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Anti-Feminist Own Goal Alert

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, March 14, 2014 16:47 EDT

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.

The Real Debate Isn’t About “Life” But About What We Expect Of Women

By Amanda Marcotte

This is my idea of what hell looks like. If hearing that troubles you, I have to ask: Why? So, the atheist/skeptic community is in an uproar on the subject of abortion, and since that’s kind of my jam, I figured I should weigh in. The question isn’t whether or not legal abortion is moral—outside a few kooks, nearly all non-believers are pro-choice—but whether or not those anti-abortion kooks should be indulged and given the…


Astrophysics Should Threaten Fundies More Than Biology

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, March 13, 2014 15:57 EDT

It’s hard to believe it’s an accident, I’ll say that much. The Fox affiliate—not Fox News, but just Fox—in Oklahoma City cut out the last 15 seconds of the airing of the new version of Cosmos featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, which just happened to be when he mentioned that human…


The Arguments In Favor Of The Word “Bossy” Are Already Forming

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:16 EDT

When I did a stock image search for “bossy”, images of women dominating men were the major theme, also neatly disproving the claim that it’s a gender-neutral word.  I usually just laugh at Roy Edroso’s amusing mockeries of Jonah Goldberg and move on. Goldberg really is such a fatuous shitheel…


CPAC Demonstrates The Limits Of The Conservative Brand

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:34 EDT

The idiot who has contempt for everyone smarter than you act is a bit, well, limiting.  CPAC happened last weekend, and apparently there’s been some grousing that it gets so much more media attention than similar progressive events, such as Netroots Nation. Or, at least that’s a question that Josh…


True Detective Finale: Living With Uncertainty

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, March 10, 2014 9:37 EDT

I’m happy to admit I was wrong: In the end, True Detective was a show that invoked the tired old cliche that any woman who had the temerity to grow past the idealized age of innocence ended up on screen as flat, barely characterized stereotype: As Janet Turley put it,…


Religion Doesn’t Require Bigotry, And Don’t Let Anyone Claim Otherwise

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:50 EDT

“Nuh-uh” is a standard reply conservatives make to accusations of bigotry, and it’s surprisingly effective, for one simple reason: Conservatives want to drag the debate over to the topic of what’s in their hearts instead of what’s in their actions, because they know that no matter how hateful and bigoted…


No, Diet Coke Is Not Encouraging Drug Abuse

By Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:49 EDT

If only he’d heeded our warnings to avoid caffeinated beverages.  You can always tell the difference between genuine concerns about drug use and anti-drug hysteria by how upset someone is at the possibility that someone, somewhere, might feel pleasure at something other than the righteous feeling you get when you…


Yes, Religion Will Become Less Homophobic. No, That’s Not A Bad Thing.

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:12 EDT

I can’t recommend enough Mark Joseph Stern’s dismantling of Ross Douthat’s whiny, dishonest column about the collapse of the latest round of anti-gay bills in various state legislatures. So read it, and come back here, because I have a few thoughts on the broader discourse about religion, bigotry, and homophobia.…


White men, as a group, vote Republican because they vote their resentments

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, March 3, 2014 9:52 EDT

Important disclaimer for the eager-to-be-butthurt: Obviously, not all men or even all married men or all white men or all men of a certain demographic. Republicans get the majority of white men, but they don’t get all of them. Calm the fuck down. Democrats have conquered most demographics in this…