Finally, men tell women what the word ‘bitch’ really means
A few weeks ago, the world learned of a new academic discipline called Male Studies. I made an argument that this discipline is confusing and unnecessary at best, because Men’s Studies already exists, and hateful at worst, since the Male Studies folks reject feminism and Women’s Studies all together. I followed up my argument with another piece, in which I provided a number of examples of both male and female feminists who discuss men’s issues in a tolerant, inclusive, intersectional way. A fantastic piece in Daily Kos yesterday has uncovered a few more examples of the ways in which Male Studies is explicitly intolerant of… women.
The Kos article looks beyond the sexy-named pioneer of Male Studies, Lionel Tiger, to a few of the other key-players in the “discipline.” Another big man on the male campus, the “Chairman of the Foundation for Male Studies,” Dr. Edward Stephens, has coined the phrase “lace curtain.” It’s like the “glass ceiling,” only for men! You know, because women LOVE LACY SHIT!!! “Lace Curtain” sounds pretty sexy to me, but I’d like to point out that this is a loaded “analogy” that’s not really analogous. The phrase “lace curtain” is a highly gendered construction– yet there’s nothing gendered about the words “glass” or “ceiling.” If Dr. Stephens is calling the invisible forces that keep men from being all-powerful the “lace curtain,” than perhaps women should rename the “glass ceiling” into something equally dismissive of the opposite gender… like “football ceiling.” Or “glass cock.” Other suggestions welcome in the comments section.
Another key player in the movement is Miles Groth, who was a sponsor and speaker at the Male Studies symposium. Groth endorses an ebook called Principles 101: Feminism, Manhood, and You, available for distribution on the hilariously named ManhoodAcademy.com. Under the heading “What is Feminism?” is a subsection titled “What does the term ‘bitch’ really mean?”. Here’s what it means, according to the Manhood Academy:
The slang term, “bitch,” is used to describe repugnant or difficult women. However, this context is too general and gives Feminists room to dismiss its intended meaning as a vulgar display of misogyny. To answer this allegation, it’s necessary to explore the common characteristics of this dysfunctional condition observed in many women today. These include:
• Anger towards men
• Use of insulting language
• A stubborn will
• A tendency to make demands
• A narcissistic attitude
• An argumentative disposition
Examining the relationship of these aspects reveals a common pattern of dysfunctional behavior typified by women deprived of male authority. [emphasis by this bitch]
Excuse me, I need to go mix myself a drink.
Okay, I’m ready to talk again. There’s something wonderfully ironic about a paragraph explaining that women are bitches accusing women of having anger towards men. The anger of the author(s?) towards women here doesn’t count, I guess.
The book explains that feminism is ruining women’s dating habits, because– get ready– “It causes women to sacrifice the most essential feminine value—their submission.” I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Groth, who said that this book is an “excellent resource,” should not be allowed to design a major at any accredited academic institution. Here’s a few more gems:
Men too possess their own natural advantages in the form of superior physical strength and superior mental prowess. However, when men seek to benefit from their own natural advantages, Feminists cries foul. [emphasis mine, incorrect grammar from the "superior mental prowess" of the male author]
Today, instead of gentleness and submission, women covet strength and independence… But can a gender, unable to visit the bathroom by itself, really be qualified to determine its own future? … Can women who avoid the perils of personal accountability for the sake of convenience ever be fit to govern a nation, let alone their own lives?
Good question, Manhood Academy, but I couldn’t really concentrate because I have to go to the bathroom, and I’m alone in my house and I can’t go by myself.
This document is a staggering 143 pages long, which means I have a long day ahead of me. A long, infuriating day. The fact the man who gave the introductory speech at the Male Studies symposium endorses this “excellent resource” should immediately discredit the movement. The document is full of grammar mistakes, not to mention unapologetically hateful statements about women. It’s not an academic document, it’s hate speech. And I know I’m not supposed to have an “argumentative disposition” or a “stubborn will,” but I’d like to “demand” that an academic discipline should not be allowed to call women “bitches.” If that makes me a bitch, no big deal, because based on the list above I already qualify.