Vice continued its crusade against truth and taste by publishing Chelsea G. Summer’s gleeful piece on “the new misandry chic.”
The article begins with a brief recitation of all the ways in which Western feminists gave men the finger in 2014, from the ubiquitous male tears mugs to “Etsy samplers emblazoned with ‘men are scum’” to the invention of Misanmas and the Misandrist’s Prayer. The author tries seeks to excuse this parade of hate by stating, “we didn’t seem serious,” though ‘seem’ is clearly the operative word.
So much for the previously held wisdom that ‘misandry don’t real.’ For feminists, things are only true as long as they’re convenient…then they never existed.
Summers states that “misandry isn’t as simple as hating men” when, of course, it is. Summers further abuses the English language by indulging in blatant semantic creep when she states that misogyny is a “network of practice built on the oppression of women” and that misandry is a “seething rage against patriarchal power.”
Calling misandry “aspirational” and repeating the tired line that it’s somehow ironic, Summers purports to trace the evolution of misandry from “fun, fearless flirtation to feminist praxis.”
Summers argues that 2015 marks a turning point: misandry stopped being a cute, cuddly, light-hearted hatred and evolved into a serious, philosophically-grounded hatred.
The source of the evolution? Bill Cosby. Apparently, the allegations made against him were such a cosmic betrayal that all women suddenly realized they hate all men–and that that’s ok.
Charlie Sheen’s HIV-positive status and the series of allegations against porn star James Deen also took some share of the blame, but to Summers, open misandry is a positive thing: “…misandry leads to some pretty amazing social action, not to mention some great pop culture.”
The remainder of the article is a fairly standard girl-power manifesto, one which embraces the newfound freedom of no longer having to disguise one’s prejudice…not that feminists ever really had to.
Summers romps through the landscape of pop-culture, oohing and aahing over the same tired man-bashing that we’ve been pointing out since time began as though it were a new phenomenon.
She cites Empress Furiosa and Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Gillian Anderson, Lana Del Rey and Magic Mike XXL, but the biggest eye-roller of the lot is #GiveYourMoneytoWomen, “a radical–and controversial–concept that women deserve to be paid for emotional labor.” They already are–it’s called traditional marriage. Anyway, don’t men deserve to be paid for their emotional labor, too? Oh, right–feminism drinks male tears.
Summer concludes by gleefully stating that “Misandry’s here to stay, boys. Get used to it.”
Chelsea, darling, we already are.
SOURCE: http://www.vice.com/read/the-year-in-male-tears …though for God’s sake, do you really want to visit Vice.com?
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