We need a stronger opponent to argue with.
Poking holes in Susan Walsh’s fallacies is like beating up your little red-headed cousin.
Greenlander has an excellent point. The one thing the manosphere is sorely lacking is an intelligent adversary. As it stands, we perpetually appear to be knocking down straw men because the arguments we refute are all child’s play. Normally one would be tempted to assume that we are simply ignoring the thoughtful critics and pouncing on the inept ones. But if this is the case, whom are we ignoring?
The quality of our opponents is so low, when the SPLC declared the manosphere a group of thought criminals they were forced to list manboobz as the intellectual counterpart to us. I can only imagine the SPLC conversation:
SPLCer1: Seriously? That is who we are going to list as the counterpoint to the manosphere? I don’t use the word mangina, but come on, this guy is a mangina! Are you sure the manosphere didn’t make him up just to make us look like fools?
SPLCer2: I know. But who else are we going to point to? He’s all we’ve got!
However the actual conversation went, the SPLC ended up holding their nose and listing manboobz in their official denounciation of the manosphere:
The so-called “manosphere” is peopled with hundreds of websites, blogs and forums dedicated to savaging feminists in particular and women, very typically American women, in general. Although some of the sites make an attempt at civility and try to back their arguments with facts, they are almost all thick with misogynistic attacks that can be astounding for the guttural hatred they express. What follows are brief descriptions of a dozen of these sites. Another resource is the Man Boobz website (manboobz.com), a humorous pro-feminist blog (its tagline is “Misogyny: I Mock It”) that keeps a close eye on these and many other woman-hating sites.
True to form, manboobz rose to the occasion with a new post titled: Men’s Rights Activists, or Kitten Haters? You decide. Don’t take my word for it, click on the link and see for yourself.
But things may be looking up. A feminist calling herself jaimerapp on youtube has created a video to announce that she knows how to use the internet. This isn’t much, but it is at least promising. Sooner or later a feminist who knows how to use the internet is bound to make a point, even if only by accident. Until then, we can only hope. Godspeed jaimerapp.
H/T U Man