Words Are Not Fists: What the Twitter Blow-Up Tells Us About Men, Women, and Anger

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About Hugo Schwyzer

Hugo Schwyzer has taught history and gender studies at Pasadena City College since 1993, where he developed the college's first courses on Men and Masculinity and Beauty and Body Image. He serves as co-director of the Perfectly Unperfected Project, a campaign to transform young people's attitudes around body image and fashion. Hugo lives with his wife, daughter, and six chinchillas in Los Angeles. Hugo blogs at his website


  1. Phil Henderson says:

    What Schwyzer doesn’t seem to realize (or refuses to admit, more likely) is that on the whole, men’s anger and women’s anger are quite different. I know this quite well myself, having been intimate with both men and women. Men’s anger is sharp, controlled, and directed. Women’s anger is loud, disorganized, and vicious. Case in point: Amanda Marcotte. Her knee-jerk reaction to Tom’s article (in which she attacked him for something that he not only didn’t say, but didn’t even imply) is a prime example of the feminist mindset of labeling anybody who disagrees with you as a misogynist. If in doubt, just look up a study in which the effects of testosterone on women were measured.

    • “Men’s anger is sharp, controlled, and directed. Women’s anger is loud, disorganized, and vicious.”

      Thanks. Thanks for that. I’m sorry if my anger is too loud, disorganized, and vicious. It must be all that estrogen making me moody.

      But I have deep respect for your controlled and directed anger.

    • Explain how the anger differs more? I’ve seen both genders lash out uncontrollably, and both use quite directed anger with restraint.


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