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A•don•is n. 1. Greek Mythology. A strikingly beautiful youth loved by Aphrodite. 2. Often adonis. A very handsome young man. [Greek Adonis, from Phoenician adon, lord.]

   
   

September 16th, 2009

When Lighting Up is Drinking from the Whites-Only Fountain

Given the reality of disproportionate drug sentencing, I’m prepared to make a bold statement: until the experience of drug use is the same for people of all races, whites engaging in the activity are doing something akin to drinking from a “whites only” water fountain.

Raping Faces for Progress

While calling conservatives teabaggers has little use beyond feel good tribalism, one should remember that libertarians, whether traditional ones or the new breed of “South Park” conservatives, have no compunction about using both old style hate-speech and pornographic musings.

June 19th, 2008

Masculine, Feminine, or Human?

After thousands of years of patriarchy in which men have defined themselves as superior to women in most aspects of life, leading to a claim that male dominance is natural and inevitable, we should be skeptical about claims about these allegedly inherent differences between men and women.

June 5th, 2008

The Pimp and Ho Primary

Early in the primary, certain clever individuals invoked the “bros before hos” mantra. While the slogan was widely denounced as sexist — though not universally, sadly — the racist nature of how whites manufacture black masculinity went unremarked upon. Barack Obama didn’t ask to become a “bro,” nor did he ask to be a pimp, lording over his whore.

April 17th, 2008

Why I’ll Never Be a Bookslut

Bookslut fails to address women’s inequality. It fails to offer a feminist, non-patriarchal vision of sex and women’s passion for reading and creating. Using women as sexualized commodity to sell literary magazines is not a feminist sexual revolution.

March 30th, 2008

Fathering Daughters:
Reflections by Men Pedophiles
?

DeWitt Henry and James Alan McPherson joined those same people when they constructed the narrative flow of Fathering Daughters. While many of the contributors are simply guilty by association, of running in social circles that all but guaranteed that they’d be published in the anthology, it was Henry and McPherson who worked to guide the reader down a foxglove path. That path is well-worn by less literate and less privileged antifeminists.

March 15th, 2008

Frank Peretti's Monster

The purpose of Monster is to further the belief that American Protestants — unlike Christians throughout the rest of the world — are required by their faith to denounce evolution. This proof of fealty has little to do with science or religion, but human greed and politics: to denounce evolution is to swear allegiance to a particular way of life and the socio-political actors who make it possible.

January 30th, 2008

She Will Not Be Forgotten

Even people calling themselves feminists, no shortage of men in that number these days, would believe Christenson did what she did out of selfish, personal desperation: an inability to cope with private horrors that have little to do with what the “common woman” experiences. To them, that can be the only reason why she doused herself with gasoline and set herself on fire.

August 15th, 2007

Our Bodies, Ourselves funds Abusive, Racist Porn

More important than that difference, however, is how the simple acronym SEO supplied masculine power to those who invoked it in the argument over Amptoons and pornography. Those believing they had insider knowledge of technical jargon had nothing of the sort: instead, the constant refrain of “SEO this” and “SEO that” was used as a phallus to silence the voices of women who objected to the sale.

May 16th, 2007

The Left, HPV, and Cancer

The Left, especially the men of the Left, have had ample time to consider public policy for both HPV and cervical cancer. Ironically, it was not the disease that became the emergency but the “cure.” While liberal pundits were willing to work overtime for Merck and their advertising department, historically, that same interest in women’s health was nowhere to be found.

April 17th, 2007

Sadomasochism and the Political Beauty Pageant

Yet it is apparent that the contest is not between women, but men, and Republicans win the battle of “our women” versus “their women.” In the momentary world of the joke, it is the Democratic men who lose to their male peers. In the real world, however, it is all women who lose.

October 15th, 2006

Misandry: From the Dictionary of Fools

Even as antifeminists complain about the fascism of Political Correctness, in this case, they have been more than willing to facilitate the change in the definition of misanthropy (dropping “mankind” for the more neutral “humanity”) in order to satisfy their goal of establishing misandry as an authentic word.

June 12th, 2006

Beyond Fathers as Gods

While “fatherhood as pro-feminism” has many flaws, all obvious in nature, perhaps one of the most ironic ones is that it makes patriarchs, literally, the best pro-feminists. It is always the men with the largest amounts of male-privilege who are entrusted to tell other men not to be sexist.

June 2nd, 2006

Free-Speech Feminism:
The Far Rights Favorite Sex Toy

Liberal men might sometimes sneer mirthfully about Lynne Cheney and her Independent Women’s Forum, freely using scare quotes around their “feminism,” and yet they never acknowledge the connection of such rightwing women to the feminists that produce—or merely defend—some of the pornography that they consume.

May 28th, 2006

Corpse Fuckers, Inc.
Paul LaRosa and his Lace Curtain

Brame did not live a secret life: his vices were hidden in plain sight, overlooked and excused by those who should have known better, people who would do anything to protect him, no matter what it might have cost Judson in the end. Paul LaRosa wants this protection-racket to continue for David Brame even in the afterlife.

February 14th, 2006

Valentine’s Day: Jesus needs an Orgy

The fairy tale about the sexual lottery and its constant recitation is an invention of necessity: Christianity is sorely lacking in feminist street-cred, to say the least.

January 29th, 2006

Murderball

Behaviors that might seem questionable when acted out by able-bodied men in a nonfiction production are portrayed as healthy in disabled men, their ability to perpetrate sexism serving as decisive proof that they have successfully overcome the hand that life has dealt them. The able-bodied producers of the film are also exploiting the cast in order to writ large their own misogynistic fantasies, audience sympathy for the men’s condition serving as a buffer against complaints.

January 16th, 2006

Hot Cherry Pies:
Pornography and Justice for Women

I am not a closet-conservative, but am strongly pro-choice, pro-environment, and anti-capitalist. Most of the men I speak to about pornography agree with me on these issues. They identify themselves as liberal and feel that the subordination of human beings is wrong. They believe that massive corporations do not have the right to exploit people in the name of global capitalism—unless, of course, those corporations are part of the porn industry.

Not Safe for Work:
The Reasonable Patriarch Standard

The metric employed by NSFW practices could come to have enormous cultural force in the workplace, answering a question that few anticipated needing to be asked. Perhaps in the near future, sexual harassment and hostile workplace arguments will hinge on whether the email, desktop wallpaper, or poster contained “severe insinuation of nipples” or merely “moderate insinuation.”

December 31st, 2005

AP Photos of 2005: A Year in Masculinity

For Posterity

Bush gambled on weapons of mass destruction: it came up “tails” and he lost. The problem is not with him losing but with his right, his entitlement (and that of all Western Society), to be in a position to gamble in the first place. To focus merely on that loss, the nonexistent weapons and not the move towards war that election-minded Democrats rushed to sign on with, is to agree with patriarchal ideals and to suffer a struggle on their paradigm, one designed to serve a status quo of masculine power that requires the subjugation of others.

December 6th, 2005

Where the White Women at?
White Liberal Men and their Race Card

This paradox, that women must abandon feminism to support a goal that is thought achievable only through misogyny (the one authority that can easily unify men as a bloc), is one that can be seen distinctly in an analysis of “Where the White Women at;” NPR might as well have called it their “Where the White Bitches at?” program.

September 5th, 2005

Wrath of God, Wrath of Men

Shortly before the presidential election of 2004 an image was circulated that ostensibly tracked the paths of three hurricanes (Charley, Frances, Ivan; the same three the Columbia Christians for Life cited in their own propaganda) across Florida, the narrow black lines representing the storms flowing from one “red” or Republican county to the next, carefully avoiding the blue demographics on the map.

August 25th, 2005

I Made Some Science: Massaging the Medium

Yet the MIT Media Survey became a lightning rod for the expression of gender politics, given the background events that were unfolding during this time period. As women were still fighting to win their way into the blogger nomenclature, a feminist rally cry was sounded to participate in the study, as if it were each woman’s duty to stand and be counted in it.

August 18th, 2005

The Changing of the Guard:
Men Flock to the Frivolous in Academia

While the time-honored “ladder” or “totem pole” schematic of vertically oriented patriarchy seems to have dissipated for Ripperologists and UFOlogists alike, what all of these neologisms have in common is that they are a reflection of males and their interests, interests which have been deemed important enough to have experts in the first place—not so for historically female pursuits.

July 27th, 2005

Rusty White Knights

If courting popularity, often in the most misogynistic of circles, is what makes Perverted Justice successful in combating pedophiles (both in recruiting staff and in lending them the ear of police administrators), then it is a case of the ends justifying the means.

July 19th, 2005

God’s Gift

The discussion continued, about how people are born with various gifts, put there to glorify God, and Rick began naming people around the room. Rachel had temperance, Beth had empathy, and when he got to me, he froze...

July 18th, 2005

Vanilla on Top

To be Vanilla is not just to be normative, it is to be banished wholesale from the new process of identity-politicking that favors choice: Vanilla people have none and are forced to derive their class-based identity from outside opinion, whether they are receptive of the outcome or not.

Virginia Woolf’s New Room

An understanding of human sexuality—what it is, can, and must not be—is indeed integral to any attempt at achieving social justice, but the deliberate focus on “technique” to the perpetual exclusion of anything that might question just how humane our society has crafted its version of human sexuality is a political coup for the patriarchy.

June 29th, 2005

Roger Ebert and the Terrifying Girl Next Door

While Roger Ebert has long had a reputation of being a Liberal—in 1996, Michael Medved, an also-ran film critic and conservative pundit, made Ebert the target of his own personal crusade out of some sort of revenge for his approval of Oliver Stone’s Nixon—it took Michael Moore to make that liberalism finally matter to Ebert’s sizeable mainstream audience.

June 17th, 2005

On “Pleasure Activism”[sic]

The ‘sex positive’ movement in general has a substantial interest (a perverse one considering how harmful patriarchy has been throughout history) in eking out some form of validation by rooting around the past for archetypes, examples, and language to impart some bit of gravitas to the less than inspiring fact that they are ultimately about friction.

June 13th, 2005

The Myth of Capitalism in Criticism

Writing is typically viewed as an enterprise of ego and the texts we create must pass a test of relevance to our readers and be deemed as useful to them as the act of creation was to our own person, lest it be judged narcissistic; criticism as a genre allows for the suspension of that rule, which is why so little of it these days is about the subjects allegedly on the chopping block and is more often an excuse for writers to launch into their own pet projects with impunity.

May 16th, 2005

Our Humanity is not in our Strength

Rather than “refusing to be a man” as John Stoltenberg wrote in decades past, new and improved forms of masculinity are seen as the preferred path for the next generation.

May 6th, 2005

Even When You Lose, You Win

When one focuses on men losing, no matter how disenfranchised they might be (or increasingly how disenfranchised they might “feel”), it becomes easy to forget how that losing is an artifact of the gambles they take when trying to win and how even in defeat they are better off than their female peers.

May 2nd, 2005

Kill Your Blogs

While self-publishing has never been easier, instead of simply contending with editors, writers are now awash in a digital world where no man will budge from the stage and be demoted, if only for a moment, to a mere member of an audience. This development has been widely taken as a good thing, a universal theater for mankind to hurl his defiance at the stars: through a patriarchal lens, dueling tyrants are often confused with democracy.

Three Art Galleries
Amazons, Nude for Peace, and First Blood

In all likelihood, David Brame felt cornered, terrified, and battered the day that he turned his gun on his wife: he had decided that his own life was ruined, over, never mind that it was his own actions that had led him down that road. With men in our society becoming increasingly reliant on fiction to serve as a buffer for such disconnects, the gulf between what men feel and what they are is ever widening, increasingly losing touch with reality.

April 22nd, 2005

The Weapon of Choice

The idea of powerful, singular images is not completely alien to us today—burning crosses and swastikas are obvious enough examples—and yet the very idea of that power strikes most of us as a bit funny, flying in the face of our all important mantra of “free speech.”
Barely a week before US troops began their procession towards Baghdad a small website was unveiled at Nudeforpeace.org. Capitalizing on previous examples of anti-war activists gaining media attention through nudity, the Australian website invited visitors to submit their own nude images to the project.

April 17th, 2005

Amazons:
The Contemporary Liberal Male Response

Stories of fierce Amazonian warriors are of the most enduring of male mythologies, as well as some of the most ambivalent. These bellicose women—so warlike that they draw their name from accounts that they removed their right breasts to better draw a bow—were penciled in at the margins of the known world, much like sea serpents millennia later, but served as a convenient object lesson closer to home.

A Letter from the Editor

It would be imprudent to guarantee that Adonis Mirror will be around forever or to pledge anything revolutionary that has not been done before. What I can promise readers is hard work, high standards, and personal responsibility. And that means using “I” both in this letter and elsewhere around the website, rather than the traditional royal we; hopefully an utter lack of pretending when it comes to what can and will be accomplished.

 

 
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