It's well past nap time for Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes — or at least that's what his recent participation in a HuffPo Live chat on the changing definition of masculinity would suggest. McInnes, who left Vice in 2008 and went on to launch the website Street Carnage, is none-too-pleased with evolving gender norms and is willing to throw a very public hissy fit in order to prove his dissatisfaction.
On a panel (you can watch it here) alongside Michael Addis, Eric Garland and the admirably amused and eloquent Mary Anne Franks (a professor at the University of Miami School of Law), McInnes started entertaining us straight out of the gate with his adorably old-timey take on what it means to be MAN and what it means to be WOMAN:
"Women are forced to pretend to be men. They're feigning this toughness. They're miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They're not happy in the work force, for the most part."
When writer Eric Garland pointed out that his wife — who happens to be a professor of medicine — is very happy, McInnes irreverently shot back:
"Ooooh, good. You found some anecdotal evidence to prove your point. Congratulations."
McInnes' evidence for his point, by the way, is a gut feeling "that the majority of women like being domestic and shaping lives."
Okay, man! Sounds good!
The live chat ended with him calling Franks a "fucking idiot" (case closed, I guess), but the argument has spilled onto the panelists' blogs where it continues as ridiculous and (in some cases) tantrum-y as ever.
Anyway, because people have asked, here's Jezebel's official contribution to the debate:
McInnes is the hipster equivalent of Fox News. He is Old Man Yelling at Cloud. His opinion is entirely irrelevant to the majority of our lives. (Unless, of course, he's a highly skilled performance artist in which case he is the entertainer of the century.)
Now go, wretched feminists! Back to the job that you secretly want to give up in order to have babies.