By David Futrelle
It’s time again for another We Hunted the Mammoth Pledge Drive! Now that I’ve removed the ads from the blog that were such an annoyance for so many readers, I rely entirely on the generosity of readers to keep the whole show going. So if you enjoy or appreciate what this blog offers, please show this appreciate with whatever donation, large or small, you can afford. THANKS!
I’ve been thinking a lot in the last few days about the unique role this blog has played as a kind of early warning system in the national discussion of misogyny.
Why? Well, an old post of mine blew up this week, because the then-largely unknown subject of that post suddenly popped up at the center of a national scandal. When I wrote the post, all I knew was that Mark Judge was a writer for second-string right-wing rags like Real Clear Religion and Splice Today. Now it’s emerged that he was (allegedly) in the room when SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, then 17, (allegedly) tried to rape then-15-year-old Christine Blasey Ford — and not just as a witness, but as an enabler. (I wrote another piece on Judge’s almost unbelievable creepiness yesterday.)
Judge isn’t the first terrible person who’s emerged on the national stage after — sometimes years after — I highlighted their awfulness on this blog. When I first wrote about Christopher Cantwell, later infamous as the Crying Nazi of Charlotteswille, he was a Men’s Rights Activist penning screeds for A Voice for Men. (I’ll be doing a little update on him later today.)
I first wrote about the lovely Roosh V in 2011, four years before he attained international infamy as a proponent of legalizing rape on private property. I first wrote about Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich shortly after both of these then-mostly-unknown-assholes (neither of whom was a fan of video games or of the people who played them) realized that this new GamerGate thing might be a path to riches and fame. (I wrote about GamerGate before it was called GamerGate, and wrote about gamer harassment of Zoe Quinn nearly a year before that.)
I wrote about the Candace “RedPillBlack” Owens even before she took that awful red pill (and years before her recent emergence as a right-wing talking head and Kanye-West-approved, er, thinker).
I wrote the first of my many posts on so-called “involuntary celibates” in 2010, four years before men influenced by this toxic movement literally began murdering people in the streets.
I wasn’t the first to notice any of these terrible people by any means, and many other journalists and bloggers and online activists have done stellar work in recent years explaining and exposing the misogynist backlash.
But this is the only blog out there that has covered the Great Internet Lady Hating movement (in its myriad forms) consistently and relentlessly for as long as it has — eight years. And I’d like to think I’ve been able to play a positive role in spreading awareness of this shit, both in the blog and as a resource for others (from journalists to internet activists to hate-fighting organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center) trying to make sense of it all.
And I literally could not have done it without all of you. Whether you’re a new reader or one who’s been here from the start, your continuing support — financial and otherwise — for this blog has been essential.
Today, for better or worse, I need to focus on the financial angle, as I depend on your donations to keep the blog and myself going.
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Thanks, and thanks, and thanks again to you all!