Social Worker Tweets her Hatred of Men
A few weeks ago, an anonymous Twitter user calling herself sheabutterfemme tweeted about her unusually fervent commitment to misandry.
“Hating men isn’t a meme for me,” she clarified with rhetorical emphasis. “It’s not an online persona. It’s a commitment. It’s a way of life.”
How dramatic of her.
Not surprisingly, this ecstatic statement—which correctly identified hatred not as an emotion but as a totalizing ideology, an all-encompassing orientation to the world—received some negative reaction. The owner of the account eventually decided to delete the tweet.
But before she did so, her statement had received a whopping 190.2 K Likes (yes, 190,200 + people signalled their approval of hating men as a “way of life”) and was retweeted 40.1 K times. Sheabutterfemme (or sheabutter for short) had hit the Twitter jackpot.
Sheabutter describes herself in her Twitter profile as an “Abolitionist MSW + organizer” as well as, somewhat incongruously, a “Total Sweetie.” I’ve heard that Hitler was kind to dogs.
MSW? It stands for Master of Social Work. Disturbingly, this is someone claiming to hold an advanced degree in social work, which Wikipedia tells us is “a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being.”
Elsewhere on her Twitter page, the “Total Sweetie” talks about her pride in being an activist for social justice, emphasizing her dedication to “equity” for disempowered people and communities.
Imagine a man having to interact with this woman for any institutional reason at all. Social workers are supposed to help people with problems that include poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and family violence. The people who come into contact with social workers are society’s most vulnerable and powerless.
Social workers are supposed to connect hurting people with the services they need. They are expected to demonstrate respect and compassion for all those they encounter.
We already know that the field of social work is heavily skewed by feminist bias to regard men overwhelmingly as perpetrators of violence, and to see women overwhelmingly as innocent victims. We know that most social workers regard men not as human beings with problems, but as problems in themselves.
Despite that dismal reality, it is still horrifying to think of this woman who proudly declares her total commitment to hating men. How could she possibly work for any form of justice at the same time as she promotes hatred as a “way of life”? Could she ever be trusted to interact with men, advocate for men, address men’s issues, or contribute to public discussions involving men free from her hatred? It seems highly unlikely, if not objectively impossible.
A clever friend of mine has figured out sheabutter’s real identity. He discovered that not only does she actually possess a Master’s degree in Social Work from a respected university, but also that she even received a prestigious award from her university, nominating her as Student of the Year for her demonstrated “leadership qualities,” her contribution to “the positive image of a social work program” (OUCH!), and her embodiment of “the professional ethics of social work” (double OUCH!).
Obviously, her university is unaware of this particular tweet, but it’s hard to believe such rabid misandry was produced in a vacuum.
We have long known that universities—and the social sciences in particular—are breeding grounds for hatred.
This woman has been trained up to see her vicious and proud anti-male bigotry as righteous and fully justifiable. And the fact that her tweet received well over one hundred thousand Likes indicates that she is far from alone in her “commitment.”
As a society, we are in deep trouble.
As for sheabutter, I hope to make her at least somewhat better known to the general public in the next little while, and to ask her university if it stands behind her award. Stay tuned.