"How many times do we men suppress our natural instincts for sex and aggression just to get something better in the long run? It’s called a strategy. Sometimes you sacrifice a pawn to nail the queen. If you’re still crying about your pawn when you’re having your way with the queen, there’s something wrong with you and it isn’t men’s rights." - Scott Adams, Dilbert creator, about the "Men's Rights Movement"
Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert, recently published a misogynistic essay about "Men's Rights" on his blog. He later deleted it (http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/post_deleted/) and in the comments beneath essentially said it was a big joke to rile women up (the original post has been saved at this blog: http://tinysprout.tumblr.com/post/3713649989/scott-adams-dilbert-deleted-post).
The vast majority of the comments congratulate Scott Adams for being "witty" and getting women in a tizzy.
Sadly, this is par for the course. A man says something insulting and misogynistic, and if women complain they are met with something akin to:
"Can't you take a joke?"
"Don't you have a sense of humor?"
"It's probably because you don't get enough attention from men that you don't find this funny."
Had enough of this? Even a small stand will do -something-. Signing this petition will send a letter to a representative of Dilbert's syndication company, Jan Flemington, expressing disgust at Scott Adam's attempt at "humor" and requesting a statement by Universal UClick Syndication that they do not agree with Scott Adam's statements.
In the post, Scott Adams wrote that, while he agreed with men who complain that society is unfair to men and favors women, it is pointless to argue with women about the "perceived" inequalities in the same way it's not stragetic to argue with "children and the mentally handicapped." He wrote, "It’s called a strategy. Sometimes you sacrifice a pawn to nail the queen. If you’re still crying about your pawn when you’re having your way with the queen, there’s something wrong with you."
I know Scott Adams thought this was funny. However, as a comic author who writes about corporate environments, he should realize that the misogynistic attitude he expressed is one many women must face on a day-to-day basis. It is cruel and disturbing to find humor in "riling up" people about the inequities they must face.
I ask that Universal UClick Syndication denounce the misogynsitic "humor" on the Dilbert blog and state that it does not reflect the company's values. I was very disappointed to see this on the blog of a generally well-respected comic artist, and I hope that your company is, as well.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.