There’s been some suggestion lately that #gamergate and #notyourshield are semi-legitmate hashtags. There’s been some suggestion not everyone is there to attack women, but to express genuine outrage at corruption in the games industry, or to identify themselves as minority members of the “gamer”…
You give me hope through your articles that guys can still become feminist.
I think that over all, guys are actually pretty rad, ya know? I know that for a lot of women it can seem like it’s not, because our concept of masculinity is so hilariously broken, but actual masculinity — the real stuff at the center of every guy that makes us guys — is actually good. I love being a guy. I love cars and burping and wrestling. At our core, all guys want for the world what ladies want: We want everyone to be safe, and to be treated fairly, and to find what they want.
The problem with people is that our selfishness is smarter than we are, and really good at tricking us into acting like total shitbirds. It’s tricked us into creating a set of societal standards that exist separately from any one living person, and yet give this group of people all the cookies and clothes and safety, and gives that group of people only wood chips, rags and fear. Whether or not it’s the fault of anyone alive, it’s still broken, and we still gotta fix it. Or just keep living in a broken society, I guess. That’s an option, just kind of a bummer of one.
I dunno. I’m glad the stuff I’ve said has made you feel better about a group of people in the world, because that’s the best thing I can do with my writing. I have a lot of faith in people, if only because I don’t know what the hell else I could ever have faith in.
Whoa, you live in Bloomington? I'm probably going to suspect any skinny, seductively nerdy stranger I see around town is you. Things might get weird. (Also, I adore your articles. You're easily one of my favorite writers.)
I don’t! I actually live in Los Angeles. I was visiting there for my friends’ wedding, because I have friends who get married now, ooooh look at me. I’d never been to Indiana before and it was very strange and I felt out of place, so I soothed my insecurity by finding innocent people who were just trying to enjoy a dinner with their family and rudely start telling them about dick science.
Thanks for saying you like my silly stuff. I will continue to accost strangers for your amusement.
During the filming of Transformers: Age of Extinction, production ground to a halt when Irish star Jack Reynor refused to read one of this lines.
"I’m not going to pull a [expletive] copy of [expletive] statutory rape law out of my [expletive] pocket," the rising star reportedly shouted. "Only a [expletive] psychopath would do that. Who wrote this scene? I will stab them in the [expletive] nuts."
Without saying a word, director Michael Bay reached into his pocket and removed his own copy of Romeo and Juliet law, silencing everyone on set and completely changing the way the actors tackled the film’s surrealistic approach to character development.
Hey, I want to thank you for your article on the MRA and also a lot of similar articles you've written for the cracked, and the feminist path you seem to be leading the site down. I started reading Cracked when I was twelve, and it was and is really important to helping me form my own comedic voice. And while the content posted on the site during that formative time in my life was mostly brilliant (and by no means MRA-leaning), it still felt like an awfully shut out boys club. (continued)
(cont..) but I feel like, and maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like you’ve been leading the charge a bit? And I really want to thank you, because the twelve-year old girl is now a seventeen-year-old comedian who treasures the site like toilet paper after a zombie apocalypse, except now I feel like a reader who actually counts as a reader. Because when I started reading the site, I felt more like the butt of the joke. So thank you.
Why is there a word-count limit on Tumblr asks? That’s ridiculous.
I’m really glad you feel more included in the site’s community than you used to, I think every member of the site’s team would take that as a compliment. I think we all want everyone who comes to the site to know they’re not going to be made uncomfortable about who they are, unless a big part of “who they are” is “making other people feel like shit for no reason” in which case sorry, can’t help you, and also please go find better hobbies. Even with my MRA article, my goal wasn’t to mock them, it was to point out that these guys really need help.
As far as “leading the charge” of anything, as much as I’d like to take extra credit for making the site better, I think it’s been a lot more natural than that. I’ve only been a full time staffer for three weeks but my general impression has always been that everyone involved at Cracked just wants to make the site the best site it can be, and as both the creators and our readers get older and mature, that vision has broadened and changed. As Jason said in an interview with Mother Jones, “If there is a larger agenda, it’s “Train yourself to question everything.” … I suppose we do try to be on the side of poor people, minorities, and other marginalized groups, but that’s mostly because we don’t want to be dicks.” The bottom line is always “how can we be as funny as possible?” and part of creating good comedy is making sure the audience is on your side. And the best way to make sure the audience is gonna be on your side is to be right.
So that’s my impression of how this site works, as one of the newest and least-important members of an incredibly hard-working and talented team. I’m really glad you like the direction we’ve all taken the site, and I hope I don’t start screwing it up now that I work in the real office.
My next column is about movies that are stupid because I wanted to watch Doom again.
I really liked your article about MRAs. I especially liked that you mentioned that there is a minority of MRAs that actually raise awareness about real problems. You did an excellent job explaining why the vast majority and the most vocal of the Men's Rights Movement make women feel like we have to live in fear of saying no. It was brave of you to speak out in such a public forum. I hope you're equally brave in your private life as well.
I don’t think I said that, because I have never come across someone calling themselves an “MRA” that was working for a cause at all worth while. Sure, MRAS mention about father’s rights and incarceration, but only as a reaction when they get called out on their bullshit, and they always use it as an excuse to demonize women. It’s like when white supremacists say something like “There are white poor people too!” Yes, but screaming about the Jews controlling society isn’t fucking helping them.
As for bravery in my private life I am scared of spiders and heights.
Posted here with his permission, because I think it’s wise as balls, and worth thinking about. In response to this Cracked article about how the Men’s Rights Movement is a hate group:
Hi. I’m emailing you because this message was too long to post on your tumblr.
I just wanted to let you know that I just read your Cracked article “5 Uncomfortable Truths Behind the Men’s Rights Movement”. And although I’ve never been an MRA (in fact, I proudly identify as a feminist and have spent a lot of time speaking out against MRAs and other hate groups), I have spent a lot of time recently just being generally angry at people and life and the world. Your article made me realize that harboring this directionless anger is waaaay more than I ever wanted to have in common with MRAs. You helped me to have what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity; I’ve decided to quit being such a curmudgeonly asshole and start trying to enjoy people and life and the world. To that end, I’ve decided to start a blog to hopefully help keep myself on the right track as I try to figure my shit out and become the happy, healthy person I’ve always wanted to be.
So thank you. I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but in case you do, thank you. Thank you for writing that article and for being smart and funny and cool. Thank you for teaching me something.