Purple Sage discusses the various defense mechanisms used by MRAs to rationalize their pathetic hatred and ignorance.
Displacement is to direct negative feelings away from their real source and toward an easier target. The MRA likes to blame women and feminists for a variety of social and natural phenomena, all of which are either nobody’s fault or the fault of men. When wildfires broke out in Sweden, MRAs complained that feminists were ruining the Swedish firefighting system. When boys don’t do well in school, MRAs claim that feminists have taken over the school system and have been systematically making sure boys receive lower marks. When men die in violent crime, MRAs complain that feminism has made men “disposable,” although it is overwhelmingly men, not women, who are perpetuating violence. When men go on shooting rampages, MRAs blame women for not providing sex to violent men. It is right to be upset when people are hurt in natural disasters, when large groups of young people are underachieving, and when people are wrongfully murdered, but it is important to address the actual problem or perpetrator rather than scapegoating or deflecting to an unrelated party.