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Some Of You May Have Noticed

That our Face of Privilege Denying Dude has changed! That is for a very inspirational reason. Apparently, a certain gentleman by the name of “Edman” reads websites, and the comment sites of websites, such as the Tiger Beatdown according to his statement on the matter, and has decided to stop iStockPhoto’s campaign of cease-and-desist letters IN ITS TRACKS by volunteering his very own shining face to the meme! That’s right: You can find ALL the old Privilege Denying Dudes, but with Edman, instead of Jan, who prefers not to have such wide exposure. (WHAT WOULD TYRA THINK????) Here, Edman recreates my all-time favorite of the Privilege Denying Dude memes, encapsulating as it does every argument with every dude ever caused by you pointing out that one of his statements was a wee bit sexist:

Hats off to Edman! Tiger Beatdown reader! Inspiration! The man who is also an Ed!

Although, I do confess a special weakness for Ryan Gosling flavor Privilege Denying Dude, if only for his face, which (a) belongs to Ryan Gosling, and (b) professes deep inner incredulity and Denying. Like so:

Haha. Whee! And here’s to years of PDD yet to come.


  1. a. brown wrote:

    I hope there will be a wikipedia article about this tumblr, also clearly explaining that Edman volunteered for the good of all humankind. Whatta guy.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  2. tree wrote:

    alas, your all-time favourite does not exist. woe!

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Edman wrote:

    Oh my gods! I’m on Tiger Beatdown! (faint)

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  4. margaret wrote:

    Things that are counter-intuitive: that posing as someone completely loathsome would make someone so endearing! Way to go, Edman! You seem righteous and your smug face is out of this world.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  5. Flutterby wrote:

    I salute you, Edman! I’ll be sure to share the tale of your generosity so that all fans of PDD shall know of your nobleness!

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
  6. Moneypenny wrote:

    Edman is marriage material. Seriously. I’ve only met a few really really feminist men in my life, but I’ve wanted to bed them all.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  7. KJO wrote:


    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  8. Clay Shirky wrote:

    Sady, the image on the HP* works, but the image after the jump** does not.


    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  9. Jasmin wrote:

    Edman’s expression is perfect!

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
  10. manboobz wrote:

    Thank you, edman, thank you.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Permalink
  11. Renee wrote:

    pure awesomeness!

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink
  12. blueelm wrote:

    Hey, I just wanted to say thanks to Edman. Your single eyebrow raise is epic.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
  13. Sady wrote:

    @Tree, Clay, other naturally named readers: Grrr. Does it work now? Is it working? TELL ME HOW THE COMPUTER WORKS I CAN’T EVEN.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink
  14. Erik wrote:


    It’s working.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 12:52 am | Permalink
  15. Edman you rawk.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  16. emerald wrote:

    Edman = awesome. I hereby offer to bake you any delicious pastry goods you so desire

    Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  17. tapette wrote:

    This guy’s cool for stepping up, but I still think John Mayer would be a better privilege denying dude.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  18. Niveau wrote:

    That smug face is just so deliciously full of smuggy smug smugness. Edman, you are so fantabulous that if I knew you in person I would totally give you a big hug right now. Also, cake.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink
  19. Agnes wrote:

    Clearly he espouses all views of PDD. I shall accost him if I ever meet him in a dark alley because he IS THE FACE OF PRIVILEGE DENIAL.

    Wait, what? Sorry, my ability to tell reality apart from fiction disappeared there for a minute.

    Thanks for bringing PDD back from the litigious grave, Edman.

    Monday, November 29, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink
  20. topaz_grrl wrote:

    Edman, you are my hero. Long live Privilege Denying Dude!

    On a slightly different note, and sorry for the somewhat stupid question, but what is the best way to access the full PDD site? I mean, to scroll through all the different photos, in list format. Is there a new tumblr, or do we just view from the meme generator page? (I’m not very technologically apt).

    Monday, November 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  21. Genevieve wrote:

    Love it! The first one reminds me sooooo much of the most annoying short story I have ever read!

    Monday, November 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  22. roesmoker wrote:

    I’ve been scrolling through the meme generator page, and it’s interesting. The thing that scared me was after I made a meme, the meme generator site showed me random other memes. “Erika the Whore”? “Dumb Bitch” (girl with a black eye)? I know, it’s like reading the comments section on YouTube or Reddit, I just have to be prepared to back away. But sometimes I can’t even.

    PS Edman RULES but I have to confess Ryan Gosling is almost as great – it might be the outfit.

    Monday, November 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  23. cass smith wrote:

    His articulacy and sensitivity makes me want to weep. **swoon**

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4:07 am | Permalink
  24. Ah, Edman, you rock.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:30 am | Permalink
  25. speedbudget wrote:

    Thank you, Edman. I was able to make a PDD as a response to one of the many completely asinine e-mail forwards my mom sends without any kind of thought. It was much more succinct and pithy than any e-mail I could have sent to try to gently explain why the shit she is forwarding is no good.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  26. Napalmnacey wrote:

    Edman, for you I have cake, internet and kittens. Thank you so much for being a freakin’ AWESOME ally. <3

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  27. Ruby wrote:

    For people looking for a new place to see PDDs all collected, check out

    Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink