Editorial: The fringe of everyday misogyny

Published: 4/27/2017 5:29:49 PM

It’s obvious that state Rep. Robert Fisher of Laconia, who was outed this week as one of the creators of an online forum dedicated to a particularly repulsive strain of misogyny, doesn’t belong in the State House.

His views, as outlined in a long story on the Daily Beast website, represent the darkest fringe of the men’s rights movement. Fisher claims that statements attributed to him – such as “rape isn’t an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot” and that it isn’t creepy for a 40-year-old man to ask to see a 15-year-old girl’s breasts – were taken out of context. We are having trouble imagining a context in which either of those beliefs – or others such as women being “lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life” – would put his constituents at ease.

Although we haven’t conducted a straw poll in Fisher’s district, which includes Belmont and Laconia Wards 1 through 6, we imagine that most of the people he represents are repulsed by their state representative. He isn’t standing “strong for men’s rights and the rights of all,” as he claimed in a statement. He stands for the subjugation of women – of that there is no doubt.

So, no, there is no place for Fisher in the State House. There is no place for Fisher among lawmakers who should always be fighting for gender equality and against sexual and domestic violence. Let him return to the “Red Pill” forum, the modern “He-Man Woman Haters Club” he helped create. Let him rejoin those who celebrate their warped masculinity behind walls of anonymity.

The bottom line is that Rep. Robert Fisher isn’t worth New Hampshire’s time. He is a sideshow in the much wider battle for gender equality. When he fades from view, women will still be getting paid less than men. They will still choose silence after a sexual assault because they fear the backlash. They will still endure harassment in the workplace because that behavior has been normalized.

Robert Fisher isn’t the face of misogyny in New Hampshire. He is merely a grotesque caricature of everyday inequality.

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