The Southern Poverty Law Center is Creepy
I have a piece up at Good Men Project covering the Southern Poverty Law Center’s attack on the Manosphere. In other news, whorefinder has been placed on suicide watch.
The SPLC published a quarterly Intelligence Report in which it, in three separate articles, characterizes many Manosphere blogs and websites as hate groups or extremists. At the GMP piece:
- Roosh, whose site was mentioned in the SPLC’s report, is quoted and displays the expected fuck ‘em flare. The fact that Roosh’s site was included on the list sort of shows that the SPLC’s hate classification algorithm is flawed. Roosh argues that his and sites like Heartiste are concerned with men improving themselves which leads to more orgasms for a women.
- Alek Novy has already popped up in the comments sections at GMP in order to discredit Roosh and Game. The value of Game – though we can argue that it isn’t exactly ethical or virtuous – is that it is diametrically opposed to violence against women. Game and seduction try to cure men of “one-itis”, and “one-itis” is the most common cause of violence against women. Feminists don’t like Game, though, and they aren’t overjoyed by this very positive byproduct of Game because men who turn against “one-itis” aren’t doing it for what feminists would consider the right reasons. Feminists want men to not harm women because they so value women; gamers want men to not harm women because they so value themselves.
- The SPLC calls sites like In Mala Fide, Roosh, A Voice for Men, and The Spearhead “misogyny” sites. Just accepting that characterization for the sake of argument, Morris Dees, the group’s founder, has exhibited more misogyny in his lifetime than any of the proprietors of those blogs and probably far more than 99% of the commenters at those blogs. Though I didn’t cite him, blogger Robert Lindsay has written in the past about Dees’ depravity as elucidated in Dees’ divorce documents. I called SPLC and spoke to a young woman in the public relations office that said she couldn’t refer me to anyone inside the office to address my question about the validity of the divorce documents, nor did the organization call me back, despite the woman telling me they would. Dees is a sham and his organization is the civil rights version of those late night BET commercials peddling green prayer cloths. It’s about marketing fear and increasing the scope of the so-called mission. It’s only for this reason that the SPLC – which does have influence with leftists and law enforcement – has loosened their definition of hate groups and extremists to include the Manosphere. The KKK is dead so the group has had to gin up fear somehow.
- The Manosphere is good for men in that it helps them blow off steam. Ubiquitous porn is correlated with fewer sex crimes against women; a place for a man to express some of his frustrations about sex or feminism or misandry is better than a man who is relegated only to the forum in his head.
- The groups that SPLC typically confronts are organized. The KKK, neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam – all of them have meetings and P.O. Boxes and uniforms and hierarchies. The Manosphere has none of those things. There might be some hate within the Manosphere, but there is no organization and no will to commit violence.
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