Howdy y’all. Is it Monday again already? So it is. So here’s a handy roundup of everything you may have missed in the last week, or may just want to go check out again.
Last week we featured a lot of heavy stuff on the theme of Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW). A number of men in the movement have noticed the rise of a genetic reductionism and even fatalism in some thinkers, both outside the men’s movement and within it. A number of Men Going Their Own Way take serious issue with this. Perhaps no one does so more effectively than Peter Wright, who has five pieces that should be considered must-reading on this topic. Although he arguably began writing on this topic before last week; I suggest starting with The rise of Chivalric Love: the power of shame, which was his first foray into explaining why a lot of what we think of as “natural” behavior of human males towrds females is indeed more cultural than many believe, and he believes it can be distinctly traced to within the last 1,000 years.
He further expounds on that in Love and MGTOW, where he notes that much of what we call “romance” today is a historical abberation for the human species. Then last week he began going still deeper and more detailed on where we often confuse biology (which is real enough) with culture (which is also real) in A Voice for Men: MGTOW-Central, reaching a smashing climax in Sex and attachment, noting the dangers of confusing “romance,” cultural pressures, and rejecting cultural bullshit expectations with believing human beings have no biological need for attachment (which we do). In MGTOW: 12th Century Style, he gives us a lovely denouement, noting that the rise of proto-feminism about 800 years ago already had its detractors.
Speaking of history, our own Gonzo Historian Robert St. Estephe returns once again with unearthed arcana that show that much of what we talk about in the men’s movement today was commonly understood in the past, and recounts how the once world-famous Dorothy Dix ripped into women of her day for selfish gynocentrism and treating men like disposable utilities and dogs. We hereby posthumously declare Dorothy Dix a Proto-Honeybadger and hope to continue to help preserve history like this. Robert also brought us the history of husbands on strike in Tibet back in 1928.
Also speaking of history, in the 100th anniversary of its original publication, AVfM reprinted The Fraud of Feminism part 3 of 3 by E. Belfort Bax, which is often spooky reading because it often sounds so much like he could have written that book today.
What relevance all this ancient history? Because it’s probably forgetting a lot of this history that’s doomed so many of us to repeat it!
Another MGTOW taking issue with genetic reductionism/fatalism this week was Jason Gregory, who questions the notion that the past ain’t through with us, asking why, if that were true, any of us would bother trying finding our own path in life outside of gynocentric bullshit? Good question.
Meanwhile, the redoubtable August Løvenskiolds took some issue with Peter Wright, and in response to the notion that most men need emotional attachment, made a stirring defense of his own and other men’s choice of elective de-attachment, an answer that seems to have worked great for him–and finding what works for you is the very essence of being a Man Going Your Own Way, is it not? We’ve all got to find our way through this misandrist culture, and while what works for some may not work for all, no one should be shamed for finding whatever helps them survive an thrive. And Geoffrey James (also known as Solaris, proprietor of NiceGuy’s American Women (Mostly) Suck) page and forum, graces our front page for the first time in The right to be left alone, which also contains a ringing endorsement (which I echo) of Dr. Helen Smith’s already-classic book, Men On Strike. And in You say there’s a marriage strike?, AVfM’s own John Hembling, aka John the Other, makes it clear why he’s a man going his own way and recounts a humorous story of answering questions for a blue pill man who at first found him incomprehensible then found him amazing.
Dr. F gave us a short story of childhood wonder at the whole idea of going your own way, and in a cracking capper to all of this, Della Burton weighed in on the growing Men Going Their Own Way phenomenon, showing little but contempt for women who treat the subject with contempt: in You asked for it ladies, Della lays waste the idea that men who make a rational choice of self-preservation are doing something wrong, and lays the blame squarely at the feet of those who have made that a necessary choice for so many men and asks them to do something women these days are too rarely asked to do: act like fucking adults and own their own shit.
That particular essay by Della seems to have drawn the most attention from outside the site, and was heavily linked by other sites after publication. It looks to me like women who get it may be a rarity, but I suspect they’re growing, and I further suspect that other women don’t like women like Della who do get it. Well it’s tough titty for them, because Della’s right–and I suspect they know she’s right.
Hey, did we talk about anything other than Men Going Their Own Way this week? Well of course we did. We had terrific news and terrible news. For example, Mark Trueblood noticed that Cosmopolitan no longer supports domestic violence against men. Mark’s a bit cynical about it but me, I’ll take progress where I can get it.
The AVfM news team has also been staying on the case of West Virginia’s corrupt judicial branch. This time Judge Michael J. Kelly of West Virginia is exposed for having a conflict of interest. This is a judge who’s apparently used his own seat on the bench to dispense his own vigilante justice on people he doesn’t like in West Virginia. We’ll have more on this judge and some of his cronies, just stay tuned.
Also, it’s always cause to celebrate when an innocent man is vindicated and let out of prison, right? Well, yes and no, because as AVfM news reports, at least one man who was found innocent after all got less assistance putting his life back together than most men who are guilty. His life all but completely destroyed by a false accuser, he found himself without jobs, without prospects, without needed medication, and without a place to live. Surely compassion and justice call for more than that for a man who wound up having to prove his own innocence?
Our news department also reported a few weeks ago that Senator John McCain apparently did something right. Unfortunately, as Bob O’Hara sadly notes, Senator McCain failed to follow up with any effective action or even statement that would have made his seemingly bold stance meaningful. Disappointing, Senator, disappointing.
Also, while you’d think that by 2013 we should not still be debating this, but apparently it’s necessary, so: a new peer reviewed study has once again proven that circumcision of male infants is cruel and damaging mutilation, period. No, it doesn’t matter if you don’t mind your own circumcision. I mind mine, and I’m not alone in that, so if you want your dick chopped, gentleman, do it when you turn 18, and you women can just shut the fuck up because you have no right to a say in it at all.
Paul Elam notes that Men’s Human Rights Activist Sung Jae-gi is dead, and his compatriots have shamed him. When I first read the story I thought to excuse this because of S0uth Korean culture. But I wouldn’t let my own culture get away with that bullshit, so why would I let anyone else’s? Rest in peace, Sung Jae-gi.
In Misandry in psychology part 3, psychotherapist Tom Golden dissects how an entire industry that’s supposed to be devoted to helping people often only helps women and demonizes, derides, dismisses, or victim-blames males. Reproductive coercion is something only men do to women right? No actually it’s more often the other way around, but why let facts get in the way of a good narrative? Tom Golden also obtained and drew special attention to the work of Indian Men’s Human Rights Activist Jerald Santhosh, providing us an introduction and transcript to Men’s Suicidal Life. Don’t miss that one.
After a long hiatus, AVfM’s publisher and evil overlord Paul Elam returns with a barnburner called I’ll decide if you were raped, not you. This of course caused a firestorm of anger and rage in a lot of people, but do you think any of those who were angry ever read this or this? Yeah. One of the things we’ve consistently found on A Voice for Men, which is why we do things the way we do, is that sipmly analyzing the facts doesn’t make a dent with people, so, if they won’t hear men’s pain we’ll make sure they feel men’s anger. It would be nice to live in a world where that wasn’t the necessary course of action but until then, FTSU FTW!
AVfM Editor-At-Large and Domestic Violence Policy Advisor Erin Pizzey returns with a reprint of Chapter 4 of her classic suppressed book Prone to Violence. It’s extremely difficult reading but it should not surprise anybody that it was suppressed; the Gender Ideologue-dominated Domestic Violence industry doesn’t want you reading it, it would be a threat to their livelihoods. I mean, it shouldn’t be, but the idea that they might have to help male victims and do something about female perpetrators on a wide scale is really threatening, and they’d rather shut people like Erin up. Good thing we aren’t letting them, huh?
Angry feminists appear to be targeting a lecture on boys education up in the city of Edmonton in Canada. We expect members of Men’s Rights Edmonton to be there on the lookout for any violence from the feminists, and we hope you can make it too. Della Burton will likely be helping us to provide coverage of the event in cooperation and solidarity with Men’s Rights Edmonton.
Speaking of Della Burton, we’re starting to think she just may be all right. She’s been doing terrific work, and that includes her latest, Gender disparity in criminal court. What, you mean it’s not just men who’ve noticed that women get off lightly in our criminal justice system–in a way that looks suspiciously like what some might call female privilege?
By the way, in off-site news, Angry Harry has an interesting project he’s working on. If you’re into video work, you might want to check it out.
As usual, our radio station has all sorts of current and upcoming shows you’ll want to check out (I hope you’ll join me and Erin this Saturday, for example), and our video section always has something going on in it.
So happy trials pardners, have yourself some good reading there, and I’ll see you in 7!