“Knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.” -Lord Chesterfield
I love Manboobz. (Totally safe for work, unless you work for a Men’s Rights organization. If you do, why are you even reading this?) I read the website regularly and I’m amazed by the sheer number of people who espouse such horrible, vile views. I realize the anonymity of the internet allows people to say things they might not always say in polite society, but this is what fuels my amazement. These people clearly exist. Where are they?
I have lots of male friends, all of whom are intelligent, generally well-educated, and mostly liberal. I don’t befriend dooshbags so I know I select-out the vast majority of the people featured on Manboobz. Even my friends, unfortunately, occasionally espouse views I find offensive. I was recently told by a friend that the yes means yes theory of consent was “absurd”, during a discussion of the DSK case. But that doesn’t amount to the stomach-wrenching bullshit that appears on Manboobz.
My inability to find extreme misogynists in real life is, in part, because I am a woman. I mean, if you’re going to refuse to take an elevator at work because you’re concerned about false rape accusations, you probably aren’t going to chat me up at the bar. Especially about how you, ya know, hold extraordinarily hostile viewpoints towards my gender. Even if I know Men’s Rights Activists, I don’t know who they are.
Do I know a bunch of closeted misogynists? Are the men (and even women) that I interact with hiding their corrosive opinions because they are aware of how un-politically correct they are? Or are these people so difficult to interact with that they are segmented away from society?