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Anti-Feminist Own Goal Alert

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, March 14, 2014 16:47 EDT
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In a generally hilarious round-up of the attempts by self-appointed “men’s rights activists” to make compelling graphics—and their inevitable failures—David Futrelle of Man Boobz found one that I hope will life for the ages.

Yes, he used a picture of a man holding up a stop sign to instruct cars to stop as “evidence” that the primary responsibility for keeping cars from plowing through a bunch of kids rests on the shoulders of children, and not drivers. He used a picture of a man holding up a sign instructing car drivers that it is their responsibility to stop in order to argue against telling men that it is their responsibility not to rape. You can’t make this stuff up.

I will add to this that as most men do not rape because they don’t want to, most people don’t plow through crowds of people with their cars because they straight up do not want to. However, mindful as we are that there are always sociopaths and sadists out there, we have passed a bunch of laws that say that plowing your car through a crowd of kids is murder and we punish that behavior quite severely. Knowing that they face lengthy prison sentences if they plow through a bunch of kids crossing the street is remarkably good at keeping the occasional sociopath who wants to see what it would look like to have kids bouncing off his bumper from indulging that urge. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned there about what it would take to convince rapists not to rape.

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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