March 22, 2013

So I’ve heard rumblings that indie music played on guitars is losing popularity to hip hop. Never fear, straight white males, don’t lose hope just yet. Straight white male art devoid of female influence is in no danger of going away. You could say it never has.

Video games, television, movies, comic books, even regular books, straight male art is alive and well. You may worry, straight white men, that this Twilight and Fifty Shades Of Grey thing is going to destroy the straight white male publishing industry, but really ask yourself, have you even read these books? If you answered “I haven’t read any books, sir”, would you kindly sit in the corner being thumped with a hardcover Complete Shakespeare until you think about what you did. Shakespeare worked long and hard to ensure straight white male plays and literature continue to be enjoyed. For shame, sir.

Just because hip hop is taking over the pop charts, doesn’t mean straight white male art is in crisis. I hear that Seth McFarlane fellow who makes the cartoons on the TV that make straight white men laugh even got to host the Oscars this year, and as we all know, the Oscars don’t stay the whitest, straightest, malest institution of Hollywood on its own. Thousands of straight white men are working hard each day to make the magic of bland lack of diversity happen.

Just because hip hop and K-pop have hit the hot 100, doesn’t mean straight white male art will suddenly go away. Good Lord no, not while straight white male ownership of media corporations and movie studios and businesses and even politics continues to be the order of the day.

At least I think it will. Get back to me on that one in a hundred years, I’d like to see how that one turns out.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
The Geek Philosopher: So my last post didn't go so well

moritheil:

geekphilosopher:

And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:

1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…

This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)

The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you?  That sucks for a broad swath of people.  No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”

And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t.  The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.

Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?

I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.

April 25, 2012
No Workplace For Poor Men

So I was checking my Tumblr, as you do when you’re a visual arts student who uses social media sites not only to waste time, but to also destroy the credibility of outdated ideologies from across the Pacific Ocean before the enemy knows their scene was dead the second I posted… and I came across this Men’s Health Style Rules guide.

Let me make myself clear, I might be a high functioning autistic white Aussie drongo, but that doesn’t mean I won’t let this sexist bullshit that’s far more retarded than I’ll ever be slide, even if it’s aimed at men by other, richer, presumably even whiter men who wouldn’t know the Australian climate if a dingo ate their baby and they had to teach a squat team about the territory they’re up against to get their douchey, highbrow storebought revenge dished out by Seal Team 6 that they rented for the day because they’re too rich to get their hands dirty and get their precious fashion labels all mudded up while they’re trying to dispense unwarranted “justice” on the dingo that ate their baby, but since they have no sense of responsibility, the baby turns out to be a Chinese made iPhone because so far they have no empathy or worth that grants them the ability to cope with raising a real human with real, not-designer label nappies that need changing.

This is a really drawn out metaphor, yes indeed, but it sure as bloody hell makes more sense than the downright condescending and snobbish advice dished out by what I can only assume is a rich high roller who clearly has the time to spit on the fashion choices of people in the “Star Wars Cantina”, the “slackers”, who probably put more hard work into preserving the economy than the blokes who published this tripe probably did.

I’ve contemplated whether it’s right to say whether or not men are privileged due to race or gender, and at this point, even though I was personally yelled at by Germaine Greer at a book talk, she sure painted Aussie men in a far, far less degrading light than this article does without even trying. You see, if there truly is a Men’s Rights movement, and there are struggles Men need to fight back for, it was never about women trying to take alimony or child support money from you because “you’re a man”. No, the enemy is far more scheming and heinous, since feminists in retrospect let us blokes off pretty easy.

The true enemy, is the rich, corporate emasculator of what the corporate world imagines the man of today should be in order for him to turn a profit from the less powerful men who fill the pockets of the 1% by being convinced via articles such as this that a man only has worth and status if he plunders enough gold to buy overpriced menswear of ludicrous amounts, if only to satisfy his slavemaster who spits on him just as he spits on those Metallica t-shirt wearing “slackers” who could probably contribute more to any given company via their knowledge of Twitter and blogs alone.

The countryman in my nation’s workplaces wears many things to work, and out and about as well. This is not my core concern with this article here. My core concern is that this foolish men’s magazine editor was narcissistic enough to believe that the American Corporate Look works in every nation’s climate around the globe, that “you have to fake it until you make it” just so society that already spits on you before you even begin for wearing logo shirts, that you’re not allowed to wear unless you own the company it depicts because you’ll look like a tool apparently.

I dunno guys. I’ve seen MMA fighters on UFC wear a shit-ton of logo shirts and I’d never really consider calling beefy guys who could crush you with their bare hands tools if you enjoyed the experience of breathing enough that you’d like to continue breathing and walking without crutches for the rest of your life by avoiding this. They’re pretty manly dudes. And they wear logo shirts.

These MMA fighters would not allow these snarky menswear merchants in men’s mags to trash talk their choice of t-shirt for a situation. And… to be honest… neither should we, as men worldwide, continue to believe that corporate bullying of non-white, non-rich, non-“manly” men is an acceptable ethos for the Twenty First Century. Men’s magazines are designed to sell you an idea, perhaps a concept of which manliness is measured against. It is a cunning gambit, and because men believe their only true threat is women’s need for family support if they desire it, they fail to notice the Rich White Male agenda which is so easily ignored by men who every day fight against this tripe because they don’t even realise the prison of commercial, materialist lies of a man’s worth was there at all.

This is a system that tells a man who wears his favorite Metallica shirt in public that he is worthless because he cannot afford to dress like the richer, more powerful men who’d sooner shit in his beer than admit he shared any semblance of commonality or equality. This is a system that says to a man, “You have to act like this for society to even admit you’re human, by the way you have to buy these clothes and shoes and gadgets if the boss who pays you minimum wage will even gaze upon you”.

For you see, Men’s Rights shouldn’t have been wasted on locking horns with feminists over abortion and equal pay at all. We failed to harness something that could have been something great, a tool that cuts oppression like a knife through butter, and allowed the internet to make a joke of those two words because it was applied to an area it never belonged. Thanks to Reddit it has no respect, it has been neutered in its potency.

But the thing about language is, there is more than one language rather than just English. We will find a word which is powerful enough to discredit a financial system that hates us but expects us to put money into it so it continues to thrive. It doesn’t work in Australia, especially not with our climate, and we do just fine wearing our dorky t-shirts in the summer heat thank you, and our economy thanks us too by not wasting our money trying to please a capitalist system that even Americans are failed by, Americans who deny us the power of the clothes we wear because apparently as soon as people start wearing Crocs or sandals in public, the apocalypse is allegedly nigh.

Wear your Crocs in public. Wear every fucking logo shirt you own, the more obnoxious the better, hundreds of MMA fighters can’t be wrong. When half the world’s population is paid less than a man for being a woman, why should a man accept that he HAS to preserve a system that pays him more for being a man but treats him far less than one not by his wallet but by his dignity? This is no workplace for poor men, and there will not exist such a hell if it is torn down by the people Dio called “hungry for heaven”. Cause you’ll need a little hell.

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