The Year In Garbage Men. In So Many, Many Garbage Men.
Misogyny had a big year in 2018! We had MGTOWS and incels a plenty. We had Jordan Peterson fans galore. You want Ross Douthats? I'm glad there's not 20, because honestly one is enough and why does even the one have a column in The New York Times? We also had a ton of Nazis and Proud Boys and Alt-Right and Alt-Light people and other terrible people, who -- apart from a few "I'm totally on YOUR side, fellas! Please tell me I'm fuckable!" ladies here and there -- tend to mostly be men. Why? Because like 90% of all shittiness is boner-related. Freud was not that wrong.
But I digress! Here are a few of the fellas who made 2018 a somewhat more unbearable time to be a woman.
Have you already forgotten about Jordan Peterson and his league of lobstermen? Because honestly I kind of block him out as much as I can most of the time, personally. So just in case you need a refresher, here are some of the things we had to say about his dumb ass in 2018.
This year, Peterson managed to rally together a massive, rag tag bunch of every dude you have ever regretted speaking to for more than five minutes and thrill them by telling them to clean their rooms and also telling them that they should be allowed to be as rude as they want to people with no social or career-related consequences whatsoever. Oh! And also that women should be more equally distributed among them so they don't have to go and kill anyone about that. Man! He was terrible. It would be really amazing if we never had to hear anything about him or the "intellectual dark web" again in 2019, but I'm almost afraid we'll get something worse. Also, someone should check on his colon, what with his red meat and salt diet.
Jordan Peterson and the incels were not the only ones advocating for a redistribution of vaginas this year. We also had Ross Douthat, who also suggested that we could prevent incels from murdering with the one weird trick of somehow forcing women to have sex with them.
"[F]irst it brings me to the case of Robin Hanson, a George Mason economist, libertarian and noted brilliant weirdo. Commenting on the recent terrorist violence in Toronto, in which a self-identified "incel" — that is, involuntary celibate — man sought retribution against women and society for denying him the fornication he felt that he deserved, Hanson offered this provocation: If we are concerned about the just distribution of property and money, why do we assume that the desire for some sort of sexual redistribution is inherently ridiculous?
Good lord that was fucking terrible.
Then there was the time that Ross Douthat, who does not approve of people having sex or orgasms ever, mind you, lamented that people were probably having less sex because conservatives lost the porn wars and now everyone can just masturbate to porn instead of having actual sex.
Remind me again why he still has his job? Oh right. No one knows!
I don't mean for this to be a list of all the times asshole dudes called for the redistribution of vaginas in 2018, though it's starting to turn out that way! After that incel in Toronto murdered a bunch of people with his car because he couldn't get laid, there were just a lot of men out there who decided that the way to handle this particular issue was not to teach men how to deal with rejection like normal human beings, but to somehow find a way to pacify them with sex. Economist Robin Hanson was one of those men!
Here's what I wrote about him at the time:
Economist Robin Hanson, rather than reacting to this news like a normal human, decided that this was actually just like Les Miserables, and that the lesson to really be learned here is that there must be a "redistribution of sex." You know, because if you can understand poor people rioting against the rich because they are starving, you should totally be able to empathize with a man driving a truck into a crowd of people because no one would fuck him. While he says he cannot, for the life of him, understand why people are concerned with what he refers to as "income inequality between the families of a nation at a time (IIBFNAT)", he is very concerned with the lack of vaginas being provided to deserving men.
Yes! Poverty doesn't matter. Making sure men have free access to women's bodies, however, definitely matters.
Incels murdered a lot of people this year. They also spent a lot of time talking online about murdering people and raping women, and getting kicked out of various forums and servers for talking online about murdering people and raping women. I spent a lot of time after these murders with my social media mentions filled with people tagging me because I was the reason they knew about incels, at least prior to the latest incel murder spree.
Alek Minassian killed ten people with his car in Toronto. Scott Paul Beierle shot up a yoga studio and killed two women. Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland school shooter, had his issues with women as well. After each of these killings, these men were hailed as heroes on the various incel message boards across the internet. Austin Rollins killed 16-year-old Jaelyn Rose Willey because she rejected him. Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 people at a Santa Fe school, one of whom was a girl who had previously "turned down his advances." There were so goddamned many of them. And every time, the other incels would get on their message boards and cheer.
They're still there. They're still active on their message boards, writing diatribes about how leggings and makeup should be illegal, planning out how they'd like to go on rape sprees, screaming about Chads and Stacies. And they're still really fucking dangerous.
Hey! Remember that time an accused attempted rapist became a Supreme Court Justice! That sucked.
Sex Robot Afficionados
One of the odd recurring themes this year was an announcement of some new technology in the world of sex robots, followed by a bunch of misogynists excitedly chattering about how this will really show all the women and soon the heartless real gals (not the Real Gals, who have only a foam core) will be begging for the privilege of making the incels sandwiches.
The pool of men available for women to marry or date in a serious relationship is going to fall by at least 75%, perhaps even more. It's going to be a dating bloodbath for women. Women will be horrified, shocked, angry, and confused. They're going to try to get a boyfriend or husband, and the dating sites will be barren wastelands. The typical over age 33 woman is going to make demands of a man on or before the first or second date, and even if he's a total beta he'll just laugh at her, leave, and go fuck his Margot Robbie robot at home, who is far hotter than her and never makes demands of him.
Women are going to be screwed. For the first time in all of human history, they will be placed in direct competition with a new breed of woman that loves to fuck all day long, doesn't require any money, kindness, or obedience, is far better looking than the average, never ages, and never gains weight.
Oh my god.
This has yet to happen.
This Manic Pixie Asshat
Sometimes, the garbage men were not murdery or rapey, but instead were just hilarious. Like the time that one dude decided to Forrest Gump a piano in a park until his ex-girlfriend agreed to take him back. #NeverForget.
This Terrible Novelist Who Couldn't Get Published Because Sexism Against Men
Matthew Binder is a novelist who wrote an extraordinarily long and poorly written essay for Quillette about how he wrote the greatest novel ever written and then could not get it published because he was a white dude. It remains my favorite hate read of all time, and for that, I salute him.
Donald Fucking Trump
Forever and always, the most garbage man in America.
So that's it for this year. Sort of! Honestly there were just too goddamned many of them, and lots didn't make the list who definitely should have. Let's hope that next year is better?
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