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Last Friday, an inhabitant of the “manosphere” declared that the movement to dismantle the patriarchy is bad.
“Women need the boundaries of the Patriarchy and a mission in life which is usually a husband, children, and home,” Noah Revoy tweeted. “Absent such structure they malfunction and destroy civilizations. #RestorePatriarchy.”
Women need the boundaries of the Patriarchy and a mission in life which is usually a husband, children and home. Absent such structure they malfunction and destroy civilizations. #RestorePatriarchy— Noah Revoy (@NoahRevoy) August 9, 2019
The manosphere, for those fortunate enough to have avoided it thus far, is a loose collective of MRA’s, pickup artists, incels and other groups of angry men who blame women and feminism for all of their problems. A believer in evolutionary psychology and hardwired differences between men and women, namely that women are designed to be submissive to and ruled by men, Revoy also believes Western civilization is facing a demographic threat thanks largely to the weakening of patriarchal institutions.
Women generally progress faster under coaching than men. They are more behaviorally plastic. They are generally capable...Posted by Noah Revoy on Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Women all over the internet, as well as quite a few male feminists, are gleefully tearing his tweet and the accompanying hashtag, #RestorePatriarchy, to pieces.
This man apparently teaches us "dangerous and forbidden knowledge". I had no idea the crap your drunk uncle mutters about on Thanksgiving while farting on the couch watching football was so scary.— Globohomo Shieldmaiden (@chrisiousity) August 11, 2019
Anyway, I malfunctioned today so I'm off to destroy civilization, wheeee! https://t.co/gYXymcMkpd
I can't believe that #RestorePatriarchy is a thing.— janyce (@Sunstoned) August 11, 2019
#RestorePatriarchy needs to start telling the truth. You are afraid, nay terrified, of women. Men always have been and always will be. That’s the reason you wish to control us. Own your own fear you bunch of candy asses!— SasseeLassee (@SassyLassie9) August 11, 2019
I think it is funny that he uses the word 'malfunction,' as if women are robots that will go berserk and destroy they world if they don't get married. pic.twitter.com/nXp0yvQVrT— Mr. Walker (@Wildlebendes) August 11, 2019
There were some who took the matter seriously and tried to explain in good faith why he was wrong (and they should probably get some sort of prize for it to be honest).
Yeah, people,not just women, need structure in their life, need to feel a purpose, a goal to strife for.. ..that can be husband, children and home. But can also be religion, their work or a specific social goal. And sure, if many people feel lost of this, civilization takes a hit— Shangori (@ShangoriGannos) August 11, 2019
Oh i dunno. I believe the ancient celts were doing just fine. Until the Roman patriarchy killed and conquered. But where is Roman society now? That Rome went down in flames because of the men running it. That's where American society is going if the patriarchy remains. 1/2— The Feminist Poltergeist (@stinkydog195) August 11, 2019
While Twitter user @dosbottim dragged both the past Revoy is so fond of and his current theories for how society should operate.
Genuine medieval belief: without regular exposure to “the male essence” (ie: sperm) women’s humors become unbalanced and she becomes unstable, and that is why she must be married her entire adult life. Because she must not risk her soul to remain stable....— Tom (@dosbottim) August 11, 2019
And when someone’s beliefs are reminiscent of the 14th century, it’s time for self reflection. Because they have fucked up for sure.— Tom (@dosbottim) August 11, 2019
A lot of people were laughing about the apparent fragility of this strong, stable system Revoy sees as so essential to saving the world.
Hey, we built the strongest civilization that has ever existed, and if you go out without permission you're going to break it!— DarkMatter2525 (@DarkMatter2525) August 11, 2019
maybe the civilizations were asking for it— Kelly 4 Dayz (@kjxoxo) August 12, 2019
The civilisation was probably walking home on its own late at night. It brought it on itself.— AyUpDuck (@LadyMaledicta) August 12, 2019
While some women took the hint and got to planning on destroying civilizations.
oooooohhhhh this is interesting. Since I have no husband or children (thankfully) which civilization should I destroy?— Anita (@AnitaM86) August 11, 2019
I consider not having children my gift to the planet. My DNA isn't that special. I've lived a hedonistic life of supporting myself and others by educating them and feeding them. What should my next target be?— Melmo MacDaffy🌊 (@MelmoMacdaffy) August 11, 2019
Noah, stay out of this. We’re planning how will end civilization starting by your misogynist kind. Now, shoo.— Anita (@AnitaM86) August 12, 2019
Meanwhile, a Twitter user calling himself “the Michelangelo of Dick Stuff” offered an alternative explanation for why these guys are Like This.
All these dudes are actually just subs, and they haven't accepted it. If you want a daddy, just go get one guys, you don't need to proscribe social structures onto everyone else to feed your need for a big strong man to take charge.— the Michelangelo of Dick Stuff (@Azudarko) August 12, 2019
Twitter user @wilke_drxwilke may speak for us all in the end: “I appreciate this ‘who to block’ PSA. Thank you.”
I appreciate this "who to block" PSA. Thank you.— Wilke (@wilke_drxwilke) August 11, 2019
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org