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There’s a deep irony here, which is that a lot of the people that are being handed to these angry young men as hate objects were themselves nerdy outcasts when they were young, but they matured a little and pulled it together and now have great jobs in the industry and active social and romantic lives. And so it would happen to a lot of the young men who are raging and angry now, as they age and chill out and learn how to groom themselves and get along with women better. But that won’t happen for these young men if they get caught up in the cult of online misogyny and spend their energies that would otherwise go to maturing and mellowing out towards becoming ever more repulsive to women.

Because of this, I worry that this cult of misogyny is going to turn into a self-perpetuating thing: It preys on young men who are going through an adolescent social reject phase, telling them that it’s not just a phase but in fact an oppression delivered on them by sexy young feminists who are out to get them. That, in turn, causes these young men to become mean and pompous and hateful to women, making it even harder for them to meet women and start a healthy dating life of their own. They then blame feminism even harder for their own failures, becoming more wrapped up in online misogyny. They might start to recruit younger men, the way they were recruited.

All of which is why I’m glad to see a lot of grown men in geek circles getting involved. It helps send the message that it doesn’t have to be this way. Beyond that, however, I’m not sure what else to do.

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Amanda Marcotte (via altcrit)

you thinking something is funny does not absolve it of political function, it may imply that you are internally complicit in related thought

you thinking something is funny does not absolve it of political function, it may imply that you are internally complicit in related thought

humor can be used to critique power structures and it can be used to enforce them.

me as sonic and mary as aang in genderqueer/yuri fanart by elizabeth foster

me as sonic and mary as aang in genderqueer/yuri fanart by elizabeth foster

kind of feel bad for deleting okc messages from ppl who say they dont use fb or have no interest in being friends on fb. kind of. not really

three people who live here are doing soylent now and the fedex guy just showed up and yelled ‘feeding time’