Why You Mad Bro is an essay/article written by PARC responding to the spate of hate speech and violence aimed at women, by others (mostly men, but plenty of women have chimed in too *cough*cultural hegemony*cough*) who blame women for the failures so many males are experiencing in school, the workplace, and relationships. The idea is that many voices, be them belonging to Elliot Roger or MRAs lamenting men as the new ‘second sex’ (I know, you think this is sarcasm or a parody but it’s not, it’s real life that many people *cough*overwhelmingly men*cough* feel that women have all the power and men are suffering as a result) are noticing that boys and men are falling behind their female peers, their male forebears, where they should be given the opportunities available to them in education, work, and relationships, and instead of recognizing the economic, social and cultural reasons for this decline, they are blaming women. Cause that’s super familiar! It’s also so backward I could just throw up all over my keyboard right now. But I digress. #whyumadbro goes something like this:
You’re mad ‘cause social constructions of masculinity require heterosexual dominance and prowess, and because your friends and peers will adhere to that by making fun of you for getting rejected by a girl, not because she said no to your advances.
You’re mad ‘cause you were taught to not show any feelings of empathy for fear of looking ‘girly’ or weak, thus resulting in a stunted emotional self which is not amenable to school or workplace success, not ‘cause your female co-workers are faring better than you.
You’re mad ‘cause you are shown over and over through tv, movies, video games, music, and stories that if you act a certain way you will get the girl, not because she has autonomy over her body and doesn’t owe you shit beyond respect and common courtesy. No matter how nice you are to her.