A local Men’s Rights Activist group has decided to start plastering their posters all over my city. They’ve also been doing drive-bys and pedestrian stalking of the weekly pro-choice demonstrations I’ve been participating in for over three months now (and nearly pissing themselves when I make eye contact).
Their websites are essentially nothing more than misogynist rant blogs (the local “masculism.ca” appears to be their “tame” webpage, whereas “avoiceformen.com” is literally just rageface-ranting against women) , and their posters are tailored to the degree of misogynist extremism each website promotes. But I see what they’re doing (see: I see what you did there). So instead of getting angry, I’m simply going to troll them the way they’ve been trolling me and my friends.
Let The Trolling Begin
The reason I am taking this approach, rather than getting fury at them is because this group is a small collective of misogynist trolls. The way they operate is really no different from the way an online white supremacy hate group operates. Sure, there will be a half a dozen or maybe even a dozen actual “activists” or “advocates” who will put their faces out there and take to the streets with their message (if they think it’s safe, and if not, they’ll just cover their faces for their own protection). Maybe they’ll even pay for a banner they can carry. But at the end of the day, if and when they do appear, they’ll be chased down the street into a train station by an angry mob — just like the time that actually happened in Edmonton (of all places!) with a white supremacy hate group called Blood and Honour.
And I have little doubt that if they are reading this right now, they’re puffing their chests up and thumping on their sternums, because they have hundreds if not thousands of people checking their websites, offering all sorts of support, and cheering them on from the sidelines. Well, I love to burst a good bubble: probably 85% of the people on these websites are trolling you guys, guys. They stand with you because they’ve been brain-washed by the same systemic sexism against women and latent misogyny that characterizes the very same dominant culture we share when we’re not busy trolling each other. But they don’t believe everything you say (or even most of it), and they think you’re fucking hilarious because you’re so far out of orbit. It’s the funnel effect — not rocket surgery.
Make sure you wear your running shoes, gentlemen. You may have been able to grab my shortest, thinnest female friend and threaten her. You may even have magically gained the instant support from men within ear shot who think she’s such a Big Bad Bitch for tearing your posters down or for yelling at you for assaulting her and threatening to beat up her boyfriend. But you’re not going to get away with that when I’m around — whether or not the police are present. I’m far too childish to take any of you seriously.