Posted on | April 15, 2014 | 91 Comments
Apparently, you don’t need a Bible to know feminists are wacko, and this discovery challenges Amanda Marcotte’s worldview:
“Men’s rights”, a code word for opposition to women’s rights (usually women’s right to be free of violence, to be autonomous in their sexual and relationship decision-making, and to be treated as equals in education and labor ), is a popular topic on Reddit, and recently the forums dedicated to it decided to survey their members to get a demographic picture of them. Stephanie Zvan has a summary. Most of it is unsurprising. . . .
However, there’s a couple of things that stand out. This big one is that . . . the MRAs of Reddit were not drawn to the Christian right. . . . On the contrary, 94% of them defined themselves as having no religion. 94%, folks. . . .
The other sort-of surprise is that they are really young.
Ninety percent of the Reddit MRA survey respondents were 20 or younger, and only 4% were over 25. So here you have thousands of young, secular guys who completely reject feminism.
That crashing sound you just heard? That was the sound of Amanda Marcotte’s worldview collapsing into jagged shards.
Of course, Madcap Mandy manages to articulate a rationalization — femsplaining, you might say — but you know this survey will be haunting her dreams for weeks to come. After years of blaming opposition to feminism on the Christian Right, here is unmistakable evidence that relentlessly attacking religion will not automatically lead to greater popularity for feminists. In fact, what drew Stephanie Zvan’s interest to the Reddit MRA survey was her perception, as an atheist feminist, that the online harassment she and other atheist feminists have experienced is coming from men inside the atheist movement. This doesn’t particularly surprise me; see my American Spectator column last August, “No Love for the Godless,” about such complaints.
The explanation of the Reddit survey may be a lot simpler than either Zvan or Marcotte suspect. As a phenomenon, Reddit skews toward younger users, and seems to attract a lot of computer geeks.
Young geeks are not generally religious, and so the secular youth tilt of Reddit MRAs is not really unexpected. The survey does, however, suggest that young males are as hostile to feminism as older men, which may surprise some feminists, but doesn’t surprise me in the least. Given that women are now a majority of college undergraduates, claims of female victimhood — oppressed by the heteronormative patriarchy! — are apt to strike young men as absurd.
And if feminists think the Christian view of women is oppressive, they obviously aren’t paying attention in science class.