“Dilbert” creator Scott Adams possesses a healthy disrespect for authority and certain unspoken rules in society. Yet many believe the ultra-successful comic artist and commentator went too far in a recent blog post regarding men’s rights and his view of arguing with women. A firestorm of protest over Adams’ reputed sexist remarks prompted the artist to delete the post from his blog and fire back at his critics online.
Scott Adams pulls the post but not his punches
While Scott Adams’ original post is no longer available via the “Dilbert” blog, numerous feminist blogs have captured the post in its entirety. Adams’ controversy stems from this segment of his original post:
“The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.
“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.”
As Comics Alliance suggests, if Adams had simply pulled the post and offered female readers an apology, the firestorm would have mostly been avoided. Adams did pull the post, but he followed up with a fiery attack against critics that indicated that he’d had no change of heart.
It’s not sexism, and you have a reading comprehension problem
Adams has insisted that he was criticizing both militant men’s rights activists and militant feminists. From his response on the blog Feministe:
“Is this an entire website dedicated to poor reading comprehension? I don’t think one of you understood the writing. You’re all hopping mad about your own misinterpretations… comments about the piece were little more than name-calling.”
The way to deal with name-calling, in Adams’ estimation, is to
“Treat the name-callers as you would angry children, by not debating and not taking it personally.”
Men, women and social injustice
The blog Comics Alliance appears to speak for many of Scott Adams’ critics by suggesting that Adams does the world a disservice by addressing the differences between men and women in caricature and claiming that we can never escape the conflict. Adams’ “path of least resistance” is the coward’s escape in the minds of most of Scott Adams’ critics right now.
Comics Alliance: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/03/25/scott-adam-sexist-mens-rights/
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