In the past year or so, there has been rising voice of dissent within the Manosphere. Guys that were getting fed up with the whining about feminism, the generalizations based on ridiculously small sample sizes, the monthly internet drama/tiffs, and the puzzlement at being called a “beta” or a “faggot” for questioning the motives or life choices of some of the Manosphere’s “heroes.”
Rightfully so, this voice has been getting louder. Guys are reading these writings and then scratching their head thinking, “huh, that’s completely opposite from what I observe day-to-day in my everyday life.” A small voice of doubt is then raised in the back of their mind about the possibility that this “hero” being wrong about other things too.
“What if all American girls aren’t whores?”
“Why would I want to get rid of an otherwise good girl in most regards, just so I can chase new tail?”
“Does this author have some sort of issue with trust or attachment?”
“Why should I scrounge for pennies online, when I can make dollars at my day job?”
“How come some faceless internet person decides whether what I do with my life is ‘Alpha’ or ‘Beta’?”
These doubting voices have to be crushed by these authors, otherwise they lose readers. Due to the extreme monetization of many blogs of late, the loss of readers translates to a loss of money. Therefore dissent from the “true” ideology is not tolerated at all.
They viciously attack the dissenter.
They rant, rave, and cause drama for days (consequentially raising traffic to their sites).
Their supporters don’t question anything due to high online “reputation.”
It took me some time to start to question some of the things that I’ve been reading in the Manosphere. As is my nature, I usually try to give some more “out there” ideas a fair shake before possibly dismissing them. But the recent goings on where dissent was actively crushed really began to irk me. So I began to write more generally about these problems in my as of now ongoing “Manosphere Series.” Recently leading up to documenting and calling out a fraud at Return of Kings, and being more vocal (pun intended) with “The Venerdi Podcast.”
The problem, as I see it, is that most of these writers that have a lot of clout in the Manosphere have preached a “question authority” message for years now. However, when someone actually goes and validly questions the authority, they get shut down, drowned out, and banned. It also doesn’t help that you have a slew of “Yes-men sock puppets” in the comment sections or fora to blindly support the writer’s view.
You can’t claim to be for open discourse when banning/attacking/flaming/trolling those who disagree with you. Yeah, I know the Manosphere as a whole doesn’t agree on everything, but trying to stifle dissent? That’s one thing a supposed “free thinker” would never do, and I believe that we all can agree on that.