Time to Draw the Line on Tucker Max

September 28, 2009

With his movie premiere over the weekend, it’s been difficult to escape hearing or reading about Tucker Max, the blogger and author turned movie creator, who has generated a storm of controversy for his jokes about sexual violence. According to news reports, Women and Allies Rising in Resistance said that his writing promoted a culture of rape. In New York’s Little Italy, one of his movie posters was defaced, and the Chicago Transit Authority pulled his rape-suggestive movie ads, in part because of the activism of SAFER, which received an AAUW community action grant in 2008-09.

Here are just some of the headlines that staff came across:

Tucker Max must die! (Or not.)
Rude, Crude and Coming to a Theater Near You
Dozens of students protest Tucker Max

After reading about Max in a Washington Post article (“He Trashes the Ladies, They Love Him for It”), I was prompted to write a letter to the editor, which was published on Sept. 26. I am told that his fan base is reportedly 50 percent female. If true, I find this disturbing on a variety of levels, as did the article’s author. Without specifically asking each fan, it’s hard to understand Max’s popularity, especially among women.

However, the American Psychological Association (APA) released in 2007 the Report of the Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, which can help explain why young women may support materials or engage in actions that are sexually degrading. Here is an excerpt from the executive summary:

In study after study, findings have indicated that women more often than men are portrayed in a sexual manner (e.g., dressed in revealing clothing, with bodily postures or facial expressions that imply sexual readiness) and are objectified (e.g., used as a decorative object, or as body parts rather than a whole person). In addition, a narrow (and unrealistic) standard of physical beauty is heavily emphasized. These are the models of femininity presented for young girls to study and emulate.

It can be argued that some of the women participating in misogynist events at Max’s film screenings or book signings have been raised in a culture in which they feel the need to be liked by men and to be “cool” or “sexy” by any means necessary, even if that means condoning their own degradation.

Sexual harassment on college campuses is more likely to be the result of misguided comedians than spurned suitors. “It was funny at first, but then they kept doing it,” said one college student in the survey AAUW conducted for the 2006 research report Drawing the Line: Sexual Assault on Campus (PDF). Max’s film and book signing events are attempts at humor, but for many of us, he has become irritating or worse. His actions and words are offensive, but so is our collective unwillingness to draw the line on his so-called humor and acceptance of such behavior.

Then there is another, less scientific explanation: These young women could be engaging in a common social experience of cultural rubbernecking, in which people feel the need to look at a spectacle. Fans of Max are curious to see how they will be shocked next. In a culture in which a dichotomy of abstinence-only education and everything from pornographic displays to the sexualization of young girls has become the norm, it takes someone like Tucker Max to cut through all the noise and keep people’s attention. Let’s just hope that we’re not talking about him this time next year. He’s hardly entertaining.

This blog is cross-posted on Blogher.

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14 Comments

  1. jeffery jones says:

    why are women publishing and funding tucker max?

  2. sarah litten says:

    why do women fund and publish tucker max?

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  4. sarah litten says:

    It is time for women to stop blaming men for that which women publish, fund, and promote. Thousands of girls hook up with Tucker, and the most powerful fund and publish him. Why are women doing this? Please comment.

    http://community.feministing.com/2009/09/why-are-female-executives-publ.html

    Why are Female Executives Publishing Tucker Max?

    Saw this floating around. good question!

    MCCOY MOUNTAIN
    ART, FILM, & LITERATURE GUILD OF AMERICA

    Ms. Priscilla Painton

    Simon & Schuster Editor in Chief

    Dear Ms. Painton,

    I and my colleagues in the ART, FILM & LITERATURE GUILD have a couple questions regarding the direction you are taking Simon and Schuster in. Why are you guys/gals hating on art, literature, culture and America?

    http://community.feministing.com/2009/09/why-are-female-executives-publ.html

  5. Seriously says:

    SERIOUSLY. Stop bombarding the comments to advertise your badly-written blog post, Sarah Litten (and Jeffery Jones, you too).

    Stick to the issue, please.

    Thank you Linda, for your very reasonable take on this issue. No firebrand language, nothing comes off self-serving. Breath of fresh air, this blog post.

  6. that is hilarious to see women defending tucker max, and criticizing those who question a powerful women publishing and promoting him.

    typical women–you say you want exalted, good men and respect, and then in secret you fund and hook up with the bad boy.

    when women run things, the family declines and divorce burgeons, as they are now. women are the ones publishing tucker max, promoting him, producing him, hooking up with him, while also initiating 2/3 of all divorces and 100% of all the 50,000,000 abortions over the past thirty years.

    • km says:

      “Jessica” –

      i don’t think that this post does either of what you say. Simply that the author doesn’t like his “humor” and doesn’t understand why others do. Did you read the post?

      As for women being responsible for abortions and divorce, it takes two to tango. If a women leaves a Neanderthal man who abuses her or doesn’t treat her with respect; or if a woman chooses a safe, legal medical procedure to end a pregnancy because she doesn’t have a supportive partner or she’s not ready for a child, I consider that a victory for families.

      i don’t understand your bitterness towards women being strong and independent.

      • jeffery jones says:

        well, why are women funding and producing tucker max if it is really true that women do not like neandrathal men? why are thousands hooking up with him and wiring him hundreds of thousands of dollars from their women-controlled corporations?

        why do women have sex with neandrathal men in the first place? why not just stop hooking up with them and publishing and producing them?

        just askin’….

        do you like tucker’s “humor?”

        is that what you call it? humor? making fun of asians and overweight women and blind and deaf women?

        it is simply amazing to see so many women defedning, publishing, producing, and hooking up with tucker max.

        why is this?

        thanks for your insights!

  7. hello km,

    you write, “As for women being responsible for abortions and divorce, it takes two to tango.”

    actually, no.

    women initiate 2/3 of all divorces. of course you will say that this is because they married neandrethals. why do so many women love and copulate with neanderthals? why do they hate nice guys? why do they fund, produce, publish, and have degrading sex with tucker max who writes about pulling their hair?

    women intiate 100% of abortions. it is a woman’s choice. men have absolutely no say. of course you will say they have to because they had sex with a neanderthal. why do women copulate with neanderthals? why not copulate with a nice guy so that they can have a nice baby and they don’t have to abort the neanderthal’s kid?

    ” If a women leaves a Neanderthal man who abuses her or doesn’t treat her with respect; or if a woman chooses a safe, legal medical procedure to end a pregnancy because she doesn’t have a supportive partner or she’s not ready for a child, I consider that a victory for families.”

    as a awomen, i do not find tucker max funny at all.

    do you find secretive tapings of sodomy without the girl’s consent funny? do you find that humorous?

    • km says:

      I don’t find tucker max in the least bit amusing. I do not support, finance, or otherwise condone any of this endeavors. I think that’s where we end our agreement.

      Pregnancy takes two. Thus, abortion takes two. It’s that simple. Parenting also takes two.

      A marriage takes two. Thus, divorce takes two. If you have some un-cited statistic that says 2/3 of women initiate divorce, that only means women are better at getting around to filing paperwork.

      As a woman, i am offended that any other woman would have such a low opinion of other women and their ability to make choices.

      • kelly mcgregor says:

        It is a well-known statistic that over 2/3 of women initiate divorce. As you know, divorce is no laughing matter, especially when children are involved. And yet you joke that “women are better at filing paperwork.”

        And when it comes to abortion, a man has absolutely no say.

        If he wants his offspring and she doesn’t, it will be aborted. If he does not not want it and she does, he will be paying child support for 18 years.

        Women initiate 2/3 of divorces and 100% of abortions.

        We live in an era of both epic divorce and abortion, as well as the decline of the family.

        And it is true what Jessica et al are saying. Powerful female executives are funding, publishing, and promoting tucker max, while thousands of college girls are lining up to be inseminated by him.

        Why is this km? Have you asked the executive editor of Simon and Schuster why her company is funding and publishing Tucker Max?

      • hello km,

        it is a fact that a woman’s choice determines whether the baby is born or not. a man’s choice has nothing to do with it. this is a legal fact.

        2/3 of divorces are initiated by women:

        http://marriage.rutgers.edu/Publications/pubtoptenmyths.htm

        http://www.divorcesource.com/CA/ARTICLES/peter1.html

        http://www.cyberparent.com/women/marriage1.htm

        Think of the thousands of girls now fornicating with tucker max, who is funded, produced, and promoted by women. Would you marry them?

        Why are thousands of women fornicating with tucker max, while also funding, producing, and promoting him?

        I know that you are not doing this km, so do not take my questions personally.

        Rather, can anyone answer why it is that the most powerful women in publishing are running companies that publish tucker max?

        Thanks!

  8. The above author cites an executive summary:

    “In study after study, findings have indicated that women more often than men are portrayed in a sexual manner (e.g., dressed in revealing clothing, with bodily postures or facial expressions that imply sexual readiness) and are objectified (e.g., used as a decorative object, or as body parts rather than a whole person). In addition, a narrow (and unrealistic) standard of physical beauty is heavily emphasized. These are the models of femininity presented for young girls to study and emulate.”

    Well, this certainly is incriminating evidence!

    Now that women have been given the freedom to choose and are afforded with the opportunity to “dress in revealing clothing, with bodily postures or facial expressions that imply sexual readiness,” they jump on the opportunity.

    Of course the feminists will argue that neanderthal men are forcing the women to do this, and that women have no choice in the manner.

    Should one puruse porn sites on the internent, they will find that far more women partake in them than do men. There are far, far more pictures of women, than men.

    Of course the feminists will argue that neanderthal men are forcing the women to do this, and that women have no choice in the manner.

    The feminist movement destroyed the strong fathers and fatherhood who would keep their daughters off such sites.

    They took the Bible out of all the curriculums as its morality was patriarchal and oppressive. They replaced the classics with sexually-crarged material. And then they wonder and stand agape at the “Girls Gone Wild” phenomena, and blame it all on Neanderthal men.

    So it is that the fundamental tenet of modern feminism is that women can a) do whatever they want, and b) are never responsible for their actions.

    The interesting thing about porn is that while yes, men watch it and pay for it, women perform it, partake in it, and accept money for it. Porn is degrading, just like Tucker Max. so again, why are so many women funding, financing, producing, copulating, and publishing Tucker Max, even after his film flopped, and why are so many women partaking in porn?

  9. Andrew Hales says:

    I love your blog. Nice job. :)
    “Fail Harder” – Mark Zuckerberg

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