NOTE: None of these posters is actually produced or sponsored by A Voice for Men. But since AVfM & their head spittle-producer Paul Elam have no problem with posters using the logos of other organizations against their wishes, it seems very STEM logical that they wouldn’t mind people using their logo against their wishes. I mean, honestly, anything else would be the worst kind of hypocrisy!
Onwards! This post is going to combine artistry from two separate worlds: manboobz.com and /r/againstmensrights. This combination might actually bring the world to an end, and if it does — well, what can I say? Sorry seems inadequate.
But life’s about taking risks!
And this time, I think Paul Elam and his band of minions are kicking themselves in the face.
(Oh, if only they were this adorable about it, right?)
MRAs have an overly dramatic reaction to the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign, which encourages men, who are mostly decent, to not be like the minority of men who rape women. Seriously, if feminists actually thought all men were rapists, the slogan wouldn’t be “Don’t Be That Guy” — it would be “Don’t Be A Guy, Since You’re All Rapists.” BUT WE DON’T THINK THAT.
Anyway, MRAs have hated on this campaign before.
And now they’re doing it again, but this time they’ve made a serious mistake — they’ve put the posters out with the logos of organizations that (a) supported the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign, and (b) definitely do not support the posters put up by Mens Rights Halifax, and endorsed by A Voice for
Paul Elam’s Anger Issues Men.
I think we should pause here, for this:
I hope you’re feeling better now, because this gets worse.
It all started when people noticed this poster up in Halifax. They let Bryony House, one of the organizations whose logo was on it, know; Bryony House quickly repudiated the poster. Which led Paul Elam of A Voice for Men to say the following:
YOUR CONSENT IS NOT REQUIRED
As David noted,
“Your consent is not required” seems to be the operating assumption of a lot of those drawn to the Men’s Rights movement.
Let’s pause again to say, Hey! Let’s FASU (Fuck AVfM’s Shit Up) by donating to Bryony House! (Credit Cards, Checks, PayPal accepted.) If you really want to make MRAs mad, do something to make the world a nicer place!
You know what’s also nice? Bunnies running obstacle courses.
(The Halifax Police were also named, but I don’t think we need to donate to them as they have other funding sources. Also, they’re taking steps on their own.)
Paul Elam of A Voice for Men states his position:
Be it known that if anyone legally placing posters is arrested or harassed by police selectively “enforcing law” in a way that discriminates based on ideology, A Voice for Men will fund legal action against them without hesitation. We will dedicate every resource we have to it. And we will not quit, ever.
That’s pretty internet tough guy!
Most importantly, the problem is really about the “unambiguous misrepresentation of the views of several organizations with reputations to protect – including the Halifax police” not copyright, fair use, or anything like that.
Enough background. Let’s get to the ARTISTRY. If Paul Elam is unambiguously for misrepresenting the views of other organizations, it seems like his own organization is fair game!
First up: /u/TheBaby-SittersCoven from /r/againstmensrights (which, in spite of the name, is not actually against men having rights):
NOTE: This poster is a parody, and has not been endorsed by A Voice for Men or Paul Elam. But we already know Paul would be okay with it, because he believes it is fine to use other entities’ logos for things they would never endorse.
Manboobzer regular, and talented graphic artist Shaenon, also chips in with another poster totally not endorsed by A Voice for Men:
AMR regular /u/OMGCanIBlowYou jumps in:
NOT endorsed by Paul Elam
TheBaby-SittersCoven likes OMG’s idea and runs with it:
Also likely NOT endorsed by Paul Elam.
/u/cordis_melum also wants to play, Rule 5 of /r/badhistory-style:
DEFINITELY not endorsed by A Voice for Men
/u/TheBaby-SittersCoven continues on an /r/againstmensrights thread about Anita Sarkesian:
I’m pretty sure MRAs (including AVfM) hate Anita Sarkesian, which is kind of the point of this poster.
Those were beautiful. You know what’s also beautiful? Napoleon riding a penguin.
It turns out that even perfection can be improved on: