(above: man crying because he has to switch seats in an airplane. Witness the profound man-pain.)
So Virgin Australia has a policy that says that men are not to be seated next to unaccompanied minors on their planes. Recently, a man named Johnny McGirr was asked to switch seats with a woman because he was seated next to two young boys (usually the seat will be kept empty unless it’s not possible, in which case Virgin will seat a woman there). So what did McGirr do? He threw a fit. Obviously. Because he is an entitled dude. Because the safety of children is far less important that his comfort.
McGirr declared that this policy was sexist! And discriminatory! Because a white man having to switch seats is exactly the same as centuries of oppression perpetrated by and specifically benefiting men just like him. Making Johnny switch seats officially makes him a part of a minority group, you guys.
A dude (as used by some radfem) is a man who is oblivious of his privilege. Dudes believe they are entitled to everything. When they are caused the least bit of inconvenience because of their gender, they become enraged (but they sometimes “interpret” their rage as a noble gesture, like this asshole), they scream discrimination, they scream misandry, they threaten violence, and they, on the whole, act like bullies.
As this blog has demonstrated, merely make a slight suggestion that pornography is exploitative and men howl like wolves. They feel perfectly entitled to exploit women, and anyone who objects must be a hate-monger, discriminating against them, and so on. So should we be surprised that, when the merest suggestion that it may not be a good idea for men to sit near unsupervised children is made, Johnny claimed reverse sexism? Not only that, but supporters of this whiner claim he was treated like a pedophile! (notwithstanding the fact that if the airline really did think he was a pedophile, he would have been arrested instead, but reality and misogyny don’t mix)
In his response, he states:
As I sat in my seat for the 1 hour flight I started to get quite angry at the treatment I had suffered and couldn’t help but feel like I was being held accountable for all the paedophilic scum bags on the planet.
The irony of the situation is that I am a emergency service worker and if the children were in trouble I would be given the responsibility of protecting them.
Yea, he’s a fireman, and he believes that being a fireman means he’s a responsible protector of children. As if firemen can’t be rapists and pedophiles… But most importantly, he decided to take a perfectly normal safety measure as a personal affront. Now, I am not going to extrapolate anything from this, because it is a well known cognitive bias that people think systemic arguments are all about them. Because a rule is meant to prevent attacks against children, he personally is being held accountable for pedophiles simply because he’s asked to change seats. These big narcissistic children whine because their ego is wounded. What a waste of time and energy!
Finally, there is the most ridiculous aspect of all this: all he was asked to do was change seats. Women go through worse prejudice than that every day. It takes a dude with his head deep inside his asshole to think that this represents prejudice against him as a person. Everything these dudes talk about is so much less of a big deal than what women go through. Dudes whine that they’re being prevented from sexually harassing women, and that this is a bigger deal than being sexually harassed. Dudes whine that they have to pay child support, even though they are not the ones who have to actually do the work of raising the child. Dudes whine that they have to move from their seat and go to another seat, and that this is worse than being seduced by a pedophile. What a load of hooey.
Dudes rant, rave, fume, threaten, but they never stop to think about what they’re doing. Because they are entitled to everything, they believe they have to think about anything. Instead they regale us with stories of their manpain and how much more important their manpain is than everyone else’s pain. Waaaaaa… waaaaaa…