The Feminist High Council Punishes David Futrelle Most Harshly

WHTM trolls often try to play “Gotcha!” with David, threatening to expose him in some way that will cause feminists to disown him, attack him, and feast on his liver. (Because feminists are naturally violent, of course!)

The MRA intellectual heavyweight Jason Gregory (@FunkyMunkyLuv) tried doing this on twitter, tweeting a blog post by some MRA dude who had found a smoking gun–in the form of a 1996 book review David wrote about Sharon Lamb’s The Trouble with Blame.

The way this anonymous MRA spun the review was, “When David Futrelle Claimed that Female Abuse Victims Should Take Responsibility for their Abuse.”

Wow, that doesn’t really sound like the David we know. Could it be true?

Myoo investigates and brutally eviscerates David, as feminists are wont to do:

there are quotes from David from an article he wrote in a magazine in 1966, in which he reviews a book called The Trouble With Blame.

The damning stuff appears to be David quoting the book or paraphrasing the book’s arguments and “theantifeminist” assuming that means he agrees with it.

There is some stuff in the article I don’t really like, but I hardly think it’s anti-feminist. Plus, from everything David’s wrote here, his views seem to have changed since then. You can read it and judge for yourself:


What a violent thrashing! Clearly at this point David has no alternative but to change his name, get a lawyer, delete his Facebook, and flee the country like a MRA trying to escape paying child support!

Oh wait, now that I’ve read it, Myoo’s not actually that hard on David at all. Just mildly critical.

But the Argenti Aertheri arrives, and now I know it’s going to be a bloodbath–like stepping on LEGOs or something!


Back on topic, that article? 18 years old. And for 18 years ago? Not that bad. Compared to the two he’s being compared to? *dies laughing*

Fuck, 18 years ago I was 10, so let’s go for 10 years ago, when I was just coming off my rabidly pro-life Christian shit, back when I was proud of refusing to study evolution. Yeah, I think I can give the shift in David’s view a pass. Not like he tried to kill his girlfriend and then wrote about it as a comparison to endangering a dog through idiocy.

Damn it!  I was told that feminists just love turning on male interlopers for the smallest of crimes (like, as Argenti alludes to, Hugo Schwyzer trying to kill his girlfriend). Why aren’t we being more brutal? Is it possible we’re just toying with David, hoping to entrap him into making more incriminating statements, before we swoop in and false accuse him & railroad him into our feminazi-controlled prison system?

That must be it!

And David falls for our trap!

On that old article of mine, obviously theanitifeminist is misrepresenting it, like everything else of mine he’s dug up. That said, there are real issues with that particular piece, specifically the sometimes glib language and the the fact that I went along with some of the victim-blaming logic of the book I was reviewing. Obviously I wouldn’t write that article today. It was 18 years ago, and my beliefs have very definitely changed. I didn’t realize back then the extent and the absolute perniciousness of victim-blaming narratives.

The two points I was trying to make in that piece that I still think are worth making: 1) It’s important to be aware of the tendency of abusers to present themselves as victims. 2) Demanding that all victims be perfect human beings in every way in order to be considered true innocent victims — particularly if this means that they have to fit some arbitrary “moral code” — is itself a form of victim blaming. As we can see every time a rape survivor is attacked as a “slut.”

Now we’ve got him just where we want him. And just like clockwork (well-lubricated with the tears of betrayed male feminists), the Feminist High Council convenes a Star Chamber to try David in absentia.


I almost can’t bring myself to look at the aftermath of that! But let’s just read it, shall we?

Mr. Futrelle,

The Feminist High Council held an emergency Star Chamber session after learning about your potentially problematic review of the book “The Trouble With Blame” by Sharon Lamb. We were concerned that you may have failed to uphold all Radical Feminist Protocol and Language Requirements as per your Male Feminist Blog agreement with the FHC. As you know, failing to fulfill those requirements would force us to either censure, shut down and/or think bad thoughts about the FHC-approved website currently known as “We Hunted The Mammoth”.

We have studied the article in question and considered your explanation. In light of the article’s age and your outstanding service in our secret war for female supremacy and global male gendercide, we have decided to let you off with a warning and not suspend WHTM at this time.

However, you yourself have admitted that the article fails to take into account “the extent and the absolute perniciousness of victim-blaming narratives”. In light of this breech in protocol we, after much debate, have decided on a suitable punishment. We now personally scold you with a hearty “tsk-tsk” and order your cats to think poorly of you for a period lasting between 48-72 hours, depending on their feeding schedule and availability of desired snacks. We and your cats encourage you to about what you have done and what you can do better in service of radical feminism.

Yours In Sisterhood,
The Feminist High Council
A Secret Bunker, CA USA

Well, that was brutal.  David is properly chastened.

I am relieved to hear the verdict of the High Council.

Has the cat thing started yet? I can’t tell.

This is a cat (with a little mouse masseuse) who is thinking poorly of you:


You can read more correspondence from the Feminist High Council (aka brooked) here, here, and  (my favorite of the three) here.

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From the people who brought you Violence in the Library…

Violence in the Library was a very popular romance novel, of the kind that is beloved by feeeeemales. It turns out that there’s a sequel, coming to the big screen very soon:



Movie poster courtesy of katz. You can find katz’s other artistry on deviantART, including the illustrations for her forthcoming novel Among the Red Stars.

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So, I’m going on vacation

I really wanted to make a post before I went away on vacation, but things have been really hectic. I have a great poetry slam to document when I get back, and I can’t wait. But I didn’t want to leave you with nothing, so there’s this:


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We’re SO much better at this than they are…

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: 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.

GIF_StopKickingMe(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:

GIF_PuppyFrolickingI 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:


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.

GIF_BunnyObstacleCourse(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):

PNG_PaulElamEndorsesNOTE: 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

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

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.

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.

NapoleonOnPenguinIt turns out that even perfection can be improved on:




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I promise I’ll be back soon with more artistry, but in the meantime…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Anyone still reading this thing?

Sorry, I haven’t really had the heart to be updating lately but this artistry simply needed to be documented.

David wrote a post about some of the strange search terms that were leading people to his blog, and I sycophantically mimicked him by posting some of the strange search terms that were leading people to my blog:

slave to a manhater
udders under skirt
hurding cats limerick
feminism in importance of being earnest
this is not my point
rodney james alcala november 2012
nuns and kittens
mixed metaphor with deer
broken heart emo robot boy
war capybara
canadian travel advisory
connections between kittens and feminists
cat spaghetti
cheetos are hunting
pube terror
life stories and writings about prison life
lesson about judas
remarks about nasals victory
see boobz

Yes, you read that right. WAR CAPYBARA.

And then katz made it happen:



I love the war capybara so much I … words don’t exist.

You can see more fabulous art by katz at her deviantART page.

You can see a less warlike capybara right here:


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Merry Artistry (& Mockery)

Due to a family emergency, I haven’t been around much.  I hope whatever happened in your life today left you as happily fascinated as this cat:


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