Moderated Comment to 'Feminist Nation'
Note the previous post, titled Maxims for the Road. In the comment log for that post you will discover, first, a complimentary remark from a reader offered in a tone of ostensive good faith. Immediately following this, my own dry, sardonic, and yet pointedly meaningful response.
The original commenter has a blog, which I arrived at via her blogger profile. This blog is called Feminist Nation, a title which is aptly suggestive of the content to be found there.
I spent some time scanning through the material on Feminist Nation, and I came to a post which immediately caught my attention, titled 'Exposing the Terrorism of the MRA Movement'. Naturally, I was intrigued, so I gave it a careful once-over.
The item was interesting not merely for its title. Regular readers of The Counter-Feminist will recall a post called Stay Away From this CLOWN, in which I rudely spotlighted a certain disreputable 'anti-feminist' blogger, who goes by the name of 'Martha'. I wanted to generate an object lesson - clarifying my own stance and distancing counter-feminism from the turbulent jacquerie which undoubtedly lurks inside the broad spectrum of the so-called 'men's movement'.
Well, the article on Feminist Nation was all about, you guessed it, Martha. Simply stated, the blog author's purpose was to exhibit Martha as a poster-boy for the MRA movement. Following is a link to the blog post in question:
I would direct your particular attention to the final, brief but oh-so-laden paragraph in this post: "That, my dear readers, is an MRA/anti-feminist."
I composed and dispatched a reader comment for this article. The blog, however, uses comment moderation, so my item did not appear immediately. It has not appeared yet, and I don't expect that it will. So be it. At any rate, I felt inspired to save my comment item to a text file, before I hit the send button. I would now like to share this with readers of The Counter-Feminist. Here, with only one tiny editing change, is what would have appeared on the web log Feminist Nation as comment number one for the post in question:
Yes, I have made the acquaintance of this 'Martha' creature, and taken a jab at him/her/it.
Another one you might want check out is 'mikeeusa'. Sorry, I can't be bothered to look up the URL, but it's on Blogger.
Anyway....(rolls shoulders and rubs hands together)..... as the men's movement grows and spreads, there will come a time when you will, albeit reluctantly, find it necessary to come to the table and open a dialogue.
On that day, I'm sure you don't want to be talking to people like Martha and Mikeeusa. It would be in the best interest of all concerned, to cut such moldy fruitcakes out of the loop and confine them to a region of existential space where they can't wreck anything, yes?
As the aggregate mass of male grievance grows, the power of the Marthas and Mikeeusas will swell proportionately, and demagogic voices such as theirs will gather more and more hearers - a chilling prospect, I'm sure you will agree.
At day's end, the men's movement is simply a cross-section of humanity, encompassing all that humanity itself encompasses, and that's quite a spectrum, eh? Now, you can choose which portion of this spectrum to talk to, just as you can choose your associates in general life. No difference. However, to make the wise choice requires wisdom. Such is life.
I have shared this item as a working model for a political engagement style which I soberly deem to be in the best interest of our movement. Consider it a kind of "seed-map". Also, you may note that I have given the feminists an opportunity to be "part of the solution", which as I make no doubt, they would have the sagacity to ponder.