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Will a meme celebrating single mothers bring about the end of civilization? One Men’s Rightser says “yes.”

Men: A bunch of angry panda impersonators?
Men: A bunch of angry panda impersonators?

On Fathers Day, somewhere on the internet, the following meme was posted:

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The Men’s Rights subreddit reacted, as it so often does, with manly indignation: how dare these women take our Fathers Day from us! Even by normal Men’s Rights standards for empty outrage this seems a bit much. After all, it’s not exactly news that a lot of women raise their kids by themselves, when the fathers of their children, refuse to act as, well, fathers to their children. Indeed, “financial abortions” — that is, consequence-free child abandonment for men — is one of the central demands of the Men’s Rights movement. 

But to one anonymous commenter on the Men’s Rights subreddit, this meme could well be the final insult that transforms the men of the world into angry panda impersonators destroying everything within reach.

According to this anonymous observer,

this really scares me, enough that I wake up at night thinking about it.

Wait. You wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat thinking about … a meme?

No one could deny that there is open warfare on men all throughout western society. Whether or not it is deserved is somewhat irrelevant (you’ll see why in a second). There’s a minority of men who are alarmed but the vast majority just doesn’t have this on their radar…yet. This is mostly because it doesn’t affect them directly.

How can there be “open warfare” on men if most men haven’t even noticed it? Has there ever been a war in which the majority of those ostensibly affected by it don’t even know that it exists?

But never mind, because “[t]hat’s all going to change soon.”

Mixing his metaphors with wild abandon, this anonymous Men’s Rights Nostradamus predicts that

It won’t be long until the inroads that feminism has blazed start to butt up against the everyday Joe that’s just living his life.

Ah, the ever-reliable “everyday Joe,” beloved icon of reactionary grumblers since pretty much forever. In 2008, he took the form of a plumber (well, sort of). In 1970, they made a movie about him.

It appears that feminism doesn’t know when to quit and I clearly see the movement doing something that causes ‘Joe’ to not only look up from his newspaper but also impact him in a negative way.

You wouldn’t like me when I look up from my newspaper!

This lights the fuse.

Throughout history the one thing men are good at is responding to threats, whether they are real or not. I’m reminded of a video of a robbery at a convenience store I saw. The robber had a knife pointed at the clerk, demanding the contents of the register. Two random men were behind him, watching it all go down. One guy looked at the other and did the “upward head nod”. The other guy responded with the same discreet movement and they launched at the robber, taking him down. These two guys didn’t know each other at all but they, like most all men, are given to cohesive bonding when a threat is present.

Men also make up the vast majority of those robbing convenience stores, but never mind.

Feminism gives a perfect storm for this response and it’s going to be really ugly. When men get pissed, especially when they feel disenfranchised or morally wronged, they start breaking things.

Are you sure you haven’t confused men with toddlers having tantrums?

If this starts to steamroll it will make Ferguson look like a dress rehearsal.

That escalated quickly. Good old everyday Joe was just sitting there reading his newspaper, when all of a sudden he caught sight of a feminist meme on the internet. Next stop, literal rioting in the streets.

Those cops that will be asked to stop it? Those are overwhelmingly men too. Many will be sympathetic and I see lines being crossed.

A Man/Cop Alliance of Rioting Manbabies?

Yeah, it wouldn’t surprise me if this doesn’t get dealt with that it could be something on par with a major social upheaval. It’s going to be expensive, bloody, and it’s going to change everything for several generations. Once men start hammering, it ALL looks like a nail.

Yeah this bothers me a lot. I hope I’m badly wrong.

No you don’t. MRAs and other reactionary misogynists are forever airing these kinds of apocalyptic fantasies, in which the evil feminists “push men too far” and the men “finally explode” like some kind of “male bomb.” Civilization crumbles, and those evil complainy women get their final comeuppance.

Some of the men profess their deep “concern” that the women they want to shut up won’t shut up until it’s “too late.” Others can barely conceal their glee at the prospect of a bloody Manpocalypse that will put women back in their place.

Because this isn’t a warning. It’s a threat. It’s what every wife-batterer does when he “reminds” his wife that she won’t like him when he’s angry. It’s a way to control women through fear. Or at least an attempt to.

The only difference now is that the dude doing the “reminding” isn’t threatening his wife at home; he’s playing to the crowd in the Men’s Rights subreddit, and getting upvotes for it.

All over a meme.

So which gender is supposed to be the emotional one again?

H/T — r/againstmensrights

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spacelawn
6 years ago

“That escalated quickly. Good old everyday Joe was just sitting there reading his newspaper, when all of a sudden he caught sight of a feminist meme on the internet. Next stop, literal rioting in the streets.”

I lol’d.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
6 years ago

When men get pissed, especially when they feel disenfranchised or morally wronged, they start breaking things.

HULK WHINE ON THE INTERNET.

(Actually, this applies to every mantrum ever.)

LG.
LG.
6 years ago

Ever noticed how much our culture sees single fathers as “sexy” and single mothers as “immoral/spoiled/pitiable-at-best-if-shes-a-widow”? There might be fewer single mothers around if we did something to change that. But then, who would they have to hate?

Vanir (@Vanir85)
6 years ago

First; a group CANNOT complain about positive single mother memes – and at the same time strongly advocate for men getting legal/economic “abortions” at will – and STILL EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!

Second; they believe a meme recognizing that being a single mother is hard, is telling imaginary Joe something he already didn’t know? Let alone telling him something he’ll be angry about?

Third; what is imaginary Joe even supposed to be pissed about? Is it a LIE that being a single mother is hard? Is it WRONG to give a “thumbs up” to single moms who take their situation seriously (i.e. most of them)?

What is even the hell?

Fourth and finally;
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…

spacelawn
6 years ago

@Vanir

Can you picture what we’ll be. so limitless and free!

Xanith
Xanith
6 years ago

Sometimes I wish we could move away from the “nuclear family” ideal back to more community-based child-rearing ideals. Might take some of the stress away from single parents.

tessietura
6 years ago

time to #spankanMRA because you know they all secretly want it anyway

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
6 years ago

@tessietura

We’ve been through this. No.

Big Al
6 years ago

“Throughout history the one thing men are good at is responding to threats, whether they are real or not.

No way in hell are there any MRAs that self-aware.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

time to #spankanMRA because you know they all secretly want it anyway

Now I know you’re just trying to “gotcha” the board. Nobody supported you on this on the other thread, and nobody is going to support you on this one. Go the fuck away and stop trying to “gotcha” people who see straight through your bullshit.

Bina
6 years ago

It appears that feminism doesn’t know when to quit and I clearly see the movement doing something that causes ‘Joe’ to not only look up from his newspaper but also impact him in a negative way.

HULK DROP NEWSPAPER. OH, WHO HULK KIDDING? HULK NOT READ NEWSPAPER!

There’s a minority of men who are alarmed but the vast majority just doesn’t have this on their radar…yet.

And those who do, think you, the minority, are a bunch of crybabies and morons who routinely blow the smallest things out of proportion, and therefore are not worth taking seriously. Um, try fighting over some REAL problems, dudes.

This lights the fuse.

And knowing Menz Rightzers, it’s a short one…attached to a very large whoopee cushion filled with flammable gases.

Throughout history the one thing men are good at is responding to threats, whether they are real or not. I’m reminded of a video of a robbery at a convenience store I saw. The robber had a knife pointed at the clerk, demanding the contents of the register. Two random men were behind him, watching it all go down. One guy looked at the other and did the “upward head nod”. The other guy responded with the same discreet movement and they launched at the robber, taking him down. These two guys didn’t know each other at all but they, like most all men, are given to cohesive bonding when a threat is present.

Case in point. Did anyone read that without holding their noses and fanning away a sulphurous odor?

DonVoyage
6 years ago

There’s no way he didn’t type that one-handed

Bina
6 years ago

Oops…clicked the post button too soon. Where was I again? Oh yeah:

Yeah, it wouldn’t surprise me if this doesn’t get dealt with that it could be something on par with a major social upheaval. It’s going to be expensive, bloody, and it’s going to change everything for several generations. Once men start hammering, it ALL looks like a nail.

“Once men start hammering, it ALL looks like a nail.”

Well, that explains why so many of them seem to think that we like being jackhammered. Does anyone? Really?

Yeah this bothers me a lot. I hope I’m badly wrong.

No, it doesn’t. And no, you don’t. Confess, dude…you typed that one-handed. With plenty of breaks for Jergens application.

Just a pity I’m getting kind of hardened and inured to this “terrible things will happen” MRA mongering. And I think there are better uses for unwashed socks, too.

Brian Peters
6 years ago

“No one could deny that there is open warfare on men all throughout western society. [. . .] the vast majority [of men] just [don’t] have this on their radar…yet.”
a war none can deny but most aren’t aware of?

Falconer
Falconer
6 years ago

You wouldn’t like me when I look up from my newspaper!

http://i.imgur.com/IJF09VR.jpg

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

I would like to mock, but the concept of “financial abortions” is something that makes me seethe far too hard to find anything funny.

How dare any group call itself an advocacy for men when it’s supporting a policy which will allow fathers to abandon their sons on a whim? Do they not realise the adverse consequences which that son will suffer? True, that father would probably have been a shitty father figure, but it’s better than none at all.

I don’t care how poor you are. If you have a son, you feed that son. If you have to steal to do that, you steal. Men have responsibilities, and those responsibilities are not brushed aside merely because it’s inconvenient.

Fuck the Men’s Rights Movement. Even if we ignore the way they behave towards women – and that’s a big if – the way they behave towards men is unacceptable.

Miss Andry
6 years ago

It’s not just a meme, either. It’s also…TOILET PAPER!

spacelawn
6 years ago

BTW do you hate me for using adblock on your blogg? Plz dont :'(

Dan Kasteray
Dan Kasteray
6 years ago

It’s pretty sick that this guy compares his movement to Ferguson, given that many of the women hating shitgolems who people the MRA movement have a history of deep and unrelenting racism. After that little bit I half expected him to start touting his black friends.

At any rate, David hit the nail on the head when he compared this clown to a spouse beater. Manly man he ain’t.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

the vast majority just doesn’t have this on their radar…yet. This is mostly because it doesn’t affect them directly.

Yes. The vast majority of men are not effected by misandry. Because it isn’t real. And even MRAs know this on some level. This guy just admitted that misandry is not any kind of problem in our culture. Is he self aware enough to realize it? Probably not.

Throughout history the one thing men are good at is responding to threats, whether they are real or not.

There he goes again, admitting feminism is not actually a threat

When men get pissed, especially when they feel disenfranchised or morally wronged, they start breaking things.

and admitting the MRM is all about having hurt fee fees.

Other than the last bit about hoping he was wrong about the manpocalypse, this might have been the most honest MRA rant I’ve ever seen.

Bina
6 years ago

When men get pissed, especially when they feel disenfranchised or morally wronged, they start breaking things.

What a pity they never apply themselves to the REAL problem…CAPITALISM. And what a pity they’re not smashing racism or homophobia. No, boyz, let’s get all worked up about an imaginary issue called “misandry”. GENIUS.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

this really scares me, enough that I wake up at night thinking about it.

I have trouble believe thinking has ever happened in the general vicinity of this person.

Mixing hid metaphors with wild abandon…

You wouldn’t like me when I look up from my newspaper!

This is why you are so fun to read, David.

Throughout history the one thing men are good at is responding to threats, whether they are real or not.

That honestly sounds like something Terry Pratchett would write mocking men. This guy is being serious.

Because this isn’t a warning. It’s a threat. It’s what every wife-batterer does when he “reminds” his wife that she won’t like him when he’s angry. It’s a way to control women through fear. Or at least an attempt to.

Yup. That concern goes like this: “That’s an awfully nice life you’ve got there, Lady. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.” Meanwhile, Ferguson was not a violent protest. It was a memorial turned protest in response to a murder and continued police brutality. What a racist shithead.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

tessietura,
WTF? Still “no” and still for the same obvious reasons.

freemage
6 years ago

No one could deny that there is open warfare on men all throughout western society… There’s a minority of men who are alarmed but the vast majority just doesn’t have this on their radar…yet.

I… I can’t even. How does one posit an undeniable and open war that the vast majority of the targets are still unaware of in a single paragraph?

Miss Andry
6 years ago

And speaking of male bombs, we literally just had a guy running around Manhattan hitting Asian women in the face with a blunt instrument because they didn’t pay attention to him. During the same time period that Dean Esmay was trying to trend #SpankAFeminist on Twitter.

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