"Shot on location in the Patriarchal Concentration Camp (kitchen)."
"Now, we still expect men to put women first, and we still expect society to put women first, and we still expect men to not complain about coming in dead last every damn time. But men don't even get our admiration anymore. All they get in return is to hear about what assholes they are. Is it any wonder they’re starting to get pissed off?"
—Girl Writes What, in her video Feminism and the Disposable Male.
Karen Straughan (better known by her screen name, girlwriteswhat) is a Canadian men's rights activist, and divorced mother of three, who is most famous for her videos on YouTube. She also hosts a blog called Owning Your Shit. The primary focus of her work is how she thinks feminism has failed to address the discrimination faced by men in society (and, occasionally, has created new problems, or exacerbated existing problems) and therefore cannot be about equality. In short, she believes the current world we live in treats women like children and men like assholes. Her channel can be found here. Transcriptions of her videos and other articles by her can also be found here. Naturally, opinions about her are controversial so be wise when adding contributions to this page.
The Lad-ette: She claims to smoke like a chimney and drink like a fish, has short hair, and isn't afraid of using offensive language.
Mama Bear: She admits that one of the reasons she became an MRA is because she feared the effect that men's issues would have on her sons.
Non-Indicative Name: She's a middle-aged woman, not a girl, and she posts videos where she talks instead of writing (unless you count her blog).note She got her start posting on Reddit, which is where she assumed her moniker However, she titles her videos with exactly what she'll be talking about.
Precision F-Strike: Often used for emphasis on subjects she considers particularly jarring. Most notable in a video she made dealing with Youtube users who unjustly flagged her videos, which she titled "You F***ing Cowards".
Pretty Butterflies: Used and subverted. The butterfly burns to death in the title credits.
Shout-Out: A National Coalition For Men sticker is prominently displayed on her fridge in most of her videos. More generally, she mentions and make videos in reply/connection to other men's rights vloggers.
Strawman Political: like most of the men's rights movement, she treats feminists as a single unified bloc. She also refuses to acknowledge that feminists distinguish between actual nice guys and Nice Guys (tm), the latter of which refers to men who embody the Entitled to Have You trope and don't admit it.
Stay in the Kitchen: Several commentators apparently have the need to point out that most of her videos take place in her kitchen. She is aware of this, naturally.
Abomination Accusation Attack: She has regularly discussed the mainstream's perception of the men's rights movement. She lists examples of the charges made against men's rights activists in this video.
Comes Great Responsibility: She says that feminists and feminist organizations have abused their position of power, especially with regard to men's rights and maintains that this has created new gender inequalities and exacerbated existing problems that men face. She even provides examples of feminist organizations actively preventing others from attempting to solve problems that men face. The overarching theme of her very first video.
Date Rape: Deconstructed. She discusses the unfortunate legal situation that currently exists in some countries, where men - even though they, too, may be inebriated - are legally responsible for sex initiated during inebriation. She believes that both parties should be held accountable, and that both the man and the woman should be held individually responsible for their own sobriety and state of mind.
And doubled for her video about Anders Breivik, whose mother made Norman Bates' look sane in comparison - Breivik's mother, based on a report in the British Telegraph, had apparently decided her son was violent while he was still in the womb solely because he kicked a lot.
Financial Abuse: She presents this as repercussion of current divorce and child support laws.
Gendercide: She points out that some radical feminists believe this is a positive thing.
Just Fine Without You: Averted. It is an important premise of hers that men are vital to the functioning of society, and that if they are not commensurately rewarded for their service to that society they will abandon it. A society of only women will not last long.
Logic Bomb: Lampshaded by her in this video in which a group of feminists tear down men's rights posters (an act of censorship) and then proceed to claim that preventing them from tearing down posters constitutes an act of censorship against them.
These people believe that preventing them from doing censorship is doing censorship against them... (dumbfound silence) Up is Down. Black is White. Inside is Outside. Left is Right. And Censorship equals Free Speech.
Man Child: Discussed in a specific context in "Men not marrying. How deep does 'the problem' go?" She deconstructs the idea that men who don't want to marry are immature, and lays the blame instead at society's perception of men, divorce law, gender roles, and the power imbalance in modern relationships.
Mars and Venus Gender Contrast: She subscribes to this theory, after a fashion. Although she believes men and women are generally inherently different, she recognizes that gender is a spectrum and not a switch and that there are outliers.
Men Don't Cry: Deconstructed. Mentions how men are always expected to suppress their feelings and receive no sympathy, unlike women in many situations.
Moral Myopia: She seems to believe that a version of this that strongly favors women is one of the problems that needs to be dealt with (she has used many examples of unjust laws and news stories to support this.)