I took a nose dive into the world of the subreddit “Manosphere”, here’s what I found...
Let’s set the scene: You’re up way too late, laying in bed with your laptop on your chest. Your nose is six inches from the screen. Netflix got boring and you ate too many Mega Stuf Oreos. You’re scrolling catatonically through your various feeds, switching back and forth between them until it becomes clear that there is nothing worth looking at and you are forced to give up, close your eyes, and quietly panic about your inability to fall asleep.
In the utter hopelessness that is re-opening your laptop after flailing around in bed for an hour, you turn yourself over to the dark side of the internet in the form of MRA subreddit /r/TheRedPill, for a laugh or a scare or what could blossom into a fascination similar to the one you have with extreme fast food experiences and those videos where they shoot things at girls’ asses in slow motion.
If you’ve never experienced TheRedPill, the sidebar description calls it a “discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.” If it sounds like the classic pick-up artist line with a culty personal development twist, that’s because it basically is. The goal of this particular forum is not so much simply to get laid as it is to gain a sense of personal power in one’s relationships with women, or, perhaps less generously, to be protected from the indignity of vulnerability and potential heartbreak via strategic deployment of traditional gender roles toward relationships based primarily on male sexual satisfaction.
There are plenty of other blogs and subreddits in what they call the “Manosphere,” linked to in the sidebar, possessing different degrees of anti-feminist and/or anti-women vitriol. There’s a list of must-read articles, theoretical foundations, and requirements for posting on the sub. There’s even a /r/RedPillWomen, a /r/RedPillParenting, and an entire sub where men can /r/thankTRP for transforming them from shivery betas to strong, self-assured Men.