Screen Caps: Masculinity and Social Media

These screen caps are part of an ongoing series on masculinity that emerges on social media. Understanding gender as performative, these particular images will be virtual evidence to support Donna Harway’s assertion in A Cyborg Manifesto that the political struggle is to “see from both perspectives at once because each reveals both dominations and possibilities unimaginable from the other vantage point” (196). I have learnt from my experience in feminist online communities as well as my FemTechNet class that feminism is an attempt to understand difference and challenge naturalized assumptions.

Despite this, there is still a very real bias engraved in each feminist. These judgments are the crux of human experience but not the essential fate of our culture. Strangely, I have noticed numerous instances where feminists launch personal attacks, patronizing articulations, and name calling to degrade and dismiss  male voices. Haraway warns this kind of single vision “produces worse illusions than double vision or many headed monsters” (196). This is why I took responsibility for my natural bias towards women and tried to come back to the internet with intentional sight. By grabbing these screen shots, I can hear the voices of my male peers in a new context and encourage others to do so as well.

 

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If you don’t agree and want to have a good laugh check out The Catalog of Anti-Male Shaming Tactics. These tactics, sometimes known as argumentation, are defined as “emotional devices meant to play on a man’s insecurities and shut down debate” and are intended to “elicit sympathy for women and to demonize men who ask hard questions.” Perhaps instead of getting angry, you can polish up on your sadist psychopathic insults or learn a bit about how to argue better with MRAs!

Haraway, Donna “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s” in Linda Nicholson (ed.) Feminism/Postmodernism. pp.190-233. New York and London: Routledge,1990

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