Sorry to disappoint you guys, but it's me, the Dear Hubby, instead of the Quacked-Out Duck Lady.
She's experiencing some of the fun I used to enjoy, mainly formatting e-books to satisfy the jackals at the various digital distributors. Given that, the full-time job, the bills, the laundry, and writing her wacky romance novels, she didn't have the time or energy to deal with the blog this week, so I'm doing it. This is taking crucial time away from my more important tasks, mainly ARRRRRR WHAR BE THE WENCHES AND THE GROG ARRRRRRR!
First, some news on our website(s). I've taken the time to change the e-book covers to reflect Mary Anne's title changes on her contemporary romances. Her contemporaries weren't moving off the digital shelves as quickly as the historical/fantasy romances, so we discussed possibly bundling them at some future date. Of course, there has got to be some unifying theme to help tie the bundle together, so when we looked at the nitty-gritty essence of the two current contemporaries and the one she's currently working on, we found a hook - Dangerous Relations, where relationships and the law intersect and many times conflict.
So now we have Dangerous Relations: Seducing the Billionaire and Dangerous Relations: Griffin's Law, with Mary Anne currently pounding away on the third one. No, I'm not telling you what the work-in-progress is tentatively titled, leave me alone you freaks.
I also fixed our Nook links on the Complete List of Books page, which were all broken due to Barnes and Noble introducing their Pub-It service, a direct competitor to Amazon's Kindle Publishing. It's aggravating to deal with, but I understand the necessity of the computer programming changes.
Now onto the meat of the blog post. The other day I encountered, on a fairly well-trafficked comedy website, a piece written by a male feminist.
I struggle to understand the very concept of a male feminist, or any other (what I see as) self-hating political activist.
Feminism is one thing. That particular thing I can grasp with my feeble mind fairly well, I think. I can see a woman or group of women wanting more political and societal power. Hell, every person and group wants more power, even the ones that have power already.
What I don't understand is someone who wants to be all flamboyantly, childishly outraged by a circumstance of his birth, and lick the boots of a "minority" that consists of 50.8% of the population (according to the 2010 U.S. Census).
There are only two possibilities that come to my mind when I'm presented with such strange behavior (then again, I'm prone to binary thinking because I'm male and I'm an I.T. professional):
Possibility #1 - The male feminist is insincere in his outrage.
We've all seen THAT guy. You know, the guy who'll get all sympathetic with a woman, like he's trying to be one of her girlfriends. Provided the guy is heterosexual, you know the only reason he's watching a romantic comedy and getting all teary-eyed sitting next to a woman is so he can win her over and (at some point) get her naked. Which makes him...
A HUGE HYPOCRITE.
Possibility #2 - The male feminist is sincere.
If the male in question is indeed truly outraged by the plight of the downtrodden half of the population, what with their rights being trampled upon constantly by THE MAN and THE PATRIARCHY and all, then he thinks women are too weak to do anything about it themselves. They need his help and the help of his fellow penis-owning oppressors-no-more to rise to their rightful places in society. If he thinks that women are so weak that the so-called oppressors themselves need to help them cast off their shackles, then that makes him...
A HUGE HYPOCRITE.
Sorry Charlie, wah wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Either way, he's an enormous douchebag and possibly the ultimate hypocrite.
You don't need to be a feminist to realize that both men and women have power, or even that there's a constant struggle for power that happens between the two sexes. All you need to realize is that the powers mentioned are differently expressed. Which is as it should be.