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You can’t just buy one card; you got to get the whole deck

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:07 EDT
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Earlier today, Renee sent me a link to her post with this parody ad in it, and I sent it to some feminist friends, who verified through Google that while the ad is a parody, the quote is real:

“Women initiate most domestic violence, yet out of a thousand cases of domestic violence maybe one is involving a man.” And this, Charney decries, “has made a victim culture out of women.”

He spouted this nonsensical MRA bullshit because he’s been sued for sexual harassment, something he denies even though he got a female underling to give him a blow job in front of a Jane reporter, presumably to impress her with his studly ability to get sex by snapping his fingers at women who rely on him for a paycheck. I hate writing about the notoriously piggish CEO of American Apparel, because last time I did it, I got all these fucked up emails from his staff begging me to reconsider. It was unpleasant, to say the least. But I’m writing this time, because I’m just sort of amazed at how, over and over again, these dudes who think they’re icons of sexual liberation are hostile to women’s liberation.

No wonder the Charneys and Hefners of the world think feminists are “anti-sex”. They live in this fantasy world where they’re so oppressed by evil feminists, which I suppose they have to believe because an honest assessment of their own lives would result in self-hatred as they realize that they treat women like we’re garbage. In a strictly logical sense, there’s no reason that being a pervert with boundary issues would automatically mean that you sign onto a whole host of misogynist ideas, such as the idea that domestic violence is some myth that feminists made up. But in an emotional sense, it does link together. In order to keep on living with yourself, you have to believe that the world is upside down from reality, and that you’re the real victim of the nattering feminists. And once you get there, the other craziness just whooshes in. Maybe next he’ll be railing about how women get pregnant just to get their hands on child support.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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