This marks my 100th post on Fruitloop Feminism – yay!
My story today isn’t one that recaps what I’ve written to date or celebrates all the super positive feedback I’ve received from my wild and crazy fans. A recent trending article from a misogynistic corner of the internet called “Return of Kings” lit a little fire on my feminism butt and reminded me of why I started this blog in the first place.
But wait, Claire? What is Return of Kings? Funny you should ask.
These, my friends, are the worst people on the internet. I refuse to drive further traffic to their website that’s the equivalent of the KKK for women. Here is how they describe their blog:
ROK aims to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men. Sadly, yesterday’s masculinity is today’s misogyny. The site intends to be a safe space on the web for those men who don’t agree with the direction that Western culture is headed.
Some might say their cause could make sense. Exploring what heterosexual masculinity is in today’s world is a valid mission. But that is not what this site is about. Their blog is filled with articles about how to determine whether a girl is a slut and why you should never work for a female boss. Instead of worrying about how honorable men should operate in today’s world, this is a hateful attempt to reinstate gender roles and dominate women into submission in society.
The most recent post has been covered by the Huffington Post and the like. It details the reasons why the men of Return of Kings should date women with eating disorders. Taking a disease that is perpetuated by pressured placed upon women to look a certain way and then translating that into desirable characteristics for a girlfriend is in a word despicable.
To really drive the point home that the Return of Kings really are the worst people on the internet (and maybe in the world)…these are the facts behind eating disorders:
- Eating disorders can be genetic or caused by psychological issues like coping skills, control issues, trauma, family trouble, or social issues. Each type of eating disorder has many possible causes
- Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder. Almost 50 percent of these people also meet the criteria for depression
- In a college campus survey, 91 percent of the women admitted to controlling their weight through dieting. 22 percent said they dieted “often” or “always.”
- Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
- 69 percent of girls ages 10 to 18 confirm that photographs of models and celebrities in magazines inspired their desired body shape