I already wrote my high-dudgeon, outrage-junkie piece about this for PoliticsDaily, and y’know what? I meant every word of it. Normally, I ladle on extra cheese and special sauce for a story like that, but this genuinely made me wanna barf. Notice how I didn’t quote any of the other parts of the article. As a writer, liberal, and feminist, I was completely sickened.
As a dude, I have to also cry “foul!” See, dudes are governed by a bro code that knows no political ideology, nor any other -ology, unless it deals with facilitating the four noble dude pursuits: Eating, Drinking, Gaming, and Sex. By writing their “Hate F*** List,” Playboy is guilty of one of the worst bro-code violations:
Cock-blocking. The dude’s post was so heinous that any woman who read it would almost surely shut down for the foreseeable future. This story is like that guy at the bar who walks around telling “fingerbang” jokes to all the girls before anybody has a chance to buy them drinks.
In fact, this guy’s offense is so serious, it warrants the most seldom-used penalties in the bro code: The Cock-blockback. Under normal cirumstances, even a cockblocked bro is forbidden from blocking back. Ya just keep walking. But when you’ve got a serial game-killer on the loose, you’ve got to put a stop to it, for the good of all bro-kind. That’s why this guy’s act had to be called out before the world.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this was just a piece of “locker room humor.” Dudes can be crude in locker rooms (or poker games, or other equivalent), but if someone ever started talking about “hate-fucking,” he’d get a view from inside the locker. It wasn’t the crudity of what he said, but the violence of it. Violence is for videogames.
Speaking of locker rooms, I urge all of my fellow bros to purge theirs of any stray copies of Playboy, in protest.
Playboy has since pulled Guy’s article, but the damage is done. As the old law saying goes, “You can’t un-ring a fingerbang joke.”