I woke to some fairly standard Men’s Rights Activist Crap. This time in the form of some video of Phil Robertson (the Duck Dynasty dude) who is a something of a structural racist, to go with his active homophobic bigotry(at the most generous his, “blacks were happy before civil rights is because he was too stupid to notice the reasons they might not tell him they were unhappy with the system. Also too stupid to notice they fought, and died, to get those rights he said they were happier for not having. That’s the most generous I can be. Honestly, I think he’s straight up a racist, but I digress). As one might expect, most people don’t have just one bigotry, and Robertson has some aspects of a virulent strain of misogyny too.
In the clip in that link he says men need to marry young women. No, that’s not right, he says men ought to be marrying children, some of whom are on the cusp of becoming adult. He thinks the right age for a bride is 15-16. Why? At a guess, because they aren’t adults. By 20, you see, they are, “over the hill”, and more interested in “picking your pocket” than than are in, “picking yer ducks”.
The comments to that link are about what one would expect; people saying, “it’s a joke” because they can’t believe that such a thing could be serious. Sadly, it is. It’s a theme in “The Manosphere” that women are “over the hill” somewhere between 20-25, and that any woman who is older than that is just looking to get married so she can live the high life of the divorcée. So yeah, I take him at his word.
About which I made a tweet (because sunshine is the best cure). And to which I got a speedy reply:
— David H St. Louis (@Hauckers) January 1, 2014
So, less than 12 hours into 2014 I got to blog the first of the people stupid enough to think trite bigotry is a useful riposte to pointing and laughing at other bigots.