Feministe hosted an interview with a male “feminist” and former sexual predator who’s publicly admitted to making an attempt on his ex-lover’s life (for her own good, apparently). When multiple people point out that he’s not a good dude, Clarisse Thorn decides to close the comments. And instead of apologizing, she chides Feministe’s readership for calling him a narcissistic sociopath… because that’s irresponsible.
I know Feministe is awful, especially lately, but I found this particularly disturbing.
Thank god someone else is pissed off about this. The “ugliness of the tone” for the love of god, the “ugliness of the tone” of the responses to a man who posits himself as a feminist authority while also admitting he tried to murder his girlfriend.
I remember reading something by hugo schwyzer once in passing and thinking it was pretty basic but he was probably going to get huge accolades for saying it while white and male, since the gist of it was “look at me saying this while being a dude!”
Now I have read this and I have a headache. (Heavy trigger warning on that link for abuse, implied sexual assault, and a self-proclaimed feminist man trying to murder his unconscious girlfriend and make it look like a suicide pact.)
How Not To Be A Feminist Man: try to murder your unconscious ex-girlfriend, then write an article years later about how it’s all water under the bridge now in order to boost your credibility as a “self-made feminist man” who pulled himself out of drug addiction and murderousness by his bootstraps so why can’t we all just move on now.