An Unhinged Bit Of Misogyny
I wrote this piece over a year ago. As you'll see, I was just learning about the "Alt-Right" and knew even less about an element within it, a fringe-within-fringe known as the "neo-masculinity" movement.
The issues at the heart of this have regained currency in the discussion about Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Cosby and our own president as sexual predators who have used their positions of power to harass, demean and assault women, children (and in some cases men).
And while I believe that most men find repugnant this abuse of power, and it is ultimately more about power than sex, there are some men who celebrate a "rape culture" version of masculinity and condemn the "feminizing" of American society.
A number of issues get blended together in this resurgence of "the manosphere", not the least of which is the ascendance of issues related to "white purity". It seems that racism and misogyny fit quite neatly together.
When I wrote this over a year ago, I was reluctant to mention by name some of the websites that promote this caveman ideology, but now that we're witnessing a full frontal assault by the conservative Republican Congress and its evangelical cohorts on women's rights, social, sexual and reproductive, an effort to restore their "sacred" status by returning them to the kitchen and the bedroom, it's time to reveal it for what it is.
One of the primary internet refuges for this pro-rape/anti-gay mindset is called ROK, the Return of Kings.
ROK celebrates male icons, often in books or movies, who "take what they want when they want it".
They consider the Hollywood "casting couch" as nothing more than a barter system, trading sex for fame with an assumption that someone who won't "play the game" must not want success badly enough.
In the case of Harvey Weinstein, the ROK proponents like to refer to something called "Briffault's Law" named for English anthropologist Robert Briffault (1876-1948) which contends that “the female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place.”
In this transactional view of sex, ROK contends that the women only turned on Harvey Weinstein after thirty years of happy quid-pro-quo when Weinstein's movies started to "bomb" and he could no longer deliver the fame and fortune that was his part of the deal.
The Alt-Right & The Threat To Masculinity
An Unhinged Bit Of Misogyny
By Ray Cunneff
Okay, where to begin? Until sometime in August, I wasn't familiar with the term "Alt-Right". (see "Alt-Right: A Movement In Search Of A Message" 8-24-2016.) That's when, almost overnight, it became part of the political lexicon when Breitrart's Stephen Bannon, who Bloomberg News described as "the most dangerous political operative in America", was named CEO of the Donald Trump campaign.
The central themes of the Alt-Right were restricting immigration, both legal and illegal, a more openly nationalistic foreign policy and opposition to neo-con interventionism. But its original intention appears to have morphed into something even more sinister. The movement has attracted elements of white nationalism, white supremacism, anti-semitism, right-wing populism, nativism, and anti-democratic, reactionary forces.
In the minds of many, "Alt-Right" is code for fascism or Nazism. Yesterday, I got a few laughs when I posted this as a comment:
Then this morning, I was reading an absolutely insane article called "The Alt-Right Is Worse Than Feminism In Attempting To Control Male Sexual Behavior". (It was actually my wife who stumbled onto this.) I'm not going to provide a link to this unhinged bit of misogyny, but it did give me a new view of the Alt-Right I'd never considered.
Here's a small excerpt:
"The 1488 mob of the alt right, consisting of white purity enthusiasts who assemble on Twitter and 4Chan, has gone from being a fringe portion of the alt right to the dominant, most numerous, and most vocal force that examines the blood purity of alt right members and that of their girlfriends and associates (I’ve even seen members demand genetic test results to prove percentage of whiteness). Starting in December of 2015, this mob began attempting to purge moderates from the alt right who dared to follow non-white people on Twitter, or who took a vacation to an Asian country to flirt with non-white women."
What??? The author appears, based on his name which I won't mention, to be a man of Middle-Eastern descent, who seems to believe that the greatest threat posed by the Alt-Right is that they might impede his ability to have sex with non-challenging white women. He's apparently, based on the rest of his website, one of those who believes that strong women (and nonsexist society) threaten his masculinity.
The author talks a great deal about what he calls "the Manosphere" which he contends created the Alt-Right movement yet remains a separate entity upon which rests the survival of the western world. He writes:
"The entire fate of the West hangs by a thread: as the liberal machine grows larger and larger, its power seems unending. But—alas, there is hope. More and more men are starting to wake up. Men in positions of power, such as judges, doctors, lawyers, and police officers, are beginning to notice the unsettling commonness of false rape accusations. Men in positions of guidance, such as teachers, mentors, and coaches, are beginning to see the value in teaching young boys how to be men."
(I don't think he means "alas", but this is not a critique of his writing skills.)
The author claims to speak for the alpha males who condemn a "completely castrated, beta-male-encouraging society" ruled by "feminazis". He has several articles describing how in history masculine men have been "destroyed by weakness" and references to the "Masculine Matrix" of how men are viewed by women (White Knight/Husband Material/ Player/Loser). He claims that the Alternative Media" will not only destroy all vestiges of traditional media but will herald a new era of male domination and "patriarchal justice".
And there's always room for promotion of his new book:
"It gives an inside look to how the globalist establishment is attempting to marginalize masculine men with an agenda that promotes censorship and sterility. It also shares key knowledge and tools that you can use to defend yourself against leftist attacks. "
Now... I'n not prepared to say this guy must be hung like a gerbil, but he certainly seems afraid for his balls.