Can’t Feminists and Anti-Misandrists Just Get Along?
I'm not too familiar with online communities like AntiMisandry.com, a Web site dedicated to the cause of "curing feminist indoctrination." Since feminism is an affliction from which I suffer, it looks like I'm going to have to cure myself before I commence ridding the world of misandry. You know the old saying: One must truly begin to love onself before one may begin to blame all bad things on feminism.
Feminists, as is proper, hate men (RAARRRGGHHH). And yet, our deep, anti-discriminatory instincts tell us that in order to end misogyny, we must also work to end misandry. We're so torn!
And so, I've decided to delve into AntiMisandry.com to see if the anti-misandrists and the feminists can ever learn to love one another. Someone tell Matthew McConaughey, because I smell rom-com!
First, the unexpected attraction: A quick perusal of the AntiMisandry.com FAQ reveals the Web site to be as concerned withdiscrimination as your average feminist. AntiMisandry.com has strict rules against personal attacks in its forums (topics of discussion include "Female Paedophiles" and "Stupidity," but who am I to judge?). The following is a list of "discriminatory remarks & personal attacks" that AntiMisandry.com does not tolerate:
* Affiliations (male-centric for example)
* Disabilities (of any form)
* Female Centric threads (non male, father, boy, husband specific)
* Geographical local
* Military and/or Veteran Status (statements like baby killers, murderers etal)
* Misandrous global/generalizations (Obviously – See the name of the site!)
* Personal attributes (Cut/Uncut etal)
* Religious Beliefs
* Sexual Preference
So, AntiMisandry.com does not tolerate racist, homophobic, or anti-semitic postings on its Web site. It rejects any discrimination against the disabled. And it welcomes readers with all different styles of penis (circumcised and uncircumcised). Swoon!
On the other hand, it considers posts about women to be "personal attacks." But let's give the AntiMises the benefit of the doubt and chalk that up to editorial-decision jitters—after all, this is a space to talk about misandry, not misogyny. I shouldn't be so picky!
Let's take a look at the bright side! The site bans holocaust and slavery deniers (bonus!). What's more, AntiMisandry.com also rejects sexist and racist terms—the site's list of unacceptable "derogatory labels" ranges from "cocksucker" to "kraut." And here's the kicker: AntiMisandry.com explicitly bans the word "cunt." My hero!
But then, all of a suddent, AntiMisandry.com changed. Behold, the inevitable bombshell:
Search results for the word "kraut" (2)
Search results for the word "cocksucker" (6)
Search results for the word "cunt" (101)
Whaaa—but—how can this be? "Cunt" is a definitive no-no on AntiMisandry.com. And AntiMisandry.com would never lie to me! Would you, AntiMisandry.com? There must be some explanation for this!
And there is: "Please note that if the label is indeed used, CONTEXT will of course be taken into consideration."
Oh, of course! The context of "cunt." Whew. Baby. I knew I was overreacting. Your 101 posts referencing "cunt" must really be delving into the progressive, Vagina Monologue-y, I'm-taking-"cunt"-back context, right, AntiMisandry.com?
Well, let's take a look. First, we have the "cunt journalist" context:
The confusingly laudatory "alpha cunt" context:
And my personal favorite, the context of "cuntoon":
AntiMisandry.com, you bastard. I knew I never should have fallen for you. Sure, the part of me that hopes to score a lucrative movie deal out of this experience wants to say, "you had me at cuntoon." But the part of me that hopes to never hear the word "cuntoon" again, however, needs to say goodbye.