The Five Most Misogynist Memes

There’s a lot of talk about the pervasive sexism on the Internet, especially at the hands of trolls who hurl death and rape threats at women and feminists. One of the other places where sexism is evident in online culture is in the memes which constantly get churned out of websites like Reddit. So, without further ado, here are the five most misogynist memes:

1. Rape Sloth

Rape Sloth

This one pretty much delivers what it promises. With a close-up of a sloth facing a woman as if it’s about to whisper in her ear, this meme always displays some sort of sexual, pro-rape message. Honestly I don’t even see the point of this, and other online rape memes. They only serve to perpetuate rape culture and reduce rape, sexual assault and molestation to a cheap punch line. And don’t even get me started on the horrible — and ubiquitous — prison rape jokes used in our society.

2. Women Logic

Women Logic

This cringe worthy meme purports to show that women are, well, completely illogical, often saying one thing and doing another (e.g., “Says she’s breaking up cause she’s not ready for a relationship; starts dating your best friend”). Others veer off into idiotic “friend zone” territory with captions such as “I really like nice, sweet guys who compliment me and actually mean what they say, and make me feel like an amazing person; better go date an asshole.” As if no guy has ever done or thought anything similar.

3. Friend Zone Fiona

Friend Zone Fiona

Yes, it’s the “friend zone” nonsense again. The idea that women don’t like men who are genuinely nice, are only into “bad boys” and will only remain friends with said nice men, as if being friends with a woman has no value in and of itself. This meme is the visual representation of male entitlement. And it’s total bullshit.

4. And Then I Told Him…

And Then I Told Him...

This meme isn’t used just in the context of women. From what I understand it originally consisted of a photo of Reagan cabinet members laughing alongside captions such as “And then we said the wealth would trickle down!” However it has in the past been hijacked and used for sexist purposes. For example, showing a pair of women laughing about how they just pulled one over on an innocent guy, thus portraying women as nasty and conniving.

5. Overly Attached Girlfriend

Overly Attached Girlfriend

This one has been around for a while, and depicts a young woman, eyes wide open, with captions like “You ate at Wendy’s? Who the fuck is Wendy?” and “I poked holes in all the condoms; now you have to love me forever” (apparently attempting to lend credence to the MRA fear over women tricking men into getting them pregnant, or engaging in spermjacking). The problem with this meme is that it promotes the stereotype that women are clingy, emotionally unstable or insane.

Random Headlines — 4/25/14

Right Wing Watch – The Family Research Council and C-FAM give misleading testimony to the UN, claiming that “legalizing abortion endangers the lives of women.”

Salon – Brown University allows rapist to reenroll after a semester-long suspension.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – A new lawsuit challenges Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Joe. My. God. – Anti-gay lunatics throw hissy fit over Harvey Milk stamp.

Think Progress – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs a bill which criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Americans United – Alabama Supreme Court upholds the child endangerment conviction of a woman who used chemical substances during her pregnancy. Chief Justice Roy Moore saturates his concurring opinion with references to God and the Bible.

The TransAdvocate – Trans people are added to the Violence Against Women Act.

Equality Matters – Fox News mocks Chelsea Manning as a “male” and a “gender bender.”

Mother Jones – Solitary confinement used as a punishment for female prisoners who report rape.

Ann Coulter: Mayor De Blasio “Wants to Hold Down Our Legs While the Central Park Five Rape Us”

Credit: Ferris.edu
Credit: Ferris.edu

In a despicable column for the conspiracy-peddling WorldNetDaily, professional troll Ann Coulter discussed the case of the Central Park 5, and exploited both rape and racism in order to smear her favorite target: those damn liberals. The Central Park 5 is a group of black and Hispanic males who were falsely convicted of raping a white jogger in 1989. Eventually, through DNA evidence and a confession from serial rapist and murderer Matias Reyes, the men were exonerated, though they had already served several years in prison by this point.

A Ken Burns documentary on the subject purports to show the racism at the heart of the case, with members of the NYPD and prosecutors who wished to close the case quickly and the fact that the accused were black and Hispanic while the victim was a white woman. Ann Coulter apparently believes this sciencey stuff about DNA is a bunch of hogwash, and that the Central Park 5’s release was part of a concerted effort by liberals who love criminals:

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding a quick settlement of the lawsuit brought by the five men convicted of one of the most sickening crimes in the city’s history: the attack on the Central Park jogger in 1989.

The plaintiffs are demanding $50 million apiece – for going to prison for a rape that they committed, as detailed in Chapter 13 of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Destroying America.” Abner Louima got $5.8 million for a shockingly brutal police assault on him, and he was just an innocent bystander.

Well at least she had the decency to plug her book in a column about rapists.

In 2002, the ancient Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan district attorney, issued a report recommending that the convictions in the Central Park rape case be vacated. Justice Charles Tejada (Fordham Law 2009 Hispanic Heritage Award winner!) granted his request.

Liberals are opposed to rape in the abstract, but when it comes to actual rapists, they’re all for them.

The D.A.’s report was based solely on the confession of Matias Reyes, career criminal, serial rapist and murderer. Reyes had absolutely nothing to lose by confessing to the rape – the statute of limitations had run – and much to gain by claiming he acted alone: He got a favorable prison transfer and the admiration of his fellow inmates for smearing the police.

While dumping on the police for screwing up the investigation, Morgenthau wouldn’t let the cops interview Reyes themselves, even though his “confession” was the sole evidence that he raped and brutalized the jogger by himself.

Yes, it isn’t that liberals are opposed to railroading young black men because of a racist and incompetant criminal justice system. We just love criminals. Including rapists. And what about the fact that Reyes’ DNA matched semen found on the victim’s sock?

The media proclaim those five rapists innocent based on their own over-excited reports that the DNA found on the jogger matched that of Reyes, but none of the others!

Yeah, we knew that. It was always known that semen on the jogger did not match any of the defendants. (“DNA Expert: No Semen Links to Defendants,” Associated Press, July 14, 1990.)

Hallmark should have a greeting card: “Guess whose semen wasn’t found anywhere on the rape victim?” (Open card) “I’m so proud of you, son!”

Prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer expressly reminded the jurors of the missing rapist in her summation to the jury: “Others who were not caught raped her and got away.” Now we know who “got away.”

Well, that was horrible. Anything else?

DNA wasn’t the evidence that convicted the “Central Park Five.” It’s hard to believe now, but in 1989 DNA was rarely used to convict anyone, so it wouldn’t have been carefully collected by police investigators. DNA identifications had only been invented a few years earlier and were not even permitted in New York courts until six months before the Central Park wilding.

This case was solved with old-fashioned police work. After the first 911 calls came in, the police arrested some of the thugs in the park that very night. Then they arrested those named as part of the wolf pack by the first detainees.

. . . .

When Raymond Santana was being driven to the precinct the night of the wilding, he blurted out: “I had nothing to do with the rape. All I did was feel the woman’s t–s.” Wait! Who said anything about rape? The cops had not asked him about any rape.

Oh yes. Wilding. Many of you might not be old enough to remember this one, but back before the White Right got itself worked up over the bogus “knockout game,” there was a phony phenomenon which the media dubbed “wilding,” whereby young black men and boys would travel in groups and wantonly assault white folk. The stereotype of the “black brute” can be traced back at least to the era of slavery in the antebellum South, and was used to dehumanize African slaves and black men in general. Supposedly black males, whose intellect was far lower than that of white people, were extremely violent and hypersexualized.

The “Negro brain,” it was hypothesized, was simply inferior to that of men of European descent. It’s a reason why many in that time period argued that slavery was actually a kindness — they needed to be chained up and domesticated like livestock, otherwise they would be a danger to the white majority, especially white women. To this day the media loves to utilize this narrative of criminal black men. Following the attack on the Central Park jogger newspapers compared the accused men to a pack of wolves, a metaphor which Ann Coulter similarly employed.

But now de Blasio wants to hold down our legs while the “Central Park Five” rape us, again.

If there’s a story about a brutal rape, you can certainly expect vultures like Ann Coulter to exploit the hell out of it. Coulter, as you can imagine, cares nothing for women or black men. Her target is “demonic” liberals. Women and people of color are merely a means to that end.

Random Headlines — 4/21/14

Slate – McDonald’s to quit giving out “girl’s toys” and “boy’s toys” with Happy Meals.

Jezebel – Read the rapey emails of American University’s “secret fraternity.” It isn’t pretty, to put it mildly.

Right Wing Watch – Concerned Women for America opposes a National Women’s History Museum because it won’t mention conservative nuts Beverly LaHaye and Star Parker.

RH Reality Check – Why Republicans and Democrats are wrong about the “War on Women.”

The TransAdvocate – NOW state rep. discusses trans-inclusion and civil rights.

The Raw Story – New York’s detestable Cardinal Timothy Dolan defends Hobby Lobby and says that women can get birth control at the 7-11.

Salon – How “Game of Thrones” glamorizes rape.

Bloomberg.com – ACLU says the upcoming same-sex marriage trial in Pennsylvania is unnecessary.

Joe. My. God. – Christian group calls for 40 days of fasting to prevent marriage equality in Virginia.

Random Headlines — 4/17/14

Feministing – Katherine Cross writes about the “unacknowledged misogyny on the far right.”

RH Reality Check – Portrait of an anti-abortion “abolitionist.”

Towleroad – Alabama woman shoots and kills her gay son’s boyfriend.

NPR – Federal judge strikes down North Dakota’s extreme “Heartbeat” abortion law.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters – Was a South Carolina police chief fired for being a lesbian?

man boobz – Phyllis Schlafly opposes paycheck fairness because of female “hypergamy.”

Salon – Sinclair Community College’s epic response to a lecture by Peter LaBarbera.

AlterNet – What kind of porn turns women on?

 

Random Headlines — 4/14/14

Think Progress – Nevada Republican Party drops anti-gay and anti-abortion elements from its platform.

Equality Matters – Breitbart Texas launches vicious transphobic attack on a teacher who was fired for being transgender.

The Raw Story – Speaking of Breitbart, their California outlet’s advertising is too sexist for Fox News. Imagine that.

Salon – Lilly Ledbetter castigates the GOP for their stance on equal pay.

The Washington Post – Federal judge rules that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.

Good As You – Struggling to stay relevant, the National Organization for Marriage will lead a (probably sparsely attended) March for Marriage.

Feministing – Monica Jones, a sex worker activist, shows the consequences of being a trans woman of color in Arizona.

Jezebel – College rankings should reflect how schools handle rape.

Joe. My. God. – Muslim cab drivers would rather walk off the job than drive taxis which carry advertisements for the Gay Games.

Random Headlines — Equal Pay Edition

NPR – 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, and the gender wage gap persists.

Jezebel – Republicans kill the Paycheck Fairness Act.

AlterNet – 7 stupid and offensive GOP remarks on the day they shot down equal pay for women.

Salon – 4 things you don’t already know about the gender pay gap — but should.

Think Progress – GOP spokesperson has no answer about how Republicans would close the pay gap.