Game cures cancer!
December 7, 2012 § 23 Comments
I still haven’t gotten around to analyzing particular techniques for acting manly in order to be attractive to women that the manosphere calls “Game”. I’ll get to it eventually. But I am struck by the rather cultish devotion of the more vehement adherents of Game. When genuine questions are raised about the efficacy of the techniques espoused, as for example in the comment thread here, out from the woodwork come angry denunciation and vigorous cries of “straw man!”
Critics of Game are asserting a straw man, it is proposed, because even Game’s most devoted advocates claim that it is a matter of persistent application: that one must persist over and over again in trying Game on different women in order to achieve success. Success rates in the 10% range are asserted, though of course there is no actual data and much lower numbers are possible.
What is interesting about this is that if we stipulate that Game has a success rate that is roughly – that is, to an order of magnitude – 10% or so, it is probably about as effective as placebo at treating cancer. Snake oil literally has more health benefits than many or most prescription drugs, even for the supposed target illnesses (which themselves are often marketing constructions not real illness). As Dr. David Healy has pointed out, for a number of “illnesses” alcohol is both a safer and more effective treatment than prescription drugs.
Welcome to dystopia.