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Finger-pointing stock-photo blonde lady: The MRA meme-maker muse?

Have we met somewhere before?
Have we met somewhere before?

Today’s Memeday Special: Angry blonde ladies. Strike that: Angry blonde lady.

Men’s Rights Activists and other antifeminists, as many of you have no doubt noticed, have a deep and abiding love for stock photos of hysterical women, which they use as illustrations for blog posts and YouTube videos as well as free-floating memes.

In a previous Memeday post, we examined the MRA obsession with stock photos of women with bullhorns. Here’s one more bullhorn-lady meme to add to the pile.

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Apparently the supply of hysterical women stock photos can’t quite match the demand, and so MRAs tend to fall back on a few favorites. You’ve probably met this gal several times already:

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But the all-time favorite stock-photo feminist — you might even consider her a sort of muse to MRA meme-makers — is a certain special blonde lady with a wagging finger and a comically furious face.

Because what better way to defeat feminism than by putting words in the mouth of a woman posing for a stock-photographer while pulling the most over-the-top angry face she can manage?

Yes, I think we HAVE met before
Yes, I think we HAVE met before

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Sometimes the MRA mememakers contrast the hysteria of finger-pointy blonde lady with the cool rationality of some stock-photo dude.

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And sometimes, for even greater impact, they replace her pointy finger with a gun.

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It’s funny, but I don’t know of any feminist who much resembles this caricature. Indeed, the only real-world woman that finger/gun-pointy blonde lady reminds me of is this one, and she’s definitely not a feminist.

Janet Bloomfield, reporting from her bunker

If she ever emerges from her underground bunker, she might be able to get some work as a stock photo model.

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Monzach
Monzach
4 years ago

I feel so bad for the people in these stock photos. Nobody deserves to be associated with MRAs, no matter how tenuously.

In other news, I love how bad the photoshopped gun looks in the third and second pic from the bottom. I mean, I understand that the people making these memes most likely aren’t professional graphic designers, but still… Take some pride in your work, people! *smh* 🙁

Hambeast, Social Justice Beastie
Hambeast, Social Justice Beastie
4 years ago

I wonder if those models have ever seen any of this stuff and, if so, what they think of it? At least they’re getting something out of this (payment for their images, even if they have no control over them) unlike some of the menzer’s other targets.

Venice
Venice
4 years ago

Men shouldn’t be allowed to use a birth control pill

literally who has ever said that, ever?

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@Hambeast: You know they didn’t pay for their stock photos. Expecting payment for using someone else’s intellectual property is misandry!

Razwick
Razwick
4 years ago

I think it’s entertaining that in the “just because you’re a feminist” memes they seem to acknowledge that not all feminists are like their imaginary version of evil feminists. … except that it only applies in their memes.

Dr. NicolaLuna
Dr. NicolaLuna
4 years ago

I find their alimony memes so weird. Do they not realise that feminism has allowed women to get higher paid jobs so that if a couple break up she is able to support herself? Where is their logic?

WeirwoodTreeHugger
WeirwoodTreeHugger
4 years ago

Venice,
My thoughts exactly. I’ve never, ever heard a feminist say anything like that.

I think they’re used to believing we can’t have equality, only a dominant and submissive group and they’re projecting that onto feminists. It can’t be that both men and women can take bc. If men can have it, it will be taken from us.

Jamesworkshop
Jamesworkshop
4 years ago

If you want a male pill, go bother the male run biotech industry.

Social Justice Atheist
Social Justice Atheist
4 years ago

@Venice

Ikr, I’m all for birth control for men. Have these shitlords ever actually spoken to any feminists and, you know, listened?

Oh wait, all they ever do is talk over feminists so they never have their preconceived notions challenged. My bad.

Ashara Payne
Ashara Payne
4 years ago

But the MRAs simultaneously want women not to work and want them to be independently wealthy enough not to need any of men’s money. That’s how MRA logic works.

Of course, what they really want is for women to be pressured or forced into marriage in order to be able to have a decent living standard, while simultaneously not working while they stay home to raise their children and bring their men beers and sammiches, all the while being the perfect doting subservient doormat for fear that he might leave her. And he if he were to leave, then she is permitted to be independent.

Social Justice Atheist
Social Justice Atheist
4 years ago

Also, no feminist here is claiming men are more violent. If anything, quite the opposite since feminists don’t believe in pre-determined gender roles. Men are perfectly capable of controlling themselves. The MRAs are the ones claiming they can’t, because biology or something.

Bina
4 years ago

Men shouldn’t be allowed to use a birth control pill

literally who has ever said that, ever?

Right? I’d be chuffed if men had a Pill to call their own, and I know lots of guys who’d gladly take it if they could, but so far, the only sex-related pill they have is Viagra or one of its clones. Which does nothing for conception control, unless you skip it and then can’t get it up. Booooooring.

‘Course, I bet that even if such a pill were available tomorrow, and with an effectiveness comparable to the female Pill, these guys wouldn’t take it. Because they think birth control should be a woman’s sole responsibility. And because they’re dicks that way.

Chiomara
Chiomara
4 years ago

OT:
Ellen Page has made a little documentary about the LBTQ community and I am still catching my breath. I honestly just want to hug her, cry and say thank you. Not many people, not even brazilians, imagine a Hollywood famous american, has been wonderful and brave enough to actually go out to the dangerous poor areas and prostitution districts to actually talk to who suffers most. I am overwhelmed by her courage and humility. I guess I just developed a massive crush.
I will regret forever not being at the lesbian bar she visited. :p
The documentary also interviewed Jair Bolsonaro, the most homophobic AND misogynistic (and unfortunately popular) politicians here. I highly recomend it. Do, watch, everyone:
https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/brazil/56a90e3f59b6e07a13d27d01

Slutty Miss Havisham Penguin briefly known as Nady
Slutty Miss Havisham Penguin briefly known as Nady
4 years ago

As a blonde woman…. I must agree that I make equally funny faces. Though seriously we were once subject to dumb blonde jokes…. Now we are known as megalomaniac manipulating supervillians?! *Shrugs* At least we’re considered intelligent now. That’s a bit of progress, I guess?

Chiomara
Chiomara
4 years ago

If men should be allowed to use pills? Absolutely.
If pills should be developed for testicular people?
Definitely.
Would I trust a man to be the sole responsible for birth control in our relationship?
Never.
There simply is too little consequences for him and too many consequences for me for me to blindly trust in him. At least not in today’s society.

WeirwoodTreeHugger
WeirwoodTreeHugger
4 years ago

Ellen Page is awesome. I just rewatched Hard Candy a couple of weeks ago. She was a great actress even at a young age. I definitely recommend that to those who haven’t seen it. It’s a feminist horror movie about a 14 year old girl who sets a trap for an internet predator. Misandry!

InitHello
4 years ago

I am so profoundly in favor of chemical, hormonal, or reversible surgical birth control for men it’s not even funny. I’m closely following the vasalgel and RISUG developments, and gossypol looks promising if they can reduce the 20% permanence rate to say 0.5%

Tangentially, I’m a little irritated by Pennsylvania’s tradition of seeking the wife’s approval before scheduling a vasectomy. I guess the woman needs to be asked just in case it threatens the babies she is required to want?

Tessa
Tessa
4 years ago

Ashara Payne:

But the MRAs simultaneously want women not to work and want them to be independently wealthy enough not to need any of men’s money. That’s how MRA logic works.

Of course, what they really want is for women to be pressured or forced into marriage in order to be able to have a decent living standard, while simultaneously not working while they stay home to raise their children and bring their men beers and sammiches, all the while being the perfect doting subservient doormat for fear that he might leave her. And he if he were to leave, then she is permitted to be independent.

Exactly! Except for the last sentence. Her independence doesn’t matter, they just want to cut ties when they’re through with her.

Eschen
Eschen
4 years ago

I’m sure facts are beside the point, but I’ve never heard of any argument against male use of pharmaceutical contraceptives beyond the fact that there are none that have actually been approved for general use as of yet.

Phill Evans
Phill Evans
4 years ago

These chumps can barely aspire to being children, they certainly aren’t men. To use another popular meme, “that word, I do not think that it means what you think that it means.”

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
4 years ago

I wonder who the stock photo model really is…we need to start a media campaign to find out.

She might actually not appreciate her photo always being requisitioned for MRA/MGTOW-is-toxic memes. But at least she’d have the opportunity to say so if we found and asked her what she thinks.

Mels
Mels
4 years ago

She might actually not appreciate her photo always being requisitioned for MRA/MGTOW-is-toxic memes. But at least she’d have the opportunity to say so if we found and asked her what she thinks.

Possibly, but it also might be a way of dragging her into a very dangerous spotlight.

I know that if I were in her position, I would not want people alerting MRAs to my identity, even unintentionally.

hedin
hedin
4 years ago

Okay, gotta grudgingly admit the “bossy” one was kind of clever. Personally, I’d like to see everyone who is told they have “leadership skills” to be told they’re bossy instead.

9 times out of 10, “leadership skills” signifies some combination of:

1. lack of actual skills
2. desire to order others around, and
3. ability to manipulate people

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

A male birth control pill sounds great. I’d also love to hear about a male version of the birth control implant. Anything that helps people control their fertility sounds great, as long as it’s safe and reliable.

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
4 years ago

Um, yeah…these memes are bewildering. It’s Bizarro World logic at work, yet again!

The third one down reminds me a lot of how some white people will act like the term “honky” is somehow equitable with the N-word (I don’t even like spelling it out as an example). Nevermind that, y’know, the latter was used to denigrate a group of people who were treated as little more than humanoid cattle (thus they were referred to as “chattel”) for a very, very long time. Whereas the earlier is an expression of anger towards a group who had been mistreating them for hundreds of years, and still do.

Being called a “honky,” like being called a “dick,” doesn’t seem that bad when considering why it’s used.

Chiomara
Chiomara
4 years ago

Ellen Page is awesome. I just rewatched Hard Candy a couple of weeks ago. She was a great actress even at a young age. I definitely recommend that to those who haven’t seen it. It’s a feminist horror movie about a 14 year old girl who sets a trap for an internet predator. Misandry!

Horror? I thought it was comedy for a second. I mean, sure, the pedophilia thing is horrible, but thats exactly what makes the rest funny. I definitely laughed at the way she psychologically tortured him, considering what he did. Such misandry.

I guess she will just have to become the fourth one in the “famous women id definitely marry” list. (Being the other three angelina Jolie, Beyoncé and Laverne Cox.)

weirwoodtreehugger
4 years ago

Horror? I thought it was comedy for a second. I mean, sure, the pedophilia thing is horrible, but thats exactly what makes the rest funny. I definitely laughed at the way she psychologically tortured him, considering what he did. Such misandry.

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Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

Sadly, the way property rights on these stock photos usually work, the model is not being paid anything regardless of whether the MRAs are using the photo legally or not. Models in stock photos have generally signed away all rights to the image, and whatever payment they received at the time of shoot is all they get (which is occasionally literally nothing). I would be surprised to learn that the arrangement with this model is any different.

At least the MRAs aren’t taking any paychecks away from her by stealing her image, if you can call that a plus?

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

If the FDA ever does approve a male pill, MRAs will protest it until the end of their angry, angry days, just like they’ve protested every other time they’ve been at risk of losing one of their beatsticks.

And then turn around and blame it on imaginary feminists.

Venice
Venice
4 years ago

If the FDA ever does approve a male pill, MRAs will protest it

i can see it now: “women trying to dodge all responsibility for contraception! equal rights means equal responsibility!”

reggie, the neighbour's cat
reggie, the neighbour's cat
4 years ago

I have a question. What the hell does the first one mean? I’ve read it multiple times and I can’t work out what the hell it’s trying to say. What lying? Is lying physical assault? Is the second sentence written in weird code?

Olive O'Sudden
Olive O'Sudden
4 years ago

The argument that men wouldn’t be willing to use a contraceptive pill analogous to the hormonal pills that women can take is based on the reality that very few men would be willing to put up with the negative side effects. The only reason women put up with the side effects is because they’re usually preferable to becoming pregnant. Being pregnant, whether you choose to abort or carry to term (if you even have the choice) carries with it far more risks and responsibilities than simply impregnating someone else.

It’s not that men couldn’t be ‘trusted’ to take a pill with the kind of miserable side-effects of female hormonal birth control, but rather that, given how successful too many men are with avoiding the financial or physical responsibility for the children they help create, the cost-benefit analysis wouldn’t make it an attractive option for them.

reimalebario
reimalebario
4 years ago

@Jamesworkshop A pill for men is being worked on. My girlfriend who works in the biotech industry was involved in developing one in her old job. (She tells me it worked perfectly well on monkeys but had some undesirable side-effects.)

Kootiepatra
4 years ago

Literally the only people I’ve ever heard object to male birth control are people who simply object to *any* birth control–and as a rule, those people aren’t feminists.

“But we’d have to trust men to take it”–I mean, yeah we would, but it’s not like women’s birth control would go away. And two people each taking birth control that has a low failure rate would result in even fewer unwanted pregnancies, so win/win. Seems to me like any adult interested in not becoming a parent should be responsible for their own birth control, whatever their partner is or is not doing, to cover for them forgetting, or (worst case) lying, or the BC simply having a flukey failure.

My *only* concern with male BC is that some dudebros may try to pressure their partners into not using a condom, because they’re on the ManPill (I’m willing to bet money it will be colloquially known as something goofy like that). But I’ma guess that most of those dudebros would find excuses to pressure their partners regardless.

Delurking
Delurking
4 years ago

I’m bemused by the idea that the existence of a male pill would suddenly have women relying entirely on men taking it for their contraception. Would the female pill cease to exist? Would using more than one form of contraception at once be illegal? Also, dude, in the here and now, you don’t have to rely entirely on your female partner taking her pill to prevent pregnancy. Condoms are a thing.

Kat
Kat
4 years ago

@Ashara Payne

But the MRAs simultaneously want women not to work and want them to be independently wealthy enough not to need any of men’s money. That’s how MRA logic works.

Of course, what they really want is for women to be pressured or forced into marriage in order to be able to have a decent living standard, while simultaneously not working while they stay home to raise their children and bring their men beers and sammiches, all the while being the perfect doting subservient doormat for fear that he might leave her. And he if he were to leave, then she is permitted to be independent.

Yeah, if he were to leave she could be independent. But not so independent that she finds someone else. And if he shows up again, she’d better take him back on his terms.

Also, an MRA wants his girlfriend or wife to be independently wealthy and turn all her money over to him. ‘Cause he doesn’t want to work, unless you call cranking out woman-hating graphics work.

And, and, and . . . his girlfriend or wife had better make damned sure that he never suffers a moment of discomfort ever. No itchy wool sweaters. No burned toast. No car that won’t start. That would be misandry!

Pie
Pie
4 years ago

given how successful too many men are with avoiding the financial or physical responsibility for the children they help create, the cost-benefit analysis wouldn’t make it an attractive option for them.

There are plenty of denizens of the manosphere who have spent a very long time whining about things like ‘financial abortion’ and ‘spermjacking’. Surely these people will be first in the queue at the pharmacy when a male pill is approved, precisely because they’ve been hallucinating exactly the right sort of cost/benefit analyses for years.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

But the MRAs simultaneously want women not to work and want them to be independently wealthy enough not to need any of men’s money.

Also, they want both of those with no help from the government, because welfare is communism (unless it’s taking money from women, PoC and LGBT+ people and giving it to cishet white men, of course – then it’s just the natural and rightful order of things!).

Would the female pill cease to exist?

Well, they think women’s rights would stop men’s rights from existing and the occasional female gaming protagonist would stop Shooty-Shooty Bang-Bang 19384: Brown-Skinned Nazi Zombies From Space from existing… At least they’re being consistent for once? =P

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ reimalbario

it worked perfectly well on monkeys but had some undesirable side-effects

Ooh, did the monkeys develop super powers and start plotting against us?

Kyla
Kyla
4 years ago

Ha ha!! That is SO true about Bloomfield!! Good one!! 🙂

eloli
eloli
4 years ago

Is it just me, or the “any penis” phrase doesn’t make any sense, both from a logical and grammatical point of view?

sevenofmine
sevenofmine
4 years ago

@ reggie, the neighbour’s cat

I have a question. What the hell does the first one mean? I’ve read it multiple times and I can’t work out what the hell it’s trying to say. What lying? Is lying physical assault? Is the second sentence written in weird code?

There are quite a lot of studies about domestic violence that manage to conclude that women are at least as likely as men to engage in it. They do this by using a metric called the Conflict Tactics Scale which is utter bullshit because it simply counts acts of violence/injuries with no regard for context, intentions, who is the aggressor, among a variety of other criticisms. For example, it counts kicking and punching to get away from someone assaulting you as acts of violence. It counts bruises on an abuser’s knuckles the same as the victim’s split lip. Then it concludes that the violence was mutual.

MRAs love these studies for obvious reasons. So, I’m guessing that’s what’s being referenced here. The premise is that women are actually lying about men being more prone to violence and, because people believe that lie, are able to get away with being violent themselves.

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

@sevenofmine
When I first read that one, I couldn’t figure out how one could rely on their own lying in order to assault people, but I think it’s starting to make sense now. What they mean to say is that she’s relying on both the fact that society views men as more violent than women and the “fact” that men are actually completely docile creatures to get away with abusing men with impunity. That was worded extremely poorly, even for an MRA meme.

weirwoodtreehugger
4 years ago

Oh. Is that what that is? I thought it was trying to say that women falsely accuse innocent men of violence in order to get white knights to beat them up for her. Because women are just evil like that.

Serendipity
Serendipity
4 years ago

@Chiomara

Would I trust a man to be the sole responsible for birth control in our relationship?
Never.
There simply is too little consequences for him and too many consequences for me for me to blindly trust in him. At least not in today’s society.

Well, it all depends on the man and the relationship. I mean, I would love it if my husband and I could decide who would be responsible for the birth control. And since we’re not really ready financially for kids yet, he’s got almost as much motivation as I have.

And that’s the thing, of course. The more choices we had, the more awesome it would be. And if you don’t trust your partner (either in terms of honesty or in terms of just being responsible enough), you have options of your own.

Although, lol. Regarding their complaint about not trusting their partner: There IS male birth control. It’s called condoms. No, it’s not perfect, but I love how they’re like “I DON’T HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER MY REPRODUCTION!!!”

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

Right now my husband is the one responsible for the birth control but that’s because I don’t like the side effects of depo or the pill, and we were already using condoms anyway.

Chiomara
Chiomara
4 years ago

@Serendipity
Well, if using condoms he buys is trusting him with this, then yes, I do. And I don’t even check for holes or anything! (Kidding, i would never check, im not THAT “misandric”. I’d never even be with a partner if I thought he could ever do such a horrible thing. But some men do that, did you know? Its sickening).
But I would never trust my partner with a pill. Hell, I am TERRIFIED of pregnancy and not even like that I can be responsible with the pill xD
While he is like ” well, i’m not PLANNING on it and I hope it doesnt happen yet, but I would still be happy if it happened.”

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

While he is like ” well, i’m not PLANNING on it and I hope it doesnt happen yet, but I would still be happy if it happened.”

That’s definitely something to mistrust. Even if having a kid would make one partner happy, the fact that they know the other partner doesn’t want it should make it an unhappy thing if it does happen. If I wanted a kid but my husband didn’t, it would make me unhappy if I accidentally got pregnant, because that’s not something you force on people. Hell, I wouldn’t dare surprise him with a pet dog even though I know he loves dogs because responsibility for another life isn’t a situation you should choose for someone else, ever.

sevenofmine
sevenofmine
4 years ago

@weirwoodtreehugger

Oh. Is that what that is? I thought it was trying to say that women falsely accuse innocent men of violence in order to get white knights to beat them up for her. Because women are just evil like that.

I’m reading the meme as saying the woman herself is committing assault but then it’s always kind of a hazard to assume that an anti-feminist meme-maker’s words match the meaning they were trying to convey. xD

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

@Venice

Men shouldn’t be allowed to use a birth control pill

literally who has ever said that, ever?

What Pie said makes the most sense.

I think that it reinforces the paranoia about getting taken advantage of through child support. To me it’s more evidence that these are people that angry about having to take care of the responsibilities they create, or receptive to the message in some other fashion.

I’ve argued with people supposedly on the political left who were obsessed with controlling female bodies because of of some whining about the “unfairness” of how there was this chance of having to care for a child they did not want. They are the other side of that particular coin from the political right and wanting control for their reasons. The fact that they could spend time dating to get to know a person and their views, or just not have sex if they did not like that possibility just seemed to be outrageous to them.

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