t find them, so there’s at least some people who are trying to keep the fandom safe for kids.

A Wolverine
A Wolverine
5 years ago

Bronies are effectively the new Furries, a group of fans mocked on the internet mostly due to the actions of their shittiest members.

And I like anime so I’m all too familiar with some of the gross people that can turn up in fandoms.

Fruitloopsie
Fruitloopsie
5 years ago

There’s also Bronie stupidity which shows all the stupid stuff that bronies do like harassing girls at my little pony cons, stores and online; and some other freaky, jaw dropping garbage I don’t want to get into and one girl even said she and her dad (I think?) saw a man masterbating to equestrian girls in the movie theater I don’t remember quite what else happened after that.

Seriously we can’t have anything to ourselves and we can’t be safe and be left alone but I’m glad there are people out there who do care and try to make a better world for us.