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Weirdo MRA Janice Fiamengo: Male inventions make me horny

By David Futrelle

Janice Fiamengo, an English professor at the University of Ottawa, is one of Canada’s most famous, or perhaps infamous, Men’s Rights Activists, getting her (terrible) message out in innumerable YouTube videos, speeches on college campuses and at conferences organized by A Voice for Men, and at one point as a guest on a white nationalist podcast called Radio 3Fourteen, on which she suggested that white men are “living under … a feminist version of sharia law.”

She also likes to tweet. And some of her tweets are pretty strange, even by Twitter standards. Lately she’s been getting positively horny on main over … male inventions:

https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1091353683852431360
https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1091716856791158784

Damn. I would tell her to take a cold shower, except she’d just start getting horny over indoor plumbing.

Fiamengo also wants the men of today to know how very grateful she is that that other men in the past built a lot of things.

https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1091729514164613121
https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1090261658918891520
https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1091353168603242497

She rarely misses an opportunity to bring up how totally unappreciated she thinks (cis) men really are. Even when her argument makes no damn sense at all.

https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1088230933830889472

She’s especially exercised over the allegedly unfair treatment of white men in particular, including the dead ones:

https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1068149627508133889

Ironically, given her desire to paint men as pure-hearted angels, the specific men she chooses to champion are often quite shit. She is, for example, a big fan of the violence-loving western supremacist street gang called the Proud Boys, whom she inexplicably believes are non-violent.

https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1073612858653589509
https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1055843578717577216

She has also declared herself quite “proud” of Tommy Robinson, the darling of Britain’s racist far-right.

https://twitter.com/JaniceFiamengo/status/1055081164342472704

As a man who thinks Tommy Robinson and the Proud Boys are a huge embarrassment to my gender, and who feels a bit weird about accepting “thank yous” for inventions I didn’t invent and train tracks I didn’t lay, all I can say is that I’m glad men don’t have many “defenders” quite like Janice Fiamengo.

H/T — @TakedownMRAs, who you should all follow on Twitter

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Katamount
Katamount
3 years ago

Huh, now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a while, since the days where AVfM were the manosphere’s heavy hitters. I remember that she was going on Red Ice TV or some other obvious Neo-Nazi podcasts a few years ago; if she’s hanging out with ol’ Yaxley-Lennon, that trend has certainly continued.

I don’t think she’s quite figured out the grift yet, because her thing has always been the male chauvenism of “look at all this great stuff men have given society”, but then she hangs out with people whose politics and goals go a bit further than just “men are great.”

Talonknife
Talonknife
3 years ago

@magnesium

Is there a word in English that encapsulates both fear and pity?

There probably is, but don’t expect her to teach it to you.

Ariblester
3 years ago

magnesium
February 3, 2019 at 10:48 am

Is there a word in English that encapsulates both fear and pity?

“cringe”, perhaps.

Lainy
Lainy
3 years ago

@Victorious

I’m sorry your going through a rough time right now. I hope things start getting better for you and its good that you got a plan on how to deal with it all. I’m just sorry, I know it doesn’t mean much form a stranger but I am.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

@Lainy

Hey, I admire YOU, stranger on the net. I think you’re a great person who speaks truth to power, and your sympathy is much appreciated.

Wetherby
3 years ago

Reminds me of the people who think Shakespeare was always so noble and high-minded … and then they see a non-bowdlerized performance of A Comedy of Errors.

When David Cronenberg was asked why he couldn’t be subtle and suggestive like Alfred Hitchcock, his reply was “Have you ever seen Frenzy?”

Often what appears to be noble and high-minded is actually a by-product of heavy censorship – in Hitchcock’s case the strictures of the British Board of Film Censors (up to 1939, when he left his native country) and the Hays Code (from 1940 onwards, covering most of the rest of his career).

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 years ago

@Victorious Parasol:. I’m sorry to hear you and your friend have grown apart. In a way, that’s worse than losing a friend outright, I think.

@Imaginary Petal:. Nice to hear from you again. It’s been awhile.

RE:. Janice Fiamenco. Talk about laying it on thick.?. Holy crap.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

@Dormousing_it

Thank you. I’m hoping we can just do some sort of mutually agreeable redefinition so that our friendship survives. He told me a few weeks ago that I’d always be his BFF, despite his collaring of his sub, but right now I’m not sure on how well he’s keeping that promise.

Jane Done
Jane Done
3 years ago

I know manospherians want to be worshipped as gods for simply having a penis, but I still can’t honestly believe anyone would unironically do so without some sort of alternative motive. Most people don’t want to actually be utterly subservient, subhuman vassals, and the few who do* feel that way aren’t emotionally stable enough/have the spoons to proselytize all day long.

That said, this is the grossest case of ‘notice me senpai’ I’ve ever seen.

*It’s my understanding that aside from a tiny group of highly controversial 24/7 fetish lifestyle practitioners, bdsm is just pretend

Jane Done
Jane Done
3 years ago

@Victorious Parasol: sincerest sympathies for your situation. Messy feelings and situations suck.

Adorable owl pets for distraction:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6CjeTRbCA

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

@Jane Done

Yay, owls!

Thank you for the good wishes. I’m feeling better than I did on Sunday.

rainette
rainette
3 years ago

You know the sad thing is that I can almost relate to this. Sometimes I have felt that since, I, personally have not invented anything important or done Important Work then that must be some kind of final bit of evidence for women being inferior.

But that’s an irrational attitude and the lack of women inventors can be explained by so many more factors.

Also it has never, ever made me horny for a light switch or apologetic for a street gang.

Full Metal Ox
3 years ago

@Victorious Parasol:

I’m working on the self-care stuff…baking diabetic-friendly cookies…

Now that I might be able to help you with (Type 2, diagnosed circa 1996.) The following recipe of my own devising isn’t precisely a cookie, but it’s served to assuage an inadvisable vanilla almond cookie craving. It’s also gluten-free and vegan, if those are considerations.

HYPNOTIC SWEET POTATO CAKES

The most important part of this recipe is selecting a suitable variety of sweet potato;. some illustrations may be in order:

http://zoebakes.com/?p=1289

The familiar orange Thanksgiving sweet potato (represented here by the Jewel “Yam”, the Camote, and the Garnet “Yam”) isn’t my preference for the purpose, even if it’s higher in vitamins; the flesh runs too moist and can have a slight carroty bitterness. The ideal sweet potato for this recipe is a variety found in Asian groceries (the Sweet Asian “Yam”) with deep pinkish-red skin and creamy white flesh that cooks up to light yellow; this kind has a dense, dry, slightly powdery mealiness suiting it to use in confectionery (the idea here is to approximate cookie dough). Purple Filipino sweet potatoes (the purple ube “yams”) are similar in texture, as well as being attention-grabbingly festive. If your grocery-shopping comfort zone isn’t that cosmopolitan, white sweet potatoes are an acceptable substitute.

Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes (an average-sized potato is good for about five or six cakes.)
Vanilla extract
Slivered almonds
Powdered sugar (optional)

Microwave the sweet potatoes as you would for baking; then slice into 3/4-1-inch-thick medallions and remove the skin. (The pointy ends can be reserved for another use or mashed together into balls.) Season with vanilla extract to taste, embed slivered almonds, and allow to dry for an hour or two; people without blood sugar issues might try dusting the surface with powdered sugar.

(What, you ask, is “hypnotic” about them? The answer is a bit oblique: I was inspired to invent this dish after smelling Hypnotic Poison, a perfume that smells powerfully of vanilla almond cookies.)

Jesalin: Clit-o-centric Lesbian Goddess
Jesalin: Clit-o-centric Lesbian Goddess
3 years ago

@VP

HUGS!
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Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

@Full Metal Ox

Oh, thank you! I’m not a big sweet potato fan, but a friend of mine is also type 2 (we were diagnosed about a year apart), and he IS vegetarian. I bet he’d love these.

@Jesalin

KITTEH!

Sheila Crosby
3 years ago

@Full Metal Ox
Thanks from me too. I have one diabetic brother in law, one niece who is celiac, two sisters in law who are dairy and egg intolerant, and I don’t have a gall bladder so i have to go easy on the fat. Catering for family parties is a problem, and astonoshingly, everyone can eat this. All of them!

Shadowplay
3 years ago

Nthing the thanks for the recipe. I wind up with a LOT of sweet potatoes (Son in laws mother grows them) and really never know what to do with them.

Nanny Oggs Busom
Nanny Oggs Busom
3 years ago

What are they putting in the water on Canadian university campuses, because they’re certainly turning out some odd ducks for ‘professors’.

Also, VP, sorry to hear that you’re having a bad time.

jone (social justice cleric)
jone (social justice cleric)
3 years ago

@Victorious Parasol

Maybe it’s the forum here, but I can’t help but feel a bit angry at your friend.

It’s mighty entitled of him to insist that you get along with his sub, considering (from what I’m gleaning of your comments but my time-line could be off) he withdrew from the friendship around the same time that you had a health emergency and needed to rely on him.

I think it’s perfectly ok to feel self-righteous and pissed off about the whole ordeal for as long as you want (as well as sad), if that is what you are inclined to do. But please–don’t blame it on the sub.
This new person sounds like they were not made aware of how their new relationship with your friend would impact a third party.
It could even be possible that if the sub knew that their interference would cause you pain, they would have made different choices.
Besides, we are socially trained to project hatred onto submissive types because they make easy targets.
(I don’t mean to presume this is what you are doing, and even if you find you are, I’m sure it’s not by intent.)

All this is not to suggest that you ought to endeavor to be happy for his happiness. I think you could hold a grudge forever and be perfectly justified.
I only hope that you hold that grudge against your friend, not the sub. Because projecting your feelings at the sub would only distract you from noticing the fact that your friend’s actions have wounded you emotionally.
I’m sure he didn’t mean for that to happen and all that (in good faith), but your feelings are valid, godamnit.

I’m a knitter, and if I knit 2 SWEATERS for anyone, they are no longer permitted to ghost on me, at least without submitting their attention to me for several hours beforehand so that I can explain in detail how ungrateful they are (with demonstrations).

So, I hope you feel fully deserving of holding a grudge if you want to, because nobody who receives 2 SWEATERS should get to just up and effectively abandon you.
I mean, fuck that.

On the upside, with the free time you have now with not having the friendship being tantamount, you can give the sick kitty all the lovings a kitty could ever tolerate (mileage varies per kitteh).
Your cat will be there for you all their life, sharing their whole devoted existence with you. It’s a relationship you can rely on.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

@jone

Two sweaters, a Stephen West shawl for his beloved grandmother, a little knitted kitty for his mum … the list goes on. We’ve known each other for about 15 years now. I’ve had a lot of opportunity to knit presents.

I don’t blame his sub. I don’t KNOW his sub well enough to really make a judgment about her as a person, which is part of my trouble. I worry about my BFF because years and years ago he fell in love with someone who didn’t just have issues but subscriptions. That was a messy situation and he rarely speaks of her these days; if he does, it’s with sorrow and pain and annoyance, all mixed together. I don’t think the sub is that sort of person, but I haven’t spoken with her enough to really get a feel for her. The odds are in her favor of being good for him, thankfully.

I’ve known many subs over the years, so in general I don’t treat them differently than other partners I meet, other than to be mindful of basic BDSM-community etiquette.

I don’t want to hold a grudge. I’m perfectly capable of it – heck, I will still remind my mother that she gave a wrong answer to a Trivial Pursuit question from a game we were playing years ago, costing our team a wedge. But I try not to indulge in them, ‘cos they get my soul all sticky.

Over the past day or so, my BFF does seem to be making an effort to reach out to me, and I appreciate that. I still feel uncertain as to the shape of our friendship, though. Working on seeing if we can get that sorted out.

Amy E
Amy E
3 years ago

Just to say I’ve just seen this and thank you…omg…Yaxley? I didn’t know she was quite that bad.

Luis Senessi
Luis Senessi
2 years ago

Without male inventions, you wouldn’t even have this lousy blog, not the paying system rely on, not even the Internet from which you collect all these “reports”… Grow up and get a job guys.

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