Monday, June 18, 2012

The Notorious 'M' Word: Mangina!

The Mill of the Manosphere has recently churned up, from its its deep, dark bowels, the provocative web graphic which you see to the right.

I understand this to be a cartoon likeness of David Futrelle, and would note that he is depicted sans shirt. Well I'm bound to say it makes quite the contrast to my own long, lean, split-rail physique!

At any rate, the word "mangina" is one that I almost never use, and when I do, I nearly always couch it in hypothetical or rhetorical terms. I avoid this word because, frankly, it is piss-poor rhetorical discipline to fling it around too freely. It makes you sound like a potty-mouthed little kid in a schoolyard.

I have similar scruples, though not as strong, in connection with "feminazi". (Others are welcome to this word, but I find it stylistically weak to say it ad nauseam.)

All right. I like our illustration because it captures (in a more erudite way) what "mangina" actually means in the lexicon of the community. This infamous word is clearly designed as an insult, however, it carries a political sense before all else. Broadly, it signifies TRAITOR. More precisely, it signifies one who, by some combination of self-loathing and servility toward women, betrays men or maleness generally.

Note well that "mangina" does NOT signify effeminacy. It is does not mean the male in question is a wimp, sissy, mama's boy, or anything of that nature -- although some manginas as individuals might additionally be those things.

So yes, mangina is chiefly a political word. Therefore I should add that the male in question will be politically to the leftward, and furthermore, an intellectual supporter of feminism.

"Mangina" is not to be confused with "white knight", although the venn diagrams do overlap. What these terms signify in common is gynocentrism. But whereas the mangina is very much a "lefty", generally of the statist tribe known as "progressive", the white knight will be either centrist or leaning to the right.

U.S. Vice-president Joseph Biden, a center-left Democrat and female violence victim, is an intermediary type who straddles the fence between white knight and mangina. But Pasadena City College professor Hugo Schwyzer, despite professing a form of Christianity which he styles "Anabaptist-Episcopalian", falls within the mangina category by any other marker. President Barack Obama may be safely classed as a mangina also, but Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah (a VAWA sponsor) is beyond doubt a white knight, as is (it would seem) presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. David Futrelle, needless to say, is a full-blooded mangina in cahoots with all but the most extreme forms of radical feminism.

Again, the mangina and the white knight have gynocentrism (or "woman first-ism") in common, but the mangina goes the further step of being gyno-normative.The white knight is a traditionalist "manly man" with a mission to protect the ladies, and an animus toward what he understands as feminism. The mangina, by contrast, feels guilty about his maleness -- hence the gynonormativity and overall lack of self-respect. Both white knight and mangina harbor similar ideas about male disposability, but the mangina cravenly hopes that males other than himself (e.g. "MRAs") will be disposed of, and he will favor proxy violence (by the state) to achieve this.

I hope that I have clarified some points here. As I stated in the beginning, I hardly ever use the word "mangina", and I would advise one and all to whittle down their use of this word as well. I believe it will be more  politically efficient to adopt such a policy. In place of  mangina, I would recommend the term collaborationist, in honor of the Vichy cohort of World War Two.


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