Welcome to my new blog, "Hold On, Let Me Finish… with Major Mansplainer." I'm a man blogging for Secular Woman. Yes, you read that right!
How did this happen? At the risk of tooting my own horn (not that there's anything wrong with that, amirite?) I've been a steady presence in the atheist movement for years and I know a thing or two about True FeminismTM. So I figured I'd bring the voice of the Silent ManorityTM.
You know the phrase "not all men" that's been dominating the Internet? Yep, that was me all the way back in the 90's on the alt.feminism USENET group. I don't even remember what we were arguing about. Probably Camille Paglia or rap lyrics.
Other than that, what True Feminist cred do I have?
First off, I was raised by a woman. This gives me plenty of insight into the day to day life of strong women everywhere.
Then there's extensive research, especially some from great magazine articles on Evolutionary Psychology, I forget where.
And let's not forget the influence of Pop Culture, from those scrappy, resourceful Bond Girls ("Pussy Galore, I must be dreaming") – to the Cathy comic strip ("Aaack!") – to modern-day Gwen Stefani ("Holla Back!")
Most important of all, I have my own eyes. They've been trained by years of critical and skeptical thinking so that I can see without the poisonous influence of emotion. This way I can help those less fortunate and help them know the appropriate feelings they should have for any situation.
So, far be it from me to tell women how to be feminists BUT… Let me help you sort things out! ARE YOU WITH ME, SECULAR WOMEN?
In the meantime, in case I ever talk about humor and feminism, I thought I'd post this video by brave feminist Nellie McKay. She really gets why so many feminists can't seem to take a joke. I bet she doesn't get invited to many NOW conventions!
Thanks for letting me finish,