One of the things I am most fascinated/infuriated by on the internet is the belief in a sort of modern day neurasthenia for dudes. The specific condition can vary: aspergers, unspecified learning disability, ADHD or a combination of conditions, but the collection of symptoms work together to describe a sort of manchild syndrome.
This syndrome is very widely believe in by internet social justice activists and great energy is expressed talking about “ableism” and “support” and it all boils down to making sure that the women who have been foolish enough to lasso themselves to these assholes feel compelled to continue doing so, especially if the women involved as the dudes’ moms.
This is my ur-example of Manchild Syndrome, because it has all the symptoms to the most alarming degrees: Hardwork makes him nauseous, but practing his Tae Kwan Do does not; cleaning up after himself is impossible, as is getting a job; but playing video games and watching porn all day is achievable and, of course, the grossest of the gross, he pees in soda cans rather than getting up and going to the bathroom.
And now feministe is defending the same beginning symptoms of manchild syndrome. Now, granted, the dude feminist is talking about was probably still pretty close to be an actual child and will probably grow out of it and get a real job and throw away his superman sheets some day. But the post still qualifies because of how it was framed around that mean elitist bitch who wanted him to go to college, and how instantly the narrative becomes “probably he just *can’t* get a job or get an education or not have superman sheets and why should he have to change to suit an ableist world anyway?”
I love that the way the internet has embraced all this under the veil of ableism, because when I was a punk rocker the same stuff was enabled but using punk rock justifications about not wanting to be bourgeois or wanting to be feral or what not. Same shit, different lingo.