First, a mounting pile of sexual harassment allegations made Sunday the worst International Men’s Day ever, and then on Monday, Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times had this hot take on men to offer:
I am at the point where i seriously, sincerely wonder how all women don't regard all men as monsters to be constantly feared. the real world turns out to be a legit horror movie that I inhabited and knew nothing about.
— Farhad Manjoo (feat. Drake) (@fmanjoo) November 20, 2017
That tweet eventually racked up more than 25,000 “likes,” but the highest-profile endorsement likely came from Washington Post style writer Monica Hesse, who seconded the idea that all men are to be treated as potential monsters.
Surprise! The answer is that we do, and we must, regard all men as potential monsters to be feared. That's why we cross to the other side of the street at night, and why we sometimes obey when men say "Smile, honey!" We are always aware the alternative could be death. https://t.co/hvgT7c5GBa
— Monica Hesse (@MonicaHesse) November 20, 2017
Is that sexist? Let’s run a check …
Alter two words and you get racism:https://t.co/2uAzvgUpgv
— ?? Adam Baldwin ?? (@AdamBaldwin) November 21, 2017
Just change up a few words, and you can make this a racist quote. That's how STUPID this tweet is. https://t.co/NYRhZzkmqy
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) November 21, 2017
BTW, people who speak this way after Islamic terrorist attacks are called bigots. People who've been mugged and worry when they see people who look like they're in a gang are racist.
— Crazee™giving (@Crazizzle) November 22, 2017
Obviously, it’s a problem if gender relations have gotten so bad that men are treated by default as monsters to be feared; if women suggest that due process isn’t necessary and it’s OK if a few innocent men are ruined by false sexual harassment claims; and that complimenting a woman on her appearance is tantamount to sexual harassment.
It makes me insanely angry to read comments like this. Men are not all monsters and women do *not* need to fear an entire gender. It’s unacceptable to encourage fear in people who have experienced abuse who are probably fighting fear every day. You’re not helping.
— Francesca Sutton (@FrancescaWink) November 21, 2017
You're either incredibly paranoid or you've surrounded yourself with the absolute worst men on the planet https://t.co/YV3yLZJBEB
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 21, 2017
Being a feminist must be a terrible, hellish daily experience.
I was actually raped and do not live with this kind of fear or paranoia. https://t.co/NdrXQj3okU
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) November 21, 2017
This is why innocent men continue to get chastised. Ignorant messages such as these that portray us all as "monsters" https://t.co/q7I35ecAiU
— Tim (@Timerican) November 21, 2017
Surprise! I don't cross the street if I see a guy, if a guy tells me to smile, i walk past. I do not fear them.
They are humans just like you. That's the exact same as saying "all pitbulls are aggressive." No. A handful are a bad bunch, just like a small group of males are. https://t.co/rCWiZODFiC
— ThatOneGirl (@ThatOneGirlYT) November 21, 2017
NO, that is not the answer. You can always be wary of strangers ( I am and I am male and I have crossed the street at night to avoid suspicious people ) but deciding that 1/2 of the population wants to hurt or kill you is untrue and unproductive. https://t.co/7H0yXMiHPN
— Joe Reilly (@JosephGReilly62) November 21, 2017
Sounds like the ravings of a paranoid schizophrenic.
Either that, or, your potential monster is the author of that tweet. https://t.co/Uox7OcnSXf
— BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) November 21, 2017
Stop. You do not fear death from someone who tells you to smile. https://t.co/qEoJLQoahw
— neontaster (@neontaster) November 21, 2017
Folks, this is epic parental failure right here. Seriously, who teaches their daughters to think like this??? https://t.co/vq9gDj1zL4
— Stacy D (@StacyDmomof5) November 21, 2017
The capacity for both good and evil exists within all men (and women). So yes, all men are potential monsters, just as they are also potential angels. https://t.co/DmmfztoiCu
— John Blackout (@SageCommander) November 21, 2017
My favorite part about this lunacy is that, 90% of the time, the women who engage in this kind of hysteria are the same ones who hate guns and believe in the strictest possible gun control. https://t.co/hwDXxyxx7q
— It's-a-me, Molly-o! (@MollyBinion) November 21, 2017
I don't understand how anyone can live their life like this. "That's why we obey"? You're your own person, if you're that scared get some pepper spray or a gun to defend yourself. Don't be pathological and hysterical, jfc. https://t.co/1A6Nv2DloI
— Merry Martyr-mas (ㆆᴗㆆ)*✲ﾟ*｡⋆ (@SuperNerdMartyr) November 21, 2017
Excellent. Another advocate for getting more women to carry. I couldn't agree more. https://t.co/A3O4zXcUKw
— EricEEE (@EEElverhoy) November 21, 2017
Give them a conceal/carry license so if a man becomes a threat, she can whip out a 45, and point it at their junk and say back off creep. I say empower women, Don t make fear a stereotype. I'm a survivor of sexual assault. Firearm training , & little kung-fu gave me confidence. https://t.co/Vie8wRhWCK
— The Doctor C137 (@LiamLetsch) November 21, 2017
This is getting ridiculous. This play-the-victim-to-the-big-scary-man game makes me sick to my stomach and I want no part of it. There are LOTS of good, decent men in this world. Strong women know that. https://t.co/gvAoT7xff3
— Dagan K (@dagank4) November 21, 2017
How do you even get out of bed in the morning? The fear you harbor is the thing that oppresses you. Not actually, you know, MEN. https://t.co/amQxDXval0
— ? Island Of Mushfit Toys ? (@MushKat) November 21, 2017
This is so wrong, I don't know how to even respond. All men are not monsters to be feared. Most men are good and decent. You're fear mongering. https://t.co/26GLVhDpSN
— Beth Wellington (@beth_wellington) November 21, 2017
And who are the biggest victims of male violence? Yep, other men. Lol these people live in such an ideological bubble that it's rotted almost any logic they have https://t.co/7Bo9sDJMo9
— Tony Shea (@Sheasy64) November 21, 2017
If every woman I meet regards me as a potential monster, I must regard every woman I meet as a potential accuser. You have, probably unintentionally, justified the Pence Rule. https://t.co/tTweci8eIW
— Steve (@jones4440) November 21, 2017
Any woman who has to fear – or question any man in her life really needs to question her life choices and social skills. https://t.co/vG6znMjrfW
— theRoddick (@_jbarker) November 21, 2017
At first I thought
"WTF? This is ridiculous, men aren't… OH WAIT"
Because then I realized she associates with "progressive" men & feminist allies. https://t.co/0Vku4oMtm6
— TexitMachine (@BrowningMachine) November 21, 2017
This jerky pendulum swing from militant feminist Barbie® to delicate flower/invalid when it's convenient is why only 1/3 of women identify as feminists. https://t.co/NYRhZzkmqy
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) November 21, 2017
The left has done a hell of a job dividing us entirely by race and now recently gender. Making these "men are all monsters" positions the woke thing to believe nowadays. This is despicable. https://t.co/NcQkt8cTNC
— TONY TROVATO (@TonyTrovato) November 21, 2017
Not one short year ago all we heard about was "Girl Power!"
Wow! History happens fast! https://t.co/QzO1XLcY8B
— HRH Mach I (@Machovellian) November 21, 2017
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) November 21, 2017
Remember that week when the news cycle was that President Trump’s tweets were going to start a nuclear war with North Korea at any second. That was actually kind of nice in comparison to this, where sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and company have led to a gender war.
Sure would be nice with just one day without all these lunatic checkmarks spouting the most ridiculous horse shit. https://t.co/vVxEVa7V2x
— DavidGX ? (@DavidGX) November 21, 2017
* * *