Men’s Rights Ironic Activism

Putting aside for a moment that AVFM has full gone into full Conservapedia-Andrew Shlafly mode and created the “AVFM Wiki” page (facts brought to you with an <insert bullshit worldview>  bias!), I find it incredibly ironic that a man guilty of  tax forfeiture would be complaining about the tax exempt status of other organizations.


I can think of one person who would approve of this sort of financial transparency, go ahead and read what he has to say on the topic!

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It’s Not Me, It’s You

Every now and again I get a post in my comments section on one of the videos I’ve done addressing women and history that I feel is worthy of singling out for attention.

The following comment is a mixed use of fallacies, complaints about my treatment of  MRAs and their supporters, and a vague reference to a highly interesting article by Marine Corps Capt. Katie Petronio who weighed in on the issue of women in combat infantry roles.

Fallacies are a dime a dozen in comment sections so I wouldn’t normally bother to comment and the only validity I see in complaining about my correcting those frequent uses of fallacy is if you’re suggesting I’m wasting my time trying to teach numpties (a potentially valid point). But it’s my time to spend and for me? Finding the occasional pearl among the garbage oysters is a rewarding experience.

 I’m primarily focusing on the last two sentences of the comment as the first section isn’t really worthy of addressing since it’s primarily a clairvoyant fantasy void of fact and long on personal opinion. 


Before I begin I’ll point out that referring to me as “Ms. Philip”?

Using gender as an insult is a classic example of misogyny/misandry which is gender-oriented bigotry.

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Correcting Obvious Errors in a Peculiar Response

I had a rather peculiar response from a YouTube user called; “Cebeach”.   I was surprised that someone whose intellect I normally respect could make errors of such magnitude.

He did a response to my mention of a YouTube user who had (openly) called my producer at the time a; “nigger-servant”.  As this user’s material was on AVFM I felt it would be a good opportunity for AVFM staff & followers to comment on this blatant racism and help establish that they are anti-racist (the MRA in general has an image problem when it comes to the race issue).

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A Voice for… Bigots?

I get hate mail and stupid comments.

I’m not complaining, hate mail and stupid comments are the price you pay when you speak up on the internet and if you target racists, bigots and other pseudo-thinkers like I do?  You get a lot of hate mail and stupid comments, and they can be quite time consuming to deal with.

In the interest of cutting down on the amount of time I waste on pseudo-thinkers I offered a producer-gatekeeper position to the owner of the CalintzYT channel.

CalintzYT has been building a reputation for being a savvy debate moderator and troll wrangler.  The few times I saw him in action I was impressed by his abilities.  So offering him a position that consisted of point of contact for people interested in live discussion/ debates with me was a logical move to make.  He could weed out the faint of heart and time wasters.  Ideally he’d find quality guest material for ThisIsNotAShow episodes (the pilot episode was received well enough that I’ve looked into continuing it).

Personally, I believe in hiring people based on their abilities, not their gender, sexual orientation or race.  For me it’s a big part of being a libertarian and a humanist.

Which was why I was amazed at the words of a budding activist-writer from AVFM.  He expressed an interest in speaking to me so I directed him to speak to my producer-gatekeeper.

The AVFM activist-blogger responded with the following comment.

Not just an idiot but a bigot as well!

I’m aware of all the objections and complaints that this AVFM writer and his supporters might offer in response to my calling him a raging bigot.

Let’s address them proactively one at a time.

Objection 1: TheTruePooka says he has a PhD in not caring but look!  He’s obviously lying because he CARES ABOUT THIS ISSUE!

Response:  It seems that there’s a number of people who are too stupid (or dishonest) to catch the difference between not caring about a bunch of nameless, anonymous trolls insulting me personally and caring about a member (or members) of a group that have influence and power that they exert over others in the hopes they can change society.

If you’re an organization and/or member of an organization or an individual who has influence over how other people think?

Yes.  I do care very much about your actions and how they’re harming society.

Anyone that’s been watching my videos and has an IQ somewhere above “Potato” on the Stanford-Binet IQ scale can infer from those videos that I care greatly about those who say things that can impact on a significant portion of the populous in a society.  Sure, I’ve done a few toss-offs for fun but when I come back and hit a group or person over and over again?

It’s generally because they’ve got a connection to a message that’s impacting negatively on society.

But if you’re just some nobody who gets off on insulting me or lying about what I think, say or do and no one of any importance listens to you?

Why should I care?

Objection 2:  It’s not racism it’s just trolling!!!

Response:  Sorry, not buying it.

a:  First; based on my vast experience of dealing with trolls (especially bigoted trolls) I’ve found that trolls tend to sink to their default nastiness when they go on the attack.  So calling a black man a “nigger” right off the bat?

Chances are you’re a racist.

b:  When someone says; “I don’t care if you think this is racist”?

It means they know they’re about to say something racist but they’re okay with it.  And anyone who has had to deal with bigotry or racism knows that someone who says “I don’t care if you think this is racist” is a racist.  They’re momentarily reveling in their bigotry because they feel the circumstances dictate that they can safely get away with it.

c:  Okay, let’s say you’re not a racist.  You’re just one of those pathetic people who go around thinking you’re oh-so-clever by pretending to be racist so you can get a reaction because you’ve got no talent or imagination when it comes to getting attention and audience building.  In other words;

You’re a failure.

Let’s say for example, that you’re an occasional writer for AVFM and you’ve realized that your writing ability is so crappy, your understanding of evidence, logic and reason is so horrible that you’ve concluded that the only way you can get people to pay attention to you and listen to your message about how bigoted feminists are is to go around calling black people “nigger servants”.

There are three things that stand out as strikingly apparent in the wrongness of this strategy.

1:  It’s mind bogglingly stupid.

In fact I think we can safely say that it’s the stupidest idea to come about since the Jews said;

“I know, let’s vote for that Hitler fellow!  Sure, he’s a got some questionable ideas but I’m betting he’ll settle down once he takes charge!  Besides we can send him all those brown shirts and jack boots we’ve got sitting about as a present so he’ll think fondly of us!”

2:  Saying racist things when you’re accusing others of bigotry makes people not take you seriously.

For more detail read; “The Boy Who Cried Wolf !” (or in this case; “The Boy Who Cried “Nigger-Servant”!”).

3:  Saying racist things in the hopes you’ll draw attention to your cause will make people associate your cause with racism.

Yes.  You can bitch and moan about how; “It’s not my fault people aren’t smart enough to separate out the racist things I say from the other ideas I’m espousing!” but…


It actually is your fault.  You’re the one who created the connection in the first place and if you’re too stupid to see why that surface connection will leave a lasting impression on the average person then that’s on you, not them.

Objection 3:

Objection: I’m not racist I have black friends and co-workers!

Response:  I always find it amusing when people trot this excuse out.  It never works and no one ever buys it.  Not even the minorities who are being trotted out as the token friend/ co-worker (black friend/ co-worker in this case) are buying it.

Since the first all-white Country Club allowed their one black member in, no one has bought it.

You know how that one black member is saying the other members of the club who happen to all be white are not-one-bit-racist-they’re-models-of-egalitarianism?  Chances are that person is saying that because it’s expedient and he’s getting something out of it.

True, it is possible they’re an idiot but it’s more likely that because they’ve got a personal investment in seeing the side they’ve thrown their hat in with win that they’re going to put on their best friendly smile, nod sympathetically and put up with it when their racist white-brothers sob about how they’re misunderstood OH HOW WE SUFFER!

Or she, as they case may be.

I think it’s clear to all that someone who calls a black person who earned a position due to their talent and skills a; “nigger servant” is an asshat racist.

So you can go full-on Michael Steele all you want but you won’t be fooling anyone.

4: But wait! My black friend/ co-worker has done this blog post and/or video stating that what I’ve said isn’t racist and that I’m not a racist!

Response: I’m going to hold off on responding to this one preemptively because it’s going to be a lot more fun to respond to it after the fact.

Please note that none of this is an accusation of racism against the AVFM site.  I happen to be friendly with Dean Esmay, the managing editor of AVFM and while we don’t agree on some things we do agree on some other things; one of them being that racism is not acceptable and that it is not to be borne.

However one of the things we do disagree on is about some uses of negative marketing/ campaigning tactics to bring attention to your cause so, as to what his reaction will be; we shall see.

Unfortunately, giving a pass to below average wannabe internet rock stars, like this fellow here, has become the standard reaction of those on and now off the internet.

So if anyone wants to join in the celebration of this sort of mediocrity then by all means make excuses for him.

This is TheTruePooka coming to you from that great melting pot known as the United States of America and if you find these words upsetting;

Pet the Cat.

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(note: The above writing is a transcript of a video I’ve chosen not to upload due to technical issues).

Don’t Be That Activist

In an attempt to drive up more publicity A Voice For Men (AVFM) has posted the following captioned picture on their site.


It’s designed to bring attention to the problem of false rape accusations.

There have been a number of reactions to this piece of marketing designed to promote the AVFM message.  Powerful imagery with a simple (and thus rather vague) statement that leaves it entirely up to the viewer just what they take away from it.  It’s a fine example of political advertising.

Rather than respond with words I’ve decided to respond to their captioned picture with one of my own.

 Here it is.


Interestingly enough I’d originally gone with this version;


Which while I found to be equally effective it didn’t have quite the same impact as my above image (as a response to the AVFM captioned picture).

Can you spot the difference and say why?

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Creators of the Original “Don’t Be That Girl” image. ***Note:  I’ve received a confirmation from  an AVFM staff member regarding a comment that states they did not create  the “Don’t Be That Girl” image.***

edited may 14 2013 to correct link