Mammoth FAQ

A mammoth, hunted. By leocigale
A mammoth, hunted. By leocigale

We Hunted the Mammoth: The FAQ-ening

Q) A mammoth, huh? What’s this blog about?

A) Misogyny, not mammoths.

Specifically, this blog focuses on what I call the “New Misogyny,” an angry antifeminist backlash that has emerged like a boil on the ass of the internet over the last decade or so. These aren’t your traditional misogynists – the social conservatives and religious fundamentalists who make up much of the far right.

These are guys, mostly, who range in age from their teens to their fifties, who have embraced misogyny as an ideology, as a sort of symbolic solution to the frustrations in their lives – whether financial, social, or sexual.

Some of them identify as Men’s Rights Activists, trying to cast their peculiar struggle against what they see as the excess of feminism and the advantages of women as a civil rights issue of sorts. Alongside those who explicitly label themselves MRAs we find a great number of antifeminist and antiwomen activists we might call Men’s Rights-adjacent – like those in the Skeptic and Atheist subcultures who still haven’t gotten over an offhand remark Skepchick founder Rebecca Watson made about a dude in an elevator a couple of years ago.

Others proclaim themselves Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), declaring a sort of independence from women – while spending much of their time on message boards talking endlessly about them.

Still others see themselves as Pickup Artists (PUA), or masters of “Game,” espousing elaborate “scientific” theories of male superiority while trading tips on how best to pressure or manipulate drunk women into bed. This misogynistic wing of the PUA subculture has a considerable overlap with a subset of traditionalist and far-right blogs. Many of those in what has come to be called “the manosphere” — hey, don’t blame me, I didn’t come up with that name — don’t simply embrace misogyny; they also proudly embrace “scientific” racism and other bigotries.

Still, while some of the New Misogynists see themselves as conservatives, even “neo-reactionaries,” many identify themselves as libertarians or even as liberals. Theirs is a backlash that frames itself as a step forward.

That said, there are numerous posts here that don’t have anything to do with MRAs or MGTOWers or PUAs or any of their ilk. Sometimes I like to post cat pics.

Q) Ok, but you still haven’t explained the mammoth thing.

A) This is a reference to a quote I once posted from a dude who felt women weren’t sufficiently appreciative of what men had supposedly done for them over the ages. Here’s the quote, in all of its weird glory:

We men built a nice safe world for you all the the coal-mines of death, roads, railroads, bridges and tall office buildings. Its $1,000,000 spent per death of a man on a large dangerous project on average now you can just 9-5 it and call it a day in air-conditioned and heated safety. Forget about the wars we died in and the sacrifices made just ignore history or is it now hersorty? You are accruing the benefits without ever having to pay the price you still don’t have to sign up for the draft and who will protect you? The Sex and the City girls will fight off the North Koreans with their Manolo Blahniks?

Men gave you this modern world now you take it for granted we hunted the mammoth to feed you we died in burning buildings and were gassed in the trenches but that was just for fun right?

How quick and conveniently you forget who made this possible.

We gave you Leonardo da Vinci, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy not to mention countless others, Jonas Salk saved half the world from death and you just piss on it all.

This quote is such an amazing clusterfuck of misogyny, entitlement and unwarranted self-importance – not to mention historical ignorance – that the bit about mammoths became a catchphrase around here, neatly conveying pretty much everything this blog is against. And so I decided to make it the name of the blog.

Q) And who exactly are you?

A) David Futrelle. I’m a freelance writer and blogger living in Evanston, IL, and the guy behind the Confused Cats Against Feminism blog. For more on my illustrious career, see the David Futrelle FAQ.

Q) You’re against the Men’s Rights movement. Are you against men having rights?

A) Of course not. As hundreds of posts on this site show pretty clearly, the so-called Men’s Rights Movement is a hateful, reactionary movement driven largely by misogyny and hatred of feminism. It doesn’t help men. It encourages them to scapegoat women and stew in their own bitterness.

Q) Are you secretly funded by the international feminist conspiracy?

A) No. I’m not funded by any organization. Some readers have very kindly given me donations. You can too, if you wish.

Q) What’s with all the cat pictures?

A) I like cats.

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Kagi
6 years ago

Sorry, just jumping in here – I’m a linguist and this is bugging me. Your link is right but you lost one of the d’s, and no one else seems to have actually clicked it. My Brazilian friend taught me that word a long time ago so I actually noticed when you mistyped it (and then everyone else in the thread who never heard it before proceeded to do the same…), but the word is ‘saudade’, usually (from what I’ve seen of it in context) used in plural, ‘saudades’.

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

Is that a sort of non-pornographic Rule 34? If it exists, someone has done in on the internet.

Moocow
6 years ago

@kirbywrap

Omg, that was amazing. I was singing each line and making goat noises when appropriate. XD

Elizabeth Leinback (@EliBrite)

@kirbywarp — Goat bless you. That was fabulous.

Lori
Lori
6 years ago

I love your Q&A responses! Thank you for not only posting the outrageous and sometimes abhorrent twisted views of misogynists and other ilk, but also the hilarity that ensues. The cats are awesome as well. Keep up the good work sir! Our world needs more like you! 🙂

thenoisycafé
6 years ago

Ah Ok, I get it now! (Doh). Brilliant 🙂

Chris Horner
Chris Horner
6 years ago

You could argue that feminism doesn’t help women. It encourages them to think of themselves as victims and stew in THEIR own bitterness.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
6 years ago

You could argue that you have no idea what feminism is about, too.

maistrechat
6 years ago
Reply to  Ohlmann

You could argue that potatoes are culturally indoctrinated into stewing in their own bitterness, but why would you?

On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM, we hunted the mammoth wrote:

> Ohlmann commented: “You could argue that you have no idea what feminism is > about, too.”

Malitia - SJW Who Lurks Above in Shadow
Malitia - SJW Who Lurks Above in Shadow
6 years ago

At least they didn’t necro the glossary again. So progress?

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

Bitterness: code for “women no longer endure evil acts in complete silence, which forces the people who do the evil and those who are complicit to confront that evil is being done, which gives them negative feelings so they work super-hard to shove the women back into silence.”

Just so everyone is clear.

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

Is this how we blockquote?

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

Awwww yiiiiissss I finally learned.

Nathan, Karl, Sev
1 year ago

We absolutely adore this site and your work in journalism. We would love to do a podcast with you, then sample it in a song to push art to its limits! (The podcast will be edited to sound like it was recorded in a shower) 🙂

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 year ago

The site owner wanted to be able to change his site name, so he didn’t take the name he would get later, else changing from wehuntedthemammoth to wehuntedthemammoth isn’t actually a change.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Eric

Hello I was wondering why you used to be called manboobz.com

Because he wanted to highlight men whom he thought were being “boobs,” used to mean “a bumbling fool.” He later changed it because too many people thought it was weird and didn’t make sense.

Discordia
Discordia
1 year ago

Hi! I used to post on here regularly, but drifited away. Anyway I thought you might be interested in this article.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-are-at-war-with-their-proud-girls-female-extremist-wing

mammoth
2 months ago

tf is this

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