A man claiming to be Portland’s first homegrown Men’s Rights Activist decided to target an all-female (and transgender) comedy fest this past week in Portland. All Jane No Dick is a multi-night celebration of (very funny!) women in comedy, which makes plenty of sense as a concept, given the sexism in the stand-up field. But one fellow named Matt seems to lack this context, which is why he stands alone, adamant, against the “no dick” joke in the title. He mounted his own flyer campaign disparaging the event and advertised on Craigslist for co-protesters, operating under the nickname he himself has invented: “The Lone Woof.”
This dogged fellow is neither part of a routine nor a gag out of Portlandia. And he’s certainly not arguing, as a sophisticated left-wing critic might, for less gender essentialism and more fluidity in the festival’s moniker. Nope, instead, Matt just appears to be dude, who has had damn well enough — enough of safe spaces designed to nurture women away from the patriarchy’s glare.