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  1. Chally
    Chally February 2, 2009 at 2:16 am |

    I’ve heard that; isn’t it fascinating? Those ‘but women are NATURALLY that way!’ people pick and choose according to their convenience.

  2. The Amazing Kim
    The Amazing Kim February 2, 2009 at 3:55 am |

    And I’ll bet that castrating fish doesn’t shave her legs either.

    Nor does it own a bicycle.

  3. Ariane
    Ariane February 2, 2009 at 4:47 am |

    Surely it is an anti castrating fish, given that she only keeps the gonads…

  4. Brandon
    Brandon February 2, 2009 at 4:56 am |

    Well at least we aren’t Anglerfish! Either way it sounds disgusting.

  5. Caravelle
    Caravelle February 2, 2009 at 7:28 am |

    Now, now, she’s not castrating. Quite the opposite, in fact…

  6. Anon in France
    Anon in France February 2, 2009 at 8:07 am |

    Now THERE’S a caption that made me laugh!

  7. SnowdropExplodes
    SnowdropExplodes February 2, 2009 at 8:36 am |

    Oddly, I don’t see that as a feminist icon at all – in fact, it sounds to me more like one of the classic Patriarchal family systems: namely, the one where a man seeks as his wife/partner a woman who will take over the roles that his mother had when he was growing up (i.e. caring for him, feeding him, etc), plus the role of having his children.

  8. 10G
    10G February 2, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    Brandon, this just went right over your head, didn’t it? Oh yeah, btw I checked out your blog, and… forgot to stop and ask for directions, didn’t you? Or maybe you DIDN’T forget… any rate, the He-man woman haters club is THAT away.

  9. Jane Awl
    Jane Awl February 2, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    Dear female Angler-Fish,

    I feel you.

    Don’t let it get you down that some people look at your partner and pooh-pooh your feminism. The male angler-fish sounds like at least one of the moocher lovers living off me, too, (not all male) and I’m still a feminist! We’ve all made mistakes on the path of finding what works for us.

    Keep doing what you do!


  10. preying mantis
    preying mantis February 2, 2009 at 10:50 am |

    The weirdness that is nature. At least the male anglerfish gets to hang around in some form–there’s some little marsupial mouse in Australia where the males mate like crazy with any receptive female for a few days and then keel over dead.

  11. William
    William February 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    Well at least we aren’t Anglerfish! Either way it sounds disgusting.

    The best part is that those stupid feminists don’t even realize fish don’t have legs, amirite?


  12. Tiffany
    Tiffany February 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm |

    I couldn’t help but compare the male ceratioid anglerfish to the last couple of guys who tried to date me. Incapable of taking care of themselves? Yes. Desperately trying to attach themselves to the nearest female? Definitely. Deteriorating down to nothing but sex? That sounds right. Not all men are like this, for sure, which is one thing we have over the female ceratioid anglerfish.

  13. Titanis walleri
    Titanis walleri February 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm |

    At least the angler fish don’t EAT the males…

  14. EKSwitaj
    EKSwitaj February 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm |

    Hmm. My high school swim team had an anglerfish on the back of our T-shirts freshman year.

  15. AL
    AL February 2, 2009 at 7:45 pm |

    I know what I’m being for halloween…

  16. xxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxx February 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |

    I’ll think of this every time I have to re-watch “Nemo”.

  17. Torri
    Torri February 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm |

    I remember first learning this on one of those ‘weird nature’ programs, at the time I was very disturbed, when I was little the look of these guys freaked me out and the sheer body-horror of this new revelation was nightmare-inducing.
    I still think Angler fish are totally awesome though XD

  18. Maria P.
    Maria P. February 3, 2009 at 6:12 am |

    I love telling guys about this. “Yep, you be glad we’re not anglerfish or you’d be nothing but a shred of extra DNA clipped onto a female.”

    Sorry, anglerfish dudes. No male subjectivity for you. Your biology is your destiny.

    (And isn’t it great that our fishy icon is so awesome looking? Now I want one of those anglerfish t-shirts too!)

  19. lj
    lj February 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm |

    How is this the icon of feminism again? (please answer without appealing to stereotypes)

  20. Lauren
    Lauren February 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm |

    How is this the icon of feminism again? (please answer without appealing to stereotypes)

    It’s a joke.

  21. Aileenwuornos
    Aileenwuornos February 5, 2009 at 2:27 am |

    Those fish scare the shit out of me.

  22. Brandon
    Brandon February 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm |

    To 10G,

    Your entitled to your opinion, but I would hardly call myself a woman hater. I treat my girlfriends very well. I enjoy their company and vice versa. Actually, the only time any one of them are complaining is when I don’t have enough free time. Between work and school, my time is rather limited. So they don’t like it when I can’t spend time with them. BTW, I am not lying to any of them, they all know I date multiple women. Apparently, they are all fine with it and so am I.

    Also, I was merely pointing out that the angler fish is disgusting.

  23. Michael Price
    Michael Price February 27, 2009 at 2:24 am |

    But it’s not a castrating fish, the only thing left is the gonads. In fact what we see here is a male fish doing absolutely no work but spewing out sperm in return for a female fish providing everything he needs. Not exactly a feminist image.

  24. Brittany
    Brittany February 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm |

    But at least the male is dependent on the female, and not the other way around. We feminists strive for our independence!

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