By Kaoru Negisa - 23 Jan 2012

Kaoru: I Really Thought This was Satire

Want to thank the people at More Than Men for having me. To start, I’d like to share a recent post from my own blog, then I’ll get to work on some original content. Enjoy!

 

You know, I had other things to do. Better things to do. I really, really wanted to stop being a complete asshole and actually answer my email, because I love my friends and I have been an irresponsible ass about that. I know I have, and I really wanted to get back on track and try to stop being a bastard to people I love.

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By Sasha - 20 Jan 2012

Weekend Link Party – January 20, 2012

Photo: Andrew Becraft

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By Sasha - 20 Jan 2012

Greg Laden and Friends: More Than Men, Part 3

Here’s the final part of the great video series from Greg Laden and friends. You can see part one here and part two here. (Greg is the submitter. Featured in this chapter are C. Anderson, Stephanie Zvan, Natalie Wagner, and Serena.)

If you would like to contribute a video, blog post, or anything else, check out how.

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By Sasha - 19 Jan 2012

Greg Laden and Friends: More Than Men, Part 2

Here’s the second part of the great video series from Greg Laden and friends. You can see part one here. The final part will post tomorrow. (Like the last one, Greg organized this, the person in this part is Asha.)

If you would like to contribute a video, blog post, or anything else, check out how.

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By Sasha - 18 Jan 2012

Greg Laden and Friends: More Than Men, Part 1

Greg Laden has enlisted several people in making a series of three videos for the project. Many thanks to Greg and all his friends (credits in the final chapter). Here’s part one. Part two will be posted tomorrow, and part three on Friday. (Greg took it upon himself to organize this video, the people you see are Sheril Kirshenbaum, Desiree Schell, and Jafsica.)

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By Jason Thibeault - 17 Jan 2012

Jason Thibeault: The Problem with Privilege

I am engaged actively in a number of struggles with which even some of my more adversarial readers at my blog, Lousy Canuck, must sympathize. I cater specifically to a few niche audiences by virtue of who I am — I am an atheist, and feel that public policy should be made only with regard to real science rather than personal beliefs. I am a skeptic, and feel that people who sell anti-scientific nonsense should be chastised for stealing money from the underprivileged who fall for their chicanery. I am a feminist, and part of my feminist leanings involves understanding that all women are fully human, and that almost all objections to reproductive rights stem from religious or pseudoscientific beliefs and are in direct contradiction with the scientific facts at hand. I am a humanist, where I believe each human being has the same net inherent worth and their caste in society matters less than the merit of their opinions. I am a science-booster, in that I believe wholeheartedly that empirical, testable, reproducible studies of how this universe actually works is the only way to model our decisions, and that any view that is held in contradiction with the established facts that come from said study should be excised from the public discourse. The running theme here is that if you can’t prove it, you shouldn’t make any decisions by it.

I am also a white male. That’s right, I’m swinging pale pipe.
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By Sasha - 16 Jan 2012

What happened to the Good Men Project?

Photo: Kristin Ausk

Despite the annoying pop-over ads, I used to like The Good Men Project. It seemed to be a site for guys, mostly by guys, about not being horrible in the ways society tries to teach us to be. I mean, they had Amanda Marcotte write about MRAs, and that’s always good stuff. Then something happened. There’s still some good content there, sure, but it’s been infected by creepiness. You have articles about how stupid women don’t date Nice Guys because they’re brainwashed by rom-coms, creepy patriarchal pieces about sex trafficking where “your daughter” is equated with a drugridiculous straw-man replies to a woman who talks about rape culture, a decidedly mixed bag of whining and actually good stuff under the “presumption of guilt” tag, and then the infamous piece by a founder about how girls are just different from men and should stop being such nagging bitches. (I paraphrase.) So, what happened What’s going on and why are they acting like jerks? Short answer: No one is perfect, and patriarchy messes with all of us.

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By Sasha - 13 Jan 2012

Weekend Link Party – January 13, 2012

Isn't my cat adorable?

  •  The Canadian government says “Screw You” to married gays – Seriously dudes, the last thing equality (and your legacy) needs is an international, gay “Dred Scott” decision. Oh, you’re fixing it? You’re fucking with people’s rights. Not privileges, rights. [Looks like Canada “fixed” it, but why can something like this even happen? Oh, I know: hate + apathy.]
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By Sasha - 13 Jan 2012

Women Who Oppress Dudes’ Wieners

The savior of men.

According to some dudes the whole “seduction community” is actually not, like you might at first think, a bunch of creepy not-technically-rapists – they’re really virtuous freedom fighters, saving men and women from the evils of female privilege. You see, men are horribly oppressed when it comes to sex and dating. They need sex so, so bad and stupid women just refuse to give it to them when they ask! It’s terribly shocking, I know. Luckily we have these dudes who tell us how we can follow the lead of Slick Rick and finally all get our dicks wet!

(Yeah, I know. Some men like men, some women like women. I hear ya people. The thing is, for these dudes homosexuals are invisible and bisexuals are just extra hot ladies.)

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By Sasha - 12 Jan 2012

Is it okay to make fun of white men?

A favorite question for people resistant to criticism of their acceptance of privilege and how it contributes to a less-equal world is “What about reverse racism? Why is it okay for people to make jokes about white men?” In answer to this I have the following to say: In a perfect world it wouldn’t be okay, but in our world – yeah, it kind of is okay. Why do I think that’s true? Because of privilege. (No wonder anti-feminists and racists hate that word, it keeps coming up!)

Noted anti-racist writer (and decidedly white white-guy) Tim Wise has an excellent piece about the myth of “reverse racism”, and I encourage you to read the whole thing. My favorite paragraph, though, is this one:

As a white person, I always saw the terms honky or cracker as proof of how much more potent white racism was than any variation practiced by the black or brown. When a group of people has little or no power over you, they don’t get to define the terms of your existence, they can’t limit your opportunities, and you needn’t worry much about the use of a slur to describe you, since, in all likelihood, the slur is as far as it’s going to go. What are they going to do next: deny you a bank loan? Yeah, right. So whereas “nigger” is a term used by whites to dehumanize blacks, to “put them in their place” if you will, the same cannot be said of honky; after all, you can’t put white people in their place when they own the place to begin with.

I don’t care about reverse racism, jokes at the expense of the straight, the male, and the able-bodied because right now, in our world it has no power. None. It might make some guy feel bad for a minute, but it doesn’t contribute to a vile systemic problem the same way that attacks and slurs against women and minorities do. It simply doesn’t.

Does making fun of anyone, ever, make you a great person? No. (And I don’t claim to be a great person. Comedy often hurts someone’s feelings.) But making fun of men, white people, able-bodied people, straight people, etc is simply not the same as someone from those groups making fun of a minority. It really isn’t.

– Sasha Pixlee

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