A Men's Rights Activists Glossary

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Men's Rights Edmonton
I spend a lot of time talking about Men's Right's Activists because when they were handing out beats at the Houston Press staff meeting earlier this year I was in the hall shaking a vending machine to try and get a stupid bag of Funyuns to fall. That's today's lesson, kiddos. If you're late, all the good jobs will be taken by the time you get there.

So I go about my business exposing the terrible things that terrible people think, but time and time again I run into the question of "What is a MRA anyway? And what the hell do these things that look like words mean?"

In an effort to head off further inquiries and explanations, today I am creating a little helpful guide to the terminology used by the stayment ('Cause they ain't moving a damned thing except Pappy One F's gag reflex). Feel free to refer back to it whenever you run into their ALL CAPSian riddleboxes and get confused.

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A poster created by Men's Rights Edmonton
MRA
MRA stands for "Men's Rights Activist" although many have rightly assumed it also stands for "Men's Rights Assholes". If you are totally new to the concept a MRA is someone who believes that feminism and women in general have already accomplished the wholesale enslavement of men in Western society, and further cement their hold by claiming victimhood to seize further power.

And before you ask, yes, there are female MRAs (Sometimes called "Honey Badgers"), and to answer your follow-up question, yes, they are just as bad if not worse. Like Erin Pizzey, who believes that men are so downtrodden that they cower in the corner of elevators when women come on lest they be falsely accused of harassment and hauled off to dick jail.

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Gynarchy
The gynarchy is the term used to identify the mass, unified Master Class of women that keeps men singing "Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot" in the fields. It is also imaginary, but not in a cool way like the Jabberwocky which at least makes its nonsense rhyme and sounds wicked as shit when Johnny Depp recites it.

If you're wondering why they don't use the word "matriarchy" to described a female fascist state, there's a good reason for that. Gynarchy removes the mother aspect of the idea, which I'm sure makes Thanksgiving a lot less awkward for the people that use the term. Also, in the end the idea of gynarchy is focused on the concept of a woman's vagina not as an instrument of birth, but through its potential for sexual control. Which brings us to...

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12 comments
squirrelingitaway
squirrelingitaway

I know you're a partisan, Jef, but the counter to this article would be to list jargon from trans-exclusionary radical feminists, anti-vaccine activists, Supernatural Sam/Dean shippers, and the far frontiers of Tumblr teenage identity politics and claim it's all terminology from feminism.  If you really wanted to make your case, you could find a way to throw in that "abusing your boyfriend is awesome" link from Jezebel.


This shit is ridiculous - you're lumping in several different groups in order to elevate the implied threat of a feminism-separate political entity that is trying to ameliorate some of the gendered problems that face men in the west.   However, I guess it's easier to try and shame people for daring to think that their existence can be improved than it is to consider their viewpoint.  Congrats on taking the low road.

arrothiel
arrothiel

Male feminists are sexy as fuck. Unevolved cavemen who compare themselves to wolves are not.

cfein
cfein

Still chuckling. Excellent primer, sir.

davidp070
davidp070

@squirrelingitaway Translation for those who don't get the jargon:

"Not all MRAs hate women, we really just want to fuck them and don't understand why our bigoted behavior drives them away. And anyways our reaction is a Totally Reasonable Reaction To The World rather than the lunatic ravings of a bunch of morons having a circle jerk."

jennifer.johnston411
jennifer.johnston411

@squirrelingitaway you sound like an idiot. Like that one friend who always has way too much to say about every topic, but uses big words that they don't understand.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@squirrelingitaway Wait, anti-vaxxers are feminists? And what does that have to do with Supernatural? Sorry, but your comment made very little sense to me. 

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