Men’s Rights Activists on Haitian relief: men need maxi-pads too!

Monday, January 18th, 2010 · 14 Comments »

Tracy Clark-Flory has a good piece in Broadsheet about the special needs of women in disaster zones. Men’s Rights Activists are outraged:

Therefore, according to Clark-Flory, “women in general will be in need of ‘hygiene supplies’ …” Men and boys apparently will not need those things.

MRAs are a blight on the earth, but there’s one good thing about them: they are all unfuckingbelievably stupid.


Via Alternet via a comment at I Blame The Patriarchy.

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14 Responses to “Men’s Rights Activists on Haitian relief: men need maxi-pads too!”

  1. Sandra S. says:

    Yeah. Men’s rights activism takes a special level of stupid.

  2. Kookaburra says:

    Ha ha ha, and I bet if a disaster worker came up and tried to use a menstrual pad to dress a wound (don’t laugh, I’ve done it and it works wonders, esp on horses) they’d be whining about how culture is feminizing them.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Where do you find this stuff? Is there a “stupid men” blog out there? (Other than Dkos I mean)

  4. cellocat says:

    The author was so outraged he didn’t actually read the article correctly. Does he really want women bleeding and breaking water in the street to prove that they’re not so special after all?

  5. slythwolf says:


    You know, if the MRAs would let their stupid show like this all the time, maybe people would stop listening to them.

  6. Adrienne in CA says:

    Heaven forbid the non-men should hog all the scented bath oil beads.


  7. Violet Socks says:

    Actually, the very fact that I (and Tracy Clark-Flory and everybody she quotes) refer to women’s needs as “special needs” says it all. The default is still maleness. Our whole world is built around that. Men are normal, women are bizarre weirdos.

    More than half the population is female, but our needs are still “special.” Menstruating is the lot of most humans, but it’s still “special.”

  8. Kookaburra says:

    Women are also the biological default. Men are the “special cases.”

  9. tinfoil hattie says:

    Menstruating is the lot of most humans, but it’s still “special.”

    My thoughts exactly. We need to stop saying “feminine hygiene” and “special needs” and start saying MENSTRUATE, PERIOD, BLOOD, TAMPON, DIVA CUP, PAD, and maybe even CLOTS.

  10. Nina M. says:

    I think the MRA non-plus-ultra of stupid is the way they ignore the real rights issues men men face – prison rape, need for paid paternity leave, frat hazing, accommodations for single fathers of young children, the cultural forces of violentization of young men – this is just off the top of my head.

    Of course the reason they don’t care about these issues is that they’re not a matter of men vs. women; they’re byproducts of the toxicity of patriarchy.

    MRA’s are so stupid, they don’t even care about men. They only care about hurting women.

  11. votermom says:

    #2 — I remember reading somewhere that the idea for disposable sanitary pads was born when WWI nurses realized that bandages did a better job than cloth when they had their period.

  12. Sasha, CA says:

    I think the MRA non-plus-ultra of stupid is the way they ignore the real rights issues men men face – prison rape

    They do focus on prison rape, but only to make the point that it’s a far worse and far bigger problem than the rapes that women face. What they ignore, of course, is that women are actually at a higher risk of being raped behind bars than men (the difference is that women are typically raped by COs and other personnel, not fellow inmates). While the overall number of male prison rape victims is higher because there are far more men in prison than women, if we’re looking at the percentage of the prison population that has been raped while incarcerated, it’s clear that women are significantly more likely to be raped in prison. Funny how we generally never hear about that.

  13. Kookaburra says:

    Sasha, they also ignore that it is MEN who are raping men in prison, and frame it as a war by women against men, instead of a war by men on men.

  14. teresainpa says:

    If we give the guys a tampon can we tell them how to use it?