So, I’ve been puttering around the Interwebs, as is my wont, and getting inspiration for all sorts of TRN-worthy blog posts, but this afternoon I got distracted and started wandering around Askmen.com. I’m not linking, both because you can find it if you want to and because honestly, I think the world has enough people who read it already. For those not in the know, AskMen is a site for men, by men, and about men’s problems (namely, dealing with women). And I do mean dealing with them – there are advice columns in which “Doc Love” tells you how to properly manipulate a woman into staying with you, complete with Important Capitalized Terms and percentages and frequent references to “Psych majors” using language and terms that I, a Psych major, have never heard in an academic setting. There are mentions of “Womanese” and “the fact that women do 90% of the dumping” and “every woman has power over every man, ever, and you just don’t know it” and “if these tips don’t work for your woman, she’s clinically insane. Get out and head for the hills!” and “would you let your woman have an abortion?” and before I get all ranty, let me just cut myself off and say that several blogs could be written with the sole purpose of describing the shittiness of this website. But I’m a glutton for punishment, so I read some articles, alternately cackling and sighing, and then decided to really grab the bull by the balls and search for the money word.
You see, the fact that the website as a whole is MRA-lite had clued me into the idea that feminism was probably not a shibboleth liable to get me anywhere good; oblique references to “humorless Feministas” and “fake feminists who don’t pay their own way” gave me similar hints. But what I didn’t expect was that the mere mention of feminism would send the AskMen server into a conniption fit.
Now, it’s probably just a coincidence that the server picked that time to crap out. After all, I tried searching for other terms, and got similar results, so it’s a site-wide problem. But still. In the overly-confident yet Schadenfreudetastic part of my brain, I am both convinced and thrilled that I broke AskMen with feminism. Hee.
Soon to come: Actual posts! With links and argument and analysis! It’ll be just like magic!