Man Boobz FAQ

Man Boobz: The FAQuening

Or, “what the deal is with that lady on the chicken.”

Q) Why do you call yourself Manboobz?

A) I don’t. The “Man Boobz” in question are the misogynistic dudes I write about on this blog. The term “boob,” in addition to meaning “breast,” can also mean “a nincompoop.” The title is a double entendre. Not to be confused with a double indemnity.

Q) But sometimes you post comments as “manboobz.”

A) That is true. I probably should not do that, I guess.

Q) Who are you really?

A) My name is David Futrelle. I’m a freelance writer living in Chicago. For more details, and selected clips, see here.

Q) Why do you spell Boobz with a z?

A) The manboobs.com URL was already taken.

Q) Oh, so only men can say dumb things?

A) No. Women can say dumb things too. There are women who are misogynistic and/or Men’s Rights Activists. When they say dumb things, I write about them.

Q) Do you hate men?

A) No.

Q) Are you against men having rights?

A) No. I’m a man. I like having rights. I’m opposed to the so-called Men’s Rights Movement, a reactionary movement driven largely by misogyny and hatred of feminism. (For proof of this, read the Man Boobz archives.)

Q) Why do you pick on MRAs?

A) I started this blog because I thought MRAs were vaguely annoying, and pretty much wrong about everything. Only after doing the blog for a while did I fully realize what huge misogynist assholes so many of them are. Also, when they’re not, you know, harassing people or vilifying rape victims, or that sort of thing, a lot of the stuff they say is really quite hilarious.

Q) Are you a feminist?

A) Well, yeah. This wasn’t really a big deal to anyone, until I started making fun of misogynists online, at which point it became proof that I was evil incarnate, that I was somehow a spokesperson for feminism, that I was responsible for anything and everything anyone calling themselves a feminist has ever done or said. There are millions of us, misogynist dudes (and dudettes); get used to it.

Q) Are you a pussy-begging mangina?

A) Do you even know what you sound like when you say things like that?

Q) Are you secretly funded by the international feminist conspiracy?

A) No. I am not funded by anyone. Some readers have very kindly given me donations. You can too, if you wish. Click that button over there on the right.

Q) Do you advocate killing children?

A) No. People make shit up about me all the time. (That’s an actual example.) If a misogynist or MRA says something about me, it is most likely completely untrue.

Q) I heard some MRAs call you fat. Are you fat?

A) Yes, I am fat. This may be the only true thing that MRAs have ever said about me.

Q) What’s with all the cat pictures?

A) I like cats.

Q) What’s the deal with the lady riding a chicken?

A) That is a reference to a myth popular in the manosphere: that virtually all women spend their late teens and twenties “riding the alpha asshole cock carousel.” That is, they (allegedly) have near-constant sex with a lot of “alpha males” who are also assholes, while cruelly ignoring kind, nice, hard-working “beta males” until the time comes to settle down and get married. By which time the women are all ugly, adding further to the oppression of the hapless beta male. The “alpha asshole cock carousel” is also referred to as the “bad boy cock carousel.” In the graphic this “carousel” is depicted literally, and with a different sort of “cock” than originally implied.

And, yes, t-shirts and other swell swag featuring the design are available.

Q) How about the mammoth?

A) This is a reference to a quote I once posted from a dude who felt women weren’t sufficiently appreciative of what men had supposedly done for them over the ages. Here’s the quote:

We men built a nice safe world for you all the the coal-mines of death, roads, railroads, bridges and tall office buildings. Its $1,000,000 spent per death of a man on a large dangerous project on average now you can just 9-5 it and call it a day in air-conditioned and heated safety. Forget about the wars we died in and the sacrifices made just ignore history or is it now hersorty? You are accruing the benefits without ever having to pay the price you still don’t have to sign up for the draft and who will protect you? The Sex and the City girls will fight off the North Koreans with their Manolo Blahniks?

Men gave you this modern world now you take it for granted we hunted the mammoth to feed you we died in burning buildings and were gassed in the trenches but that was just for fun right?

How quick and conveniently you forget who made this possible.

We gave you Leonardo da Vinci, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy not to mention countless others, Jonas Salk saved half the world from death and you just piss on it all.

And, yes, t-shirts are available with the mammoth design and quote as well.

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  1. If only they would go live in a compound somewhere!

    Preferably somewhere with no internet connection.

  2. Please tell me you watched, or technically listened to, 40% of the three minute British guy one and not 40% of Elem’s hour and 20 minute interview of GWW.

    Ugh, yes, definitely the British one. I could never sit through that much of Elam or GWW, never mind both of them together.

  3. David, I have a quick question if you don’t mind. Why do your commenters take issue with people using the words “female” and “male”? I use them on my own blog as simply a different way of saying “woman” and “man”, since I hate unnecessary repetitiveness in a single post.

    Is there a major reason why these terms are “bad”, or is it an individual preference thing? Thanks in advance!

  4. So you’ve made a joke site to make snide fun of mra extremists and fringes instead of providing a forum for meaningful discussion for people who see the skyrocketing divorce rates, cheating, suicides, bad court rulings and general widespread misappropriation of values in society . Congratulations. A site so crappy it has no value even as entertainment, just a zone for otherwise HIGHLY similar people to take adhoc opposing views and flamewar each other

    Feminism should have ended when women were given the vote and were able to get into university on merit with equal chance of scholarship and the necessary advertisement, as well as access to non-elected government work again based on merit. I’m not against legitimate concerns but this incessant and unnecessary female empowerment aka pussy power tantrum ( ala the media, academia and politico, nothing against grassroots movements for a specific issue of real concern to people), being thrown since has got to stop. It highly distorts reality and is now an extremist pov in and of itself.

  5. Pussy Power Tantrum is the name Of My Band.

  6. A site so crappy it has no value even as entertainment

    Oops, I’ve mistakenly been entertained by this site. Sorry about that.

  7. That’ll show you, katz. I hope you’re suitably chastened.

  8. So you’ve made a joke site to make snide fun of mra extremists and fringes

    A cursory look at this website would reveal that these MRAs are not part of some “fringe.”

    instead of providing a forum for meaningful discussion for people who see the skyrocketing divorce rates, cheating, suicides, bad court rulings and general widespread misappropriation of values in society .

    This isn’t a discussion forum; it’s a place for mocking MRAs and their ilk. So you don’t have an argument I’m afraid.

  9. People who employ a phrase such as “pussy power tantrum” and declare to me when feminism should have ended are definitely my go-to source for determining who is fringe and extremist and who is not.

    into university on merit with equal chance of scholarship and the necessary advertisement, as well as access to non-elected government work again based on merit as well as access to non-elected government work again based on merit.

    What do all those words even mean? What’s the “necessary advertisement” for getting into university? What about women’s access to private sector work and to elected office?

  10. grumpycatisagirl

    Oops, I kind of messed up my cut and paste at the end of that. At least I got the block quote right.

    Maybe I didn’t have the necessary advertisement at university.

  11. “skyrocketing divorce rates”

    Why is this a problem? Sure, divorce sucks, but does it suck as much as being stuck in an unwanted marriage for both legal and economic reasons?
    Also lol at “cheating”. Because cheating on partners is such a new phenomenon.

  12. “Feminism should have ended when (…) were able to get into university on merit with equal chance of scholarship and the necessary advertisement, as well as access to non-elected government work again based on merit.”

    When did that happen?

  13. “Congratulations. A site so crappy it has no value even as entertainment”

    Says the entertainment…

  14. Tarnished, if you’re still reading:

    Have you noticed how often people (misogynists particularly) will refer to men, boys, and … females? It’s dehumanising and if people who aren’t misogynists use it, they’re just playing into the notion of women as less than human.

    Male and female should be left as adjectives, not nouns.

  15. Uh, divorce rates aren’t “skyrocketing.” They skyrocketed in the 70s, and have fallen considerably since then. Here’s a chart.

    http://thesocietypages.org/graphicsociology/files/2009/12/divorce_rate_zoom_out.jpg

  16. So you’ve made a joke site to make snide fun of mra extremists and fringes instead of providing a forum for meaningful discussion for people who see the skyrocketing divorce rates, cheating, suicides, bad court rulings and general widespread misappropriation of values in society . Congratulations. A site so crappy it has no value even as entertainment, just a zone for otherwise HIGHLY similar people to take adhoc opposing views and flamewar each other

    Funny, it sounds to me like you’re talking about A Voice For Men. This place, on the other hand, is a hoot. I’m sorry you’re so humorless; it must be terrible to be you.

    Feminism should have ended when women were given the vote and were able to get into university on merit with equal chance of scholarship and the necessary advertisement, as well as access to non-elected government work again based on merit. I’m not against legitimate concerns but this incessant and unnecessary female empowerment aka pussy power tantrum ( ala the media, academia and politico, nothing against grassroots movements for a specific issue of real concern to people), being thrown since has got to stop. It highly distorts reality and is now an extremist pov in and of itself.

    And when, exactly, did all this word soup you just puked up happen? Point me to a clear date and a demarcating event so I can mark it on my calendar and celebrate! Oh, wait: you can’t? Quel surprise! Feminism hasn’t ended because sexism hasn’t ended, and MRAs are nothing but sexism-enforcers. I’m sorry you think it’s just a “pussy power tantrum”, but do you really think throwing a dick-waving tantrum is some kind of necessary corrective? Because I can assure you that things have NOT gone too far; they haven’t even gone far enough.

    And if that’s an “extremist pov” to you, too fucking bad. The facts have a feminist bias. DEAL WITH IT.

  17. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with using “male” and “female” as nouns, but only in the right context, like that of a formal research paper. In informal contexts the usage is dehumanizing in that it connotes some bizarre kind of bio-centrism. And bio-centrism is used to reinforce structures that oppress women.

  18. Re: the word ‘female’

    Generally, the main reason I’ve seen for dislike for this word on this site is that it isn’t used with male (as would be appropriate), but with ‘man’ or ‘boy’. The connotation is that ‘men’ are people but ‘females’ are biological entities (not people).

    Secondly, gender and/or sex mish-mashing (or, conversely, steeply dividing the two) has a lot of semi-triggering effects on people, which can lead to a lot of flamage. Unless you’re planning on discussing that, pick one set (man/woman/people, etc) and stick with it. It may seem boring to you as the writer, but it saves confusion for the reader.

  19. (Thinks)

    Maybe he thinks that universities should place ads in the paper, or on craigslist, to let women know that they accept female students, and that’s what the “necessary advertisement” is?

    Or he could just be a complete dumbass. I’m thinking that may be a more likely explanation.

    Pussy Power Tantrum – radio friendly punk

  20. “word soup you just puked up” is my new favourite quote/phrase ever.

  21. What about women’s access to private sector work and to elected office?

    $10 says he’s opposed to the gubmint stopping private business owners from discriminating.

    Do we have a clever name for MRA Libertarians yet?

    Also lol at “cheating”. Because cheating on partners is such a new phenomenon.

    Yeah, but now you can’t stone your wife for doing it. Misandry!

  22. “Do we have a clever name for MRA Libertarians yet? ”
    Meh, they’re the same thing to me. “Everything to me, and nothing for thee!”, and the rationalizations thereof.

  23. Hello, not manboobz! I suspect this section is not the best place to post my random question (and I’m sorry for the impracticalness of it all), but I thought it would have been worse to comment on one of your articles with something completely unrelated to it. Landed here by chance, I laughed over the Alpha-male tips for lovers and your lovely funny interpolations, and now think you are the right person to go to with this. I was wondering if you’ve heard and what you think of “permutationofninjas”: http://permutationofninjas.org/
    (I’m especially troubled by their take on the evolution of patriarchy and all the pseudo-scientific, historic stuff they pile upon it. Here: http://permutationofninjas.org/post/21543251030/on-patriarchy-and-why-i-dont-believe-in-it
    And here: http://permutationofninjas.org/post/30120518447/on-the-evolution-of-patriarchy-and-why-men-didnt-do

  24. LOL “we hunted the mammoth to feed you ” is hilarious!

  25. Ok Deni, so if you personally can hunt a mammoth to feed me then I think I might just be impressed enough to agree with you.

  26. @Eurgh, shit-testing is misandry ;-)

  27. I have been reading this site for a couple months now and totally love it! I was going to donate to your funds drive but it seems it’s gone now…can i still donate if I don’t have a paypal account? Say with a Visa card? I can’t stand the thought of kittens going hungry…

  28. Gizmo’s Mom, yeah, there’s still a donate button in the sidebar; if you can’t access it on mobile, you can also scroll down to the older entries on the main page and they still have donate buttons. You can donate with a credit card through paypal without signing up for a paypal account.

    And thanks!

  29. I especially love the bit where he grieves over all the men who have fought and died in war — neglecting to mention that historically, it is men who start wars.

  30. Dear David,

    I’m writing an article on the “Men’s Rights” Movement and the Manosphere for a college newspaper. I remembered finding this site sometime back. While I imagine you are fairly busy, I would be interested in doing a skype interview with you about the topic if you were as well. I will understand if you would prefer not to, but as one who exposes these sites I would be interested in what you have to say.

    Sorry to do this publicly…I couldn’t find a “contact me” function, I imagine because you probably get flame mail from MRAs.

  31. Nick Browne, you can contact David at futrelle[at]well[dot]com (replace [at] with @ and [dot] with . ).

  32. Hi David. I like your idea of mocking the “manosphere” as it definitely needs to be mocked. However I wanna ask you why you don’t pick up some stuff from “Return of Kings”. It’s a site full of misgony and general hate against humanity and it’s full of disgusting pricks and evil minds. In my opinion it is alot worse than most of the stuff you blog about from the Reddit red pill sphere.

  33. In response to Steph:

    …and historically excluded women from joining the armed forces to share in defending their nations.

  34. Hi Just Someone!

    He actually has covered a lot of return of kings junk. Check out the tag in the archive!

  35. About citing sources: Sou at the HotWhopper blog uses a service to archive the target web page (climate denial websites in her case). That means you can very visibly provide the link to exactly what you were reading, rather than hiding a link to whatever is present now (particularly useful if your mark decides to modify their page to look less stupid — though MRAs don’t seem to mind). As a bonus, readers don’t end up with MRA sites in their history. Maybe check out that system?

  36. @Everyone who replied to my question

    Thank you for the responses, they really helped. I haven’t heard of bio-centrism before, so I’ll have to Google that part.

    I never use female without also using male…same goes for girl vs guy or man vs woman. For example, I’d never write a post talking about men and females, just as I don’t use the word “boy” when talking about adult men or “girl” when discussing adult women. In cases like those, yes, I can certainly see how they’d be dehumanizing (not to mention stupid sounding).

    As for mish-mashing gender vs sex, that doesn’t really happen on my end. A few commenters might get them confused or use them interchangeably, but as my sex is female and my gender is male, I don’t make that mistake.

    I appreciate everyone’s help with this. Thank you all again.

  37. Here’s a difference between mra’s andlibertarians. MRA’s think that women owe men sex and other service. Libertarians think no one owes anyone anything. Libertarians don’t say all for me, nothing for you, they say everyone keep their own, unless they consent to trade or donate.

  38. *sigh*

    Russia gets “Pussy Riot” and all the US can manage is “Pussy Power Tantrum”. It could be worse, I suppose – I bet fucking Switzerland has to settle for “Pussy Tepid Disagreement”.

  39. RE: Rilian

    Libertarians don’t say all for me, nothing for you, they say everyone keep their own, unless they consent to trade or donate.

    And yet abortion is still something being debated about there.

    RE: Phlebas

    I have no idea what it is you’re trying to say. What on EARTH is a Pussy Power Tantrum supposed to be, besides a riot grrl band?

  40. Libertarians don’t say all for me, nothing for you,

    You’re right. “I’ve got mine, so screw you” would be more accurate.

    they say everyone keep their own, unless they consent to trade or donate.

    Like I said.

    And dude, unless you’re a literal hermit, there’s no such thing as “your own”. Human beings have been dividing their labor and combining the fruits thereof since before we were even homo sapiens. Whether it’s Ug gathering roots while Og builds the fire, or you driving to work on a road someone else built, nobody achieves anything without the aid of others. That’s the glaring flaw in your selfish, ignorant, exploitative ideology.

  41. LBT: I have a friend who’s skeptical and science-minded .. except when it comes to his religion. He refuses to look at argument against it. Similarly, some people fail to apply libertarian principles to everything.

    emilygoddes: Am I supposed to respond politely after you called me selfish, ignorant and exploitative?
    There is too such a thing as my own. My own body and my own labor, at the very least. If there’s no such thing as my own… then goodbye abortion rights, for one.

  42. No, I called your ideology selfish, ignorant and exploitative. I said nothing about you as a person. You might be quite lovely in person, as long as we didn’t talk about politics.

    OK, yes, you own your body and your labor. That’s a fair cop. I’m still not sure how you plan to keep either of those things without assistance from other people, unless you live entirely at subsistence level. By yourself.

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