I notice many MRA’s spend what seems to be an inordinate amount of time trading barbs with feminists online. I’m curious as to why they bother.
My own online interactions with feminists and their allies have been singularly unproductive. They very rarely provide interesting alternative perspectives or leads to useful sources of information. Instead they offer a narrow and predictable range of ad hominem barbs and child-like taunts.
After these exchanges I get the feeling that I have achieved nothing more than diverting time and energy away from those other things that might have been tackled in the limited time available – for example, targetted lobbying, preparing submissions, etc. Occasionally I’ve also had to expend further time afterwards dealing with subsequent unfounded/exaggerated complaints to moderators, Facebook, etc.
It’s for this reason I prefer to contribute in public forums (e.g. online discussions of articles in MSM) where I try to raise awareness amongst the general public of specific mens issues, and of related sources of information.
But perhaps if we look at a couple of case-studies:
In this first example what began with a little banter in relation to one of my blog posts, ended with a door slam.
Followed soon thereafter by:
This second example demonstrated pretty much the same pattern as you can see in these few screen grabs:
Anyway I thought I’d take this opportunity to put the question to far more seasoned campaigners than I … once you add up all the time and energy spent dealing with individual feminists, is there a net benefit to be had? Were they interested in your facts? Have you won over any hearts and minds? Talked them out of feminism?
Or have you just found yourself, time and time again, switching off your laptop late for dinner … tired and frustrated and thinking there must be a better way?