Sharpen Your Claws — Gonna Need ‘Em

At first, I thought it was somebody’s idea of a joke … a stupid, sick joke.  But, the more I read, the more I began to wonder, so I kept digging.  It appears there is no joke … and I am sickened, disgusted, and enraged.  What, you ask, has me spluttering and cursing now?  An event that will take place in Orlando, Florida, on May 1-3.  The event is a 3-day convention called “Make Women Great Again”.  Yep, you heard right.mwga-posterHere’s a snippet from their intro on the website …

“Women today are being taught to act more like men. Where has that led us? Skyrocketing rates of broken families, a documented decline in female happiness since the 1970s, endless social and dating dysfunction, and America at the #1 spot in the world for single motherhood. No longer will you have to give in to toxic bullying feminist dogma and go against your ancient, biological nature as a woman, the men have arrived to help #MWGA.

EXPERIENCE a miraculous three day (and night) event with iconic 100% pure male speakers gathered from the worldwide manosphere community to help you dramatically improve your life as a woman and total femininity.”

Feel your hackles raising yet, my friends?

All the speakers will be men, and tickets are sold only to women … for a price of … $1,999!  Oh, but wait, for a limited time, if you bring a friend, you can get a ‘buy one, get one free’ ticket.  I would not spend twenty-five cents to attend this misogyny party!!!

Among the male speakers are Anthony “Dream” Johnson, who bills himself as the first president of the “Manosphere,” and Alexander J.A Cortes, a fitness guru who famously enraged the internet by tweeting out a list detailing “How to be a beautiful woman” by wearing more pink, shaving and being thin, among other attributes. Also on the lineup is far right activist Stefan Molyneux and ol’ Mike Cernovich of Pizzagate fame, who has argued that there’s no such thing as rape and who also won Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award back in 2017. mwga-hatsMore topics from their website include …

THE WAR ON MOTHERHOOD

America is officially the #1 country on the planet for unwed single motherhood after a dramatic rise in recent decades. “Single Parenthood” of any kind is just another way of saying “broken family.” Statistics conclusively show that this is absolutely devastating for children, as well as mothers. Poverty, crime, mental health issues, and overall decline in well being is rampant today in America and the West in this context, thanks to feminist anti-motherhood propaganda. Generations of women have been lied to with “you can have it all”, a clever way of tricking them into de-prioritizing motherhood until ~90% of their eggs are dead by 30. This has led millions of women down a path of endless heartbreak, dead-end relationships, and left children at significantly heightened risk of birth defects via geriatric pregnancies. Today, we are witnessing the slow motion collapse of intentional motherhood and intact family formation.

BEAUTY AND THE OBESITY

Over 80 million women in America today are overweight or obese. These epidemic level numbers are no secret in spite of endless hyper-fit photoshop pictures of Instagram celebrities at ridiculously low body fat levels. Nevertheless, being sick and obese (a recognized disease in modern medicine) is not beautiful. Taking good self-care of your body is beautiful in process and outcome. Men admire healthy, fit women. They are after all sizing you up for reproduction, and your decisions will be passed on to your children through the choices you make via epigenetics. At The 22 Convention, you’ll learn how women have been lied to about “body positivity” and how you can embrace #beautypositivity right away!

THE WAR ON LOVE & ROMANCE

At incredible speed, the saying “Where did all the good men go?” suddenly became “Where did all the MEN go?” Believe us, men are saying the same thing in reverse today. The truth is that both positive masculinity and femininity have been under relentless attack for decades. Both have taken catastrophic social, cultural, personal, and philosophic damage for tens of millions of people. The result is a depolarized mess where men act like women, women act like men, everyone’s confused, and nothing “works” anymore. At The 22 Convention you’ll learn about the drivers behind this bizarre and stupid social experiment, what you can do to heal the damage and pain it’s caused you, and how to find awesome men and build healthy relationships.

And they say the ways in which they will make women’s lives better are …

  • Raise your femininity by 500% (I wonder if this includes a lobotomy?)
  • Get pregnant and have unlimited babies (oh yeah, like there aren’t enough children starving in this world, and the world isn’t already overpopulated!!!)
  • Beat the competition – become the ultimate wife (barefoot and pregnant?)
  • Make fitness great again (says the 300-pound, beer-guzzling couch potato man!)

To my women friends who live in Florida … please organize a protest outside the venue on the first day of this abominable ‘convention’!  To my men friends … don’t get no ideas!

I’m thinking … perhaps I should write a bit about how to “Make Men Great Again”?

Check out the trailer for this ‘convention’ …

This sort of thing … I can honestly say that I don’t think I know a man who would condone this bullshit.  It is right-wing, misogynistic and a lot more adjectives I could apply.  It is a sad sign of how some in this nation still view women, though, and I take that seriously.  There was a day, not so very long ago, when women in this nation could not vote, could not own property.  A day when women were often not hired if they were of child-bearing age.  A day when women earned only a portion of what men did for comparable jobs.  And still, in this the 21st century, women are having to fight for the right to make her own medical decisions, control her own body, and in some cases be treated as an equal in the workplace.  Women are still considered by many to be second-class citizens that should be dominated and controlled by men.  How many decades now have we been fighting for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment?  Nearly half a century, my friends.

My sincere hope is that nobody shows up for this ridiculous conference, that no woman in her right mind is fool enough to pay $2,000 to be put into a male-dominated mold.  What they really mean, rather than ‘Make Women Great Again’, is ‘Make Women Slaves Again’.

76 thoughts on “Sharpen Your Claws — Gonna Need ‘Em

  1. One of your commenters mentioned the ’50s. That was the time when any woman receiving a mention in the tabloid press had her name follwed by her “vital statisitcs” – bust, waist and hip measurements! Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Thankfully you are not old enough to remember those days. Sadly, I am!

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    • Born in 1951, I was around in the 50s, but we didn’t have television until around 1960, and even then, I didn’t watch it much, and never saw tabloids except when my grandmother visited once a year, so I wasn’t aware of that! You’re right, though … our memories of the past are very selective. When people talk about the ‘good ol’ days’, meaning the 50s, I can’t help think they were good for some, but not for people of colour, for those were the days of Jim Crow laws, and for many, they were terrible times, not a lot better than slavery. Yep, selective memories.

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  2. I’ve said this before, but I guess I have to say it again, “Mothers, don’t teach your baby boys to grow up to be MCPs.”
    For many years now I have been watching women, even the most feministic, teaching their sons to be privileged while they teach their daughters to be subservient. It seems to be ingrained in them. If the cycle is ever going to be broken, women must teach their children to be in touch with their opposite genders.
    My sisters helped bring me up to be in touch with my feminine side, though probably not intentionally.

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  3. I’m in Fla. and believe me, there are stupid enough women here that would go along with this..old rednecks and younger ultra religious types. Fla. Is known for weirdness. They even have a thing called Florida Man. It’s insanity run wild.

    But seriously, this world is not for long when you have the trump cult groveling on their knees, lusting over their racism, bigotry and religious extremism, a president who can do ANYTHING he wants and no one…no one stops him and climate change happening faster than we thought.

    I’m so sick of it all, I can’t tell you, but the blame falls squarely on the greedy corrupt upper wealthy types (not all wealthy people) and the cult. These people are despicable. God I’m so sick of people!

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    • I can picture husbands paying for their wives to go, but … what self-respecting woman would even be caught dead in such an event? ‘Florida Man’??? I had never even heard of ‘Manosphere’ until I started researching for this post. Sigh. And here I thought we had come such a long way.

      I had my own little run-in with a few of the cult members this evening and I came away wanting to spit fire after being called an “ignorant bitch” among other things.

      Yes, Mary, I am sick of it too. I cannot … will not … stay for another four years of Trump. Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted this fiasco. Sigh. I’m with you on that … ’tis why I plan to return as a wolf! I’ve had enough of humans!

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  4. Jill, this effort will likely backfire in a huge way. Here are a few things to ponder on top of the obvious discrimination of this conference. With only a few exceptions, most US colleges and universities have more women than men, so interfering with women’s opportunities affects our nation’s intellectual capital.

    The book “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is based on the Chinese proverb, “women hold up half the sky.” The theme is the maltreatment of women around the globe. Yet, if we set aside the maltreatment, countries and cultures that deprive women of opportunity are competing in a world with 1/2 of their intellectual capital. As I read this post, I kept looking for a prequel to a Margaret Atwood dystopian novel.

    Keith

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    • Let’s hope it does backfire big-time. I can picture some good ol’ boys paying up to send their wives to learn to be more … slavish? Frankly, I hope only 3 women show up. You’re right … women are half of the people of this world, and we contribute just as much as men … or at least, to the extent we are allowed to. I’ve been meaning to read Kristof’s book, “Half the Sky” for a while, but haven’t gotten to it yet … my “TBR” list is as long as my leg! Yes, some have compared it to Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, while others have compared it to The Stepford Wives. I believe either or both are apt comparisons. Sigh.

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  5. Horrifying Jill. It just goes to show you that America is still basically a ‘patrician’ society. It’s been that way since the birth of our country/Constitution. And, it’s why we seem to have a really hard time electing a woman as president. Other countries have done it. Why can’t we? I think, while certainly progress has been made, we still fall into the same misogynist B.S. I thought for sure 2016 would be the year. Now, it looks like we’re going to have old white guys fighting for the presidency. Once again, one step forward….two steps back. Will we ever learn?

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    • You’re so right. I have long said that if Hillary Clinton had been a man, no matter how disagreeable, she would have won the election by a landslide, electoral college and all. Sigh. We think we’re making progress, then we see something like this, or like the pastor who told the battered wife not to divorce her hubby, but to go home and be a better wife. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Remember the line from the PP&M song … “When will they ever learn?” I don’t think they will. Sigh.

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      • Nope, they never will Jill. Those are the people who are unreachable. That leaves a large swath of people who are, though. And they are the ones that must be convinced to ditch this lunatic!

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  6. When I saw “22 Convention” I was already prepared to be ticked off, thinking it was a movement to repeal the 22nd Amendment so that you-know-who can be president* indefinitely, but somehow this is worse. I used to pay some attention to the manosphere but stopped when I realized how much it made my blood pressure soar. I’ve found nothing positive to recommend these “people.” I’ve never been happier not to live in Florida.

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    • Phew … I’m so glad you were wrong! This is bad enough, but to repeal the 22nd Amendment would be suicide for this nation. That said, I have often thought he will find some way to ‘postpone’ the upcoming election if he feels his re-election is at risk. I never heard of ‘manosphere’ until I came across this ‘convention’! Yes, just the research for this post left me with elevated blood pressure and in need of a shower! Nasty bunch of people. Oh, and thanks for stopping by … Welcome!

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    • Oh, and one more thought I had. This is bad, don’t get me wrong, but it is not nearly as bad as regular conferences which typically showcase all male (usually white) speakers (or at least all male keynotes) or conferences (like a recent tech conference in Vegas) whose idea of showcasing a female leader is Ivanka Trump. The real shame is not in the outliers, but in the normal.

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      • You are right. Society has been conditioned to think of males in certain roles, and females in others. When we think, say, of a computer programmer, most of us automatically think of a man. No good reason, but we do. And, when a woman is elected to a congressional seat, there is always a big deal made about the fact that she is, indeed, a woman, but when a man is elected, nobody bothers to note his gender, for that is the ‘norm’. And I could go on, but … you’re right. Sigh.

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  7. Hello Jill. It seems to me these men, and those like them, must be terribly insecure, feeling inferior to most women. They need to make a woman a non-person sexual play thing creating babies for males while doing all the work of keeping him fed and housed. They don’t want partners in life, they want servants they can feel power over. These guys are losers. Unfortunately these ideas are endorsed by religion and men’s clubs. They are fever dreams of ultimate power over another so they don’t have to try to understand feelings or learn how to act decently around females. O.T. a bit. Did you read that Bloomberg has rejoined several men only clubs? Hugs

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    • Perhaps you are right, Scottie. I’ve always thought it was that they feel arrogant and superior to women, but perhaps it is really the opposite. Some religions apparently still believe that women should be subservient to men, that we exist for men’s pleasure. I remember a year or so, a wife somewhere in the south had filed for divorce from her abusive husband, and the pastor of their church told her to stop that foolishness and go back home and be a good wife. Sigh. I think of the line from the PP&M song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” that goes ” … when will they ever learn?” When, indeed, will they ever learn? Hugs!

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  8. If these idiots want to attract more women and be able to support a wife and more children, why don’t they make more money by working harder instead of charging an outlandish price of $2,000 for tickets to this show that advertises their ignorance? What do they want, a nation of Barbie Dolls? I’ve got news for them. A Barbie Doll has never had a child, let alone more than two or three. They sound like Trump who insisted Melania have a child but get her shape back in time to please him. They’ve been looking at too many ads from the 1950s. 😦 — Suzanne

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  9. I don’t know whether to scream, cry or laugh. the true lunacy lies in the fact they are targeting poor, single overweight Moms that don’t likely have $1.99 to spare, let alone a couple thousand dollars! What a scary, pitiful freak show this country has become. Why don’t they just call it ‘The Return to Stepford”?

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  10. No woman can come out of there with any idea of self intact.It will demoralize and denigrate It will make a woman lose her own identity as it seems that is the general idea, have women as the subservient baby machine and doesn’t compete with the men.It mustn’t happen.Women have the right to choose their own role in life and must not give that up. Some will be happy in the role put forward by these men and that’s fine but the rest must make their own choices and not be bullied.
    Cwtch

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    • You are quite right … any woman that would even attend this circus has serious self-esteem problems, and this isn’t going to help her any. I don’t know why it is so hard for a portion of society to accept that women are as capable as men and are not little servants. Sigh. We take one step forward, and two steps backward. I do seriously hope, though, that no women are foolish enough to spend $2,000 to go be told how to become subservient! 🙄
      Cwtch

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