I found this cartoon addressing the double standard we have for the sexual behaviour of men and women. If a woman has many sex partners, she is quickly labelled a slut. That’s a very negative word and it is understood that you don’t want to be called a slut. Now, if a man sleeps around, people may call him a manwhore, or a player… or playa, as it might happen. There’s no negative stigma to the word “player.” It’s almost an honorary title. This cartoon attempts to prove there is nothing wrong with having such double standards.
That’s the most misogynist statement I’ve seen in a while. I wonder which planet the author of this cartoon lives on? At least in the world where I live, “400 pound, ugly, disgusting women” usually do not attract multiple sex partners. Chances are, they won’t attract even one. The claim that women don’t need to be attractive to be desirable is simply bizarre.
As for the “science and hard work” those so-called manwhores put in to get their looks? News flash: genetics apply to women too. So much for the “science.” Also, it may come as a surprise to some, but women work hard for their appearance. Most women don’t just happen to be slim and toned, and they don’t just roll out of bed in the morning with their hair and make-up done, nor do spiffy clothes and shoes just magically appear into their closets. So much for the manwhore’s “hard work.”
The last panel resorts to the washed-out internet meme where misogynist idiots reply to any argument made by women by telling them to go back to the kitchen where they belong and to bring the man a sandwich. That’s supposed to end the argument and to signal that nothing the woman says is of any consequence. Pathetic trolling as it is, the meme is still nasty. It’s about as funny as making jokes about slavery to black people.
The cartoon and its poor rhetorics aside, the double standards for men and women belong in the past. As far as I’m concerned, the number of other people’s sex partners is none of my business. I don’t care how many one night stands a person has, or how many failed relationships they have had in the past. Calling someone a slut or a manwhore based on the number of their sex partners is sandbox behaviour. Adults should be able to get over such things.
Anyway, cartoons such as this are a clear indicator that feminism is still very much relevant. The author of the cartoon may be alone with his misogynist ideas. He’s probably just another sad troll, but the problem is that impressionable young people may see his trolling, and think it’s okay to behave in this way. That’s why everyone who doesn’t feel the need to trample on women should stand up and say “No!” to the sandwich meme as well as to the double standard this cartoon defends.