This is just a brain dump of an un-finished exploration I’m doing at the moment…
So, a topic I’ve been absorbing a lot about recently… which I hadn’t realised had evolved into such a massive battle of the sexes in the western world.
It all started when I started following news and current events about GamerGate and Anita Sarkeesian. I investigated and found IMHO that:
(a) Anita had made fairly ridiculous claims (Lies) about video games and basically (in a moral sense) defrauded a lot of people of a lot of money. In the name of Feminism. Then got a free pass from the Feminist movement but…
(b) Men/Male Children had taken their response to her bullshit to ridiculous levels, some would say dangerous levels.
So, now you have 2 wrongs. However it starts to dawn on you how strongly young people feel about the subject these days. But my readings started leading me in somewhat different directions…
Soon it became clear that the modern feminist movement, as some of you probably already know, is a fairly amorphous blob of varying levels of reasonableness and/or extremism. With subsections of it (once again IMHO) closely resembling a religion. (Ex: Giving members a free pass on unacceptable behaviour because they’re “one of us”, demanding special privileges, professional victims even in positions of power, etc…).
Then I start hearing the following claim over, and over, and over: “Well, if you believe in equality, you’re a feminist”. Hey, even Hermoine from Harry Potter said it right?
Then the resounding response comes, surprisingly from females as well as males:
“No, I’m a humanist, there’s no need to be that specific, if you need to be that specific you are asking for special treatment.”
Which, in my current view of how things have shaken out, is exactly true. Females today enjoy special privileges over men in many aspects yet a certain number still feel oppressed by “the patriarchy”. Which in turn reads a whole lot like a conspiracy theory of epic proportions. (Note I’m talking about THE USA here, not Iraq).
So, you may be yawning at this point going “ho hum, heard it all before”.
BUT, this is where it gets interesting. It appears a growing number of young(er than me) men in the west have decided having a wife or female partner of any kind has become way too risky (According to THEM): Courts favour females in divorce proceedings and this bankrupts men who did nothing wrong other than be “the wrong guy”, Females abuse male partners and cops don’t care, should the male defend himself he’s sure to end up in jail. Females get preferential employment, can cry rape/sexual harassment/emotional abuse at any moment with nary recourse for the man subject to such allegations. Females (in the USA) win the vast majority of custody battles, moreover child support allocations, moreover alimony. SO, these guys reckon… Screw it: I’ll be MGTOW. And it seems that way of thinking is catching on… As if there aren’t ANY females out there with good intentions, good morals, ambition, drive, intelligence, etc… I guess that’s the kind of view these kids grew up with of the world, perhaps their distaste amplified by the broader media’s portrayal of dads as stupid sports-worshopping drooling buffoons who need to be “handled” by a good smart woman (EDIT: And double as walking ATM’s).
I find all this enormously interesting… like nature is fighting back to restore the balance kind of thing. You have to look at the current state of affairs and in a way marvel that you never anticipated that such a thing would happen.
And once again I see the great universal constant: Every liberation movement tends to be a complete over-reaction: One way or the other, the reaction always seems to be extreme.