Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Men's Problems? The Fault of Women, Naturally.
Fraser has written two posts (here and here) on one of those pieces about what's-the-problem-with-men, the ones which always produce hundreds of misogynistic comments*. Because the obvious response to any problem about men is to argue that it's really the fault of women.
Thus, if boys have trouble at school it's the fault of schools which favor the way girls learn (never mind that schools were initially created for boys and have used the same learning structures ever since). If men don't go to college in the same percentages as women, it is the fault of American feminists indoctrination which has turned men off from education and destroyed their self-confidence. Never mind that the phenomenon is global, that even in Saudi Arabia the majority of college graduates are women.
And if men move back to their parents and spend time playing computer games and watching pron, that, too is the fault of women who don't save themselves for marriage and who don't understand that women must be dependent on men's earnings to deserve marriage.
Do read the comments to the original article, especially if you believe misogyny is nonexistent. One of the comments mentions the stretched-out vaginas of women who have bedded too many men to be worthy for the glorious role of being the commenting asshole's wife.
Pay attention to the fact that those comments were moderated. This particular one passed moderation. It presumably is regarded as pertinent to the topic. Just imagine what the comments must have been like which did not pass moderation!
I'm very curious about the thinking behind the editors who choose these pieces, especially given the misogyny fest they always provide. Perhaps very few newspapers or magazines regard women as among their customers?
Nah. They like this shit. They like the idea of providing a safe nest for the hatred of all women. One must, after all, provide a voice for all the haters, too. That the misogynists cannot be engaged, that they attack anyone arguing back (however calmly and scientifically), that the debate degenerates into nothing but name-calling from their part, none of that matters as much as the click numbers and the advertising revenue.
*The original article was published in early March.