Sunday, October 21, 2012

David Futrelle Doesn't Really Care about "Misogyny"

The tagline on the Manboobz blog is: "Misogyny. I mock it."

Well just now I was chatting with a Canadian colleague, and he offered up a verrry interesting insight. My colleague informs me that Futrelle wishes to mock misogyny ONLY as a way of attacking people who attack feminism. That is, Davey could frankly care less about some posse of politically naive yokels who merely talk shit about women. Only when the talk touches on feminism in some way, or even occurs in proximity to a conversation about feminism -- as might happen on a forum thread -- does Manboobz feel motivated to swoop in for the attack.

Also, if you attack feminism in a careful, precise, antiseptic way (as I myself tend to do), and never mingle this with anything harsh about women, then Davey can't do anything with it.

So again, David Futrelle is not truly interested in mocking misogyny for its own sake, but only in defusing a perceived political threat to the feminist worldview, by imputing misogyny to a person (or a group) who is talking harshly about feminism.

Thus, in order to be "out of range", you must either talk about women with no harsh allusion to feminism, or talk about feminism with no harsh allusion to women.

In the end, Futrelle doesn't give a snap about defending women, but rather attacking men of a certain type whom he perceives as "the enemy". Defending women is simply a cover story.

That, with elaborations of my own addition, is what my Canadian colleague believes about David Futrelle of the Manboobz blog.  And I am inclined to think that he is onto something here.


Anonymous John said...

This seems relevant to the hypergamy discussion. Is it better to be on Futrelle's radar or not?

5:30 AM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

To be honest, I have no idea.

5:56 AM  
OpenID Eric said...

Futrelle's conflating of terms 'misogyny' with 'anti-feminist' is not accidental. You're totally correct that it's a political calculation.

A number of his regular commenters and few of his male toadies are agitating at the SPLC to construe 'misogyny' (by their own definition of the term) into a so-called 'hate crime'. This way, they can legislate and crush any movement speaking out against feminism and circumvent the 1st Amendment in a 'socially acceptable' and 'politically correct' way.

That's really the end game behind this posturing as a lovable cat-loving clown: a political ploy aimed at crushing dissent.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


the hypocrisy of these people is amazing...

Gawker doxxed a guy for writing some extremely tasteless stuff. Well, I don't particularly care to defend the guy cause some of that stuff is offensive to me. But, Gawker showed porn clips of Hulk Hogan, isn't that exploitation to show someone's private moments publicly when they don't wan them shown? Gawker also has porn sites. Kind of hypocritical, don't you think?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Femitheist, I think that "Manboobz" is making the best possible contribution to men's rights and non-feminism by publically aligning himself with feminism.

6:24 PM  
Blogger ScareCrow said...

That's nothing Fidelbogen...

One of my Canadian friends recently told me that fire is hot and water is wet.

Clearly, my Canadian friend is better than your Canadian friend.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

Crow, what are you trying to say here? That I am stating the obvious?

11:56 AM  
Blogger ScareCrow said...

No - I am stating that my Canadian friends are better than your Canadian friends.

That is not obvious - at least - not to me or the general public.

2:44 PM  

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