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We’ve got to get off the Exodus motif and get on the Jubilee motif. The Exodus motif tells us that God freed us from one nation so we can march into the promised land and throw out everybody who already lives there.”

“Every time I issue what I think is a thoughtfully-worded critique of the complementarian tendency to impose of modern, Western familial constructs onto Peter and Paul’s Greco-Roman household codes in the New Testament, I get called ‘shrill’ and asked if I’m on my period.”

Do NOT pick a fight with these kids. Just when you think you’re winning, you’ll realize that you’ve completely lost.

“Why don’t @goodmenproject just be honest & call themselves The Good Misogynist Project?”

The couple was openly gay, but secretly Christian — the opposite of today’s closeted Christians.”

“The Messianic Secret, the piece of wonderful news that the disciples were far too stupid to be told, was that blokes who fancy each other cannot be the person who stands at the front in church waving his hands around and introducing the hymns.”

“My fear, however, is that it’s simply another attempt to put so-called new wine in old wine skins, nuancing the same old arguments of intolerance and hate that have plagued our faith for far too long.”

“They argue that the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and they point to the suicide rate, and then they turn around and do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down and to drive it up.”

“It really was a conscious declaration of war for various reasons, including fundraising, on a community for whom it caused this great suffering and death.”

“The pink elephant pirouetting around the room is: the fear-based religious hostility McLaren tells Christians not to be a part of is part of the Christian Bible. And there is no way of avoiding this problem.”

“It’s also something else too — part of the American character, if there is such a thing — and that is an eagerness to tell the experts, ‘Well, no. Screw you.'”

“From this side of the fence, things look very different than they used to on the other side of the fence.”

“I feel like a freak, and I want to know where the church for freaks is.”

“I have been in the revenge business so long, now that’s over, I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.”

“Joey Ramone was really nothing more than Buddy Holly turned up to 11.”

It’s (usually) more complicated than that.”

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  • A A

    MRAs say patriarchy is a system where men and women are assigned different gender roles and punished for stepping outside them.

    Not exactly…

    MRA stands for “Men’s Rights Activism”, and it exists for the same reason as the “National Association for the Advancement of White People” and the “Straight Pride Movement”. It exists because historically-privileged people want to hang onto their privilege, and they’re trying to defend their position by misusing the rhetoric of real civil rights movements.

    If you just look at their Mission Statement, you might be tricked into thinking that they’re supporting a noble cause. But once you get past the vague generalities and down to the specifics of what they actually want, you’ll see that about 90% of their message boards  are “Wah, I don’t wanna pay child support!”, 90% of the remainder is “Wah, I asked a woman to go out with me and she said, ‘No'”, 90% of the remaining remainder is “What if I get falsely accused of rape/harrassment? I can’t think of anything worse that could happen to anybody!” And I don’t know why, but the last remaining sliver is conspiracy theories about the Federal Reserve.

  • Paul Durant

    Is this actually what you have observed with your own personal eyeballs in your own personal skull or is it the perception reinforced by your ingroup that an outgroup is bad? Have you made any attempt to look for MRA’s who are rational, or have you only specifically gone to find the most contemptible ones? Because if /r/MensRights on Reddit is enough to discredit the concept of MRAs, then the existence of Tumblr disproves feminism, anti-racism, and LGBT rights.

    I like how I’m told I’m wrong about the beliefs a of an ideology I used to subscribe to, because I can’t tell members of it what they believe better than they do. But apparently it is perfectly fine to do the same to me.

    Do y’all even know what you are objecting to any more, or is it just “this person said feminism is wrong, therefore whatever he believes about feminism must be false”? Because the fact that feminism views all gender oppression as being against women is… not controversial at all. The feminists who say that rape and domestic violence are tools of patriarchy to oppress and harm women exclusively are not fringe voices, they’re the core of major branches of feminist theory. We are talking about an article that SHOWS THIS VERY BEHAVIOR in attributing misogyny to anything that talks about how gender roles negatively affect men and not as a side-effect of misogyny. 

    But you’re denying feminism says this, because the core belief of feminism, more central than universal female victimhood, is that feminism is always right. Much like conservatives (who are really, REALLY similar in behavior and dogmatism to feminists, with most of the names swapped out), feminism can never fail, it can only be failed. Are you going to deny feminism’s history of transphobia next, or the ignoring and dismissal of women of color, poor women, and basically anyone who wasn’t really similar to the white cis middle-class academics who started the second wave? How ridiculous is this going to get in your effort to avoid admitting feminism can be wrong?

  • Lee B.