Mens rules for dating
The idea was this would increase the literacy of the staff so we could all sell books more effectively, so I came back a week later and told them about .
Usually the book reports elicited conversation, but mine was met with stern silence.
I’d Google “men’s oppression” or “anti-feminist” and find anything I was looking for on people’s Blogspot sites or in the comments on pre-Reddit sites like Fark. Every once in a while I’d stumble across men’s rights activists (MRAs) advocating killing feminists, and I’d think to myself, .
But then I’d do what a lot of MRAs do: I’d say, “Those voices are on the fringe,” and argue they didn’t speak for the movement as a whole.
The majority of my friends were women, but I started withdrawing from them and hanging out with guys more.
My relationship with women became less about friendship and more about who I could hook up with. This was in the Web 1.0, pre-social media days, so it was mostly chat rooms or poorly written proto-blogs on Angelfire, AOL and Geocities (all of them fueled by rage and fear).
My real life was entirely devoted to school, so my men’s rights activism occurred exclusively in the classroom.
I was in that strange, formative period when you’re trying to find your adult identity, flirting with contrarian worldviews, so I thought, . I was studying political science at the time, so I had never thought about social processes like misogyny and sexism. The book talked about how pop culture demonized straight, white men because they’re the only demographic left that it’s acceptable to make fun of.The chapter that stood out the most was about how men are portrayed as these bumbling oafs on television, especially sitcoms.Their wives, meanwhile, are these enlightened women who have to endure their idiot husbands.His wife, however, was relegated to the domestic sphere, and even though she had a job, it was always incidental to her role as a mother and wife. I’m not sure which came first – my sense men were losing their place in society or my reading – but I do know the book crystallized that feeling.The bookstore had this policy that allowed employees to essentially “check out” a book and report back to their colleagues about it.