Jessica Valenti has written six books on feminism, and in The New York Times Wednesday she argued for ways to keep young boys from growing up to be misogynists, claiming that “a generation of young, mostly white men are being radicalized into believing that their problems stem from women’s progress.”
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) July 26, 2018
"Whether it’s misogynist terrorism, the rash of young men feeling sexually entitled to women or the persistent stereotype of “real men” as powerful and violent, it’s never been clearer that American boys are in desperate need of intervention." https://t.co/PDlBWqm9HZ
— Lauren Tamaki (@laurentamaki) July 26, 2018
Of course, she’s quick to denounce the work of “misogynist hucksters” like Canadian psychology professor Jordan Peterson, whom she notes refuses to call students by their preferred pronouns.
So her column is both a warning against people like Peterson and a call for feminists to set up a system to help shape boys into something other than patriarchal terrorists.
“Feminist ideas can help men,” she writes, “be it the rejection of expectations that men be strong and stoic or ending the silence around male victims of sexual violence. But boys also need the same kind of culture we created for girls.” Thanks to feminism, girls, for example, have everything from “social media campaigns to after-school equality clubs … and real-life spaces where girls can find alternatives to the sexist status quo.”
Until society finds out a way to keep young patriarchs from growing into misogynists, women can never truly be free, right?
I don't know what is going on in your neighborhood, but I was born free, have lived free and will continue to do so.
You've been imprisoned by your progressive mindset. https://t.co/rKyc3eV4mX
— BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) July 26, 2018
Hey, she's grappling. Don't confuse her when she's grappling!
— Boris_Badenoff (@Boris_Badenoff) July 26, 2018
Free your mind, the rest will follow. You've self-imprisoned yourself in misery and self-loathing.
— JWF (@JammieWF) July 26, 2018
Women who follow your advise are sure to be free: free of happiness at least.
— Ken Ostdiek (@kostdiek) July 26, 2018
You're like the Pigpen of twitter. A never-ending vortex dust cloud
of faux misery surrounds you https://t.co/nD0V2jbrAZ
— Stephen Shaw (@czechov) July 26, 2018
I am sooooooo sick of this crap.
I am utterly free. Quit trying to make me a victim just to induce me to join your cult.
It's. Not. Happening. https://t.co/LusFT5tVnJ
— moodyredhead (@moodyredhead) July 26, 2018
Yet you are free to write this, without a worry, and get paid for it. DAMN PATRIARCHY!
— Mortis (@WitchyDruss) July 26, 2018
Are you writing fiction @JessicaValenti? Woman in the US have the highest standard of living in history. Leave boys alone, you inculcated drip.
— TraceyLeeWrites (@TraceyLeeWrites) July 26, 2018
"women will never be free" proclaims the woman living in America in 2018 and has the highest standard of living of any women who ever lived. Calm down. https://t.co/WSRjBMnofd
— Jesse Kelly® (@JesseKellyDC) July 26, 2018
"women will never be free"? I don't know what alternative universe you live in, @JessicaValenti, but here in the US, as a female, I enjoy the same freedom as a male. Your imaginary chains are self inflicted. This victim mentality is becoming extremely tiresome.
— Lana☯ (@StuknDaMiddle17) July 26, 2018
Just what I love, another hyperbolic feminist victimizing women and putting them squarely in a protected class of neediness. You are as free as any human will ever be. Take a happy pill and go to bed
— Risa Davis (@texasrighty) July 26, 2018
As a woman I’m embarrassed & enraged at how feminists continually make women out to be defenseless victims. I rarely run into misogynists… when I do I kick their ass*s to the curb. I don’t play the victim card…. neither should you. Stop blaming men for your failures.
— baby houseman (@HousemanMonique) July 26, 2018
Or you could just be a stronger woman and not a special snowflake.
— Jimni27 (@jimni27) July 26, 2018
Busy raising my girls not to be misandrists.
— ❌Isidro Mandujano❌ (@IsidroMandujano) July 26, 2018
Nice choice of a pic for the article. The girls are happy and working and the boy is miserable af. Very appropriate for an article on the destruction of men from a young age. Your ultimate goal is to stop them from becoming men, not misogynists.
— Ali Bubba (@m0fta7) July 26, 2018
Awful. Conflating some nutbags with what it means to be a man is journalistic malfeasance. As such, the feminist solutions that flow from your conflation are wrong. You really need to get out and meet more men, instead of stereotyping men based on a few articles.
— Dan (@danwvette) July 26, 2018
Wow, what a great idea! Let's stop offensive behavior before it even starts or before they're even capable of misogyny! We can start by assuming that every single male is a misogynist and then treating boys like that, while telling them there's something wrong with them! #Derp
— nick (@nickfullmer) July 26, 2018
Stop ruining boys.
— Maggie Ellis (@LeftyMagnet) July 26, 2018
Question: What feminists can do for boys
Answer: Let the boys be boys and back off. https://t.co/t9SIwBfs81
— RWK (@RWK77) July 26, 2018
You can keep your craziness away from my boys!
— Libs Are Mental (@graphixpro1) July 26, 2018
I'm raising 3 boys along with my very strong wife. You're pitching horseshit, and I'm glad my wife is better at this than you are.
— Guy Whitehead™ (@GuyRWhitehead) July 26, 2018
Thank God I raised my four boys as boys. Kind & loving with chidren of their own. Gentlemen who treat their wives with respect & love. You don't have to tell the lie of different genders to teach your children to be respectful decent human beings.
— SouthernJazz❌🇺🇸 (@MelMeHayes) July 26, 2018
The best thing we can do for boys is keep them away from feminists. They're boys, not defective girls.
— Veronique Semtex (@VeroniqueSemtex) July 26, 2018
Best thing feminist women can do for boys is stay the hell away from them. And from girls, too.
— Russia, Russia, Russia (@R_Optimist) July 26, 2018
I view myself as free and as equal as any man in this nation. Any limits on my life are due to my choices and NOT to my gender.
Also, as the mother of boys…go pound sand. I’m sick of women like you making every human with a penis out the be the devil. They aren’t.
— Mel Thielen (@MelThielen) July 26, 2018
I’m so happy more and more women are eschewing the title of feminist. Complete and arrant nonsense written by a known ideologue. Continue screaming into the void.
— Chidi (@whatchidisaid) July 26, 2018
You’ve not been denied an education. You’ve not been subjected to genital mutilation, forced to cover everything but your face, or forced into marriage. You can go wherever with whom ever, and your equality is guaranteed by law. The only place you’re not free is in your own mind.
— Jason W. (@cobalt5050) July 26, 2018
The women in Iran jailed for dancing feel your pain. Poor thing. 🙄
— sarah (@Warrensworld22) July 26, 2018
shut up… pic.twitter.com/dWXhF7oDuU
— EJM❌ (@bosseone2) July 26, 2018
— Shubham (@ItsShubham_m) July 26, 2018
The main points of your article are fine, but your paragraphs on @jordanbpeterson completely mischaracterize his views. It’s sad because it delegitimizes all your other points—even if they’re good. This all reflects poorly on the Left and feminism 😕
— ContinuouslyThinking (@c_thinking24_7) July 26, 2018
Have…have you actually listened to @jordanbpeterson or are you just going off of anecdotes and quotes you’ve read out of context? Be honest Jess.
— Gary Lasereyes (@DumboVibes_) July 26, 2018
Mistake 1: Listening to a 20 min soundbite of @jordanbpeterson and thinking you have a comprehensive understanding of his work.
Mistake 2: Publishing it.
— 🇺🇸Infertile Myrtle (@InfertileMyrtIe) July 26, 2018
1: don’t understand @jordanbpeterson’s opinions AT ALL, and I would implore you to research him because one of his defining principles is the sovereignty of the individual. Or
2: Are willfully misrepresenting him to create a fake boogeyman. I have a feeling it’s 2.
— John (@ThatGuyRubik) July 26, 2018
This is a clear example as to why you shouldn't take other people's "paraphrasing" as truth. It's as if @JessicaValenti has never actually listened to @jordanbpeterson but I'd encourage everyone else to before reading this ridiculous article. https://t.co/mxyY4RRw85
— Dylan Schouppe (@dskahoopay) July 26, 2018
Surely it's possible to write an article about the problems facing boys without telling untruths about @jordanbpeterson. Surely!
— Arni 🇫🇴 (@arnizach) July 26, 2018
Feels like NYT outrage click bait. Judging by the highest rated comments, most people aren’t buying this author’s ideas. https://t.co/s8JV2xBEIW
— Miss London Mabel (@LondonMabel) July 26, 2018
Feminism is the primary reason young boys are falling behind academically. You've done enough, stop helping https://t.co/OSnxWWs01N
— Lucas Carson (@eklu65) July 26, 2018
— Ricardo Valesquez (@KanyeTheLobster) July 26, 2018
Sorry, Valenti, but when we want to hear a feminist give advice on men, we turn to Lauren Duca; she doesn’t dance around the point.
I believe that we officially have enough evidence that men are bad
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) October 25, 2017
Hey, look: It's Jordan Peterson and Boy George facing off over HuffPost's 10-year-old drag queen https://t.co/uSYbRECBfl
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 2, 2018