If that statement has pissed you off enough to stop reading this post, that's totally alright. There are plenty of spaces on the internet for you to troll and mansplain about how the evil hairy lesbian feminists are ruining your
If you're still reading and you're a man, congratulations! You actually wish to educate yourself on why male power dynamics across all types of various subcultures is imbalanced and a huge problem, and you're going to know that I can see the patterns, as can many other women, and those patterns aren't fooling us.
Subculture #1 - Male Pedophiles: Recently, my partner watched an awful documentary about pedophilia, in which the director attempts to differentiate between "good" pedophiles and "bad" pedophiles. She also wrote up an amazing critique of the documentary, which you can read HERE.
A kiddy-fucker is still a kiddy-fucker, no matter how much pomo-jargon men try to use to bamboozle everyone. But they try to make the distinction between men who ACTUALLY rape children as opposed to men who ONLY THINK about raping children, and those in the latter category are the "good" pedophiles.
Men's hierarchical "good man," "bad man" bullshit land.
But it's not just within pedo circles that men have territorial pissing matches over which of them sucks and which of them only sucks sometimes. I've also seen this behavior in the following other men's subcultures as well:
#2. Bronies: "Bronies," for those who aren't in-the-know, are a subculture of grown-ass men who like the television show My Little Pony. My Little Pony is a story about multiple female ponies who explore such concepts as friendship, bravery, their magical skills, honesty, loyalty, and laughter. My Little Pony is such an important show for young girls for numerous reasons, one of which is because it is one of few shows that feature a primarily female-led cast. In fact, boy animals are just background minor characters. It shows little female ponies going on all kinds of really big adventures.
That all being said, it's hard to understand why men are even interested in this show, let alone making a name as incomprehensibly stupid for themselves as "bronies." What, is the title of MLP Fan too effeminate for you?
But that's not the
This user, TheNewCharlie985, offered this explanation: Well, the way I see it, all cloppers are bronies, but not all bronies are cloppers.
Cloppers are the sexually frustrated hardcore bronies that find the ponies and/or their anthropomorphic counterparts sexually attractive.
You don't group those people in with the "Bronies" because a "brony can be any male over 14 that likes watching the show from time to time.
#3. MRAs: MRAs, or Men's Rights Activists, claim to care about the concerns of men; concerns which have everything to do with institutionalized patriarchy, but they're too obstinate to admit it. There isn't much for me to say on this topic honestly, because MRAs are about as redundant as you can safely get before hitting peak insanity (oh, look, a group of men who openly admit they hate women. Shocking!). But I will say this, MRAs openly denounced shooter Elliot Rodger as one of their own, even though he wrote a manifesto detailing his motives (misogyny and racism), and he frequented MRA and PUA (pick up artist) websites. So, in the case of MRA logic, there are "bad" MRAs like Elliot Rodger who MRAs consider "not a real MRA" and then there are "good" MRAs, who simply hate women, but don't go on shooting sprees.
#4. Male-born trans activists: Goddess, where do I begin? I'm going to try to keep this short, because I could be here all day. But, basically depending on whichever group of male-born trans activists you speak with, the "good" ones are men who simply cross-dress, and the "bad" ones are ones who pretend to be women. In other groups, the "good" ones might be the "true transsexuals" who are males who think they have a legitimate medical condition which requires them to undergo drugs and surgeries to become surgically constructed models of patriarchal-femininity and the "bad" ones are the ones who don't actually have gender dysphoria, or the "bad" ones are the ones who cross dress.
The whole thing is a big mess. Either way, there's a lot of finger-pointing going on.
#5. Sports and/or Bodybuilding: This one is easy. In sports or bodybuilding, the "bad" guys are the ones who cheat or use steroids. The "good" guys are the guys who don't do this. Nobody pays attention that both groups of guys are often misogynistic and homophobic (and no, having gay athletes doesn't really matter).
#6. Leather subculture: The "bad" Doms are the ones who don't respect boundaries or hurt or rape their victims. The "good" Doms are the ones who hurt with "consent" from their victims.
#7. Prisons: Beside the obvious "bottom bitch" and "alpha" dynamics, different types of male criminals get placed on different spots within the male prisoner hierarchy. Child molesters are typically on the bottom rung and get attacked with such brutality, they often get solitary confinement, for example. It's not likely you'll hear the "good" male criminal or "bad" male criminal argument, but crimes are treated differently by various inmates. Certain inmates are more revered, where others are reviled.
#8. Pimps and Johns: Pimps assert that they aren't like the other pimps because the other pimps beat their prostitutes or get them hooked on drugs. The "good" pimps are the ones who give their "workers" a better working environment than the other pimps. The "good" johns are the ones who don't beat up the prostitutes or attempt not to pay.
This is all incredibly stupid, but men actually believe the things they are spouting.
Why did I go through the painstaking task of compiling this list in the first place? I did it for a few different reasons. First, I wanted to make sure that people could see the larger picture between these various connections, and that larger picture is that no matter what men are doing, especially if it is questionable, immoral, or downright harmful, they will attempt to plead the case that what they're doing isn't that bad, because there are other men who are worse than they are. The second reason I am drawing all of these parallels is because men's culture thrives on the creation and maintenance of hierarchies, and fringe groups (or even mainstream institutions like sports) are no exceptions to men's hierarchies. Finally, I created this list as an educational experience for women to see and understand that the "bad" men, "good" men, and "silent" men (the men who are silent and complacent in harms or wrongdoings) are all participating in this culture of dominance.
Sometimes, the "good" and "bad" groups go head-to-head in fighting online or in person, just to establish who is Top Dog. In the end, it's pointless, because it's all the same.
I also urge my readers to look over THIS LIST from Wikipedia. Are there other subcultures on this list that have large groups of men claiming the "No True Scotsman" argument? If so, what have you noticed? (For example, if you were involved in the anarcho-punk scene, goth culture, straightedge, etc). Talk about your experiences in the comments below!