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Warren Farrell is an Ass, Man

Yep, that's a butt on the cover. He put a butt on the cover. Men are oppressed by women's butts.
Yep, that’s a butt on the cover. He put a butt on the cover. Men are oppressed by women’s butts.

You may remember the embarrassing spectacle a couple of months back when Warren Farrell asked the readers of A Voice for Men to help him pick out a cover picture for a new ebook version of The Myth of Male Power, the 21-year-old crackpot bestseller that more or less provided the, er, intellectual foundation for today’s Men’s Rights movement.

It wasn’t just embarrassing because AVFM is a noxious hate site that regularly calls women c*nts and whores and helps to organize informal campaigns of harassment directed at individual women. It was also embarrassing because all three of the pictures were sexualized images focusing on specific female body parts. You can guess which three, and you’d be right: tits, ass, and vagina (the latter tastefully covered in a merkin made of moss).

Well, Farrell ended up rejecting all of these images in favor of … a different picture of a woman’s butt. Yep, the screenshot above features the actual cover of the recently released ebook version of The Myth of Male Power. (You can see it in its full sized-glory over on Amazon.)

The implicit message of the cover couldn’t be clearer: men may seem to run the world, but women can control and exploit them through the power of their sexuality. Male power is undercut by … butt power.

Am I reading too much into a cover image? Farrell doesn’t really believe this nonsense, does he?

Well, in the introduction to the ebook, Farrell writes:

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In case you’re wondering, “genetic celebrity” is Farrell’s term of art for any attractive woman.

But golly, you say, the fact that a dude feels “powerless” because he can’t have sex with every woman with a nice butt that happens to wander across his field of vision doesn’t actually mean that men are powerless or that male power is a myth. Well, Farrell has an answer to this as well. And by “answer” I mean, well, whatever this is:

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Got that? I’m not sure there’s anything there to get; it’s nothing more than hand-waving to distract attention from the nonsensical nature of his previous statements. In case any Men’s Rights activist ever brings Warren Farrell up as an example of a respectable, “academic” MRA, you may wish to point out that almost nothing Farrell writes ever actually makes any fucking sense.

In the book itself, Farrell repeatedly suggested that male power can be undone almost completely by the sexual power of women. In one oft-quoted passage, he wrote about the effect that a “secretary’s miniskirt power, cleavage power and flirtation power” allegedly has on their male bosses. (Myth of Male Power, p. 21)

While that statement has earned a certain notoriety for its sheer ridiculousness, Farrell went further elsewhere in the book, essentially arguing that men are as addicted to female “beauty” as drug addicts are to the drug of their choice — and as helpless.

“Sexually, of course, the sexes aren’t equal,” Farrell wrote. “[M]any men feel ‘under the influence the moment they see a beautiful woman.” (p. 320, emphasis in original.)

This sort of temporary “intoxication,” Farrell argued, leads men into shackling themselves to these temporarily sexy tyrants for the rest of their lives — thus agreeing to support them (he suggested implicitly) even after they get old and ugly. (p. 85.)

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In Farrell’s original book, this “argument,” such as it is, was merely one of many that he thought undercut the alleged “myth of male power.” Now, with the butt on the cover, he’s put it front and center. Or, more precisely, rear and center.

Warren Farrell, you’re an ass, man.

Oh, awkward segue here, I just wanted to show off the cover to the new edition of my classic book, The Myth of Human Power.

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It will soon be available for one million dollars in cash in unmarked bills, upon delivery of which I will sit down and write it for you. It will probably be pretty short and not very convincing.

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kittehserf
8 years ago

Yup, it’s Venus and Mars.

Probably a good thing we can’t see Mars’ expression.

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
8 years ago

I imagine the horse is there so Mars can flee when Vulcan gets home (I think those are the right names; I tend to think in terms of Greek mythology).

kittehserf
8 years ago

I would reckon so (yes, those are the Latin names). Hmm, maybe that’s what the kid’s saying – “Mum’s husband’s home, you’d better scram!”

Say, who was Eros/Cupid’s father, anyway?

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
8 years ago

In some versions of the myths, he’s not even Aphrodite’s son, but a primordial force (what Pratchett would call an anthropomorphic personification) who predates her. When he is considered the son of Aphrodite, his father isn’t usually mentioned.

Google says that Cupid’s father is given as either Vulcan or Mars, but again, he’s also widely considered to pre-date them.

Bina
8 years ago

Eros’ father’s identity may be forever unknown. But at least we know who Hermaphroditos’ father was…it says so right in his name!

kittehserf
8 years ago

Didn’t Hermaphroditos come into being because of one of those nasty literal-minded bits of wish-granting the Greek gods went in for? I read he wished to be united with his beloved, and they were – in one body.

Bina
8 years ago

Didn’t Hermaphroditos come into being because of one of those nasty literal-minded bits of wish-granting the Greek gods went in for? I read he wished to be united with his beloved, and they were – in one body.

Close! Hermaphroditos began life as a single-sexed male. Of course, being the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, he was predictably too gorgeous for his own good. A nymph named Salmacis fell madly in love with him, but was rejected. So, in desperation, she launched herself at him, wishing aloud that she could be one with him forever…and BOOM. Wish granted!

kittehserf
8 years ago

Ah! I got the result but not the rest of it right.

Curious – it does the beautiful fellers no good to say no thanks in Greek mythology, either; Narcissus is the obvious example.

Actually it doesn’t pay to be appealing at all in those tales, not with those dirtbag gods, satyrs, etc, etc, wandering around.

Bina
8 years ago

Yup…the “civilized” patriarchal Zeus being the worst and rapiest offender of all, ironically. Soon as he saw a pretty woman, he was all over that.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
8 years ago

Zeus being Zeus, as soon as he saw a pretty person, he was all over that. Ganymede, anyone?

kittehserf
8 years ago

Or a pretty boy – Ganymede comes to mind.

Zeus was a complete shit. He makes Odin look morally upright.

kittehserf
8 years ago

Ninjaed!

Falconer
Falconer
8 years ago

I am undecided whether naming all of Jupiter’s satellites after Zeus’s rape victims is appropriate, or in horrible taste.

yumicpcake
8 years ago

I love you man!!!!!

kittehserf
8 years ago

I doubt it was even acknowleged they were rape victims when the satellites were named. It was all “Zeus’ lovers” in every book on mythology I’ve ever read, and they were written much more recently.

Samantha
Samantha
8 years ago

I cannot remember whether or not I posted this here, so here it is. The following link will take you to a podcast by Herb Goldberg on Drawk Kwast | The Alpha Male Advantage, about the myth of male privilege.

It made me a bit uncomfy…

http://www.drawkkwast.com/2013/11/myth-male-privilege/

scribbles
scribbles
6 years ago

Uh, depending on who it is it’s actually probable that the guy’s a pedo. As you should know by now, MRAs and pedos/pedo apologists intersect in a very significant way.

scribbles
scribbles
6 years ago

It would be like me naming myself “Trump is a bloviating jerk.” He bloviates and acts like a jerk. These are things that he does in the real world. It’s indisputable, even if you like the guy and think his bullshitting is hilarious. Sure, it’s an attack, but it’s an attack based in truth and it’s not exactly going to harm anyone. If you call a pedo a pedo what’s the worst that could happen? I mean, to society, not to them. Who gives a shit what happens to some pedo.

Paradoxical Intention
6 years ago

Uh, scribbles? Why are you addressing David well over a year after the fact?

Paradoxical Intention
6 years ago

Also, we don’t do threats or sink to their level and throw out attacks like that. We already get enough shit from them that we don’t need to add to it by being assholes.

Pedophile or not, we don’t have the right to say that shit, not to mention it might be upsetting and/or triggering to people who have survived childhood sexual assault.

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