Over the weekend, I had the misfortune of stumbling upon the racist, misogynist twaddle of career coach, mens’ rights activist, and titanic douchehole Marty Nemko. I saw an article of his in the Mensa bulletin. It was about time saving for the creative-minded, and I found it helpful as I am dreadful at making good with the usual suggestions for productivity. I saw in his byline that he was a career coach, so I looked him up online. The first thing I saw upon Googling him was a link to an article on his blog entitled “Why Men Don’t Listen to Women.” Not what I expected. The content was even further from what I expected. Here’s an excerpt:
“…if a man forgot his wife’s birthday, she might go into a tirade about how it makes her feel unloved. Often she exaggerates how bad it makes her feel so she can extract maximum guilt and recompense from him. To gain still more brownie points, she’ll bring up some past faux pas he committed–for example, she caught him watching porn or, “John, and this is not the only time. Just last week, you insisted on watching that stupid football game when you knew it was important to me and the family that we visited grandma. I feel totally not loved. I don’t count at all!” (Another deliberate exaggeration to extract maximum goodies from him.)”
At this point I’ve decided there’s no way I’m taking any sort of advice from this sexist fuckface, but I’m mesmerized by the trainwreck. This dude’s in MENSA? I look at his meta label cloud and the tags are all like “reverse racism,” “men’s issues,” “affirmative action,” “reverse sexism,” “political correctness…” Oh my glob. It’s the bookmobile of hate-reading.
Here’s a hugely racist, hugely craptacular treatment for an anti-affirmative action play.
And this one, which sent me on my call to arms, in which he essentially tells women to suck it up, because if you can’t handle sexual harassment on the job, you aren’t cut out for the working world.
His “oh, thee poor (white) menz” dreck is child’s play compared to the insidious hate of this piece. It’s frightening that this “man” has a large reach, a huge clientele, and has won awards. I don’t know why something inside me was tweaked so hard that I feel compelled to expose his assholism far and wide. Maybe because someone I thought could actually help me turned out to be such a major piece of shit. In any case, no one should be allowed to spread such regressive, dangerous, hurtful, hateful rubbish without consequence. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from concomitance.