I am just not going to mollify anyone getting indignant about me outright stating that men are avid fans of male violence against women for entertainment. Men have no problem identifying with and rooting for misogynistic, abusive, rapist male characters, whether or not they are explicitly vilified in the narrative. Men love Game of Thrones and Vikings, they love getting their share of raped/abused/murdered women in crime dramas and trashy video games and pornography, because they’re “grim” and “realistic/based on a certain time period” and “reflect human nature” and “give men what they really want” and so on and so forth.
But when narratives involving MVAW demand accountability and mete out punishment upon men who rape and abuse women (see: rape-and-revenge films), suddenly portraying men as rapists and abusers is “unfair against men” and “not all men are like that.” Men always want to have it both ways. Dudes will tell me with a straight face that they don’t like the book Men Who Hate Women (not-so-mysteriously renamed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) because it makes all men look violent and evil, and in the next breath they’ll talk about how ASOIAF (where at least 90% of the male characters are violent misogynists) is the best book series ever. MVAW is best enjoyed as guilt free as possible.
QotD: ‘Male violence against women is best enjoyed as guilt free as possible’