Friday, November 7, 2014

Masculine = misogynistic pig?

I recently stumbled along a horror-show of a website called returnofkings.com. The opinions it states are so vile and absurd I thought that it had to be a parody satire site. Sadly, the deeper I dug, I actually found that this site is 100% serious. It is really quite scary that people like this still exist... it really is. Let's take a look at their 'about' page to get the crazy rolling...
Return Of Kings is a blog for heterosexual, masculine men. It’s meant for a small but vocal collection of men in America today who believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine.
So forcing gender rolls then? This is already off to a bad start... What's wrong with a 'tom-boy' or a guy that doesn't aspire to be a lumberjack?
ROK aims to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men.
Huh? I assume they're talking about feminism... Feminism isn't about squashing out masculinity and asserting female control over men. It's simply about protecting women with the same rights as everyone else so they aren't discriminated against solely due to their gender, and affording them equally opportunity and treatment. Sounds like someone is feeling threatened by little old equality...

Sadly, yesterday’s masculinity is today’s misogyny.
No, yesterday's misogyny is today's misogyny. In the past it was just brushed off as 'guys being guys', but it was still misogyny back then as well. The problem is that in days gone by, misogyny was (wrongly) regarded as acceptable...
The site intends to be a safe space on the web for those men who don’t agree with the direction that Western culture is headed. Women and homosexuals are discouraged from commenting here.
Why would the straight (white?) male need a safe place on the web? Straight males are by far the most advantaged group of people on Earth. Women and homosexuals are discouraged? So they're jumping on board with censorship as well. Is it because girls have cooties, or is it because this site's feeble arguments can't stand up to even the slightest rational criticism?

And if they are so against homosexuals and men that aren't manly' enough, why have a website at all? The father of the internet was Alan Turing, a gay atheist. And most will be using Microsoft Windows on their computers, and Bill Gates hardly seems to fit these guy's picture of what a man should be. So them having the website at all is hypocritical.
ROK Community Beliefs:
This should be 'good'...
1. Men and women are genetically different, both physically and mentally. Sex roles evolved in all mammals. Humans are not exempt.
Are we physically different? Sure. But after that the line gets blurry. We are all our unique blend. All our differences make for a more interesting world. If they want to draw a hard line in the sand, there goes the girls who likes cars... the holy grail of car guys everywhere. 

Citing nature is also an odd example here, as nature is full of differences...

This unkempt, undesirable asshole is RooshV,
the face of ROK
•Lionesses do all the hunting while the male sits about.
•It's the female Hyena that rules the clan.
•The female Bonobos are in charge as well.
•The male Emperor Penguin is the one the sits on the egg.
•Some insect and arachnid females consume or kill their male counterpart after mating.
•When Anglerfish mate, the male bites the female, fuses with her, and they literally become one (with him now being a wholly dependent parasite)
•Then there are ducks. The male has a huge corkscrew shaped penis, and because rape is so prevalent among ducks, the female has evolved a reverse corkscrew vagina. But then again, a rapist duck may just appeal to ROK...
2. Men will opt out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them.
Nice victim blaming! So if a guy cheats it's her fault, but if she does ROK calls her a slut. Double-standard much?
3. Past traditions and rituals that evolved alongside humanity served a net benefit to the family unit.
And this is relevant how? Sure some past traditions are quite good, but there are also those that we've discarded due to them being quite terrible.
4. Testosterone is the biological cause for masculinity. Environmental changes that reduce the hormone’s concentration in men will cause them to be weaker and more feminine.
More or less, masculine depends of how you're defining masculinity. But so what if a guy has less testosterone than another? Who wants a world where all the guys are muscle-bound raging jocks? I'd wager that having a bit less testosterone can serve to be advantageous.
5. A woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.
Reducing women to no more than a pretty picture and a baby factory? And they wonder why people call this site misogynistic. But hey, if a man's value is based on intellect and character that sounds pretty damning for the ROK crew because they are devoid of both.

But lets jump back to the animal kingdom real quick. They say that the females are the ones that are supposed to the pretty ones. But look at birds where the male and female differ. In these cases, the female is more muted in color, and the males are more colorful. The male may even have additional display plumage to add to his 'show'. Just look at the Peafowl. Only the Peacock has the large fan of tail feathers, while the Peahen is much more subdued.
6. Elimination of traditional sex roles and the promotion of unlimited mating choice in women unleashes their promiscuity and other negative behaviors that block family formation.
I see a claim, but that's all I see. Women not having to be eternally subservient to men hurts no-one. And so what if women can now acceptably ask guys out, make the first move, and don't have to wait for marriage to have sex? ROK has no problems with guys running about and having sex left, right and center. Yet if a woman even approaches half of what they deem to be awesome for guys, they will slut shame her. Disgraceful...
7. Socialism, feminism, cultural Marxism, and social justice warriorism aim to destroy the family unit, decrease the fertility rate, and impoverish the state through large welfare entitlements.
Isn't that sweet, he's spending time with his girlfriend.
Ooh!  I see we're playing 'randomly list some ism's and then blame them for something scary! My turn! Conservatism, Catholicism, Masculism, Vegetarianism, Nazism, and Racism cause kittens to cry, pizza to not taste good, and promote the adoption of the Bob's Big Boy mascot as the replacement for the Statue of Liberty because "She's a shady bitch."

This site is seriously ridiculous though. They have a blog that says that all women with piercings or tattoos are broken, sluts, cheaters in waiting, have no foresight, can't be trusted, are stupid, selfish, narcissistic, psychotic, disfigured, moody, unlikable, boring, mentally ill, depressed, bi-polar, racist, violent, masochistic cunts.

ROK even goes on to say...
The only good thing about tattoos and piercings is that they signal which girls you can bang with minimal effort.
Okay RooshV, lets see you effortlessly sweep Angelina Jolie off her feet then...

This is all very hateful to be sure. But what about the classic image of a guy with a 'sweet tat' being uber-masculine? ROK doesn't even try to reconcile this example of yet another glaring double-standard on their part.

They are also disgustingly attacking Malala Yousafzai by calling her a coward, hypocrite and undeserving of her Nobel Peace Prize. Seriously!? This girl is brave and an inspiration. All because after she was targeted for murder in Pakistan she decided to stay in the UK. They wanted to kill her for just being a student, and once she became an activist going home would have been suicide. Maybe ROK would feel right at home with the Taliban or in a country like Iran that oppresses women to the extreme. But Malala's choice to stay in the UK was a smart one. And she still remains a target no matter where she is, so her continuing to speak out is still amazingly brave. She is a deserving recipient.

The amazing thing is that almost every 'story' on Return of Kings is just as maddening, hateful, and clueless. So if you have an ounce of sense or empathy, avoid this tripe like the plague.


-Brain Hulk

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