Crowdsourcing: What Questions Should I Ask The Controverisal Hugo Schwyzer?

Have you heard of Hugo Schwyzer? If you haven’t, you should.

Amongst his many endeavors, Schwyzer writes for Jezebel. He’s also probably the most feminist man you’ll meet, although feminists will disagree. Confused? Well, you should be.

For starters, yes, he is a feminist. And yes, he’s probably far more feminist than most, but with his “checkered” past, as the Atlantic called it, is he really allowed to be so staunch in his beliefs? Is he allowed to “mansplain” to you, and so many others, as to how you should live and react to certain situations?

Hugo has fucked his female students. Never a pretty sight, especially in regards to power dynamics in that situation. He’s also been involved in a murder-suicide attempt in which he tried to off himself and his girlfriend at the time. Again, not pretty. He spent a good part of the 1990′s addicted to drugs — that’s his excuse for this behavior — and is now a married man with kids. (Does he get a redemption card here?) Oh, he also dug a tampon out of an ex-wife, displaying the character as weak and unable to function without him, and wrote about it. This is also another source of contention for those who already hate him, and perhaps those who didn’t know him beforehand.

But despite his past, he helped build the The Good Man Project where he was a featured columnist for months, he’s redeemed himself (although some would disagree) with his advocacy for women’s rights and he’d probably kick the ass of any man who has wronged you.

Hugo is used to being hated. Whenever an interview or one of his pieces is posted ANYWHERE commenters try to rip him a new one. He gets hate mail (most recently from an Australian who told him to go “fuk” himself) and based on his Twitter feed, this isn’t exactly a rarity. But he takes it all in stride, sticks to his convictions and never wavers or flip-flops. He is a man who has reinvented himself. However, he’s still a hated.

So, here’s the deal: Hugo is often interviewed by his fellow writers and those looking for a “hot” topic, he’s been written about in hundreds of publications, killed in words by commenters, but yet never asked his side by those commenters. We’re going to change that.

This is your chance to ask Hugo Schwyzer your questions. The man is an honest and a very open book about his beliefs, his past and the new life he has ahead of him.

Let us know your thoughts on this man. Give us your questions, tell him that you, too, loathe him (or love him!), and we’ll see what he has to say. Maybe if you get to be in charge of the questions, we can put all this Hugo-hating to bed. Or maybe you’ll just hate him more which is fine, too.


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    • Mermade

      As a recovering addict and also a former student of Hugo’s – a class which changed me from the kind of pro-life anti-feminist that worked at a “pregnancy help center,” I am very scared that my addiction will triumph over any of my accomplishments or, maybe, some other virtues I have. Who are you to throw stones? Do you have any idea how hard it is to change from drug addict to… well, anything other than that…? Nearly impossible, it sometimes feels. One day at a time. I remain a fan of Hugo’s and believe in defending recovering addicts who lose everything and work hard to gain it back again. This post explores Hugo’s controversy at the expense of being neutral. I am for him and always will be. That is not to say I agree with ALL of what he says; believe me, we argue. But – he has I think 16 years clean time – and shares my passion for academia and so many other things. He inspires me that I can change – slowly.

    • Jenn D.

      Questions for Hugo:

      1. How do you reconcile your accountability process (where you said you’d be taking yourself out of women-centered & feminist spaces) with your recent upswing in pitching and posting articles to websites like Jezebel and xojane?

      2. Have your thoughts changed about the statement you made on xojane claiming a “faulty premise of scarcity” on the internet, and your belief that you are not depriving less-privileged voices from being heard?

      3. What are your plans for the future regarding writing (and pitching) to women-centered publications?

      4. What are your plans for the future regarding creating & participating in spaces for men to talk about men’s issues and feminism?

    • LipGloss

      This isn’t the first time that a commenter has asked Hugo questions. Persephone did it last week.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      I don’t know too much about the fellah, but when people change in a genuine, long-term manner, I think they deserve a second chance. Consistently writing about and working on feminist issues is so, so much more deserving of that chance than any politician or athlete or celebrity or writer who simply apologizes for their actions or missteps (albeit, his seem very large) and then doesn’t even contribute to anything bigger than that. My only question, which is almost too personal so I understand if he’d like to not answer it, is:
      Do your children and other loved ones know about how people react to you? If not, do you ever plan on sharing that with them if they stumble across something you’ve written or has been written about you?

    • Cephas

      Holy crap, I think I *know* that Aussie! Sadly, I know a lot of Aussies who spell the way you pointed out, because (apparently) we drop our “c’s” when we’re violently passionate. There’s no time for spellchecking, they have thoughts to type that might evaporate before they manage to put the words in the box on the telly-with-a-typewriter internet thing. At least, our illiterati seem to have that problem, and what a pak of unts they are!

      That kind of “passionate mis-spelling” would be funny if it weren’t a) typical, and b) increasing. And it seems they put the same amount of thought into their content as their “spelling”.

    • DarkLord111

      I’d like to ask Hugo if he thinks he’d have gotten as far as he has in the feminist blogosphere if he wasn’t a good-looking man with a bad-boy rep. Honestly, I think he keeps getting published because many feminist writers and editors want to fuck him. It’s the only explanation I can think of.

    • Xerxes Zerzes

      Creepy little loser boy gets yet more Internet attention. Read up on this guy is all I can say. If you still worship him, Good Luck to you.