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Finger-pointing stock-photo blonde lady: The MRA meme-maker muse?

Have we met somewhere before?
Have we met somewhere before?

Today’s Memeday Special: Angry blonde ladies. Strike that: Angry blonde lady.

Men’s Rights Activists and other antifeminists, as many of you have no doubt noticed, have a deep and abiding love for stock photos of hysterical women, which they use as illustrations for blog posts and YouTube videos as well as free-floating memes.

In a previous Memeday post, we examined the MRA obsession with stock photos of women with bullhorns. Here’s one more bullhorn-lady meme to add to the pile.

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Apparently the supply of hysterical women stock photos can’t quite match the demand, and so MRAs tend to fall back on a few favorites. You’ve probably met this gal several times already:

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But the all-time favorite stock-photo feminist — you might even consider her a sort of muse to MRA meme-makers — is a certain special blonde lady with a wagging finger and a comically furious face.

Because what better way to defeat feminism than by putting words in the mouth of a woman posing for a stock-photographer while pulling the most over-the-top angry face she can manage?

Yes, I think we HAVE met before
Yes, I think we HAVE met before

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Sometimes the MRA mememakers contrast the hysteria of finger-pointy blonde lady with the cool rationality of some stock-photo dude.

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And sometimes, for even greater impact, they replace her pointy finger with a gun.

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It’s funny, but I don’t know of any feminist who much resembles this caricature. Indeed, the only real-world woman that finger/gun-pointy blonde lady reminds me of is this one, and she’s definitely not a feminist.

Janet Bloomfield, reporting from her bunker

If she ever emerges from her underground bunker, she might be able to get some work as a stock photo model.

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Monzach
Monzach
6 years ago

I feel so bad for the people in these stock photos. Nobody deserves to be associated with MRAs, no matter how tenuously.

In other news, I love how bad the photoshopped gun looks in the third and second pic from the bottom. I mean, I understand that the people making these memes most likely aren’t professional graphic designers, but still… Take some pride in your work, people! *smh* 🙁

Hambeast, Social Justice Beastie
Hambeast, Social Justice Beastie
6 years ago

I wonder if those models have ever seen any of this stuff and, if so, what they think of it? At least they’re getting something out of this (payment for their images, even if they have no control over them) unlike some of the menzer’s other targets.

Venice
Venice
6 years ago

Men shouldn’t be allowed to use a birth control pill

literally who has ever said that, ever?

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@Hambeast: You know they didn’t pay for their stock photos. Expecting payment for using someone else’s intellectual property is misandry!

Razwick
Razwick
6 years ago

I think it’s entertaining that in the “just because you’re a feminist” memes they seem to acknowledge that not all feminists are like their imaginary version of evil feminists. … except that it only applies in their memes.

Dr. NicolaLuna
Dr. NicolaLuna
6 years ago

I find their alimony memes so weird. Do they not realise that feminism has allowed women to get higher paid jobs so that if a couple break up she is able to support herself? Where is their logic?

WeirwoodTreeHugger
WeirwoodTreeHugger
6 years ago

Venice,
My thoughts exactly. I’ve never, ever heard a feminist say anything like that.

I think they’re used to believing we can’t have equality, only a dominant and submissive group and they’re projecting that onto feminists. It can’t be that both men and women can take bc. If men can have it, it will be taken from us.

Jamesworkshop
Jamesworkshop
6 years ago

If you want a male pill, go bother the male run biotech industry.

Social Justice Atheist
Social Justice Atheist
6 years ago

@Venice

Ikr, I’m all for birth control for men. Have these shitlords ever actually spoken to any feminists and, you know, listened?

Oh wait, all they ever do is talk over feminists so they never have their preconceived notions challenged. My bad.

Ashara Payne
Ashara Payne
6 years ago

But the MRAs simultaneously want women not to work and want them to be independently wealthy enough not to need any of men’s money. That’s how MRA logic works.

Of course, what they really want is for women to be pressured or forced into marriage in order to be able to have a decent living standard, while simultaneously not working while they stay home to raise their children and bring their men beers and sammiches, all the while being the perfect doting subservient doormat for fear that he might leave her. And he if he were to leave, then she is permitted to be independent.

Social Justice Atheist
Social Justice Atheist
6 years ago

Also, no feminist here is claiming men are more violent. If anything, quite the opposite since feminists don’t believe in pre-determined gender roles. Men are perfectly capable of controlling themselves. The MRAs are the ones claiming they can’t, because biology or something.

Bina
6 years ago

Men shouldn’t be allowed to use a birth control pill

literally who has ever said that, ever?

Right? I’d be chuffed if men had a Pill to call their own, and I know lots of guys who’d gladly take it if they could, but so far, the only sex-related pill they have is Viagra or one of its clones. Which does nothing for conception control, unless you skip it and then can’t get it up. Booooooring.

‘Course, I bet that even if such a pill were available tomorrow, and with an effectiveness comparable to the female Pill, these guys wouldn’t take it. Because they think birth control should be a woman’s sole responsibility. And because they’re dicks that way.

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

OT:
Ellen Page has made a little documentary about the LBTQ community and I am still catching my breath. I honestly just want to hug her, cry and say thank you. Not many people, not even brazilians, imagine a Hollywood famous american, has been wonderful and brave enough to actually go out to the dangerous poor areas and prostitution districts to actually talk to who suffers most. I am overwhelmed by her courage and humility. I guess I just developed a massive crush.
I will regret forever not being at the lesbian bar she visited. :p
The documentary also interviewed Jair Bolsonaro, the most homophobic AND misogynistic (and unfortunately popular) politicians here. I highly recomend it. Do, watch, everyone:
https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/brazil/56a90e3f59b6e07a13d27d01

Slutty Miss Havisham Penguin briefly known as Nady
Slutty Miss Havisham Penguin briefly known as Nady
6 years ago

As a blonde woman…. I must agree that I make equally funny faces. Though seriously we were once subject to dumb blonde jokes…. Now we are known as megalomaniac manipulating supervillians?! *Shrugs* At least we’re considered intelligent now. That’s a bit of progress, I guess?

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

If men should be allowed to use pills? Absolutely.
If pills should be developed for testicular people?
Definitely.
Would I trust a man to be the sole responsible for birth control in our relationship?
Never.
There simply is too little consequences for him and too many consequences for me for me to blindly trust in him. At least not in today’s society.

WeirwoodTreeHugger
WeirwoodTreeHugger
6 years ago

Ellen Page is awesome. I just rewatched Hard Candy a couple of weeks ago. She was a great actress even at a young age. I definitely recommend that to those who haven’t seen it. It’s a feminist horror movie about a 14 year old girl who sets a trap for an internet predator. Misandry!

InitHello
6 years ago

I am so profoundly in favor of chemical, hormonal, or reversible surgical birth control for men it’s not even funny. I’m closely following the vasalgel and RISUG developments, and gossypol looks promising if they can reduce the 20% permanence rate to say 0.5%

Tangentially, I’m a little irritated by Pennsylvania’s tradition of seeking the wife’s approval before scheduling a vasectomy. I guess the woman needs to be asked just in case it threatens the babies she is required to want?

Tessa
Tessa
6 years ago

Ashara Payne:

But the MRAs simultaneously want women not to work and want them to be independently wealthy enough not to need any of men’s money. That’s how MRA logic works.

Of course, what they really want is for women to be pressured or forced into marriage in order to be able to have a decent living standard, while simultaneously not working while they stay home to raise their children and bring their men beers and sammiches, all the while being the perfect doting subservient doormat for fear that he might leave her. And he if he were to leave, then she is permitted to be independent.

Exactly! Except for the last sentence. Her independence doesn’t matter, they just want to cut ties when they’re through with her.

Eschen
Eschen
6 years ago

I’m sure facts are beside the point, but I’ve never heard of any argument against male use of pharmaceutical contraceptives beyond the fact that there are none that have actually been approved for general use as of yet.

Phill Evans
Phill Evans
6 years ago

These chumps can barely aspire to being children, they certainly aren’t men. To use another popular meme, “that word, I do not think that it means what you think that it means.”

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
6 years ago

I wonder who the stock photo model really is…we need to start a media campaign to find out.

She might actually not appreciate her photo always being requisitioned for MRA/MGTOW-is-toxic memes. But at least she’d have the opportunity to say so if we found and asked her what she thinks.

Mels
Mels
6 years ago

She might actually not appreciate her photo always being requisitioned for MRA/MGTOW-is-toxic memes. But at least she’d have the opportunity to say so if we found and asked her what she thinks.

Possibly, but it also might be a way of dragging her into a very dangerous spotlight.

I know that if I were in her position, I would not want people alerting MRAs to my identity, even unintentionally.

hedin
hedin
6 years ago

Okay, gotta grudgingly admit the “bossy” one was kind of clever. Personally, I’d like to see everyone who is told they have “leadership skills” to be told they’re bossy instead.

9 times out of 10, “leadership skills” signifies some combination of:

1. lack of actual skills
2. desire to order others around, and
3. ability to manipulate people

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
6 years ago

A male birth control pill sounds great. I’d also love to hear about a male version of the birth control implant. Anything that helps people control their fertility sounds great, as long as it’s safe and reliable.

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
6 years ago

Um, yeah…these memes are bewildering. It’s Bizarro World logic at work, yet again!

The third one down reminds me a lot of how some white people will act like the term “honky” is somehow equitable with the N-word (I don’t even like spelling it out as an example). Nevermind that, y’know, the latter was used to denigrate a group of people who were treated as little more than humanoid cattle (thus they were referred to as “chattel”) for a very, very long time. Whereas the earlier is an expression of anger towards a group who had been mistreating them for hundreds of years, and still do.

Being called a “honky,” like being called a “dick,” doesn’t seem that bad when considering why it’s used.

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