Dec 19, 2011 9:10 am by Brian
in Society and Gender Politics
Tom Matlock's fallen off of the wagon and is now full of bullshit, and I think I know why.
(Update: Amanda Marcotte posits that Tom Matlock's brain has been poisoned by constant criticism from the MRA crowd. This is reasonable. Tom, and all your friends: I don't know you very well, but you need help. Detox from the kyriarchy. Become a feminist. Feminists are really awesome. And they're very smart, reasonable, and support equality for all.)
The Good Men Project just published a pile of crap, entitled "Being a Dude Is a Good Thing," by Tom Matlock. The core of it all is this little gem:
Men know women are different. They think differently, they express emotion differently, they are motivated by different things, they think about sex differently, and they use a very different vocabulary.
Yipperoo, here comes the patriarchy!
Now, I've spent a lot of time - way too much time, actually - trying to come to grips with the various men's rights crowds over the last few months. The Good Men Project is one of the better places to do this, if for no other reason than that the writing is reasonably high quality and comes across as honest and thoughtful. We're human beings, not monsters, it pleads, we just want to be ourselves. So I tried, carefully, to engage in this particular conversation. I asked for clarification about the gender essentialist bullshit that was steaming around. In return, I was told in no uncertain terms that yes, men are totally different then women, they know it because it's obvious, and that frankly, I should know it too and what's wrong with me anyway? Curiously enough, one commenter read me as feminine woman, but glossed over it with nary a stray thought when he found out otherwise. More on him later.
But I think I've got it all sorted. This stuff? It's just the new boss, same as the old. Much, much more after the break.