What Do Romance Readers and Pick-Up Artists Both Obsess About? Alphas.

It’s a common trope in romance novels for the hero to be an alpha male: confident, bold, a natural leader of other men. They are often firefighters, military men, cops, tycoons, or 19th-century dukes in saucy cravats. And in romance’s taxonomy of alpha males, there appears the sub species of the alpha-hole. These men… »5/15/15 4:30pm5/15/15 4:30pm


Escaping the Friendzone: The story of a former right-wing MRA

The worst date of my life happened in 2011. I met a lovely feminist woman on a dating site and we hit it off immediately. She was funny and charming. She was an aspiring comedian here in Portland and studying to be a teacher; I was a State of Oregon office drone. Conversation was easy; we were texting for a couple of… »6/24/13 4:40pm6/24/13 4:40pm

A Father's Day Message from Louis de Bernières: Moms Can't Rough House

British writer Louis de Bernières — a man whose name is so tantalizingly close to “Béarnaise” that, repeated enough times, it will drive you mad with hunger — availed himself this Father’s Day of a media pulpit from which he could decry the institution that wreaks the most psychic destruction on children (particularly… »6/16/13 12:00pm6/16/13 12:00pm

Animator Scott Benson Eviscerates MRA Arguments with Clever Cartoon

An intrepid tipster, as intrepid tipsters are liable to do, has sent us a pretty cool link to a cartoon created by animator Scott Benson. It’s called “But I’m a Nice Guy,” and sums up the fallacy lurking behind MRA screeds about rampant misandry and feminist conspiracies with a simple ice cream analogy that even the… »4/28/13 10:35pm4/28/13 10:35pm

Daily Washington Writer Pens "An Open Letter To MRAs"

I was asked recently by a fellow Jezebel commenter about where I find some of the best feminist thought outside of Jezebel, and I replied one of the main places I love to look is university newspapers. Many fine young feminists, both female and male, are addressing contemporary issues in feminism in editorials. It was… »4/21/13 5:58pm4/21/13 5:58pm

How Long Can You Listen to this Men's Rights Anthem Before You Tear Your Ears Off?

God, you guys, you know what sucks? How men are responsible for all human achievement (except, uh, actually making other humans) and women just shit all over them. But now, thankfully, the Men's Rights movement has found a musical prophet fit to deliver the message that men are fed up with the rampant abuse from the… »4/16/12 4:00pm4/16/12 4:00pm

Punching Sperm-Stealing Women Totally Okay With Men's Rights Activists

The charming gentledudes-about-town in Reddit's Men's Rights Community have been feverishly running around in their little hamster wheel brains for the last few days in an attempt to help a message board member solve his urgent problem with his girlfriend. You see, it seems this man's dating one of those baby crazed… »4/04/12 2:30pm4/04/12 2:30pm