Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why do so many people still fuck with PewDiePie?

I don't want to spend too much time on this so let's get to it. PewDiePie, one of if not the most popular YouTuber of all time has fucked up again. This time around he just up and decided to call someone a "...fucking nigger!" during a stream last week.

Here is a clip from The Tall Black Nerd Gaming channel with a copy of the clip. If you don't want to listen to all of his commentary (but I think you should) the bit in question is at about 1:00.

This is not the first time this clown has said such stuff. Hell black people are not even the first group he has made racist remarks about.

But I think what saddens me the most is that people are lining the fuck up to defend him. Even more sad I don't think its because he's a white guy. Sure they factor in a little but I honestly think more prominent reason they are defending him is because he is a pop culture icon.

I'm seeing other YouTubers actually excusing the shit. Like actually trying to tell black people that what he said was okay because whatever reason.

I'm seeing people in comment sections sincerely trying to defend his words with everything from, "You don't even know if the other player was black" to "It's all about context!" to "It's just a word. Don't let a word affect you so much!"

I'm seeing social media blow the fuck up trying to cash in on the wave of attention to get Likes and Subs but clearly don't have anything valuable to say.

And of course there was the usual flood of people that are so desperate to come up with any excuse or reason they can to justify why white people should be able to use it. I really don't understand why people want to be able to use offensive words so badly. There are dozens of words that can be applied to any possible reason they would want to use the word nigger. In fact PDP quickly followed up by calling the person on the other end an asshole. So he knows there are other words.

It's a damn mess.

Yes while he did do an apology video I'm just not entirely convinced that he will be able to follow through on doing better. I mean if he does and cleans up his act I'll be happy to accept being proven wrong but this is not at least the third time he has said or done some racist shit

While I don't think this will be the last time we will see PDP say some nasty shit (personally I think he does this periodically for the attention because he knows and fears his fading relevance and eventual obsolescence) I do really wish this would serve a wake up call to the kind shit black people put up with. 

Maybe if some game developers start cutting their ties with people who say and do shit like that the streamers and icons would get it through their heads that that shit is not okay and saying and doing shit like that has real consequences.

Go check out TTBN Gaming over on YouTube. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Charlottesville post

My apologies to anyone hoping I would have posted on this sooner but I just couldn't quite get my mind around what happened at that rally. More importantly, I refuse to be a part of this mentality that values rushing to get content out before the smoke clears on an event just to get more clicks and views (and influence perception of the event) rather than taking the time to sit down and think about what happened.

As you most likely know now, on the weekend of August 11th, a rally named "Unite The Right" was held in Charlottesville, VA.

This rally was held by a wide mix of white nationalists, right wing supporters, and those opposed to the removal of Confederate monuments around the country.

As expected counter protesters arrived and when they clashed it eventually became violent.

By the time the smoke cleared, one woman was killed when hit by a car that was speeding away from counter protesters attacking and damaging his car, a helicopter crashed into law enforcement officers, and everyone was trying to convince the public that their spin on the weekend was really what happened.

To me, I think its all a fucking mess.

Between one side saying it was Nazis trying to start the Fourth (or whatever edition I've lost count) Reich and the other acting like poor victims trying to fight off oppression its hard to get a clear look at things.

And that is what's bothering me. There are a LOT of people hurting in this country on all sides. Race relations are a major issue that must be addressed. We have government backed monuments to people who were willing the tear the country in two over the "right" to own slaves and those that hold onto them as if their reasoning to enslave people is some high idea to hold and look up to. We have people that are willing to destroy public property and even hurt others to show that such ideas should not be tolerated.

Now, save us all the trouble of trying to call me some trumped up strawman of a centrist that is mentioning violence from the Left to justify violence from the Right. The fact that there are people that are racist, say racist things, and do racist things doesn't justify recklessly tossing the label "Nazi" at everyone you don't agree with to make it okay that they get assaulted. Not wanting violence done to people who have racist opinions does not equate to supporting racism. If you think violence is the only way to stop racism then it's probably because you haven't tried anything else; but that's another story for another day.

In regards to the monuments, while we can't go back and time and decommission them with government money, I don't think they should be destroyed. At this point I think they need to be put away in museums. Destroying them will only cause resentment and really wouldn't do any good now. Its not like the Alt Right, Nazis, white nationalists, etc... are just going to fold over and change their ways just because some statues were destroyed.

People who were there to protect those monuments and those who are doing so with racist intent need to be stopped from tearing our country apart. If they get their way, they will inevitably try to do what the South failed to do in the 1860s and at this point I wouldn't put it past them to try to reinstate slavery.

The rally in Charlottesville is a symptom of the terrible state of race relations in our country and its not going to get any better with with violence.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

So much insecurity over such a minor picture....

I know I'm a little late on this one (and look forward to more late thoughts on recent events including the Google Memo and the protest in Charlottesville) but its been swirling in my head for a while and just won't go away so here goes.

So recently Ashley Carman of The Verge expressed her confusion and dismay over her boyfriend liking an Instagram photo of a woman showing off her ass.

One question she asks is, "Is he so un-evolved that he can’t resist the allure of a butt pic?"

Well yeah that's a great way to have a conversation to gain understanding. Just insult the guy and I'm sure everything will change to just the way she likes it and her boyfriend will simply stop liking bikini booty pics.

So after deciding that her method of saving likes for, "...for people I know IRL and who I figure would derive joy out of the fact that I liked their photo." is so superior and not understanding why her boyfriend isn't evolved enough to do what she does she moves on to asking some colleagues about it.

She gets commentary from several of them but I think the ending of Kaitlyn's comment is a big clue.
"That said, your boyfriend liking this pic is a little weird, but mostly because he’s a boy. I don’t feel it’s too controversial for me to say that the rules of “Instagram creeping” are slightly different for me, a girl."
I think she has a good point. If a guy likes a pic of a woman on social media there is a tendency to assume absolute worst faith. And honestly this difference in rules is probably at the core of Ashley's supposed "confusion and dismay". She wants to hold him to a different standard because he's a guy but directly admitting it would be sexist and she wants to avoid that.

But I think Zainab really hits it home by admitting to what seems to be plain old fashioned jealousy.
I find it so Neanderthal-esque that men can’t help but have their fingers slip and double tap a big, almost naked butt. The entire concept of my boyfriend, or boyfriends in general, following random “fitness” girls and models they'll never meet irks me. When they throw them a like is when it reaches another level of dumb for me. Not because I feel threatened, but because it’s such a simple thing to not do when you have a beautiful girl right in front of you!
Yeah she doesn't feel threatened at all she just like to insult men for liking a pic, getting angry over it, and then going on about how its wrong to do it when there is a beautiful girl right in front of them.

Im gonna go ahead and say it.

Ashley is expressing a level of insecurity that if shown by a man talking about his girlfriend was liking pics of hit guys would be called all sorts of names and insults and would be dragged from one end of the net to the other over his "fragile masculinity" (which seems to be code for "Im going to insult you in order to cover up my own inadequacies).

Now that being said I don't want to follow that path and start dumping on her.

What I would like to do though is ask that if she has a problem with something her boyfriend is doing try expressing it in a manner that is not so insulting and condescending. A sure fire way to shut a guy out is start off calling him names and acting he is beneath you.

I hope Ashley gets to a place where she can openly talk about this with her boyfriend in a way that shows she is not just interested in tearing into him.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mashup August 26, 2017

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Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires - Considering how sexually repressed the vast majority of Americans are it doesn't surprise me that people lie about their desires.

'If a girl can throw a punch, she can take one': Vile comments spark outrage on police Facebook page after post about domestic violence against MEN - This is a really old one but it caught my attention because of the way that a single case of a woman killed by domestic violence was used to silence the mere acknowledgement that men are abused.

WONDER WOMAN: Why the DCEU Doesn’t Need Superman - Hint: Its because the writer doesn't like the direction Superman has taken in the DCEU so far.

We’re losing a whole generation of young men to video games - A whole generation is not being lost to video games. Its being lost to a constant bombardment of how they are bad, how they are privileged, how they hurt women, and how they must change in order to make women's lives better. Maybe if someone expressed some concern for men for our own fucking sake we might give a shit in return?

Black Officer Shoots And Kills Unarmed White Woman, Now See What Happening In America - It's all fun and games until a white woman gets hurt.

on Ghostbusters and identity - To this day I still say that Ghostbusters 2016 was a casualty of identity politics. If it wasn't for people preemptively defending it by declaring that any and all criticism of it was based in misogyny it would have at worst just flown under the radar as another mediocre attempt at making a modern version of a classic film.

Washington's biggest problem isn't gridlock or wasted dollars — it's men - Because blaming all the troubles on a single demographic is a surefire way to unite everyone....

USA Today Complains About Lack of 'Women' and 'No Lead Actors of Color' in Movie 'Dunkirk' - Wait so there is a problem with a movie about white guys trying to save white guys from other white guys that are trying to kill those white guys lacking women and actors of color?

Why It's a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence - Trying to expand the definition of a word just in order to justify actions you want to take (namely wanting to physically attack someone for saying something you don't like) will not end well.

Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal - Oh how convenient of them to wait until more than a month after Wonder Woman's theatrical run for them to finally fess up that what they did was wrong. And then have the fucking nerve to offer a DVD as some sort of half assed non-apology apology.

Why We Can’t Have the Male Pill - Along with the science I think there are cultural reasons that delay a male pill. Because if a reliable male pill came along it would give men a degree of power in reproduction that a lot of people are simply not ready for.

A Non-Feminist FAQ - Its about a year old but still worth reading. I'll warn that its a LONG read but pretty good.

THINKING STRATEGICALLY ABOUT FREE SPEECH AND VIOLENCE - We definitely have to turn back on this. People are so wrapped up in cool memes and scathing insults to justify violence against supposed Nazis that it is slowly becoming a case people getting so preoccupied with whether or not they should that they didn't stop and think about whether or not they should.

Mike Chen of the Strictly Dumpling channel on YouTube showing
off a 9 layer tower of seafood that I want really damn bad.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mashup July 2, 2017

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This Is What Superheroes Would Look Like With Realistic Bodies - I agree that we should be mindful of how bodies are portrayed in fiction but at the same time I am growing cautious about the concept of "realistic" bodies. Is our desire to be accepting of all bodies just going to turn into choosing one type of body over another, which was the original problem in the first place?

6 facts about American fathers - Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to count out dads as caring and effective parents?

Women’s Blog Jezebel Throws a Tantrum Over Father’s Day - When you choose to be offended and upset all the time its no wonder you're constantly upset over innocuous things. Someone at Jezebel has some serious daddy issues.

Uber makes big changes to driver pay, adds tipping option - I don't use Uber but I would have assumed that tipping options had been there from the get go.

When Feminism Complicates a Father-Daughter Relationship - Is this what happens when you can't hide behind the dictionary to protect you from criticism about your movement?

Jay Z: For Father's Day, I'm Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry - I've heard his recent album is really awesome but take a moment to see what else he is working on.

What's The Problem With Feminism? - Here's to hoping that the ones that care for the movement for more than using it as a bludgeon against people they don't like are listening.

Finally, our policy-makers are waking up to the plight of male domestic abuse victims - I'm glad to see that this is getting much needed exposure. Seriously a lot of effort goes into silencing male victims of abuse therefore it will take a lot of effort to raise them up and support them.

Can men stop being violent? Uncoupling masculinity from the massacres. - Its AllyF. Always worth a read.

Without telling media, Arizona judge orders dozens of articles to be deleted - coughcoughfemaleprivilegecoughcough

Male Victims/Survivors - Kudos to Purdue University for this.

Mothers 'an unseen force' in 'honour' abuse - This like saying, "Unsanitary Conditions: An 'unseen force' in Civil War casualties. By that I mean anyone that knows anything about history knows that the conditions of even military hospitals were atrocious and soldiers were almost as likely to die of infections that developed after an injury as they were the injury itself. The only people who didn't know mothers acted this way are people who simply refused to acknowledge it.

Like Men - Clarissa questioning why when women commit violence it spun as women "acting like men". Its like women are equal to men in all things except the capacity to do bad.

Sad Men in Texas Host All-Male Screening as a Joke, and We’re Laughing…But Not For the Reasons They Think - Oh look now who is the whinning piss baby.

A Feminist Reviews 'The Red Pill' - A feminist that actually watched the movie and wants to talk about it in some way other than trashing it? Yeah I was shocked too.

Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram - This must be what people mean by saying war is hell.

Men Legally Allowed to Finish Sex Even If Woman Revokes Consent, NC Law States - This is wrong no matter how you slice it.

This is YouTuber hotdamnirock doing something you don't see too often.
A black man breaking down pain and loss and how to cope.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eighteen words. Two meanings.

So I was just roaming around on my Facebook feed and saw an interesting post by a Jasmin Newman (whom I've already contacted and got her permission to mention her here).

Here is the post she made:

If you are not able to read it is says the following:
"Nobody ever asks a man how they get things done. Nobody asks a man how he finds balance." Shonda Rhimes, Feminist screenwriter."
"Nobody ever asks a man how they get things done. Nobody asks a man how he finds balance." Jasmin Newman, Non feminist writer.
We are equal. The difference is empathy.
The exact same 18 words but meaning two different things from two different people.

Shonda Rhimes says those words with the context that while women are burdened with being questioned about how they find balance to get things done as if they can not pull those things off men are allowed a free pass and are not questioned. Its meant to say that men are in a privileged position of being able to just do what we do without people wondering how we can get things done and achieve balance.

Jasmin Newman says those words with a context of men are just demanded and expected to do what needs to be done with no care as to how we do them, what it may cost, and with little to no regard for our well being. Its meant to say that men aren't show the attention and care that we should be shown to see if we are balancing things out and making sure our well-being is taken care of.

In short Rhimes assumes that since we are men we MUST be in a better position than women on this issue. Newman points that as men our position isn't as great as people like Rhimes would have you believe.

Frankly I don't want women to be in a position where they are just expected and demanded to work themselves to death in silence with no one caring how they feel and how they are doing.

And that's the difference that is often ignored. While women are asked in a condescending manner "How do you, a woman, do such things?" there is no doubt that there is also a great degree of genuine care and concern for their well-being in such questions and let me tell you that is more than what men get.

Usually men aren't shown that level of care and concern until our productivity is so negatively affected someone takes notice and THEN they care how we are doing.

That is the supposed "privilege" Rhimes is talking about here. She is so focused on the fact that men aren't asked those questions that she either fails to see (or refuses to see) why men aren't asked those questions. It would be the same as saying, "Nobody questions why women cry." and then ignoring all the context of why its seen as okay for women to cry.

Now I know Rhimes aims to empower women and question the ways in which women are treated and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However if she aims to go about it by falsely portraying the situation men are in then that is a problem and one that needs to be corrected.

And by the way, thanks for asking Jasmin.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mashup - June 14, 2017

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6 Backward Ideas Hollywood Still Has About Men - Yes I know its Cracked. Yes I know they care more about smearing men than actually talking pop culture. But also know that even a broken clock can be right sometimes.

Oxford Uni student who could be spared jail for stabbing boyfriend in 'one-off attack' has 'assaulted him TWICE before' - coughcoughBrockTurnercoughcough. Excuse me. Just choking on the observation that this got nowhere near the level attention it should have. Because at least Brock Turner actually served time.

Black Nuclear Chemist Who Isn’t a Feminist and Believes Health Care Is a Privilege Crowned Miss USA - Nothing says equality like the radical notion that women are people until they say something that gets feminists all pissy and hot under the collar.

Unspoken abuse: Mothers who rape their sons - This is just damn terrible. Unspoken abuse indeed.

Scarlett Johansson's divorce case shows why men are scared of being stay-at-home dads - Damn shame. If it had been the other way around it may have actually been noticed by more people.

007 Sir Roger Moore was 'victim of domestic violence' - It's odd to read this. Moore was a cultural icon that represented the epitome of cool, calm, collected, and in control. Such a stark contrast to being a victim of abuse. Also a shame that this didn't come to light until after he died.

The Bombing at a Manchester Ariana Grande Show Was an Attack on Girls and Women - Politicizing a horrible act of violence for the sake of making women and children out to be the ultimate victims of everything? Par for the course.

Ray Spencer Didn't Molest His Kids. So Why Did He Spend 20 Years in Prison for It? - Because people would rather presume the worst faith in men for simply being men while at the same time getting upset and offended when called out on generalizing men.

University students union blocks move to set up Men's Rights group - Once again. Men have to do their own work but when they start to do so they must be blocked. I just wish people would be bold enough to admit that they don't want men to wise up and help themselves for their own sake. It would make things so much easier.

The Hateriarchy - "If the rhetoric routinely thrown at men were directed at any of our ‘minority’ victim groups—women, black people, ethnic minorities, gays—British society would be condemned for its prejudice, bigotry and even persecution."

Star Wars Nerds, Mark Hamill Is One of You - I would pay money to hear him use his Joker voice in a Star Wars movie.

Feminism Is a Discussion, Not a Monolith - A good point and a noble goal. The problem is the "discussion" is often so tainted with starting presumptions, generalizations, and other nonsense that people are discouraged from participating. And that's assuming they are tossed from the discussion outright for daring to have the wrong opinion or being the wrong gender.
If they could drop the dogged belief that individuals like Le Marquand speak for all feminists, they might be surprised to find a conversation that is in some ways familiar.
If feminists could drop the dogged belief that saying #notallfeminists everytime a negative feminist comes along and expecting the rest of us to basically do their work for them by ignoring said negative feminists we would all be better off. Because its not like feminists extend that courtesy to other groups.

Okay I want you to read these two articles about the same subject and tell me if you notice something.

US husband splits from wife who raped him as boy - This is from BBC.

Husband files for separation from former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau - This is CNN.

Notice how each describes the crime in question. Yeah that's what we are dealing with these days. Oh and I can't help but notice the absolute silence from the "It's rape culture!!!!" crowd.

It's that time of year again! Here is a trailer for the upcoming Kirby game for Nintendo Switch.
Which games got you excited?

Stay Frosty!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Harassment: Intervene or Record?

So a few weeks ago I finally got to play through Life is Strange. Its about a teenage girl going to an art school to pursue a career in photography who discovers she has the ability to turn back time. Long story short chaos ensues. With that in mind I will try not to spoil the story of the game but if you don't want to hear specifics then I recommend assuming I will spoil and act accordingly.

One of the big points about this game is that there are several situations where you will be forced to make a major choice that will have some sort of influence on future circumstances. Early on in the game there is one choice that particularly caught my attention. I'll give some basic detail information to set up the scene.

While heading out to meet someone you come around a corner and witness Kate, a fellow student, being harassed by David, the head of campus security. David is being a bit forceful. Not grabbing Kate but getting in her face and using an intimidating voice. She is visibly scared and is backing away. Upon encountering this you are given 2 choices.

Do you interfere and stop David from harassing Kate or do you take a picture of him harassing her?

My initial reaction was to take the photo. Get evidence of him harassing a student so I could turn it in to the principle to hopefully get him fired rather than stopping one incident of bullying just to have it happen again later.

And then Kate sees me and says, "Hope you enjoyed the show. Thanks for nothing.". She is quite disgusted and very upset by the fact that you saw what was happening and didn't take direct action. 

To that I thought was, "I should have been more direct. By standing by even with the intent of collecting evidence, I left her in possible danger.". Utilizing the chief mechanic of the game, rewinding time, I go back and replay the situation and choose to help.

This time while David is messing with Kate I come from around the corner and call him on his harassment. He leaves but lets you know that you the player are now on his radar. Kate thanks you for helping her and tells you it was nice to see him on the defensive for once. Sounds good right? You come to her rescue and stopped the bully.

Until later on when you have a chance to accuse David of harassing students to the principle and he asks for evidence.....

Now to be clear I'm not saying that it was wrong to not get the picture but that was just a moment that clicked for me that if I had taken the photo I could have had a long term solution to stopping David instead of just a one time assist.

I wonder if that is what goes through the heads of people who stop and record rather than intervening in a situation where someone needs help.

Do they think that they are doing a greater good by recording the event rather than directly getting involved?

Maybe they realize they are too scared to intervene but want to do something to help.

It's also possible that they are so plugged into the digital age that their first response to trouble is to be the first to post it online.

There are a lot of things to consider and as a result a lot of different choices to be made.

What would do? Would you intervene? Would you record?

Think about it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One of these things is unlike the other....

So about a month ago Pepsi released an ad on police violence and protest starring Kendall Jenner. In short the ad led to a nightmare that gave several impressions. Such impressions include that a white woman is the center of attention in a world of protesting that constantly sees people of color in the cross hairs of police violence, protests are just big parties, and that everything will be fine if you offer the cops a refreshing drink.

Shortly after the beer company Heineken came up with an ad that takes a different approach. It seeks to bring together people from different walks of life in hopes of fostering some sort of communication rather than the usual form of people on different sides bickering and yelling at each other. Mind you people shared it with sniping comments at Pepsi and Kedall Jenner but let's not look at that let's look at the ad in question.

Its a noble effort and I like what they are trying to go for. Take a look at it.

They have 3 pairs of people, each on a different side of an issue. The pair don't know each other and start by working together on a building project to put together a bar. They take a break during the project where they they sit and talk about their respective backgrounds. After finishing their break they go back putting the bar together. Finally they are offered drinks then are shown a short film of each person in the pair giving their opinions on a specific topic. Here each person sees that their partner is on a different side of a major issue. In these cases the issues were transgender recognition, feminism, and climate change. And then the final challenge is presented.

Each person is given the option of staying and discussing their differences over drinks or leaving the encounter.

I wager they did this multiple times until they got three cases to put together but all three pairs shown here agree to stay and the ad ends with them starting to talk.

I'm gonna get to the point fast and say that something is fishy as fuck here.

The transgender and climate change situations are pretty cut and dry. Either you recognize transgender people as they identify or you do not (for the record I do) and you either agree that climate change is a thing or it isn't (I do).

However feminism isn't as plain and simple as this ad shows. It's presented in a manner that was meant to make it very clear which side is right and which side is wrong.

The anti feminist is a white guy and the feminist is a black woman. The anti feminist gives a generic rundown of thinking feminism is about misandry and so forth. The feminist just vaguely says she is a feminist with bold determination. The anti feminist says that women's place is to have men's children. The feminist is asked if she could be friends with someone that says women's place should be in the home and does not answer.

The anti feminist is given a few chances to give his views on feminism while the feminist is allowed to coast without saying her views on feminism.

His concerns are never addressed. Her views are never described much less challenged.

At the end of the ad he toasts with her saying, "Smash patriarchy."

Its like we are just supposed to assume that being feminist is clearly the right thing to do and if you are not then you are absolutely wrong.

What I'm getting at is that unlike transgender rights and climate change feminism is a complex issue that requires a level of nuance that can't be summed up or skipped over for the sake of a 5 minute ad. Hell you could have made that ad with 3 pairs of people with different views on feminism and it would still lack full nuance.

I hope that ads like this continue and hope that useful discussions take place as well but let's be clear.

This was only a start.

Stay Frosty!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mashup - May 22, 2017

Got links?

Entire college cheer-leading squad suspended over mystery letter accusing them of PROSTITUTION hit back at school and claim 'false' claims have led to their harassment - Interesting how false accusations are suddenly serious business when they happen to women.....

Chechnya Reportedly Sending Gay Men To Concentration Camp - "Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has authorized a concentration camp for men suspected of being homosexuals, according to reports by human rights groups. The news comes a week after allegations officials in the region have been detaining and murdering gay men."

YouTube will no longer allow creators to make money until they reach 10,000 views - You may want to think twice before planning on making a living making content on YouTube.

Abduction arrest after missing mother Samantha Baldwin found - That is an awfully sympathetic way to report a woman kidnapping children.

Breaking Their Silence: Victims of Female Genital Mutilation Speak Out - This is an interesting read to get familiar with the different types of female genital cutting.

'I WAS SO ANGRY' Dad claims waiter told him it was ‘inappropriate’ to hug son in restaurant because it made other diners ‘uncomfortable’ - But sure, men have a hard time making their place in parenting because we just don't want anything to do with children and its all our fault right?

Drake Expels Male Student Despite Female Admitting She Forced Him Into Sex Act - Female student rapes male student. Male student gets expelled?

How the Roles Society Assigns Men and Women Factor Into Sexual Abuse in Schools - "The narrative is unchanging – men are stupid, uncouth, abusive, patronising, condescending, intimidating, oppressive, predatory monsters who are just occupying time before their next display of brutality. We don’t see men as individuals, we see them as one collective blight on the face of human decency."

Experience by Arbitrarily Censoring Valuable Comments - In other words its not what is being said but who is saying it that determines what comments get deleted (I'm not totally sold on the use of censorship for this context).

Middlebury Professor Apologizes To Rioters For Inviting Charles Murray - Start a riot and then get an apology as if you are the victim? Yeah I got no idea why college students are developing such a sense of entitlement these days.

Can Having Genital Preferences for Dating Mean You’re Anti-Trans? - I have to thank this article for getting me kicked out of a group on Facebook. When someone accuses you of not reading an article and upon telling them you did they respond by kicking you from the group, you're better off without that group.

Students Demand Power Over Hiring After Job Offer to "Racist" White Professor - Not no but hell now. This is a one way ticket to an environment where students get to pick and choose which ideologies they encounter in college and pretty much insulate themselves from ever coming across opposing ideas. That's a bad thing no matter how you slice it.

LAWSUIT: Cornell refused to investigate female student’s alleged rape of fraternity member - Gee a college refusing the investigate an alleged female against male rape? Maybe we'll finally hear from proponents of rape culture actually bring it up in a gender neutral manner in a context other than defending against criticisms that rape culture is pretty much limited to male against female rape.

Hyd woman kills newborn boy as she wanted daughter - Damn. Fucking horrible.

“Nasty women” and “toxic men” - I'd be more willing to believe this if it wasn't for the fact that collectively blaming men for pretty much everything bad has become a part of so many progressive and feminist frameworks.

My Mexican Husband Was Accused Of Trafficking Our Daughter On A United Flight - Again. Stuff like this keeps happening but we're supposed to believe that there are no institutional forces that negatively impact men. I'm sure so call progressives would trip over themselves to explain how this doesn't equate to sexism against a man much less men.

Report: Woman Who Murdered Her 7 Children, Niece & A Duck Will Not Be Prosecuted - Yes its Milo Y. but frankly who else is talking about this case? A man didn't do it so its not showing up much in mainstream media.

Why Feminism Could Use Some Serious Rebranding - Amen to that.

Toronto For All Ad Campaign Forces Viewers To Confront Myths About Homelessness - "Men, need support. Just don't do it anywhere near me."

Professor says she felt raped by white male student’s paper touting men’s rights - So men being treated equally is the same as raping a woman? Damn.

Bye bye, Bernie: He’s not fit to captain the Democratic ship if he can’t stop chasing the great white male - You know one of these days the Left is going to quit searching for excuses to cover up their own involvement in Clinton losing. Hopefully they do it before the 2018 elections.

Ever wonder how history would be different if Korea were unified? Cody at AltHistoryHub has 2 possible answers (What if the South took over the North and vice versa).

Stay Frosty!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Do they really want men involved?

I've had a love/hate relationship with The Good Men Project for the last year or 2. However despite the deleted comments, submissions not getting a response, and even being removed from their Facebook group under mysterious circumstances I still hang around because despite the bad there is a hell of a lot of good there.

That being said though I did come across this post, We Want Men to Talk About Sexism. I am honestly not sure if this comment will stay up so I'm putting here for prosperity. Go read the post and let it swirl around in your head and form your own opinion though.

The reason you're not seeing many men in the conversation on sexism is because you put so much effort into narrowly defining our place in it that if they don't fit said narrow role we get kicked out of it or get ignored. And what's worse instead of looking at how our prescribed role in the conversation is contributing to us getting kicked out or deciding not to participate you instead just double down on expecting us fulfill the narrow role you have set out in front of us.

The reason you're not seeing many men in the conversation on sexism is because you put so much effort into narrowly defining our place in it that if they don't fit said narrow role we get kicked out of it or get ignored. And what's worse instead of looking at how our prescribed role in the conversation is contributing to us getting kicked out or deciding not to participate you instead just double down on expecting us fulfill the narrow role you have set out in front of us.

Many men feel “attacked” when conversations are literally just talking to them about what language to use. This seems to make some men feel “excluded”, “marginalized”, “unable to participate”...
You immediately start off by putting the treatment men face while trying to participate in scare quotes to minimize the affect it has on us and create the illusion that how we are treated isn't real, in our heads, and/or in the rare example that its real its not a big deal and is likely our own fault. In short you start off by saying you don't care about how we have been treated.

We can not allow people to be sexist, but there has to be a solution that allows men to participate.
A good start. I agree that people can't be sexist but from the sentence before this it seems that male participation is quite conditional.

We need men who acknowledge that sexism does exist and that by being complacent to it, they are supporting it, much the same as racism, homophobia, or other forms of oppression.
Question. What about acknowledging sexism is a two way street?

We never want anyone to feel like they can’t participate or speak up. We want people to learn. However, sexist comments need to be checked. The problem is the manlash that transpires after being challenged about a sexist comment. Voices raise, people talk over each other, mansplaining manifests everywhere.
I think the problem is that whenever a man says something that doesn't tow the line the silencing language, insults, dismissals, and attacks come out so quick. I noticed that there is nothing here about how men are treated. Its only about how men act as if the only reason the conversation gets disrupted is because of a man. Disagree with a woman? Mansplaining. Try to bring up a male perspective? Accusations of silencing. Trying express a difference of opinion? Manlash (and I have to say this is a new one to me but it seems like I can add it to the growing list of terms that exist to gender something negative as male).

Allies have to learn how to be uncomfortable. The discomfort of being told how to be a better ally pales in comparison to actually being oppressed.
There's the divide again. Men's experiences don't matter until its time to teach them how to be better. If they get uncomfortable its for a valid reason and they have to learn how to deal with it.

Men, who are well-intended, but blind to their privilege and subject to the very patriarchal upbringing we are trying to dismantle, don’t see how sexism and misogyny are connected to the disposability of men…or to their mental health.
They probably don't see it because whenever they try to bring it up they are accused of hating women. Also once again you try to take something that is harmful to men and make it out to be a side effect of trying to harm women.

Most men who talk about sexism are already feeling uncomfortable just by having the discussion, no matter how advanced they feel their understanding is. That could be why we see the intense reactions and emotive backlash, because these men are already feeling vulnerable.
I'd say from personal experience the discomfort comes from people who are standing over us ready to attack at the slightest hint of disagreement. Because as you shown in your opining paragraph you are already in position to dismiss men's feelings in these conversations or at best just twist and reframe them as a need to learn how to be uncomfortable.

There has been ground gained in women’s rights, but we are far from stopping sexism. Trying to deny or “water down” the fact that sexism exits will not move us forward.
And acting like sexism is a one way street will continue to alienate the very people you claim to want to work with even as you appropriate our struggles for the sake of women.

We can allow for ingenuous discussions, but we do not have to tolerate deflection. Deflection takes the discussion from the real point. It is like ignoring a problem instead of trying to solve it.

We are here to try to solve sexism by stopping it, are you with us?
This is rich. I have been here for nearly 5 years but I have noticed that deflection has come to include trying to bring up male experiences with sexism in its own right or holding women responsible for their own actions.

I'm still here hoping that you will come around for the conversation you regularly claim to have.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Getting better

So today is 13th Mother's Day since my mom died.

For a while there I didn't think I would ever care about this day again but thanks to wife I've begun to warm up to it again.

Maybe this is a sign that one day I'll be able to make it through this day without a second thought about this.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Come on Shea Moisture....

Look Shea Moisture. You have had my back for the last 4 years after Soft Sheen Carson discontinued their Dandruff Solutions line. I've enjoyed your products and have fucked with you for a long time. But this shit?

I can't.

I wager you made this ad with the intention of being inclusive and wanted to promote some sense of unity.

But you dropped the ball.

Black women and men quite literally made your brand what it is today.

To have a red head lecture about their own hair difficulties and have them presented in a way that makes it sound like curly haired white women have the same hair difficulties as black women comes off as insulting.

This is a betrayal that is going to cost you dearly.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mashup - April 1, 2017

Got Links?

Woman 'trapped in loveless marriage' after judges refuse divorce - Don't be fooled by the headline. I think she should be able to leave the marriage but notice that this article almost mentions that she has cheated on her husband. She should be able to leave but she shouldn't be able to get a damn thing out of him.

Judge orders Omaha teen who threw baby out window to serve probation, live in group home - Interesting how a society that is supposedly built around oppressing women treats them so leniently for horrible crimes isn't it?

Texas High School Anatomy Teacher Accused of Improper Relationship with Student - I suppose if I had the privilege of banging one of my high school students and most likely getting off with probation I'd be smiling too.

The male suicides: how social perfectionism kills - A long but good read.

Male victims of domestic violence are being failed by the system - "Men who find themselves as victims of domestic violence are often viewed by and made to feel emasculated and weak. We are told to fight back and ridiculed for “accepting” or “allowing” the abuse. "

Maybe the Economy Isn't the Reason Why So Many American Men Aren't Working - Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health.

Maryland schools would teach kids that boys are presumed guilty of rape under approved bill - Yeah this is gonna go well.

This Plymouth University student is fighting for 'men's rights' - In this day and age where people are tripping over themselves to complain that men need to change and here we see efforts by men themselves to help themselves getting blocked. Its almost like men helping themselves for their own sake is an inherently bad thing.

A Northern Arizona University student lost credit on an English paper for using the word “mankind" instead of a gender-neutral alternative. - Its like a cancerous infection.

A gender gap that’s a matter of life and death - Canadian men die earlier than women, and it’s not biological. What’s behind this deadly gap, and why doesn’t anyone seem to care?

Wage Gap Myth Exposed — By Feminists - Its an oldie but since the idea of the wage gap won't die I think its still worth reading. Mind you I don't think the gap is 0. But I do think its a lot more nuanced than, "Women make 22 cents less than men for the same work."

Indian police charge 12 year old with rape for getting an 18 year old girl pregnant - This is just terrible. How can an 18 year old woman have sex with a 12 year old boy and the boy get charged with rape? Might have something to do with the fact that women's advocates protested against and defeated an attempt to make rape laws gender neutral. Its almost like they don't want women that do bad things to be held responsible for their actions....

Gender Pundit Argues Feminism Is Only Cure For Misandry; Proves The Opposite - It takes a special kind of disregard for men to say some stuff like this. She is basically using misandry to argue that misandry isn't that bad and of course fall back on "but women have it worse". This is seriously "I'm not racist thinking whites are smarter than blacks, its fact!" territory.

Be mindful of who you engage with. Sticking to your own
and preaching to your choir won't cut it.

Stay Frosty!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Man's Modesty. A Man's Respect. A Man's Voice.

You are likely familiar with the common claim that the male is the default. 

The presumption that when it comes to the world at large, in terms of gender, things are supposedly set up, interacted with, and even thought of from a male perspective. This leads to the idea that if its not male it won't be considered or it wont be considered as much. And while there are some valid uses of this observation there some places where it simply doesn't apply no matter how badly someone wants it to.

I came across this a few weeks ago and it got my gears turning.

Robert Underhill, the writer of this article goes straight to the head of the problem early on:
The relative male-female parity amongst physician ranks generally affords both men and women with sufficient options.  The problem for men is lack of options at the nursing and tech level, where most intimate care occurs.
I don't know about any other guys but I have to say that yes I do notice that when it comes to intimate men are not given a lot of options and its just assumed guys are okay with women performing those functions. In fact I would go as far as to say that this actually goes in the territory of casting men as a monolith. But what is at the heart of these assumptions and double standards? Modesty. Or an assumed lack thereof.

If you look at a lot of pieces and articles about why men don't go to the doctor you'll see that a lot of them start and finish with something to the effect of, "Men think that proper medical care is a sign of weakness. blahblahpatriarchyblahtheydontrespectwomenblahblahtheythinkmedicalcareiswomanly". Point being there is often an effort to either blame men for not going to the doctor or pretend that its not an issue (and probably a few cases of making it about women if you look hard enough).

Now to be clear I'm not saying men have zero responsibility for their medical care. What I am saying is that if this were an issue like, let's say why there aren't many female CEOs, I bet you wouldn't stop at, "There aren't that many female CEOs because women don't put in the work." right? We know there are external factors at work that need to be addressed in order to foster the development of female CEOs. Why can't the same be done for men? Here is what Underhill had to say,
Partly because it is the elephant in the room that the medical world does not want to discuss and partly because men are afraid to speak up.  Why won’t the medical world acknowledge the issue?  Because they’d then be obligated to do something about it.  Why won’t men speak up?  Because all too often when he does he gets “you don’t have anything I haven’t seen”, “don’t be silly”, or “we’re all professionals here”.
I have to say I've had this happen a few times when dealing with female nurses and just like any insidious gender expectations I just rolled with it because hey a "real man" wouldn't have a problem with a woman checking his intimate body parts right? Hell he should want he to get a look at them. Well the problem is doing so basically guarantees that the issue will continue unquestioned.

Yeah that's not gonna fly with me anymore. If something doesn't feel right I say so. If I'd rather talk to or be handled by a guy I speak up.

Even if the clinic doesn't have any male staff the very least they can do if they have any respect for you as a man and a person is to acknowledge your discomfort and hesitation and try to earn your trust.

I don't think its an intentional fault of nursing staff to think that men just don't have a sense of modesty. In fact nursing staff gets informed of this from the same source that nearly everyone else does.

Traditional gender roles.

You know those roles that say men are fearless, never uncomfortable, never are embarrassed about anything, and never need a helping hand. 

Just like with other people that are working their way through fighting off the old gender roles men can certainly use a helping hand.
What can you do to ease the embarrassment, or at least not make it worse?  Ask him if he’d prefer your male co-worker do the intimate procedure.  Knock and ask if it is OK to enter the room.  Close the door or pull the curtain.  Kick anyone out that doesn’t need to be there; don’t turn it into a spectator sport.  Ask for an OK before bringing a student into the room and properly introduce them, including what exactly they are.  Use a sheet to keep the genitals covered before you pull the gown up to examine the abdomen.  Ask before lifting the gown to check the catheter.  Basically give him the same consideration you’d want your Dad, brother, husband, boyfriend, or son given in the same circumstance.
And gentleman one more word of advice.

In the event that you find yourself wanting that helping hand don't be scared to ask. If someone violates your space speak up. If you'd rather have a guy work on something or examine something for you, don't be silent about it. Remember this one thing:


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mashup - March 26, 2017

Got Links?

Battle Of The Boobs - Damn shame that some portions of feminism seem to be so preoccupied with infighting and dominance. The movement has done a lot of good.

5 Ways The MRA Indoctrinates New Members With Cult Tactics - More like, "5 Ways To Show You Don't Know What The MRM Is About".

Alan DeSousa barred from running for federal Liberals, no reason given - When you absolutely positively want to prove that you are pro equality and need to make sure only a woman wins. Accept no substitutes.

Female rapes disabled student then gets him expelled, university fires his dad - I have always found it odd that the "believe the victim" and "OMG Rape Culture!!!" crowds are awfully silent when cases like this come around.

Student Sues Pennsylvania School Over Transgender Policy - After Obama-era regulations were rolled back, it is up to the states to interpret anti-discrimination laws when deciding how students can use school facilities.

Unwanted child is no grounds to sue mum for lying about taking the pill: court - So its okay for a woman to lie about being on the pill but its a crime for a man to take his condom off during sex? Good to know.

Karen Straughan tackles a one-sided CBC interview about men’s rights - Okay so the best person to interview about a documentary about the men's rights movie isn't the person who made the movie, members of the men's rights movement, or at least someone who has seen the film. No the best person for that is someone who is opposed to the MRM and has most likely never seen the film. I tell you what I'm glad "The Red Pill" documentary came along because it has show plain as day that feminists have a pretty irrational hatred and fear of the MRM. They are willing to straight up lie about the movie in order to stop people from seeing it. They are scared.

Battered Men: The Hidden Hurt - Tell me again about men don't face any institutional oppressions. Tell me about how domestic violence protections support men equally to women. Tell me how men would get help only if they asked.

‘Raped Black Male’ talks survival in new memoir - The 32-year-old inner city science fiction writer’s work took an unexpected turn when he decided his sixth book, Raped Black Male would be a memoir about his darkest experiences of being sexually abused as a child.

Never played a Final Fantasy game before? Here's some advice 
on picking a title to start with by SuperButterBuns

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly Mashup - March 5, 2017

Hi folks. I'm still alive and kicking. Haven't posted in a while but I want you to know that I am still clawing my way back up.

'I know they are going to die.' This foster father takes in only terminally ill children - Leading off with this because its amazing how rarely men doing good work actually gets the spotlight. If this guy had killed a foster child he would have been front page news all over the country.

Male Students Losing Everything On Mere Accusation - My money says is it will take a woman being punished for a crime after it's been determined there wasn't enough evidence to charge her with said crime before this is acknowledged.

Stop Pretending Melania Trump Is A Victim - Yeah if we could stop pretending Melania is a victim of abuse for a chance to trash and insult Donald that would be great. If the people saying this shit had actual evidence they would actually use it. Rest assured they aren't in this to help Melania they just want to take shots at Donald.

Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can’t Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser - This is scary. The guy was blocked from defending himself because it would traumatize the accuser, and then he was punished.

A horribly bullied teen committed suicide. Now his former Dairy Queen boss has been charged with involuntary manslaughter - To hell with this bully.

ECU alum serves as advocate for sextrafficking victims - "Restore One is a ministry centered on providing recovery resources for male survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) who are between the ages of 12 and 18. The main goal of the organization is to give the boys a shelter where they can grow together in a community."

Teacher, 70, Forced to Retire After Displaying Confederate Flag During Civil War Lesson - I don't think it makes sense to try to fire a teach for hanging the Confederate flag in the specific context of teaching history. Yes the flag is a symbol of racism but kids need to learn what it is.

Toxic masculinity: Will the 'war on men' only backfire? - Of course it will. Its going to backfire because instead of uniting around building everyone up people are uniting around tearing down men.

Unemployment Makes Men in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova Vulnerable to Human Trafficking - “The number of men who are falling prey to traffickers in the region may be significantly higher than reported, as many do not ask for assistance,” said Manfred Profazi, Chief of the IOM Mission in Ukraine. “The aim of the research was to better understand the situation with trafficking in men in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, in order to enhance their response to the issue.”

Justice System Discrimination and the Myth That Sexism Against Men Isn’t “Institutional” - So if sexism against men doesn't exist because its not institutional but there is proof of institutional mistreatment of men then what does that mean?

Have a good week people!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Weekly Mashup - January 29, 2017

You may have noticed that I did not get to do a Weekly Mashup post last week. Unfortunately i was out of town on business and was not able to make one so you may notice that things I link here may be more than a week old. 

How author Timothy Tyson found the woman at the center of the Emmett Till case - Im gonna be frank. This one pisses me off big time. That woman's lies played vital role in the murder of an innocent black boy. What pisses me off even more is that everyone seems to want to make this white v black as if gender didn't play a role. 

Harvard dean chickens out of blacklisting male-only club members on eve of risky faculty vote - So maybe, just maybe, cooler heads will prevail and it will be realized that targeting male only organizations isn't such a great idea? I remember reading about this a while back where female students were on board with it....until they found out that female only organizations would also get caught up in this. Apparently punishing members of male only groups is progress but punishing members of female only groups is taking it too far.

How to Talk About Sexism in the Classroom - Its going to be hard to combat sexism in the classroom when you define sexism as only being able to happen to girls/women.

'Possessive' girl cuts off boyfriend's privates in Madhya Pradesh - What bothers me almost as much as the act of violence itself is the fact that because this was an act of female against male violence it won't get much notice or traction. And even pointing that fact out is often taken as somehow harming female victims.

How Vital Are Women? This Town Found Out as They Left to March - Nothing says progress towards gender equality like portraying men as incompetent oafs that can't survive without the women in their lives who are so burdened by having to do everything at home AND having to go out and fight for their rights. But articles like this get written when gender equality is pretty much defined as making sure women don't get the short end of the stick.

A Young Feminist’s Compassionate View of Men - Could it be that we are seeing a dawn of a new feminism where it becomes possible to acknowledge the plights of males without constantly drowning it out when pleas that women have it worse or reframing said plights as being really being something that harms women and men are just suffering some side effects or collateral damage. I really hope so but considering how other feminists have treated Cassie Jaye and her movie I'm not sure. Here is another link about Jaye's film "The Red Pill". Oh and just to be clear no this movie has nothing to do with the so called Red Pill movement.

Female, 17, charged with knife-point rape of 19-year-old man - 1) I hope that guy is doing okay and gets the help and support he needs. 2) I hope this rapist is held responsible for her actions and goes away for her crime. 3) I hope that we start seeing more coverage of crimes like this. Did you notice that it was actually called rape and not "sexual affair" or some other bullshit to avoid calling a female a rapist?

Rich of ReviewTechUSA responds to and questions Ashely Judd's recent remarks about attacking women for sport in video games.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sounds like making excuses to me

Like most people who pay attention to gender related topics you probably recall the Steubenville rape case. To give a brief summary several members of a high school football team in the city of Steubenville, OH raped a girl. Their method was to take advantage of a girl that was unable to consent (I believe she was passed out drunk) and not only did they take turns raping her but they recorded it. 

During the trial, after the guilty verdict, and even after the sentences were handed out there was a fairly large public outcry....for the rapists.

Pleas that they were good people. Claims that they had bright futures ahead of them. All in all people who were trying to downplay the horrible crime they committed and even trying to frame the issue as if they were the victims of some tragic circumstance.

This sort of treatment is frequently (and correctly) pointed out when the criminals are male. But I find it odd that when the criminal is female and the same attempt at downplaying happens it tends to slide under the radar of people who have a problem with it when it happens for male criminals.

This is Elaine B. Goodman. Elaine raped an under age boy, her daughter's boyfriend in fact. When she pled guilty to the crime she faced up to 15 years in prison. Now mind you I think 15 years may be a bit overkill but there is no doubt in my mind that this woman deserved hard time for what she did. She committed one of the worst crimes of all on top of the fact that she committed it against a child. But the judge presiding over the case, Robert B. Young, felt otherwise and sentenced her to two years probation.

According to Young, "This came out of the blue,". While acknowledging that a terrible thing happened and people were affect he seems to have concluded that "...incarceration is not the answer."

It would be easy to fly into a rage and go on about gender flips but calm is needed here.

Sentencing like this is why people are able to see that when it comes to justice for sex crimes its not uniform. There is no "sex crimes are taken seriously no matter who the victim is or who the perp is". 

When a male criminal is given a light sentence for a major crime it becomes a national outrage as it should. Saying that he is a pillar of the community or that he has a bright future ahead of him or that he contributes to society would fall of deaf ears because we all know that past or even the potential of future contributions do not make up for committing a horrible crime. 

So why is it acceptable for women?

Simple. Crimes committed by women, especially those committed against males, are seen as lesser crimes. There is a level of compassion, empathy, and sympathy that is reserved for women that men are simply denied.

Because of this women are given slack in ways that would spark outrage if extended to men.

Cases like this don't help. The judge basically said that yes she did something terrible but she doesn't deserve to be held responsible for it or to be punished for it. What kind of follow through is that?

I know it can be counter productive to just rant and rave about situations like this but frankly using those rants as a way to avoid addressing this is even more counter productive because it perpetuates a female privilege and allows it to continue unchallenged.

For all the talk of treating people of all genders equally you would think that this would be acknowledged by more people.

Stay Frosty!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Mashup - Resurrection Style

How goes it folks? This isn't a fully fleshed out post on a single topic but its a return of the Weekly Mashup posts that I used to do in the past. A lot has been happening and I wanted to at least get some thoughts out on recent happenings.

Proud Single Mom January Jones: Father Figure Would Be Toxic For My Son - This is what happens when you turn your child into a political statement. Don't turn your child into a political statement. Frankly it sounds like Jones has had some bad experiences with guys and concluded that all men are bad but doesn't want to come out and say that all men are bad when it comes to parenting and influencing children.

No Boys Allowed: The New Rule of Co-Working Spaces - After seeing clubs like this I have pretty much decided that there is nothing wrong with the mere existence of male only spaces and clubs.

Politico’s misleading article on Betsy DeVos and campus sexual assault - Donating to a organization that supports due process is not the same as donating to an organization that wants to raise the burden of proof on sexual assault victims. Trying to pass off the former as the latter that is an appeal to emotion in order to smear people or ideas you don't like. Kinda like when the recording industry first started fighting against piracy one of their tactics was to lump downloading music in with child porn.

Liberals are drunk on a political poison called intersectionality - The concept of intersectionality is an analytical tool meant to account for the various oppressions and non oppressions that an individual may have due to having several identities. Unfortunately liberals have turned it into a bludgeon and silencing tool to attack people who don't fully agree with them on every topic.

Towards a feminist politics of "male survivorship" - Do you think that this could be a sign that not only feminists are starting to see how not only male victims but males in general are treated by feminism but also a sign that feminism itself will one day actually be as inclusive of men as it frequently brands itself as being but is not in practice? There is hope that one day all will be well.

Liana K on self esteem, outrage, and compassion.

Take the time to mill these links around in your mind and don't be scared to share a few of your own if you have them.

See you next week!