Harper’s Bazaar might just take the cake for having the dumbest article of the week.
Jennifer Wright is a published author who has written about some really serious things like medieval medicine and the bubonic plague. So it baffles me that she would even waste her time writing a piece like “Some Questions For The ‘Fathers of Daughters’ Condemning Harvey Weinstein.”
She starts out with a pretty solid argument. “Every time a man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, a slew of men come forward to say that they are upset ‘as a father of daughters.’ It’s a response to sexual harassment that has become so ubiquitous that it’s one step away from offering ‘thoughts and prayers.’
Alright, makes enough sense. We’ve seen memes about how overplayed thoughts and prayers can get.
Oh will you look at that, the first shipment of thoughts and prayers has arrived in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/NqIJt02B8v
— smallpocalypse (@Ahhmandah) October 3, 2017
Wright’s argument would have sufficed if she stopped it there. If she just called it a day after saying “we should go farther than just denouncing evil on social media,” we wouldn’t be here right now.
Her article obviously didn’t stop there.
She proceeds with a weak generalization. “Since men keep doing this, and will keep doing it until the end of time, I have a bunch of questions for these ‘fathers of daughters’.”
Those pesky men. Always interfering in women’s business, trying to stand up for them and stuff. The nerve of those horrible men.
From there, her argument against ‘fathers and daughters’ devolves into rapidly firing off rhetorical, broadly man hating questions.
Some of the questions include, “Where do female pets land in your weird paternalistic tunnel vision?”, “What about cannibalism? How many crimes were you cool with before becoming a parent?”, and my personal favorite, “Have you seen Blade Runner, a cool movie about how maybe robots have souls?”
When did we make the transition to a long awaited Ryan Gosling movie?
What really irks me is that this woman actually believes that “tenderness, especially towards women, is so often seen as a sign of weakness in men.” Where did she come up with this? I mean really. Every manly man I can think of shows tenderness toward women. It’s the really greasy ones that don’t.
See John Wayne:
— John Wayne Official (@JohnDukeWayne) August 23, 2017
See the GOAT:
And so many other men. I don’t think this is a masculinity problem and I especially don’t think being nice to women is a sign of weakness.