|“||Well, I do not like the majority of the male population regardless. The straight ones take the women away. The damn homo males not only tried to push their gross ways onto me, but have emotionally and mentally devastated me in their shit Troll/Cyber-Bully ways, and they have mislabeled me and Sonichu as such. Damned males piss me the hell off.||”|
|Chris, speaking about men on a Facebook post.|
JERK was Chris's term for men in general, including those who are not niggos, homos, or jerkops, at the time of his discovery. The canonical definition is "a MAN, other than myself, CWC, and my father, Robert Franklin Chandler, Jr." For example, Chris labeled every single one of his male MySpace friends as a jerk in his personal list. A few "respectable males" are apparently exempt from jerk status, such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama (and possibly Jack Black). Chris has since retired the term.
Chris's original reason is the Infinitely-High Boyfriend-Factor, but over time this also involved Chris's beliefs that all men act like they stereotypically do in cartoons, ignorant that cartoons are usually meant to be exaggerations. In more recent years, he's taken to using the word "male" in the place of jerk to express his disdain for other men. His behavior as he shifted over into a transgender identity also suggests that he has a lot of self-hatred about being born a man, or at least that he's felt so frustrated by perceived slights that other men have put against him that he no longer identifies as one.
Chris's misandry seems to stem from a number of factors, including internally placing himself above others, his initial homophobia, his deep-seated jealousy of other men who would take all his possible sweethearts away from him, and his cartoonish understanding of gender roles based on a lifetime of watching television. It's also owed in part due to the fact that Chris had very few male friends growing up, with his parents often bribing other children (usually girls) to hang out with their son since they had no idea how to care for an autistic child. Of course, for Chris's dislike of men and decision to identify as a woman, that's not to say that his understanding of women is actually that much better.
Use as a denominator
Although he has defined the term "jerk" to mean all men save him and his father, the usage of the term seems to apply to any person who gets in the way of Chris doing something that he wants to do. If Chris wants china and can't get it because the object of his affection has a significant other, that significant other is a jerk. Chris wanted to win the Chop Chop Master Onion's Rap Showdown, but Adam Stackhouse got in the way, therefore he is a jerk — allegedly because he broke the rules of the contest and used music, actually because he spoiled Chris's plans for sex with Megan Schroeder. Whether your intention was to obstruct Chris's efforts or not, you are a jerk for presenting a barrier to his goal.
Even being more talented than Chris, or more socially well-adjusted (no great feat, considering Chris) is enough to make one a jerk in Chris's eyes. Men with girlfriends did not specifically intend to cock-block Chris; they only did what well-adjusted people do and asked out a girl they liked. Adam Stackhouse simply made a good video for a competition he wanted to win and had no intention of thwarting an autistic's plans to seduce his best friend (again, the PaRappa Showdown). In Chris's self-centered way of thinking, though, they were all out to get him.
Use as a prefix/suffix
Chris derides certain professions by using "jerk" as a prefix (as with Jerkop) or a suffix (as with Manajerk). The addition of the prefix/suffix comes from their actions which, again, prevented Chris from getting what he wanted. Never mind the fact that managers and police officers are simply doing their job when they stop creepy patrons from soliciting members of the public for sex. They have obstructed his quest for china and so are jerks. Due to repeated encounters with these professions, Chris has taken to describing any member of their ranks as a jerk.
Despite the fact that Chris has openly declared that all men are jerks, in practice he doesn't seem to automatically apply the term to every man he meets. Robert Simmons V was held in some regard before he turned troll against Chris. Joseph Herring was considered a high school friend (although Chris drew him as an ugly, zit-scarred freak in his comic). Chris considered Joshua Martinez a friend (though he still tried to get ED to ruin him) as long as he thought Josh would help him score some china. John Schroeder, Megan's brother, was even the main character in one of Chris's fake video games. Once again, however, that was probably a side-effect of Chris's lust for Megan.
Chris as the embodiment of JERK
Wiktionary defines a jerk as "a person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered or disagreeable, and often not very intelligent." Ironically, or perhaps better put, hypocritically, Chris's actions make him more deserving of the term "jerk" than most people he applies it to.
The list of males Chris doesn't hate
The most recent version of T.L.O.M.C.D.H. was provided in Chris's annotations to his ED article. There it goes as follows:
- Chris himself
- His father
- "Santa Clause" [sic]
- The former Presidents of the United States
- All the World Leaders
- ALL male acquaintances and friends, past and present.
However, in the same annotations, Chris confusingly states that his noviophobia is "Out-Of-Date". He goes on to say that he only hates trolls and "da haytahs" now, but also states that he is cool with the "Hating 99% of the World's Men" theory. In any case, the list is at least applicable to some point in Chris's biography, even if he "got over it".