Rubbernecking Past the Death of Masculinity
August 11, 2012 § 151 Comments
If you are like me, you may be vaguely aware of a corner of the Internet that refers to itself as the “manosphere”. Near as I can tell, the “manosphere” started out basically as some sort of on-line Oprah-like show geared at frustrated modern men, giving advice to post-feminist pickup artists who want to score with slutty women. These people devised a set of techniques or rules premised on the falsity of feminism; techniques which, cobbled together in rough and ambiguous form, they term “Game.” Apparently “Game” is a way for modern people to simulate acting somewhat like actual men, or at least partially like men, since modern people generally aren’t brought up to act like men. Yet oddly enough women tend to find confident, dominant men attractive.
I won’t link to any of that morally despicable stuff. If I recall correctly, I first encountered it a few years back in a link on Turnabout talking about men who hate women, with a link as an example.
What I will point out, though, is that knowing the truth while everyone around you believes lies can be powerful. By understanding and rejecting the false ideology of feminism, these morally despicable cads (representing a fairly small percentage of men) have been able to take advantage of morally despicable promiscuous women (a much greater percentage simply because it is easier for women than for men to be promiscuous) – a match made in Hell – or so the story goes. The great majority of modern men and women want to be promiscuous (men want harems, women want “serial monogamy” with high-value men where they get to “trade up” once they become bored). Their various strategies for and preferences about their promiscuity are analyzed as a kind of marketplace. Again it isn’t a part of the Web I’ve read other than in passing, like a rubbernecker passing the scene of an accident; so I’m probably mischaracterizing things. That’s just how I see it in rough terms at the moment, it isn’t Gospel.
But a funny thing happened on the drive past the red light district. Some of the truths about the falsity of feminism, and its infiltration into even the way many Christians view the relations between the sexes, has gotten noticed by people who at least appear to care deeply about marriage and family.
If the plan is for our kids to grow up in enclaves like the Amish, and we don’t care about what is going on in the wider culture, there probably isn’t much of interest in the “manosphere”. It takes a little time to get to know the jargon, and the prose ranges from crude to outright vile, especially in comboxes. Reading this stuff is, for a middle aged guy like me, like watching the carnage from some decades-long terrible natural disaster that was really just getting started when I was in college and single, and from which I managed to personally escape, for the most part.
Some of what is there does really resonate with my decades-past experience though. (Not that that is particularly relevant: personal experience is often a uniquely terrible source of information on what is happening in the wider culture). Even those who don’t have kids ought to care about where our society is headed, and what today’s children are likely to encounter when they make life decisions about family. That thing called the “manosphere” is no longer, if it ever was, just a big exploitation seminar for man-boys who hate women and the promiscuous girls who “love” them. I’ll be watching to see how things develop.