Join us on the Polecat Cast as we discuss the events of the week, including the Men’s Confessional, the Sex Bot Power Struggle, and the Australian Car Manufacturer’s Revolt Against the “men’s rights movement known as MGTOW.” Tune in 6pm!
Sympathy for Skynet?
By Max Derrat
The first ever brothel in Europe to feature solely sex robots has been forced to move after real-life prostitutes complained. Unfortunately, there was no social media campaign for us to laugh at where the prostitutes would hold up cards that say, “a machine has taken my job.”
Instead, prostitutes in Barcelona, who work alongside the Association of Sex Professionals, objected saying that a doll cannot match the services of a real person and denigrate real sex workers to merely being an object.
A statement on the ASP website says the following: “The sex-affection of a person can not be provided by a doll. They are different compatible services. They do not communicate. They do not listen to you or caress you, they do not comfort you or look at you. They do not give you their opinion or drink a glass of champagne with you.”
One of the workers said that the creation of sex dolls “…is another strategy of the patriarchy that presents us as objects without rights or soul.”
While the notion of sex robots raises an ethical question about how this will affect the future of male-female relations (triggered), are the sex workers approaching this issue in the most appropriate, logical way? Discuss.
Out With the Old and In With the New
By Mike J.
It’s been all but impossible to not notice the wave of demonetization notices that have hit YouTubers both big and small in the recent months. This coupled with the slew of hit-pieces against popular YouTubers such as Jonathan “JonTron” Jafari and Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg all point to one conclusion; something is going after YouTube as a platform. This week the explosive announcement was made that over two-hundred and fifty companies, including giants such as Starbucks, Pepsi, and Walmart, are pulling back advertisement from YouTube, effectively boycotting the company over their advertisements being displayed alongside or before “racist”, “hateful”, “bigoted”, or “extremist” videos. With this last piece of the puzzle things seems to be taking shape. The question must be asked who would benefit the most from seeing YouTube fall or at least be cowed into submission? The answer is the old school traditional media, who see any form of alternative news or alternative entertainment as a threat to their existence. With fewer and fewer people tuning in to traditional media for their news and entertainment, it seems that the dying animal that is old media is prepping it’s last assault against the emerging new media. The question now becomes will new media survive the death throes of the old?
“Masculinity Confession Booth” hits Canadian Campus; Men Asked to Disclose “Sins”
The University of Regina in Canada is hosting a four-day event where students can enter a “confessional booth” to reconcile their “sin” of “hypermasculinity”. Of course, by “students” they really mean “male students”, and the confessional booth is but one of many self-flagellating attractions taking place during the “Man Up Against Violence” initiative, which seeks to “redefine what it means to be a man” through a series of breakfasts, workshops, and other social gatherings this week at its Saskatchewan campus. The University of Regina Students’ Union is the group hosting this event, and their website reads: “We have all reinforced hypermasculinity one way or another regardless of our gender! Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways!” So in case you were still wondering whether or not The Church of Feminism exists, you can finally rest assured that it most certainly does.
When You Set a Good Example, and then National Geographic Poisons the Well
By Max Derrat
There is an award given out by the U.S. Air National Guard titled the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. It has only been awarded to two women in history: Amelia Earheart, and most recently, Mary Jennings Hegar.
The story of Mary is an intriguing one. National Geographic recently caught up with her to discuss her new memoir titled Shoot Like a Girl. In this interview, she divulged that she wanted to be a combat helicopter pilot ever since she saw Han Solo in Star Wars. She talked about her childhood with an abusive biological father. She also divulged the gritty details of how her helicopter was shot down, how she took a round through the arm and leg, and had to execute a hard landing two miles from an enemy convoy.
Luckily, two fellow army helicopters supporting her picked her and her team up and they got away safely.
Needless to say, this woman is a bad-ass and we thank her for her service. Unfortunately, the majesty of her story was completely ruined when National Geographic had to ask her if she were a feminist.
To which she replied, “Yeah, I’m absolutely a feminist. I think that word gets demonized. If by “feminist” you mean being bold enough to think I’m the equal of any man I come up against and be willing to fight for other women to be treated that way, and be paid the same money for the same jobs, then, yes, I’m a feminist and I’m proud to be one.”
Because this woman is so hardcore, we don’t fault her for not speaking about feminism in the nuanced way we do here at Honey Badger Radio, and if Mrs. Hegar were the standard for feminism, we would all consider ourselves feminists. Rather, we fault National Geographic for trying to lop heroes like Mary in with the people who make the word feminism “demonized.”
Divorced From Equality
By Mike J.
It’s nearly an expected result that a husband will get a raw deal in a divorce proceeding, with the wife walking away with majority, if not total, custody of the children and a hefty child support payment. But the UK based Chartered Insurance Institute haa good news for all those men who’ve been royally screwed in the family court system; divorce is actually harder on women. Barbara Reeves, a partner at British law firm Mishcon de Reya expands on the study stating “There is a perception that women in England do well out of divorce – with London being described as the world’s divorce capital. But it’s important to remember that if this is the case, it is only so for the wives of the super-wealthy. The reality for most women is that they have often created homes, raised children and supported their partners while their own careers have stood still, or progressed at a considerably slower rate”. Chair for the UK based mediation organization Nigel Shepherd also agrees stating, “There’s this perception that men feel they get taken to the cleaners. Like any generic perception, it’s trite. Women do do worse out of divorce, but I don’t think it’s the particular failing of the system that penalizes women; it’s more that the ability to recover financially after divorce reflects the wider inequality in society.” So to all the men out there working multiple jobs, struggling to make child support payments with little to no chance of ever see your children again, take solace in the knowledge that the women have it worse.
After show bonus story:
United legging debacle