By David Futrelle
Men’s Rights Redditors are getting their boxer briefs in a twist over news that Wikipedia is now including the Men’s Rights subreddit on their list of “controversial Reddit communities” alongside such names as r/TheRedPill and the toxic pro-Trump subreddit The_Donald.
“Why the fuck is a site like Wikipedia so against us?” a Men’s Rights Redditor called youhavebeenwobbled asks plaintively.
We contain no hate speech or “misogyny,” so why are we painted so poorly in the public eye?
In fact, Wikipedia includes considerable evidence to back up the charge that r/Men’s Rights is controversial, citing in particular the time that the subreddit mods encouraged subreddit readers to dox a random woman they’d mixed up with a troll posting inflammatory material, and the time that Men’s Rights Redditors, in league with 4chan, decided to spam an Occidental College rape reporting website with some 400 false accusations to render the site useless and make some point about false accusations or something.
And anyone who doubts that the Men’s Rights subreddit is lousy with misogyny is invited to scroll their way through the We Hunted the Mammoth archives for countless examples.
Or you could simply look through the r/MensRights thread devoted to this particular controversy itself, filled as it is with denunciations of feminist “cunts,” defenses of the maliciously antifeminist and anti-woman harassment campaign known as GamerGate, and at least one (sarcastic, I hope) call for women to lose the right to vote. Oh, and for some reason there’s also an extended discussion of “white pride” and why it’s not a bad thing, really, if you think about it.
“THE major reason why this sub will never be treated fairly is that feminism seems to be inherently opposed to the idea of men having rights,” complains one MR Redditor called Peter_Principle_.
Feminists attacked an MRA meeting (angry protests, fire alarm pulls, etc.) that was purely about men as survivors of rape. Despicable hatred made real. Feminists are to MRAs as Klan members are to African Americans. You could wave a magic wand and entirely eradicate from current and former existence whatever male (ostensibly) sexist movements you would care to, and the feminists would still hate MRAs and call the movement a hate movemen. The fundamental idea of feminism is that women are universal victims. The MRA as a movement contradicts this ideology, and so it will be attacked by whatever means necessary.
None of that is true, but you go on.
“Wikipedia appointed a board of feminists for curating their pages so as to bring pro women face to wikipedia articles,” asserts perplexedm.
They should’ve opted for a neutral role, but women appeasement identity politics is part of many technical divisions these days.
Now, you see the result.
Youhavebeenwobbled puts his complaint a bit more succinctly: “wiki is full of non free speech soyboys”
And then there are the white prideites.
“If women can have pride … And wear a shirt… men should have pride and get to wear a shirt without any blowback,” says TommySawyer. “Same with black pride and white pride.”
“[W]hite people should be allowed to be proud of their race the same EVERY SINGLE OTHER RACE is,” kahuna55555 declares. “White pride isn’t white supremacy.”
Alas, meanpride adds,
Being proud of your white skin is viewed “negatively” by some, the same way being proud of your masculinity is.
Truly amazing that anyone would consider this subreddit “controversial,” huh?
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