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

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.