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#mencallmethings: “another lie within your air-filled head”

Jerk on my blog, in response to my recent collection of comments from fans of The Amazing Atheist:

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Greta, Greeto, whatever, what you’re doing is so apparent… that it’s sad. You continue to assail top-viewed atheists so you can step into the spotlight, by doing this, you think you can get more viewers and continue your work on imaginary misogyny, because you know if you go out into the real world you wouldn’t survive or something by your lack of skills. Honestly, now, do you really think you’re helping women? Well, you’re not. Sorry, I didn’t give you time to think about it; I just thought you’d create another lie within your air-filled head.

#mencallmethings

I see. So in an effort to persuade people that The Amazing Atheist isn’t really sexist or misogynist and we should give him a chance to explain himself, this person goes onto a woman’s blog and tells her that she’s a lying airhead who’s making up imaginary stories about misogyny to get traffic.

Also, he’s the expert on what does an does not help women.

And he thinks a good way to make a point is to start by making fun of someone’s name. Because that definitely makes people frame your arguments as mature, and not at all coming from the mindset of a first-grader.

I’m reminded once again of Lewis’s Law: “Comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.”

Note: The #mencallmethings hashtag does not say #allmencallmethings, or #mostmencallmethings. If you want to learn more about the history of this hashtag and why people started using it, please read But How Do You Know It’s Sexist? The #MenCallMeThings Round-Up and Why Are You In Such A Bad Mood? #MenCallMeThings Responds! on Tiger Beatdown, where the hashtag originated. And please do not start a “but not all men are like that, so the #mencallmethings hashtag is reverse sexism!” argument. That has been addressed, at length, in the comments in the #mencallmethings: “FUCKIN HOE,” “FUCKIN FEMINAZI SLUT” post, as well as elsewhere. Please read Why “Yes, But” Is the Wrong Response to Misogyny if you’re wondering why I will not take kindly that that particular line of conversation.

Comments

  1. smhll says

    New theory: maybe their arguments are so shoddy and unspecific because most of them are juggling a couple of dozen sock puppet accounts and they have to spew out their comments and tweets at great speed? Maybe?

  2. says

    I like how Greta apparently needs to do just whatever to steal the “spotlight” so she can have page hits that pay her way for a life of ease in some fantasy world. Which is totally different from the real world of hits for yammering on YouTube. Because you get rich off those things, and Greta doesn’t do, or need to do, anything else but put up a couple of blog posts a day. And misogyny is a made-up thing like chemtrails.

    What is actually apparent is the loose logic, poor grasp of facts, and the making-shit-up for a just-so story. Maybe he’s just another sloppy-headed individual with misogynist tendencies. Or maybe he’s so invested in his own imaginary version of reality that his sloppy perception and thinking just do not see misogyny. Nothing in that comment regarding the way the world operates has any bearing on reality.

    Air-filled head and lies: I think he sees the supply on the wrong side.

  3. Jeff S says

    If you are going to write a blog post for every vile thing said to you by internet commenters akin to “Darth Demogorgon” , you have just acquired a full-time job.

    I’d suggest you just change it to #trollscallmethings, and release a 1000 page book of the best/worst of them.

  4. says

    This guy clearly doesn’t read your blog very often. A lot of your posts for the last couple of months have been largely promotional for your book. I’d imagine those have built a stronger readership over that time than your occasional posts noting amazing assholes.

  5. Greta Christina says

    If you are going to write a blog post for every vile thing said to you by internet commenters akin to “Darth Demogorgon” , you have just acquired a full-time job.

    Jeff S @ #3: Thank you for your concern. But I’ve been at this a long time — since 2005, in fact, as it says on the banner above. This is, in fact, a full-time job for me: I write, blog, and do public speaking for a living, and I have a fairly good idea of how to manage my time and my blog. These hate comments tend to come in waves: I get a wave of them for a few days, usually when I’ve had the audacity to say something particularly feminist and particularly critical of another atheist. But I appreciate your concern for my welfare.

  6. Bernard Bumner says

    Also “Trolls” conjures up an image of some mythical denizen of the Internet, rather than real people, sitting behind physical keyboards, typing this earnestly held nonsense into the comments sections of blogs.

    This is real hate, in real public spaces, espoused by people who interact with the real world, including the real world of online.

    If people shouted this nonsense in the streets, we wouldn’t dismiss them as Pavement/Sidewalk Trolls to just ignore and walk on by.

  7. =8)-DX says

    Re: #trollscallmethings
    Is Jeff S concern trolling or what?

    Also: “if you go out into the real world you wouldn’t survive or something”
    What, indeed, is that “something”? Sounds like the something is: “be totally fine because Greta actually lives in the real world already thank you very much”.

  8. Alex says

    “You’d create another lie with your air-filled head?”
    – Darth Demogorgon

    ” That’s what I wanted you to think with your soft, human brain”
    – Calculon

  9. says

    @smhll says
    July 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    “New theory: maybe their arguments are so shoddy and unspecific because most of them are juggling a couple of dozen sock puppet accounts and they have to spew out their comments and tweets at great speed? Maybe?”

    No, they really are just that dumb.

  10. says

    That the handle “Darth Demogorgon” is making me giggle. Oh, those nights spent rolling dice, drinking Jolt Cola, and eating potato chips.

  11. latsot says

    I’m guessing that Darth Demogorgon meant ‘Greedo’, not ‘Greeto’. Unless that was intentional and supposed to be witty. Either the *ahem* Sith Lord was mistaken or made one of the most embarrassing jokes of all time.

    Greedo was the bounty hunter Han Solo murdered in Star Wars. Maybe Darth Demogorgon was trying to make some kind of threat. Maybe there’s some kind of ‘Greedo shot first’ thing going on. Maybe I’m nearly as sad as Darth Demogorgon.

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