Friday, April 06, 2012

"The Misandry Bubble" Burst a Decade Ago

There is a much vaunted article floating around the internet called "The Misandry Bubble" which claims that the war against masculinity will "burst" in the year 2020. Until then, the author claims, everyone with a vested interest in maintaining a campaign against men will "double down" in their efforts to control and enslave them.

It's an interesting thought, but I disagree. And since the author is clearly using stock-market terminology, let's have a quick look at some other maxims regarding "bubbles."

"Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent."

This would seem to be the case today, that the feminist juggernaut is still marching forward at full steam ahead. I mean, how could it not be? There are "End of Men" and "Woman's Nation" articles being published all the time. Every female failing somehow ultimately becomes the fault of a man, or men, somewhere, at some obscure point in history. Women dominate our universities and are cheering the displacement of men in the workplace, somehow believing that men's harm is women's gain.

A wise man that has been around the Men's Rights Movement (MRM) for over forty years once related how he thought that during the 1990's men would finally wake up to the toxic nature of feminism and what it is has done to the attitude of Western Women.

"I went through wave after wave of false hope. When MacKinnon and Dworkin, in conspiracy with the religious right and the John Ashcroft types, pushed through the Minneapolis and Indianapolis porn ordinances, I thought that would be a wakeup call. When the famous "1 in 4" faked research came out, I thought that would be a wakeup call. When Fruity Faludi came out with her book, I thought that would be a wakeup call. When Lorena Bobbit mutilated her husband and was cheered by millions of women, I thought that would be a wakeup call..." -- Zenpriest #35 - How Was This Allowed to Happen?

"You can thank Oprah for peddling her message of female victimhood and male perfidy to millions of women who lapped it up - loving the hating of men. You can thank all the dozens of trailer-trash panderers - Sally Jesse, Maury, Phil, Geraldo, Jerry, and all the rest - for serving up their multiple daily servings of emotional road-kill which millions of women lapped up like flocks of emotional buzzards.

And, you can thank the millions of these so-called “nice, average, normal women” who just loved to bash men, complain endlessly about petty crap like toilet seats, cheered on Lorena Bobbit when she castrated her husband and played the “abuse excuse” card.

You can thank the lesbians who have dominated “wimmins’s studdees” programs turning out thousands of what Christina Hoff-Sommers calls “hate-intoxicated little zealots” and creating a climate that Daphne Patai calls “Heterophobia.” You can thank the millions of female teachers who have led the “War on Boys” and when they couldn’t stamp out the masculinity in boys, decided to dope them with dangerous drugs in order to turn them into compliant zombies." -- Zenpriest #49 - Let Women Win the Battle of the Sexes
All of these things peaked during the 1990's, not during the 2000's. In the 2000's we were simply dealing with the aftermath of the hateful policies which were justified by the anti-male biases of the 1990's. Sure, the VAWA was renewed in the 2000's, but it was originally created in the 1990's, in response to the Super Bowl Sunday Hoax.

"Bubbles can only be seen in hindsight."

It was during the 1990's that Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Springer types sky-rocketed into the spotlight - before them, in the 1980's, there was really only Donahue - and he was not nearly as ridiculous as those who came after him. Although he was no great triumph for humanity either, at least he also interviewed people like Ayn Rand who tore into feminism on his show. But it was during the 1990's that those who replaced Donahue went full tilt against all things male.

During what decade did all the women giggle amongst themselves about their "starter marriages?" In which decade did we start drugging our boys with ritalin on a truly massive scale? It was during the 1990's that we completely ripped apart our school system and re-arranged it in favour of girls. It was during the 1990's that we went whole-hog on gender in the workplace, being even prohibited by law from reasonably inquiring if a young woman of 20-something plans to have children in the future, and using this information to best allocate business resources. What decade was it that Catharine McKinnon managed to find sexual harassment behind every water-cooler?

Almost all of the really truly abusive policies feminism has graciously served up to us were the result of the extreme anti-male biases found back in the 1990's, not in the present day. Comparing today to the 1990's, the amount of new policies being erected by feminists is truly miniscule. Today, they are mostly just fighting to hang on to their ill-gotten gains which they achieved during the 1990's.

"The next bull market is always in a different area than the last one."

The maxim of "bubbles can only be seen in hindsight" similarly applies to the next bull market. Rarely do people identify the next bull market when it's in its early stages. It is the same psychology that drives both, but they drive in different directions.

For example, the majority of people didn't believe the tech bubble had burst back in 2000. When they seen Microsoft trading at 50% the value of the previous year, they rationalized it was screaming value and bought some "on sale," so secure were they in their belief of the value of such stocks. A year later they had lost money hand over fist, but still believed. And then they held on and still believed some more. A really good example I know well, because it was here in Canada, was a company called Nortel which was the Canadian tech-industry's darling and at one time the largest company (by market cap) in the country. If I recall correctly, it was trading at +$120.00/share in 2000. People bought back in at $60.00, thinking it had "corrected enough" and presented great value... by December 2002, Nortel hit an all-time low of $0.70. When the economy started picking up again around 2003 and 2004, Nortel zoomed back up to $7.00 and then $9.00, convincing people that "Nortel was back on track again and presented great value." People again piled in, and two or three years later, Nortel went broke and shareholders lost every last penny they had invested. That was some great value!

Conversely, a bull-market began in commodities back in 1999 and 2000. It was dismissed by all but the most fringe of contrarian investors. Gold, after all, was a barbaric relic, and the tech-boom was going to revolutionize everything about the marketplace. Everyone from governments to hedge-funds to small individual investors dumped their barbaric relics. When gold almost doubled in value, the naysayer's still had the public opinion in their pocket. One of the biggest jokes amongst gold investors today is this video that the anti-gold crowd circulated and laughed about, their point being that since gold had reached $500.00/oz, its run was over and the "gold bubble" was going to burst.
Today, it makes for great giggles to still hear the same people calling gold at $1600.00/oz as a bubble. The fact is, many "savvy investors" completely missed the bull-run in gold & commodities, and they are still convincing themselves to keep missing it. Sure sure, the gold "bubble" will burst one day and end in tears. However, that bubble will not burst until everyone, even the long-term critics, change their attitudes and pile into gold and commodities with reckless abandon.

You can only tell in hindsight when a bull market has started, just like you can only tell in hindsight when the bubble "burst." (This is why contrarian investors follow the idea of "get in early and get out early.")

The Feminist Bull Run is Over; The Anti-Feminist Bull Market is Already Underway

Today, we hear more anti-feminist rhetoric being bandied about than ever before - or at least since the sexual revolution uprooted every social more that once built our great civilization. The media no longer completely dismisses anti-feminist ideas, and even though they often still mock them, they are becoming more and more willing to entertain ideas opposing the hate-filled dogma of the past decades. Many ideas which were considered "fringe" only five or six years ago are now being reported on in various news sites.

Furthermore, the underlying culture is leading the way. If you go to articles like The Atlantic's "The End of Men," and read through the comments section, you will see waves of men showing up to tear the author, and the magazine, a "new one." This not only didn't occur in the 1990's at all, but even only five years ago the vast majority of news-sites, blogs and so forth, automatically deleted any comment that was not supportive of feminism. This is simply not true anymore. People are getting angry about feminism all throughout society today.

Culture Leads Laws; Laws Don't Lead Culture

The culture of the West changed before its laws did, as is always the case. The 60's, 70's and 80's tore up our culture root and branch, altering many of our previous generations social mores. It was after this culture had changed, during the 1990's, that anti-male laws really began to swing into action. The culture had changed and now laws had to be created to reflect the new culture. This is always the way it works.

And this is also the way the "Anti-Feminist Bull Market" is going to work.

More and more people are waking up to the fact that feminism has screwed us all gently with a wooden spoon. These people are angry at those who harmed them. Feminism has caused lots of harm to lots of people - including women themselves. The culture is already changing, and it will continue to change over the next several years until the fevered pitch of their demands over-shadows all other issues. It will be then, and only then, that the laws start to be changed to reflect the cultural values of the general population.

I strongly suspect that rather than the "Misandry Bubble bursting" by the year 2020, what will really be happening is the "Anti-Feminist Bull Market" will be well on its way and the culture will already be reflecting changing social mores. 

They're About Done with Feminism, Anyway

I remember when I first became attuned to the fact that feminism and Marxism were so closely related. I had already realized something was deeply wrong with the ideology, but just could never put my finger on it. At the time, I had volunteered to shovel some gravel for the MRM's newest branch called Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW). This was back in 2006 and what I was doing was creating a website called the MGTOW Library, where I was trying to catalogue men's articles into some sort of useful, coherent fashion for others to draw upon. I was (and still am) very computer illiterate, so one of the founders of MGTOW named Zed, held my hand as I blew up the website over and over with my ignorance of all things computer related.

But something happened to me as I read all of those articles, especially those written by Carey Roberts back in 2004 and 2005 which so solidly argued the case that feminism is the mirror image of Leninist Russia. Suddenly the scales fell off and my eyes were opened. I couldn't believe that this was going on and furthermore, I became convinced that there must be some men out there who were trying to fight this Marxist scourge. I had been putting in a lot of effort, but eventually started to get ticked off. "Hey," I scolded Zed. "I have been working my butt off here, and dammit, I want to be let in to the inner circle. I mean, what the bloody hell is being done about this, and why do you guys keep me on the outside?"

The answer I received?

"Sorry, buddy, there's nobody here but myself and Larry (another fellow who was working to maintain MGTOW sites). There is no secret cabal. It's just us two mooks, and now you."

Well, of course, I felt rather foolish. But soon we were discussing the situation and what it all entailed. Then Zed said something which hit me right between the eyes. "The powers that be are about done with feminism anyway," he said. "Pretty much all of the goals which radical feminists were promoting in the past have come to fruition, or are very near to it."

And he's right, of course. There are a few loose ends to tie up, but most of the battle has already been fought and won (by them - lost by us). The family really has been altered. Divorce is now as common as life-long monogamy. It is normal for children to come from broken homes and not have a father in their lives. Government sponsored welfare and affirmative action have replaced the husband's role, destroying the demand for marriageable men, just as Roxanne Dunbar and Kate Millet predicted back in the 1970's.

Sure, individual feminists like Amanda Marcotte still ferverently believe the battle is not close to being won, but Marcotte is merely a useful idiot. The powers that be will toss her into the furnace with the rest of the rubbish the instant that her usefulness disappears.
So, what's next? What were the original goals of this Cultural Marxist plan? Well, in regard to the ladies, it was to achieve "true equality" by putting women back into the public work force, thereby destroying the entire concept of the family. In order to do this, women must be relieved of their biology as mothers, which is why V.I. Lenin instituted such things as no-fault divorce, easy abortion, community kitchens, sewing centers, housekeeping services, and state-run daycares. The goal of this, however, was not to "empower" women. That's just what was said. Quite frankly, if you want to argue that Lenin was altruistically helping women be all they could be, you would be sorely mistaken. The goal was to take children away from their parents and bring them under the control of the state, instead of parents. Families, say Marx, Engels, Lenin and Feminists, are the founding cornerstone of Capitalism, and therefore all discrimination and oppression ultimately stems from the family.

But, no matter how much women hate men today, and no matter how much money they make shuffling papers around mindlessly in their cubicles, do you think that women would ever willingly give up their own children?

I think not!

The way to remove children from their mothers, via Marxist techniques, would be to abandon the cause of women and take up the cause of men. It can easily be pointed out now that it is men who are not treated equally, and dialectically speaking, it is quite easy to see how disenfranchised fathers could be manipulated into thinking shared-parenting (or, marriage 3.0) is in everyone's best interests, and thereby empower the government to take custody of children away from mothers and place them in the custody of the State -  who will then decide a baby-sitting schedule for the sperm and egg donors. It is also not a stretch for oversight committees to be erected to ensure the "ongoing best interests of the child." Heck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's thesis compared children in the family to the corruption Indians experienced on the reserve. That wingnut Marxist believes that the government should create a new bureaucracy to represent children separately from their parents. In other words, each child ought to have a legal-aid lawyer representing them, so that their parents don't abuse their power over them.

This is not something new, mind you. People have tried to separate parents and children before. The 2000 Supreme Court Case, Troxel et vir. v. Granville, upheld the "presumption that fit parents act in the best interests of their children." This was also previously defended back in the 1979 Supreme Court Case, Parham v. J.R..Writing back in 1979 for the majority, Chief Justice Warren Burger declared that ever since Blackstone, who wrote in 1765,  the law "has recognized that natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their children."

The idea of government taking custody of children today, however, is much greater than in the past. As the Bull Market in Anti-Feminism develops, more and more fathers are going to demand the government grants shared-parenting, which is quite obviously the foundation for government taking custody of children. Is it such a stretch of the imagination to see courts appointing government representatives - an unelected bureaucracy - instead of parents, who will decide what is "in the best interests of the child?"
Just because a backlash is developing against feminism does not mean it is a good thing, nor that it can only benefit men and society. Many of the things the MRM are requesting is in line with feminism - DV shelters for men is one example, and would only serve to increase government power in the home, not decrease it.
I can't bear the thought of men being manipulated into becoming Useful Idiots who further feminist and Marxist goals. 
Can you?

"In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them." -- Dr. Mary Jo Bane, feminist and assistant professor of education at Wellesley College and associate director of the school's Center for Research on Woman
Women's Studies 101A

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