It’s been a good day. Earlier today I spent some hours with the legend behind the ManWomanMyth and Humanity Bites channels, discussing an important project. I returned to a new post by American feminist Dave Futile, and must thank him for ending my week on a high note. He’s published a new blog piece denouncing six speakers at next week’s conferences as ‘voices of hatred’. It includes a no-expenses-spared video with a female voice (which is so monotone it has to be computer-generated) reading out the text of his blog piece, possibly for his followers who are unable to read for some reason? Is Dave depriving poor women – reeling under the boots of patriarchs, doubtless – from the chance to read out his gems and thereby earn a few dollars? Tsk, tsk, Dave…
Bizarrely – but touchingly – he launches his unhinged tirade with me. Incredibly, his ‘evidence’ that I’m a ‘voice of hatred’ is that I launched ‘The Whine Club’. No, seriously, it is – that’s how much he’s struggled to find evidence of misogyny on any of my blogs. He links to a blog post which I’ll obviously keep ‘live’, and in his blog post he presents a couple of paragraphs which any normal person would surely consider utterly uncontroversial. He’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel in his desperate mission to misrepresent me as a misogynist.
In short, Dave’s lost it. Tellingly, he doesn’t link to pieces in which we’ve presented prominent feminists with our awards including:
– Lying Women of the Month (Kat Banyard, Caroline Criado-Perez….)
– Whiny Woman of the Month (Laura Bates, Caroline Criado-Perez…)
– Gormless Women of the Month (The Fawcett Society, Clean Break Theatre Company…)
– Harpy (Harriet Harman MP, Janet Street-Porter…)
Have a good weekend.
P.S. A better link to the The Whine Club article is that taking you to the version on AVfM here. As usual with AVfM, the comments are well worth reading.