Do we really need a fund to support ‘victims of feminism’?
Here’s a story to make you groan on a Thursday – following the Adria Richards scandal of last week, a new subreddit emerged on popular website Reddit called ‘The Feminist Victim’s Fund’.
The fund aims to ‘help struggling men in the face of adversity’ through user-donated money.
For those who haven’t heard about the Twitter scandal caused by Adria Richards last week, here’s a summary:
Richards, a developer in Silicon Valley, was attending PyCon, a convention in Santa Clara, when she overheard a sexist joke from someone seated behind her. Richards then sent the following tweet to her thousands of followers, accompanied by a photo of the row behind her: ‘Not cool. Jokes about forking repo’s in a sexual way and “big” dongles. Right behind me #pyconpic.twitter.com/Hv1bkeOsYP’.
She then also contacted the organizers of the event about the situation, and asked for the men to be ‘dealt with’. As a result, the employee of PlayHaven who allegedly made the joke was fired – then, following a twitter furor, Richards herself was fired from her role at SendGrid. You can read more about the incident through Huffington Post here. You can also read Richards’ own blog post about the incident here.
The Feminist Victim’s Fund was supposedly set up to help men like the employee of PlayHaven recover from their losses following an attack from feminism. The fund reads:
‘Unfortunately in today’s climate, being a man has become a financial liability. Say the wrong thing in the wrong place and you can find your entire life ruined. Destroyed.
Feminists have fought for equality, but now they’re out for our rights.
They’re destroying us financially. They’re trying to tear apart our families.
We’re saying that enough is enough. No longer should men fear masculinity.’
Here’s the thing – regardless of whether or not you agree with Richards’ response, the fact is that feminism is not ‘out for’ men’s rights, and it certainly isn’t a result of feminism that both the PlayHaven employee and Richards lost their job. To me, this is obviously a result of ‘trial by social media’, and if you want to blame someone, look no further than the companies both individuals worked for, who clearly were more concerned about their public image than standing by their staff.
Sacking staff is always the most extreme action available to an employer, and surely a reprimand and maybe an apology to Richards would have sufficed to smooth the issue over.
It’s no real surprise that there’s a new anti-feminist subreddit - especially considering the numerous far more offensive subreddits that are created and subscribed to daily – and at the moment it only has 68 subscribers. But the notion of men being ‘victims of feminism’ is one that will continue to irk me, and no doubt other reasonable people everywhere.
What do you think, Lipsters? Was Richards being unreasonable? Or was she within her rights to complain?