There's no dearth of men on the Internet trying to mansplain their theories about women. But Franklin, Tenn., attorney and Alderman Dana McLendon has really taken the trend to a new level with his "Universal Hot Crazy Matrix," an absurd guide to "everything a young man needs to know about women."
Ever since the controversial defense training group Tactical Response posted McLendon video explaining how to "bade the bitches," the explainer has received more than more than 1.5 million hits on its YouTube channel and thousands of views elsewhere.
While it would be easy to laugh off McLendon's musings as ridiculous, the appalling way in which he reduces women to conquests based on their looks is now unfortunately a viral phenomenon.
Explaining his graph, McLendon advises that any woman below a 5 in hotness deserves to be relegated to the "No Go Zone" because "life is better this way." "As a rule," he notes, "we do not hang around and date or marry women who are not at least, in our mind, a 5."
In a deadpan — and allegedly unironic — style, McLendon adds that he rates women on a "crazy" scale of "4 to 10, because there's no such thing as a woman who's not, at least, a four crazy."
McLendon also warns against women who fall in his "danger zone," including redheads, strippers and hairdressers. "This is where your car gets keyed," he notes. "You get a bunny in the pot, your tires get slashed and you wind up in jail."
Apparently, women McLendon classifies as very attractive, while also being low on his crazy scale, are unicorns who "don't exist." Adding a heaping helping of transphobia to the mix, McLendon also cautions viewers to beware attractive "trannies."
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It's noteworthy that the man responsible in part for publicizing this video, Tactical Response CEO James Yeager, who introduces McLendon in the video, is the very firearms expert best known for his threat last year to "start killing people" if the government came up with any more gun restriction laws. McLendon, who wears a firearm throughout the video, himself argued for allowing guns in City Hall during his time as vice mayor.
The objectification and utter arrogance exhibited in this video is so blatant is comes off as mildly satirical. This mix may remind some of the man who kept track of the number of times his wife refused to have sex with him on an Excel sheet. But just with that viral example, the underlying motivation behind such instances "highlights a much deeper pattern of pathological male behavior," as Mic's Liz Plank noted. Far from being harmless, McLendon's video is actually an example of the bizarre conclusions that result from the perpetuation of tired stereotypes about women's appearances and temperaments. Sorry, but we're just not getting the joke.