Men’s Rights Redditor: “Going to a strip club as a guy must be like going to a regular nightclub as a girl!”

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How stupid do you have to be to actually believe the following nonsense? Not just regular stupid. Men’s Rights stupid.

Wow, just wow. This blew my mind the other day when I went to the strip club (self.MensRights)  submitted 1 day ago* by horqth  So I went in there, with no intention of buying anything, I just went in there and got something to drink and sat down by myself.  After a few minutes, strippers comes up to me and starts to be nice to me, tells me I look good, that I dress well and, they are just basically trying to charm me and they treats me as a king. (This is just to get me to spend money on them of course, but if we ignore that, these girls are basically making me feel really good about myself)  Then it hit me: going to a strip club as a guy must be like going to a regular nightclub as a girl!  Because when a girl goes to a club all the guys will come up to her and treat her nice, and try to charm her.  Told my friends about this and they said their minds were blown as well, what do you think?  Edit: spelling

Heck, this is even stupid by normal Men’s Rights standards. It made me think of this line from Ruthless People.

Now, horqth could very well be a troll. His account is brand new, and, I mean, this is just amazingly dumb. But here’s the thing: his comments are being treated as if they are completely reasonable by the Men’s Rights subreddit. I noticed only a couple of mostly ignored comments out of more than 100 even raising the possiblity that he was a troll.

Not only has his post gotten dozens of upvotes, but in the comments there are numerous other Men’s Rights Redditors — not trolls — who’ve actually managed to outdo him in the sheer ridiculousness of their opinions. And they’re getting upvotes too.

Milessycamore seemed to suggest that horqth had understated the degree to which men were being victimized in both places, and more than 200 Redditors agreed:

milessycamore 162 points 1 day ago (212|50)  except the difference is that you, as a man... pay BOTH places...

Saxonjf thought it would be nice if more women would act like these strippers and make men feel “important special.”

saxonjf 8 points 1 day ago (10|2)  Great analogy. I've never been to a strip club (and have no intention), but it wouldn't hurt women to realize that making a man feel important special will help the relationship.  We've grown up in an era where denigrating men is fashionable, and women don't realize that building us up, rather than tearing us down, will make a huge difference in our relationships.

Itchybrain, putting his economist hat on, suggested that the root of the problem was the massive over-valuation of women:

itchybrain 27 points 1 day ago (36|9)  Very true. Most guys minds would explode if they got the attention the average looking girl gets. I think Marc Rudov said that for a guy to get the kind of attention the average girl gets he would have to be a millionaire. It just shows you how over valued women are sexually and how under valued men are.

So how did the ladies get so overvalued in the first place? Blame the government and all that darn welfare. Responding to one contrarian Men’s Righster who suggested — get this! — that women are appropriately valued — FloranHunter laid down this truth bomb, by which I mean a bunch of complete and utter crap:

FloranHunter 7 points 17 hours ago (8|1)  Not exactly.  The government MASSIVELY subsidizes women, especially single mothers. They still can't get everything they want or possibly need with it but women no longer need a man to survive. This causes a corresponding massive devaluation of unattractive but socially useful (aka has an ok or better job) men. In the past, women needed men or they starved or were vulnerable to violence. This is no longer the case.

If only we could return to the good old days, when women would starve unless they were super nice to unattractive dudes who pestered them in bars!

Lawtonfogle also has no problem with the idea of men being valued for their money; he just wants to get more bang(s) for the buck.

Lawtonfogle 10 points 1 day ago (12|2)  Government intervention in the means of social support programs that result in a woman having far more bargaining power in relationship dynamics. If it weren't for laws that provided support for children and forced fathers to pay for children (even when they aren't the biological father), it would be a very different issue. Men would still be valued for their money and women for their attractiveness, but money would hold more value and being a male willing to commit would also hold (more) value.      permalink     source     parent     save     give gold     hide child comments  [–]IOIOOIIOIO 5 points 23 hours ago (7|2)  Effective male contraception is going to be amazing.

I give up.

About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon,, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on February 18, 2014, in antifeminism, beta males, bunnies, creepy, dozens of upvotes, empathy deficit, entitled babies, evil sexy ladies, evil single moms, excusing abuse, idiocy, imaginary backwards land, imaginary oppression, irony alert, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, MRA, one hundred upvotes, only men pay taxes apparently, oppressed men, reddit, sexual harassment and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 452 Comments.

  1. cloudiah, I’d go with the jacket instead of the cardi on the twinset, otherwise you’d fit right in with the candidates we had when interviewing for the couple of faculty positions I was on the committee for. Unless the “education” part is high school or below, or the “information services” part is library with more than half the time spent in administration, a jacket is really necessary to show that, when they need to count on you to look professional, they don’t have to worry.

    One of my roommates wanted to go into law (because of the lure of living DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH, of course) so in her last year, she cleaned out half her closet and bought seven suits (all with skirts, of course). I thought they were identical, but if you got them in the light, you could tell that one was dark navy as opposed to black, and that the other had very find charcoal pinstripes, etc. and white knit shells with a high, round neck. And a set of pearls (earrings and a necklace) that was all she was allowed to wear, other than her watch.

    On the other hand, I suppose if you only wear a uniform every day it takes a lot of pressure off to decide what to wear every day…

  2. Also, here is the absolute worst picture of me ever, partly because of the suit and tie but mostly because MUSTACHE! V_V

    That was at a wedding party when I was 16. It was miserable for me purely because of my appearance and clothes.

  3. I actually quite like suits (though having to wear them every day would get old really fast). It’s business casual that combines all the sartorial elements that I like least into one “why do we have to do this again?” package.

  4. @Argenti: true, and true. The complete inability of troll to express an actual equation was also a give-away.

    It was like someone coming here and typing “yellow is a bread monkey large” and then getting all “I’m better than you” because no-one can work out what the hell they’re talking about. It looks like English (stats) but it isn’t.

    I did love the comment about how Bayesian statistics and frequentist statistics can be estimated the same way. Which is, of course, the reason that Bayesians use Winbugs so much and frequentists use SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, and basically anything not-like-Winbugs.

  5. Ally, some industries are (sadly) still clinging to the idea that people (men or women) can’t really be considered professional if they have long hair. However, if you live in a progressive area of the country or work in most progressive fields (correct me if I am misremembering, but aren’t you working to learn software development?), you will be fine if you are clean and neatly turned out.

    The last big company I worked for allowed people to have long hair and wear it any way you like if you were on the development floors. If you were on the production floor, no matter your gender, you had to wear your hair either close cropped or otherwise bound (braids, buns, etc, no ponytails) close to your head, and often covered with a tight fitting cap. The machinery went so fast that if a stray lock of hair were to get pulled in there was little or no chance that they could stop the line before you had it ripped out, and you’d consider yourself lucky if you didn’t have your head bashed in as well.

  6. Yeah, that was an odd troll. Also the bit about triangles – “We don’t know that four sided triangles cannot exist if we venture into sufficiently high dimensional mathematics!”… Okay.


    Dress codes? Bane of my life. I can’t accessorize or dress snappy to save that life, so the few times I’ve been in situations that require a dress code I’ve had some severe trouble. The hospital was’t bad, because the uniform was supplied by the hospital and so you simply wore that, but stuff like official debating teams where I had to find a shirt that matched by selection of suits and my 2 ties, both of which have a color not quite normal, was rather a problem. I figured eventually if you just went yellow tie, purple shirt, black suit, people started assuming I was actively trying to be neatly iconoclastic with my fashion, and not just in perpetual shortage of fancy stuff (Danish tailoring is hellishly expensive).

    The dress code for my other job is chain mail, troll costumes, elf make up or elf ears, which I can bear much better than fancy shoes. I do sometimes wear a suit to official functions, but the suit is a minotaur skin.

    I’d go with the jacket, seconding gillyrosebee (How’s your business by the by?) – it’s neat and simple and does show that, on occasions where you must be fancy, you can be fancy.

    (Still find dress codes an odd thing)

  7. scott1139, my sense from what I’ve read on GradiantLair is that she would welcome you heartily as a reader if what brought you there was an urge to pay close attention and listen respectfully, and do the work it takes to try to understand what you find without feeling the need to correct or override her points from the perspective of your privilege.

    The ‘Black first, color next’ policy is about comments and interaction. The I think she screens those would she allows to interact with her because of the overwhelming weight of racism that gets added to the already heavy burden of sexism she has to contend with, and her perfectly justifiable right to control how much of that toxicity she is willing to put up with.

    As someone of mixed heritage who presents as white, I have this chance to move back and forth between perspectives and see just how much white privilege insulates one from the worst of the world at large. When hanging out with my cousins we would be described as “prairie n*ggers” by people who, when I was alone and in another context, would tip their hats and call me ma’am. And let me assure you that I am actually quoting there, not stating a hypothetical. It’s eye-opening, and it’s a perspective that most people who benefit from being considered ‘white’ by society don’t often have. If you can’t get that perspective naturally, you’ll have to work a whole lot harder to understand it.

    Look at her policy as a kind of generosity. That she’s spelled it out so clearly can help you in your stated goal of learning to work with and understand your privilege. In a more equal and just world, no one would think it odd that the right to decide who and how she wants to interact with people or whether she wants to speak to or hear from them is completely and totally up to her (and incidentally, one aspect of what you wrote that could be read as offensive is this idea that you might be, if not shocked exactly, then confused that some aspect of the world would not welcome you – this is a feeling that stems precisely from the intersection of white and male privilege: the idea that the world owes you an explanation or will find a way to include you no matter what).

    So, read all you want. Once you have educated yourself, feel more able to ask respectful and humble questions, always with the understanding that you are not guaranteed so much as an acknowledgement of your inquiry, let alone an answer. But always keep in mind that one aspect of the privilege you have inherited is that people of color have grown up in a culture that constantly demands they cater to the needs, desires, and whims of people like you (and me) at the expense of their own health and sanity, and they are heartily tired of it. It’s your job now to understand that and come to terms with its implications.

  8. Wow, lack of sleep is making me very explainey today. That’s really weird. My apologies, and I’ll try to rein it in.

    How’s your business by the by?

    Good and bad. It’s growing faster than I expected, which is causing some stress and discomfort as I try to ramp up. But, on the other hand, I had expected that it would take me longer to make it support itself, let alone become profitable, and that date might be closer at hand than I had initially thought.

    Thanks for asking!

  9. Ugh, Ceiling Cat save me from coworkers who wear too much fragrance. One I can kind of forgive, as she often come straight from her other job, where they sell scented fucking candles bath products, but (1) it still makes my head hurt, and (2) our patients are animals. Wearing heavy perfumes around them must be like flashing strobe lights in the eyes of human patients.

    I admit I stressed the hell out about interview clothes (and I had to shave!), but now that I’m hired I don’t have to worry, since I wear scrubs at work. Plus several of the nurses have facial piercings and sleeve tattoos, and there’s an employee with bright red hair on our advertising materials, so “professional” obviously means something pretty different where I am.

  10. Kiwi Girl — but how do we know that the monkey isn’t purple? What if the definition of yellow means under some silly conditions it could be purple (this is a bad choice, as purple-yellow color blindness is a thing)

    But most people with any form of color blindness are men, ergo men have more phenotype (huh?) variation and thus women do more mate selection.

    I don’t know much Bayesian stats is why I didn’t comment on the math, just the nonsense priors, but thank you for explaining why the math was just as nonsensical as the priors and related assumptions.

    I errored emailing pecunium about French and said je suis du vin instead of je boire du vin — I am wine instead of I drink wine. I am wine makes more sense than the idea that x linked recessive traits play some important role in mate selection.

    And SAS! While working in software licensing at Pitt I had an undergrad come in, he needed SAS for a project due in half an hour. I directed him to the computer labs since no way was he going to install and learn it with time left to do his project.

  11. I like fragrance but only if it’s a good fragrance. Cheap scented candles aren’t very good. Same with many perfumes.

    Too bad perfumes depend on personal tastes. A lot of people friggin love Dior’s Poison. To me it smells exactly like bug spray and cheap artificial blueberry scent.

  12. By “good fragrance” i mean ones that are good quality. Sorry that sounded redundant.

  13. @gillyrosebee Thank you very much for taking the time to write what you did; reading it really helped clarify things for me.

    I apologize for anything I wrote that was offensive.

  14. Our dress code at work is pretty much “be dressed, please.”

    Oooooh, perfume. My other favorite thing behind makeup. I have some that won’t wear to work, like Nassomatto Duro, which is only suitable for scaring the bejeezus out of people and/or sacking a small country. I generally wear CdG Wonderwood or Kiehl’s Original Musk, both of which go on light enough for work.

  15. That’s pretty much our dress code, too. The guys wear the uniform polo by choice (dull Prussian blue, ugh ugh ugh). I wear whatever I fancy.

  16. One of these days I’ll just throw in the towel and get a big neck or hand tattoo. Then whatever else I wear to interviews will hardly matter.

  17. NO NECK TATTOOS. And I say that as a tattooed person.

  18. But horrifying people is the point.

  19. It’s not even horrifying, it’s just a bad idea. I’ve never seen one that looked decent (obviously not your point, but still). I have seen some lovely hand work though.

  20. I’ve seen really small, delicate ones on the side of the neck look OK, but ones that go across the front of the throat? Nope.

  21. I’m too fickle for a tattoo, though I have always wanted to get one (I keep thinking of getting something on my wrists). My problem is that as soon as the work was done I’d feel deflated and be 100% sure that no matter how much I loved it at first, now I want a different one.

  22. @gillyrose
    Thank you for eloquent explanation of Graident Lair’s policies, which was much better than my earlier cranky one.

  23. @Brooked, I get splainey when I’m cranky (and tired), so it’s usually a struggle to stop myself, but you’re welcome!

  24. I don’t like neck tattoos because I seldom see them on anyone but blokes who’re doing the full-on feral/bogan look, which I really dislike. But at any rate, think what a neck tattoo would look like if one ended up with turkey neck in old age … nope, nope, nope.

  25. I’ve seen some good neck tattoos, of loved ones names and the like. But yes, they are tricky and a lot of artists refuse to do them on principle.

    Speaking of which, me and Sneak got tattooed a week or two ago! It’s a cuff around our upper arm, and we’re getting a similar one on the other arm done in another week or so. Woo!

  26. Oh, and as a side note, getting it done taught me that Sneak has a much lower pain tolerance than me. Which is sad, because zie was miserable throughout the whole tattooing procedure, but also means zie is high unlikely to ask me about getting triangles tattooed on the backs of our hands again.

  27. Speaking of which, me and Sneak got tattooed a week or two ago!

    Ooh ooh share share share!

  28. OW back of the hands would hurt like hell.

    Are you all wrapped up in clingwrap now? Smothered in Bepanthen and reeking of it? (Ah, memories.)

  29. I’m almost into year 5 of a tattoo removal (home job overtattooed by a professional). There was just *soooooooooooo* much ink. And it’s been painful each time – like having someone cut into my skin with a knife. And the blistering.

    Depending on what it looks like later, I will get the area fixed up by another tattoo. A professional one.

  30. Ouch. I’ve sometimes wondered if I should get rid of my second tattoo – it’s only a few centimetres square – but that makes me think, nope, bad luck if it’s not that good!

  31. This one is over an entire shoulderblade. I’ve hated it ever since I got it, back in 1990.

  32. Yow! That’s a lot of tattoo to get rid of, and what a painful place.

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