Vintage image of Rosie the Riveter by J. Howard Miller. Courtesy National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
It’s awards season in America. With the Golden Globes behind us and the Oscars on the horizon, the spirit of recognising achievement continues with a list of The 9 Ugliest Feminists in America.
The list was compiled by men’s rights blog Return of Kings. For the uninitiated, Return of Kings calls itself ‘a blog for heterosexual, masculine men ... who believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine.’ According to the site’s owners, ‘Sadly, yesterday’s masculinity is today’s misogyny.’
As you can imagine, the site is an absolute hoot of a read.
Jezebel’s Lindy West topped the ugly opinionated chick list because, ‘She’s the fattest feminist in this round-up. Her crusade to eliminate fat shaming (on Jezebel) is designed so that when Skynet becomes self-aware, she’ll be finally seen as culturally attractive.’
Author and activist Kate Harding took out # 8 spot also for being fat and blogger Amanda Marcotte was awarded #3 position for her big jaw.
Yes, you’ve got that right. Apparently the width of your jawbone is now a marker of your character and worth as a human being.
I’ve not had the pleasure of reading every post on Return of Kings — so much bile, so little time — but they publish Pulitzer-worthy investigative journalism such as, Feminists Try To Debunk False Rape Culture With False Data and, my personal favourite, Misandry is Real.
In case you’re wondering, proof that misandry is real can be found in spellchecking software. No, really. This is serious. Apparently ‘misogyny’ comes up in spellcheckers but ‘misandry’ doesn’t. See, even spellchecking software discriminates against men!
Just as an aside, misandry does come up on mine, but hey, I’m a feminist and therefore probably in cahoots with Microsoft on the whole selectively-omit-misandry-from-spellcheck-functionality-conspiracy. (I wonder if Track Changes is also in on the plot to oppress these whingers men.)
The author of this turd of an article is Roosh V, whose contributions to literature include such timeless classics as Bang: a textbook for picking up girls and getting laid, Bang Columbia — there’s a theme developing here — and Day Bag.
But Roosh isn’t just interested in banging though. Oh no. He’s a political kind of guy. In Roosh’s batsh*t-crazy mind, compiling a fugly list is a political statement about feminism and beauty.
'Feminists want to be valued for their brainpower and ideas above all else, but they still engage in professional photoshoots to push the prettiest picture of themselves on their web sites and book jackets. I guess even feminism can’t completely demolish a girl’s desire to be pretty.'
It’s not the first time this nut-job logic has been applied to feminists. I’ve been taken to task several times by ‘well-meaning’ people concerned about my hypocrisy. How can I claim to be a feminist when I wear lipstick? I wore a dress with a split in it. What a sellout I must be. And on it goes.
Let’s make this simple for Roosh and his pals. Caring about your appearance isn’t anti-feminist or hypocritical. Doing your hair before you have a portrait taken for a website or a book jacket is called ‘basic grooming’, not selling out.
Wanting to look a certain way isn’t the same thing as objecting to having your character and worth reduced to your appearance. Just like men, women want to be valued for their ideas and their actions, not whether or not Roosh considers them bang-worthy.
But rather than actually trying to wrap his limited cognitive resources around this distinction, Roosh V and his ‘masculine men’ vilify women on the grounds of being ugly and unf*ckable.
For example, ‘RASER’ commented: ‘the chances of those *females* [cough] getting raped or having sex [with a male!] are VERY very small. And they outlawed euthanasia, should have been aborted, we dont want that filth breeding….’
And ‘Bob Wallace’ tried his hand at comedy, writing ‘You owe me a new keyboard because I just threw up all over mine.’ Such a wit, is our Bob.
I’m not sure what rights the men’s rights movement is fighting for by compiling such lists. The great theorists of political rights — including John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham or John Rawls — don’t have much to say when it comes to the right to name-call, judge the f*ckability of women or regret that they haven’t been killed.
Then again, I suspect Roosh V and his kings won’t find many converts to their bitter little crusade for normalising yesterday’s masculinity misogyny.
Kasey Edwards is the best-selling author of 4 books 30-Something and Over It, 30-Something and The Clock is Ticking, OMG! That's Not My Husband, and OMG! That's Not My Child. www.kaseyedwards.com