If you ever had any doubts that the concerns about “misandry” are not about actual man-hating, but an attempt to redefine female equality as anti-male, I present to you this Fox News segment that, while avoiding the silly word “misandry”, basically pushes the message that all stories must have male heroes or else they are man-hating.
Oh sure, there’s a weak-handed attempt to argue that there’s some anti-male message in Frozen, but it’s weak-handed because that might be the dumbest thing anyone has ever said about anything. ““From what we’ve seen, it looks like Frozen depicts men as evil and cold and bumblers, that’s what it looks like. What kind of message does that send?,” Steve Doocy asks Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, a group that would be better named Women Who Hate Women. He provided no examples of how Frozen specifically portrays men, as a group, as bad people.
“It’s not just Disney; Hollywood in general has often sent a message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way and if they contribute anything to the family, it’s a paycheck. And that is not true, and it is not good social science,” Nance agreed, again refusing to cite examples. Certainly she does not explain how Frozen argues that men are “superfluous”.
Doocy got closer to the real complaint: ““It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kind of movies as heroes.”
That’s right, folks. Men can be the heroes of 90% of movies, but anything less than 100% is misandry.
If you haven’t seen Frozen, well, it’s only like 90 minutes long, so go watch it. But it’s made a fortune, so odds are you’ve seen Frozen. What you will find is that there is not a single whiff of the “men are bad” or “men are superfluous” message that Doocy and Nance claim to see there. Sure, one of the villains is a man. So is one of the heroes. And sure, some male characters are comic relief. But since when is it wrong to have a variety of male characters, some heroic and some villainous and some comic? It wasn’t….until someone made a kid’s movie that dared suggest that women might actually be interesting enough characters on their own to lead movies. There was no concern about the misandry of Star Wars or the misandry of Harry Potter, though both had male characters that are comic relief and male characters that are villains. All of a sudden, to avoid misandry, all male characters must be exactly the same: Square-jawed heroes who have no sense of humor. Fighting what, since men can’t be villains anymore? I guess only women. That’s the ticket!
Yeah, it makes no sense. But this clip is a perfect example of what’s really going on when anti-feminists whine about “misandry”: They are actually demanding male dominance. Frozen‘s attitude about men is not anti-male, but that they are human: Some are good, some are bad, there’s a lot of diversity. The male hero, Kristoff, is quite competent and handsome, in fact. He’s certainly not superfluous, as he is portrayed both as having a life of his own of value and as having value to Anna.
So clearly the actual offense of Frozen is that it dare posits that women may have stories to tell and not every story about a woman is actually about a man. It’s interesting that the princess movies that are about women trying to find true love don’t offend them—that’s because those stories don’t ruffle their belief that women exist for men. But what made Frozen different was it suggested that while romantic love is good and important, other relationships—often, relationships with other women, like your sister—also count. And, probably the scariest of all, it posited that your relationship with yourself matters, too, with Elsa’s journey of accepting her own powers. That’s a message I suspect that they would like to reserve solely for male audience members. Luke Skywalker learning his own strength? Bring it on! But a woman doing the same? MISANDRY.
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.