January 24, 2016

“ANYTIME YOU CHALLENGE ANY ASPECT OF FEMINISM . . . YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR THAT YOU HATE WOMEN.” Prominent Medieval Scholar’s Blog on ‘Feminist Fog’ Sparks an Uproar.

A months-old blog post written by a respected medieval scholar, Allen J. Frantzen, has gained a second life on social media — and whipped the discipline into a frenzy.

The post, entitled “How to Fight Your Way Out of the Feminist Fog” and published on Mr. Frantzen’s personal website, attacks feminism, alluding repeatedly to “anti-male” propaganda, paints men as victims, and offers advice on how they should “clear the fog.” Mr. Frantzen retired in 2014, after more than 35 years at Loyola University Chicago.

The post borrows terminology often associated with men’s-rights activism, including encouragement for men to take the “red pill” of reality, not the “blue pill” of illusion, and to break away from the feminist fog. The fog, Mr. Frantzen explains, represents how feminism hangs over society — in a “sour mix of victimization and privilege” — and intimidates men into accepting its perspective.

Yeah, but more and more men aren’t putting up with it any more. Though, as here, it’s often the gay men who are leading the way.

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