This is a thread for discussing toxic masculinity and the effects and consequences thereof.
Yikes! I knew Jezebel had problems, but I didn’t know they’d flat out made fun of domestic abuse.
Even if it’s extremely tasteless satire, how has this writer not faced professional consequences?
Another editor slapped a guy when “he told me he thought he had breast cancer.” (Okay, that one made us laugh really hard.)
The fuck? Way to kick someone when they’re down. Literally
I see that Jezebel article is from ‘07, but it does not sound like it would be a nice place to work! Boasting about hitting romantic partners and laughing at their health scares? The lunch room must be so much fun…
It kinda floored me. That’s why I wonder if it was intended as extremely tasteless satire; not that that makes it okay.
And why I wanted to google what the author had been up to more recently. I can’t say their more recent activity sounded especially redeeming.
That said, I do want to point out that Jezebel has published some good journalism in the past and their decision to give people who make fun of domestic abuse a platform shouldn’t necessarily reflect on those other journalists who haven’t.
Totally. I’m not going to stop reading their good articles. But that one gave me flashbacks to junior high and all the “mean girls.” Gah. I would not feel at home working with the people described in that first article. I hope it’s a small percentage of the overall staff. And even smaller now than when it was published.
Wait, isn’t this a thread on misogyny? Not like, misandry?
Edit: My comment no longer makes sense here, so I’ll add that it was moved here with other comments from the “misogyny” thread.
Misandry is a fallacy, rightly ridiculed as we do in the misandry thread. At the risk of stating the obvious, misogyny is a structural inequity that simply does not exist as misandry.
This comment does a better job than I could of succinctly summarizing why I regard the actual situations made light of as a patriarchal product of toxic masculinity.
So yes, I think it’s misogynistic.
Fun fact: men do get breast cancer. At a tiny percentage of the risk women face, but absolutely not zero. And those who get it often face disbelief and ridicule.
That’s why I was so shocked at the reaction.
richard roundtree is one of the most famous men who had it. he had a double mastectomy and wore a prosthesis for action films afterwards.