Misandry in the Media – part 2

May 16th, 2009 by Pelle Billing

This is the second time I give examples of misandry in the media. If you didn’t already, check out part one.

In part one I listed three different principles for misandry in the media (men are stupid, men need women to get anything right, only women must evolve), and here I’ll list two more.

Principle #4: Blame it on Men

In a Huffington post article, Nora Ephron writes the following:

But now there are two [presidential candidates] and we’re facing Pennsylvania and whom are we kidding? This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don’t mean people, I mean white men. How ironic is this? After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can’t even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder — after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power. (As they always did, by the way; I hope you didn’t believe any of those articles.)

To put it bluntly, the next president will be elected by them: the outcome of Tuesday’s primary will depend on whether they go for Hillary or Obama, and the outcome of the general election will depend on whether enough of them vote for McCain. A lot of them will: white men cannot be relied on, as all of us know who have spent a lifetime dating them. And McCain is a compelling candidate, particularly because of the Torture Thing. As for the Democratic hope that McCain’s temper will be a problem, don’t bet on it. A lot of white men have terrible tempers, and what’s more, they think it’s normal.

So let’s see what this well known film director/producer/screenwriter/journalist is saying…

  1. Even though more than half the people of Pennsylvania are women, all power rests with the men
  2. We shouldn’t care about boys’ problems in schools, and young men’s problems to get into college, because those problems are “stupid”
  3. Men have all the power, because I say so.
  4. White men cannot be relied on, and often have terrible tempers.

She doesn’t offer any proof or even logical reasoning why this is so. Without hesitation, she say things that would be completely unacceptable if she wasn’t talking about men. Could you imagine anybody getting away with saying those things when addressing women or jews, to name but two groups?

Principle # 5: Men Are Expendable

In the following video novelist Isabel Allende gives a talk at TED, which is where some of the smartest people in the world go to discuss Technology, Education and Design. If you don’t care to watch all of it, then start watching at 14 min 30 s:

This is what she says:

  1. Empower women and we’ll get peace and prosperity
  2. Most war casualties are women and children
  3. There is a Marxist class struggle between men and women, just like there are between actual classes in society
  4. Every man can at least abuse his woman or his child
  5. Old men have to die off before real change can occur

After the talk she gets a standing ovation. I’m not sure why. Is it because she wants old men to die? Or because she lies about the fact that more men die in wars than women? Or because she thinks all problems are caused by men and will be solved as soon as women get more power? Or is it because she baselessly alleges that all men abuse women and children? Or is it simply because she regurgitates the common feminist mantra of women fighting a Marxist battle of the classes?

All we can know for sure is that misandry runs deep, otherwise she wouldn’t get a standing ovation.

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9 Responses to “Misandry in the Media – part 2”

  1. Paddan Says:

    About who dies and who doesn’t in a war. It depends on how you measure of course. I’ve seen figures that show that the majority of casualties are civilians and that women and children are in the majority. But I’ve also seen other data that certainly point in the other direction. I do know that a lot of women’s rights advocates have stated that the amount of women who dies in a war has grown in 1990′s – today. Althought I’ve seen no sources of this… it could be true.

    Another way to measure is to find out what the consequences are. What happens to the people who survived the war. Perhaps they die soon after. If we take that into account then we might have a different story.

    It seems logically, to me, that if we look at history, women must have been valued higher than men (for obvious reasons) and men probably fought to keep them safe. So that sort of speaks against what Allende says. On the other hand, if you really want to hurt other societies then of course it’s a “good thing” to attack the women. They are valuable, and they often don’t shoot back.

    Anyway we look at it, war is messy and a disaster for everybody involved. We know this beyond the shadow of a doubt. Then to say that if only the old men would die it will become better… jesus…. this sounds like some fundamentalist talking. What an absolutely horrible and disgusting thing to say!

  2. Pelle Billing Says:

    I do know that a lot of women’s rights advocates have stated that the amount of women who dies in a war has grown in 1990’s – today. Althought I’ve seen no sources of this… it could be true.

    This may well be true, but I haven’t verified the facts.

    What I do know is that nowadays the media is fond of stating that women get the worst deal in a war. That’s exactly what they did when Israel recently attacked the Gaza Strip, but when the actual figures arrived – 89 percent of the casualties in Gaza were men.

    We’re still more upset when women get killed, which is likely a combination of our heritage and feminism.

    I also don’t understand why women and children are bundled together? Well, I do understand… but it contradicts a lot of other things that feminists are saying.

  3. Paddan Says:

    “I also don’t understand why women and children are bundled together? Well, I do understand… but it contradicts a lot of other things that feminists are saying.”

    Yeah isn’t that just irritating to say the least. Let’s compare men to maggots when it comes to war… that’s a great idea. Children and women are innocent, pure and special.

    By the way, wouldn’t it be logical to distinguish between boys and girls? Why lump them together and label them children? The boys sometimes fight in wars, they have guns and they are thus responsible… just as much as ALL the white old men are.

  4. Pelle Billing Says:

    “By the way, wouldn’t it be logical to distinguish between boys and girls? Why lump them together and label them children? The boys sometimes fight in wars, they have guns and they are thus responsible… just as much as ALL the white old men are.”

    Yes, I wonder where the line is drawn between being a boy (which is equivalent to being an honorary female), and a man (which is equivalent to being a demon)?

    Sorry, I just needed to vent there for a moment…

  5. Jim Says:

    “There is a Marxist class struggle between men and women, just like there are between actual classes in society ”

    Pelle, do you remember when you said you hadn’t noticed the way that feminism appropriated Marxist tropes?

    This whole thing just reeks of hypocrisy – they denounce patriarchy and chivalry on on hand and haveno shame about invoking all of it for their own benefit. Classic case of Lifeboat Feminism.

  6. Pelle Billing Says:

    Yes, Jim, I remember. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees, lol.

    Lifeboat Feminism is a great term to describe what many feminists are advocating; I found this article about it.

  7. Tim Says:

    http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gorgeous-gifts/knife-block/index.html

    I’d write something incisive, but I’m rather lost for words.

  8. hopeless_case Says:

    I just watched her talk yesterday.

    When discussing the suffering of refugees in Africa, she noted, with great emphasis on how much more women and girls suffer than men and boys, especially in poor and war torn areas, that “80% of refugees are women and girls”.

    This of course raises the question of what happens to the men and boys in the villages from which all the women and girls are fleeing? Somehow I don’t think they stay behind and play nintendo and watch movies.

    Does anyone want to guess?

    Not a peep out of the audience.

    She then describes a woman who escaped with her daughters to a refugee camp where she was raped by guards repeatedly, but how she eventually made her way to the U.S. where she and her children are now thriving. She points out that when she was driven from her village, attackers killed her husband in front of her.

    Her anecdote provided the answer to the question left hanging in the air, and still, not a peep out of the audience.

    Simply amazing.

  9. Danny Says:

    Yes hopelss that is a part of the reality that many don’t want to talk about. A lot of the time when people raid a village like that most of the males over a certain age are killed on site instantly. There’s a reason why you usually only hear from women survivors on this.


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