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The 9 Most Gloriously Ridiculous Men’s Rights Memes of 2015

Apparently, feminists are zombies who need to be fought off with baseball bats.
Apparently, feminists are zombies who need to be fought off with baseball bats.

Yep, I’m still doing the 2015 retrospectives. I know that it’s now 2016. But hey, I did more than 500 posts in 2015, and there is so much ridiculousness in them I want to share with you all.

So let’s usher in 2016 with a look back at The 9 Most Gloriously Ridiculous Men’s Rights Memes of 2015, starting with two contributions from “Ian Ironwood,” an MRA whose opinions are as retro as the graphics he uses. That’s one of his above. But his most charmingly befuddling meme is probably this one:

“No vagina on the planet will give you superpowers!”

Wait, what?
Wait, what?

And you can find many equally baffling memes from him in this post of mine.

Now We Really Are Only After One Thing — Putting Our Penises in Vagina Dentatas

Yep, those are teeth.
Yep, those are teeth.

If I understand Mr. Galt’s logic here, feminism makes women so awful that men are no longer interested in anything about women except for their vaginas. Their TOOTH-FILLED VAGINAS.

You can find more weirdly sexualized memes from Mr. Galt and others in my post Someone could probably write a Master’s thesis about the sexual insecurities on display in A Voice for Men’s “memes.” (Seriously, someone could.)

Beware the Straw Feminist Finger Choppers!

shears

I guess we have to give the MRAs credit for having vivid imaginations, at least. For more bizarre straw feminists oppressing men in stock photos, see my post “The right to kill, maim, and berate husbands,” and other Straw Feminist demands.

Violence Against Women is Like Stealing a Red Car. It Can’t Be Done!

stealcar

Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to me either. This is but one of a number of exceedingly perplexing AVFM memes I discuss here.

Saying She’s Not a Real Feminist is Like Playing Russian Roulette

Uh, what?
Uh, what?

Yet another head-scratcher of a meme, this one found on Twitter.

Uh, is that … Pink?

Wait, what?
Wait, what?

As one AVFM meme-maker sees it, the idea of equal pay for equal work is basically like Pink — the singer, not the color — if she were a zombie. I try to make sense of this one here.

“Teach Drivers Not to Hit People”

feministlogic

This meme, which can be found all over the manosphere in assorted variants, is intended as a sarcastic rebuttal of feminist anti-rape campaigns that center around teaching boys and young men what rape is and why they shouldn’t do it. The MRAs are apparently unaware that such programs, done correctly, actually have been shown to reduce rape.

What’s even stranger is that MRAs also seem unaware that WE DO IN FACT TEACH DRIVERS NOT TO HIT PEOPLE. You know, in DRIVER’S ED. (And if that doesn’t stick, in traffic school later.) Indeed, as apparently everyone but MRAs is aware, would-be drivers have to pass a driving test to prove that, if given a license, they won’t go around plowing their car into trees, other cars and, oh yeah, pedestrians.

More examples of this weird meme can be found in my post The MRA Meme That Would Not Die: “Teaching men not to rape is like teaching drivers not to run people over!”

Feminism’s Death Spiral

feminismdeathspiral

This infographic was so perplexing that the dude behind it — Nick Reading of Men’s Rights Edmonton — made an entire video trying to explain it. For some reason he decided to do the whole thing holding a hunting knife. MRAs really can’t do anything without making it creepy, huh? See my discussion of the graphic, the video, the knife, and Nick’s facial hair here.

So there you have it, The 9 Most Gloriously Ridiculous Men’s Rights Memes of 2015. Did I miss any of your favorites?

Oh, and if you noticed a distinct lack of references to “cucks,” Jews, and Donald Trump, don’t worry! I’ll be looking at the Year in Imaginary White Genocide in a future post!

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History Nerd
History Nerd
4 years ago

The CAFE Web site claims that half of all domestic violence victims are men. They also seem to support aggressively prosecuting abuse victims for hurting their abusers when they supposedly haven’t made a serious attempt to leave or “protect” themselves (e.g., victim blamey stuff that could allow the police to go after victims more easily). So yeah, they’re that bad.

bandit, Albuquerque
bandit, Albuquerque
4 years ago

@LianeD: I had the pleasure of knowing Kelly Freas for several years before he died. He was almost always in the company of his wife, Laura Brodian Freas. The love between them was obvious and palpable. I can tell you he was a man who treated *everybody* with respect. I also can tell you Laura would have *never* married Kelly if he was an asshole. They once told me how they started – they had one “date” (not sure if it was even that “formal”) – it was Love at First Sight. They left the restaurant together and stayed together until Kelly died.

I went to their home a couple of years before Kelly died. Laura watched out for Kelly’s health. I am sure she was the reason Kelly lived several more years – he was prone to overworking and not paying attention to his health.

A story of their generosity. I was at a worldcon with my son – he was 5..6 at the time. I was waiting for the elevator. When it opened, out stepped Kelly and Laura. They invited us to dinner, which happened to be with several well-known SF authors and their agent. I was very honored to be included – they did not need to.

Laura is now remarried, to a wonderful man I have yet to meet. But I know he is a good man, because Laura has excellent taste.

She ended up with a number of Kelly’s sketches and paintings. If you are interested, see the link. I have no financial stake in this. Most are *way* outside my budget. His site is http://www.kellyfreas.com/
art: http://www.northernstarart.com/categories.php?artist=1

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
4 years ago

As for that last intestinal-anatomical item, perhaps you should set aside some this year for a 8 (or 12 or 15) Scheduled Optometrist Appointments for a manuresphere overview.

There have been some magnificently unreadable, totally indecipherable “graphics” in the past – not sure how many this year. Assembling the “best” of them all at once might give you one of your migraines, so doing it piecemeal rather than all in one go might be a better plan.

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
4 years ago

Why on earth would my vagina be giving, or promising to give men, superpowers of any sort? My vagina gives *me* superpowers, it would be ridiculous to just give them away – might even require handing over my vagina, something I absolutely refuse to do. I’m keeping my vagina in my body and that’s that!

😉

Yacob14
Yacob14
4 years ago

These memes are humorous, in a sort of twisted pitiful way. I don’t know what the heck they were thinking with that car-hitting-pedestrian analogy…

(New here, btw. Used to lurk, but I hope I can contribute to all the fun discussions here!)

Leda Atomica
Leda Atomica
4 years ago

The vagina superpower one is also very telling of the odd way they see the world. They themselves act as if a vagina is as important to get as something that might give you superpowers, and then claim this is something SHE suggests. I’ve noticed this a lot about them, the difficulty of telling their own reactions from outside communication.
The very chilling “you MADE me do this” comes to mind. *brrrr*

Spindrift
Spindrift
4 years ago

@Tessa

On a side note, am I the only one who wants that underwear?

You’re not the only one.

Coincidentally, I’ve recently been considering Tessa as one possibility for a future name change…
Are you sending telepathic commands to my subconcious mind, Tessa!?

Nazrala
Nazrala
4 years ago

Men´s voices: How not to do propaganda, good job prooving how much more logical men are!

Is it just me or has making feminism stronger been about their only major achievement?

Dear PUA/TRP/MGTOWs, please keep ´em coming so that we may laugh at you even more than we already do.
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Edit: Futrelle, there was some troubles with the link.

Shalimar
Shalimar
4 years ago

off-topic but toxic masculinity-related: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14479617/matt-barnes-lists-ways-2015-was-worst-year-life

He still talks about his estranged wife like a possession that was taken from him, not an actual person who has every reason to be scared of him and want to get away.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

From Shalimar’s link:

In his post, Barnes writes that he was “stuck in the ‘triangle offense’ w my ex & snitch, I mean former teammate & friend. Who went behind my back, messed w my ex, got caught, got dealt w for being a snake, then ran & told the Police & NBA. Instead of taken that a– whoopin like a man & kept it moving….! WHERE THEY DO THAT AT? Guess cause I didn’t SNITCH, I get a 2 game suspension by the league ‘They call that LIFE.'”

It’s stupidly easy to strip out the aggrieved entitlement and discover what really happened:

His ex and a former teammate got together, but Barnes decided that nobody was allowed to be with his ex without his express permission, because she is still his personal possession. So when he found out that this was going on, he went over to his ex’s house and picked a completely unnecessary fight and physically assaulted at least one person there, in order to enforce his property claim over a woman who is not in a relationship with him. He was rightly reported to the authorities for it, because that’s how the law is supposed to work, and received punishment from the NBA, which I assume has rules about player behavior.

Even though ESPN didn’t bother to give a voice to the people that Barnes assaulted, Barnes himself inadvertently revealed the truth. It says a lot that he doesn’t think this is a shameful thing he needs to hide, but something he can broadcast to the world with the expectation that all his fans will nod along and agree with his interpretation of events. ESPN certainly reported this without any critical assessment – they consider this dude’s aggrieved entitlement to be news worth reporting, but the content of that entitlement is not something they feel is worth engaging.

weirwoodtreehugger
4 years ago

Who went behind my back, messed w my ex, got caught, got dealt w for being a snake, then ran & told the Police & NBA

I’ve been fortunate enough to only run across a few violent and volatile people in my life. Those I have met always look at their violent behavior as an inevitable consequence of other people’s actions. They speak of it passively. An act of violence is never something they actively choose to do. That the rest of suffer slights and get angry at people without assaulting anyone all the time never crosses their minds.

This is why anyone serious about living in a less violent culture must take a strong stance against victim blaming. The subject comes up most often concerning rape because that’s when victim blaming happens the most, but it occurs with other violent crime too. The perpetrators of violence will always unless and until they reform, blame their victim rather than take responsibility. If we as a society, join them in this, we only enable the violent behavior.

Moocow
Moocow
4 years ago

What a shitshow demonstrating men’s entitlement to women, literal objectification of women, and the idea that to ‘be a man’ means getting beaten as retribution for stolen ‘objects’. I’d be more amused if such an attitude wasn’t so sadly common, especially in sports.

@Nazrala

Yesssss!! La vache qui rit. That shit is everywhere in France. Although I can’t stand cheese, I love that cow.

Sofia van der Linde
Sofia van der Linde
4 years ago

Yes, the New Fathers for Justice feel that the campaign is sexist because it only paints men as domestic abusers. They of course claim the amount of female domestic abusers is much higher than it actually is.

Considering how misogynists of this type are responsible for putting women in the Netherlands in pretty awful positions I tend to dislike these groups in the extreme. Yes, it is now impossible to protect your children from a violent spouse while playing by the rules. We have scum like that and conservative politicians to thank for that.

It is apparently a more radical splinter group than the original
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Fathers_4_Justice

Robjec
Robjec
4 years ago

“Activated non feminist sector”
That phrase sounds like a group of brain washed people in a bad Sci fi movie.

I mean I get that they are trying to sound reactonary and hip and stuff. Even if they aren’t I get it. But why do they always try to sound like the villains?

Also I’m back. Hi guys and gals 🙂

authorialAlchemy
authorialAlchemy
4 years ago

I remember that death spiral bullshit. The death spiral isn’t happening because feminists don’t lie. Bl

And since when are we ignoring “male victims of everything”? What happens to women is our main concern, but there isn’t much denial men can be victims of rape and domestic violence. It just happens less often.

There are people who are not women whose problems aren’t being addressed as well as they should be. (I’m not talking about trans women, but they need to be included in the discussions about rape more often as well.)

Trans people in general are at risk for rape, trans men included. About half of trans men are sexually assaulted, and trans women are somewhere around 60%. There are no numbers for genderqueer people, but I’m guessing it’s about the same with variations among specific genders and gender expressions, with assigned sex as a factor.

I’m more concerned about protecting and helping boys rather than adult men, because most male folks who are raped are raped as teenagers or children.

Bina
4 years ago

For those who claim that men are victims of domestic violence just as often as women, or at least as often, read this. It’s a couple of years old, but the facts are that male victims (who DO exist, and who are not being denied by feminists) are simply nowhere near as many as female ones, and not anywhere near as badly abused either.

And no, “equality” of blame does not exist in domestic violence, either. It is most definitely a gendered problem. Victims get disproportionately blamed for their abuse, and those that do, are disproportionately female. GET OVER IT.

Linux5
Linux5
4 years ago

rape is not an accident….. not like a woman jumps in front of a man, and the poor rapist just had the opportunity to rape. No, not really.

Rape doesnt just ”happen” because shorts skirts or eye-contact. Holy fuck. Whats wrong with these people?

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

The myth of the “accidental rapist” is very useful for rapists to maintain. It gives them additional social cover for when they are discovered to be rapists – they can just claim they didn’t realize that what they were doing was rape, because everyone knows it’s so damned easy to just accidentally rape someone – in the event that victim blaming etc. doesn’t work. It also ensures that they receive support from men who aren’t rapists, but who have become convinced that they are in perpetual danger of being accused of rape through no fault of their own.

Luzbelitx
4 years ago

Woooow I have been really busy celebrating the new year and getting started for a better stage of my life. And drinking a lot.

I just wanted to greet the glory of MRA’s Failure-to-Meme…

I think the “vagina superpower logick[TM]” goes something like:

“I have never talked to a real woman, and the times I did they were repelled by me. Guys to whom women are nice are having sex with them. Guy to whom women are nice and therefore are having sex with them are revered by their peers (that is, my own sorry ass) and act all like, total alphas who are gods or have superpowers or shit, and they sometimes even speak about being nice to women and not let other guys be total assholes! And some dudes have lots of sex and speak of women like they’re subhuman servants, so they might be right! But damn, they also speak of having sex like it’s a superpower! Therefore, women must have convinced these Guys that their vaginas give them superpowers! It’s so unfair!”

(Wall of text somewhat intended)

Hu's On First
Hu's On First
4 years ago

“Accidental Rapist” sounds like the next single from Brad Paisley and LL Cool J.

Dr. NicolaLuna
Dr. NicolaLuna
4 years ago

The superpower vagina one sounds a lot like projection. Like, they really think their semen is LIQUID FUCKING GOLD and that their penis has the ability to “ruin” a woman’s vagina and that women are devastated by the thought of not getting to suck their magical dick.

As always, the amount of projection shown by the manosphere is blinding.

epitome of incomprehensibility

The myth of the “accidental rapist” is very useful for rapists to maintain. It gives them additional social cover for when they are discovered to be rapists – they can just claim they didn’t realize that what they were doing was rape, because everyone knows it’s so damned easy to just accidentally rape someone – in the event that victim blaming etc. doesn’t work.

Yes, and it angers me that such a myth is presented as remotely believable. Consent isn’t that hard to understand!!

“Accidental Rapist” sounds like the next single from Brad Paisley and LL Cool J.

I laughed. Perhaps inadvisedly. I think the problem with the original song, besides being hokey, is there’s no real excuse for being racist either. The thing about saying something “accidentally racist” is that people can LEARN THINGS so they aren’t racist again. (As I wrote on the last open thread, I had a prof complain to me about having to give me “accommodations” – this upset me, even though I’m not sure she actually meant to be ableist.) “Intent isn’t everything” and such…

Also, about the zombie meme: do zombies work for pay? Don’t they just eat brains and such? 🙂

richardbillericay
richardbillericay
4 years ago

The superpower vagina one makes more sense once you remember that penises actually *do* confer superpowers such as manly male logic, mammoth hunting, fighting wars and inventing EVERYTHING EVER! Sadly instead of gratitude they inspire only envy..

Moggie
Moggie
4 years ago

Bina:

For those who claim that men are victims of domestic violence just as often as women, or at least as often, read this. It’s a couple of years old, but the facts are that male victims (who DO exist, and who are not being denied by feminists) are simply nowhere near as many as female ones, and not anywhere near as badly abused either.

Thanks for that article. I just want to quote the final paragraph:

Statistics show that men are at most risk of violence not from women, but at the hands of other men. If men’s rights groups cared about male victims, they’d be addressing male-male violence. If they cared about all men, they’d be advocating for the most marginalised in our society, including gay men, Indigenous men and refugees. And if they really cared about putting an end to domestic violence, they’d advocate for egalitarian relationships and examine concepts of manhood in which violence is seen as acceptable and seeking help as shameful.

QFT. I think it’s valuable to keep reminding people how little MRAs appear to care about genuinely helping men.

Devon
Devon
3 years ago

i always wondered if the men rights activist made fun of the feminist meme’s …

S.A.
S.A.
3 years ago

Makes no sense – yet still manages to make more sense than feminist community. Amazing.