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Today in Imaginary Feminism: The Slap Circle of Misandry

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 Over on the Men’s Rights subreddit, the neverending struggle against imaginary feminists continues apace. Today, one brand-new Redditor, a self-described former feminist, won himself several dozen upvotes from the regulars by bringing them a literally unbelievable tale of his adventures with a coven of slap-happy feminists.

I stopped calling myself a feminist a few years ago when I went to a meeting and was told “men are inly allowed in this safe space if they participate in a slap circle.”

The idea was that it would be harder for me to intimidate with my six foot stature if all the women had a chance to slap me in the face. I left.

Another guy actually did it.

It’s all true. I WAS THAT GUY.


Actually, no. If this dude’s story is true, I will literally eat my cats.

While most of the Men’s Rightsers commenting in the thread seem to have swallowed this story whole, “slap circles” aren’t actually a thing in feminism.

They are a thing, though, amongst bored and/or drunk young men (and sometimes women) around the world, as countless videos on YouTube can attest.

As as site called Hungry Teen explains, a “Slap Circle” is

A great way to bond with friends, release aggression and stimulate the face. The Slap Circle is a game made for the more hardcore, daring person and can be used as a test for finding the manliest of the group. Although adopting female fighting techniques, the slap circle appeals far more to men. Nothing is required for this game, other than a hand, a face and a set of balls.

All you do, is stand in a circle and slap the person to your right in the face, while waiting for a slap from the person on your left. If you’ve had enough, you step out of the circle and the last two standing fight it out for the winner.

I eagerly await stories in the Men’s Rights subreddit detailing Andrea Dworkin’s demand that all men and boys be forced to take the Cinnamon Challenge and all those insidious mandatory nut shot seminars being forced upon all college students unfortunate enough to be born with a pair of balls.

Thanks to Cloudiah for the heads up, and the good people of the AgainstMensRights subreddit for the Hungry Teen quote.

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8 years ago

I might have missed some of your points cause of the blockquote mammoth. Sorry about that. I wasn’t interpreting you as attacking me and I wasn’t attacking you either.

I think it’s a vicious cycle. On the one hand, I can’t blame a family for seeking out alternatives when their public schools don’t work. On the other hand, in those districts, if all the more privileged and involved parents pull their kids out it guarantees things won’t change. I don’t know what the answer is though. It’s going to take a big cultural shift and the trend these days is to distrust public institutions. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone, just sort of worrying about it general. It concerns me so much that this is becoming a country where you can only get a good education if you’re privileged. That’s why I get a little defensive about this issue. I know a lot of people who work in education and they get demonized a lot.

Maybe we should drop it. I don’t want to fight.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

It’s going to take a big cultural shift and the trend these days is to distrust public institutions.

This is a really important point, and it extends beyond schools. Social security, prisons, these are all related, and they will all make a huge difference in this country.

And everywhere I look outside the US I seem the same forces at work. Privatize it and cut it. Privatize it and cut it. Even countries that are leftwing socialist countries with extensive safety nets seem to have a whole bunch of people running around trying to burn it down.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

I *see* the same forces at work, dangit.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Hell, let’s privatize the bloody post office even!

As for the social safety net ones, it’s like they all have no grasp of history and why these things were implemented in the first place. And social security! [insert rant here]

Oh! I need to reschedule my psych appt and beg the gods that the meds psych who isn’t the meds psych from hell is there when I can get a ride. Thank you for accidentally reminding me!

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Well fuck. I had managed to get on the head psych’s personal client list and now our schedules don’t mesh at all. I really hope she finds me someone who isn’t meds psych from hell…

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