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Douchebag Decree: Men's News Daily

"It's like AskMen.com but with fewer readers!"

Touted by its editors as "Your Daily Dose of Counter-Theory," the folks at Men's News Daily strive to unveil the truth about what it means to "be a man." By reading their mission statement, I learned a great number of things about both men (the "direct sex"...I'm not really sure what this means...when I Googled "the direct sex" my first results included a "Live Video Chat with Hot Girls" and instructions on how to direct a sex scene) and women (the "fair sex"). For instance, did you know that...

--"the entire world—with its roads, buildings, places of worship, homes, medicines, appliances, and scholarship—was forged and crafted almost exclusively by male hands"? Yup. No men = no mosques, nowhere to live, and certainly nothing of use in either the medical or engineering fields.

--if you consider yourself a 'radical,' you probably are fond of pretending that "the birth of every boy is the moment in which a potential Manson or proto-rapist has entered the world"?

--"males are told that the only route to salvation is feminization"? Additionally, men "must parrot the traits, aspirations, affectations, and behaviors of the fair sex even though their moods are conspicuously less rosy than our own." What!? Men are supposed to be like women in every sense even though everyone knows women are bitches!? I had no idea.

--socialism is to blame for the current state of affiars (i.e., the marginalization of men in society). You know what that means: that gosh darn no good socialist Barack HUSSEIN Obama is behind the winding "road to serfdom" modern Western men find themselves traveling upon.

The mission closes with the following words of real HOPE and CHANGE:

"MensNewsDaily.com was founded in 2001 and remains a sanctuary for men. It is one of the few remaining places where a man can be a man without apology. We thank you for visiting, but encourage you to join us in our mission. Welcome brothers!"

 

Where a man can be a man...MND, you aren't affiliated with Ketel One Vodka, are you?

 

I've gotta confess that I went nosing around Men's News Daily looking for a douchebag to decree. I clicked on a post titled "Sony's Ugly Truth About Women," preparing to be offended. What turned out to be a review of stereotype-laden The Ugly Truth began innocently (and almost feminist-ly) enough:

Open the nightstand drawer of almost every woman; what will you find? A vibrator. It's not for mixing concrete. If she just wants to be held and cuddled, while all he wants is sex, why does she own a vibrator? You figure it out.

Whoa, Men's News Daily, are you for real?  You have a contributor who acknowledges that women are sexual beings?  I never would have guessed!  The post went on to bemoan the predictable "battle-of-the-sexes" featuring a "male lead as a sex-starved pig" [emphasis not mine].  I continued reading, shocked that an individual privy to gender role socialization was writing for MND.  My excitement increased as I read the following spot-on paragraph:

The real ugly truth is that our squeamish society continues to engage, voluntarily, in a charade of self-deception about female sexuality — just as it continues to pretend that America is a bastion of capitalism. People have emotional difficulty with the concept of a horny woman, and women take advantage of this phenomenon in dating and marriage. 

This guy gets it, save for the second half of the last sentence above. Right? Right? Wrong. I read on only to discover that the reason we don't see movies featuring female protagonists with insatiable libidos is because "feminists would fill the streets, crying exploitation, objectification, and victimization." Really? The same movement that promotes societal acceptance of healthy sexual expression for people of all genders would be up in arms if a horny woman was made a prominent character in a mainstream film? Somehow I doubt that, thought I guess it would depend heavily on how said horny woman was portrayed.

Unfortunately, the blame the above contributor places on feminism is likely the least of MND's antifeminist problems. Currently featured articles have such charming tites as "Why Modern Feminism is Illogical, Unnecesary, and Evil" (though the title is taken from a recent Psychology Today online article, MND includes that article as well as other recent "news" that serves as evidence for the horrors of feminism), "The Women's Studies Freak Show," "Feminists Endowed with a Superiority Complex," "Ladies, Only YOU Can Prevent Cheating" and "Published: Gay Marriage Harms Familes in California."   Loves it.

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Love this post! That website

Love this post! That website just sounds so laughable it almost seems harmless on the surface but of course 'harmless' behaviour observed by someone impressionable or someone looking to validate their own more hostile opinions, can be a dangerous combination! Oh I wrote a post about a similar website ages ago, it was more christian but it was really focused on men's roles in society that they shouldn't let women take away from them and blah blah blah.

Amusing way to start a Friday, thanks!

I don't really want to

I don't really want to eternalize the stereotypical view that all feminists hate men, but the fact that this exists almost makes me want to. From the other hand. I suggest you just to imagine that there is no more unchecked misogyny, rampant and chauvinism. What will we do? What we gonna talk and laugh about? Yep! There are no "real men" anymore ;)

Thanks a lot for the great

Thanks a lot for the great post!
I don't really want to eternalize the stereotypical view that all feminists hate men, but the fact that this exists almost makes me want to. From the other hand. I suggest you just to imagine that there is no more unchecked misogyny, rampant and chauvinism. What will we do? What we gonna talk and laugh about? Yep! There are no "real men" anymore ;)

This Article: Part of the Problem

It's very easy to take a site like MND and boil it down into a one-dimensional caricature of woman-hating extremists. You even went for the cheap (and offensive) headline - "Douchebag Decree." Are the people who read your post going to come away with a fair or well-informed idea of what MND is about? I doubt that you or the above commenters took the time to read MND's "Principles and Goals" (http://mensnewsdaily.com/principles-and-goals-the-mens-movement/) statement, a well-thought-out defense of men's values - not an attack on female ones.

Perhaps you forget that it would be just as easy - perhaps easier - to write the same sort of article about this publication, "Bitch Magazine." We could use words like "man-haters" and "feminazis," base our quotes off a select few articles, and portray the writings and authors on this site just as one-sidedly as you did with them.

But that would only make it worse, right? Right. And so did you. Articles like this are part of the problem, not the solution. When we start treating each other with the same respect we'd want given to us, we'll be able to talk about these issues like adults.

Also, for reference - "the entire world—with its roads, buildings, places of worship, homes, medicines, appliances, and scholarship—was forged and crafted almost exclusively by male hands" is referring to the larger scope of history, not just the past century. Doing research on this subject will confirm that statement. And remember, they said "almost."

Thank you for your sanity

I love you, BITCH magazine!

A friend of mine posted a link on my Facebook about an article critiquing feminism; it was a link to mensnewsdaily, an on-line publication that was formerly unfamiliar to me. The piece at a glance, looked reasonable and scholarly, but when I read it, it was full of wide-sweeping generalizations about feminists. I called them out on this and kept the debate civil (at first) and someone posted a bunch of quotes from feminists saying" these quotes show the bigotry of feminists and feminist thought". Most of the quotes were perfectly sensible! Like from Steinem saying that women were in more danger in the home than on the battlefield in wartime. I called them out again with facts and figures and I said that "I hope you do not have any daughters or women close to you" meaning I feel sorry for someone raised by a bunch of sexists.

Anyway, I was accused by two of these knuckle-draggers of "making threats" on people families and threatened with exile from this chat space. What??!! Threats??!! I protested the false claim that I made threats against anyone and left on my own. Of course, I was called, "a man hater": this amused my husband greatly. These people running this site are nuts!

A look up of mensnewsdaily shows that it is a far-right wing project (surprise, surprise):

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=MensNewsDaily.com

A look on their site has articles such as: "Is Your Girlfriend a Professional Victim?" Need I say more? They must be Robert Bly disciples.

I NEVER post on right-wing sites, or read them, ever, but I got sucked in this time. Oh well. I'm subscribing to BITCH because of this experience; we have to counter these losers.

Thank you for your sanity

I love you, BITCH magazine!

A friend of mine posted a link about an article on my Facebook critiquing feminism; it was a link to mensnewsdaily, an on-line publication that was formerly unfamiliar to me. The piece at a glance, looked reasonable and scholarly, but when I read it, it was full of wide-sweeping generalizations about feminists. I called them out on this and kept the debate civil (at first) and someone posted a bunch of quotes from feminists saying" these quotes show the bigotry of feminists and feminist thought". Most of the quotes were perfectly sensible! Like from Steinem saying that women were in more danger in the home than on the battlefield in wartime. I called them out again with facts and figures and I said that "I hope you do not have any daughters or women close to you" meaning I feel sorry for someone raised by a bunch of sexists.

Anyway, I was accused by two of these knuckle-draggers of "making threats" on people families and threatened with exile from this chat space. What?? Threats?? I protested the false claim that I made threats against anyone and left on my own. Of course, I was called, "a man hater": this amused my husband greatly. These people running this site are nuts!

A look up of mensnewsdaily shows that it is a far-right wing project (surprise, surprise):

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=MensNewsDaily.com

A look on their site has articles such as: "Is Your Girlfriend a Professional Victim?" Need I say more? They must be Robert Bly disciples.

I NEVER post on right-wing sites, or read them, ever, but I got sucked in this time. Oh well. I'm subscribing to BITCH because of this experience; we have to counter these losers.

Dan, If you read their

Dan, If you read their poorly researched articles, you will see that MND is a one-dimensional site that bashes women and feminism. I also posted a link to their right-wing ties. I am sorry, but this article on Bitch is not part of the problem, but is spot on.

About your assertion "the larger scope of history" you will see that many records were lost and/or not kept for ancient sites and cities and it cannot be proven if women were involved with the erection of cities and buildings, etc. This, you yourself could learn through research.

I love you, BITCH magazine!

I love you, BITCH magazine!

A friend of mine posted a link about an article on my Facebook critiquing feminism; it was a link to mensnewsdaily, an on-line publication that was formerly unfamiliar to me. The piece at a glance, looked reasonable and scholarly, but when I read it, it was full of wide-sweeping generalizations about feminists. I called them out on this and kept the debate civil (at first) and someone posted a bunch of quotes from feminists saying" these quotes show the bigotry of feminists and feminist thought". Most of the quotes were perfectly sensible! Like from Steinem saying that women were in more danger in the home than on the battlefield in wartime. I called them out again with facts and figures and I said that "I hope you do not have any daughters or women close to you" meaning I feel sorry for someone raised by a bunch of sexists.

Anyway, I was accused by two of these knuckle-draggers of "making threats" on people families and threatened with exile from this chat space. What?? Threats?? I protested the false claim that I made threats against anyone and left on my own. Of course, I was called, "a man hater": this amused my husband greatly. These people running this site are nuts!

A look up of mensnewsdaily shows that it is a far-right wing project (surprise, surprise):

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=MensNewsDaily.com

A look on their site has articles such as: "Is Your Girlfriend a Professional Victim?" Need I say more? They must be Robert Bly disciples.

I NEVER post on right-wing sites, or read them, ever, but I got sucked in this time. Oh well. I'm subscribing to BITCH because of this experience; we have to counter these losers.

Thank You Bitch mag

I love you, BITCH magazine!

A friend of mine posted a link about an article on my Facebook critiquing feminism; it was a link to mensnewsdaily, an on-line publication that was formerly unfamiliar to me. The piece at a glance, looked reasonable and scholarly, but when I read it, it was full of wide-sweeping generalizations about feminists. I called them out on this and kept the debate civil (at first) and someone posted a bunch of quotes from feminists saying" these quotes show the bigotry of feminists and feminist thought". Most of the quotes were perfectly sensible! Like from Steinem saying that women were in more danger in the home than on the battlefield in wartime. I called them out again with facts and figures and I said that "I hope you do not have any daughters or women close to you" meaning I feel sorry for someone raised by a bunch of sexists.

Anyway, I was accused by two of these knuckle-draggers of "making threats" on people families and threatened with exile from this chat space. What?? Threats?? I protested the false claim that I made threats against anyone and left on my own. Of course, I was called, "a man hater": this amused my husband greatly. These people running this site are nuts!

A look up of mensnewsdaily shows that it is a far-right wing project (surprise, surprise):

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=MensNewsDaily.com

A look on their site has articles such as: "Is Your Girlfriend a Professional Victim?" Need I say more? They must be Robert Bly disciples.

I NEVER post on right-wing sites, or read them, ever, but I got sucked in this time. Oh well. I'm subscribing to BITCH because of this experience; we have to counter these losers.

Sory this posted so many times....

...I thought it didn't go through.