In Defense of John Sonmez of the Bulldog Mindset

There has been quite the drama lately between Anthony Johnson and John Sonmez, Anthony Johnson of 21 Studios and John Sonmez of the Bulldog Mindset.  It appears that Anthony Johnson is trying to kick out John Sonmez as a respectable member of the manosphere, as Anthony Johnson says on the 21 Studios website:

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Are Romantic Relationships Idealistic Selfish or Both?

Jennifer Moleski posted an interesting video titled “Women Who Just Take From You” where she said (0:14 to 1:29):

“The maturity needed, required, in order to have a relationship.  So I think of the women, and men to, but the women that have the laundry list of expectations needs desires wants from a partner.  Ahh!  I hate using the word partner, that’s the indoctrination.  From a husband, and it’s just a laundry list of requirements to take from them.  I’m going to switch it and tell about two men that I knew who were just love addicts who were looking for a woman and when I asked why they said because I want someone to HOLD ME.  And I said, and let’s switch back to women with the laundry list, same thing I would say to the women as to the men, you’re going to fail at any relationship because you are looking for someone to TAKE FROM, you are not full so you need all these things in order to feel GOOD, and feel good enough to sustain the relationship.”

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Ninth Year Anniversary for Secular Patriarchy!

Without a doubt the most significant cultural event of the past year was the overturning of Roe vs. Wade on June 24, 2022.  I expected maybe Roe vs. Wade would be overturned in 10 years or something, that being consistent with an overall turn towards cultural conservatism that I expected would be happening 10 years from now, but it turns out no such gradualism was needed, that already the majority on the Supreme Court is radical enough to overturn Roe vs. Wade right now without delay.

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The End of Roe vs. Wade

Roe vs. Wade; born January 22, 1973, died June 24, 2022; just short of 50 years old.  I have noticed before big cultural changes happening every 50 years; in 1870 the end of coverture, in 1920 women’s right to vote, in 1970 the modern feminist “gender equality” idea, and in 2020 wokeness; the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism.

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The End of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States

The coronavirus pandemic is now over in the United States I would say.  The last of the major restrictions was lifted on or shortly after April 18, 2022 when U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle invalidated the nationwide mask mandate on public transportation.  You could also say that the pandemic ended on March 26, 2022 when the excess deaths went to zero, when the number of people dying in the United States was no longer above normal.

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The Moral Outlook of Traditionalism

I see myself as a traditionalist first and foremost because family life worked well in the past, much better in the past compared to today, this being provable by statistics.  What made the past work, what are the key characteristics of the past that made it work so well regarding family life and relations between men and women?  I think I would identify three main characteristics or principles that were in place in the past but not today; these being male dominance over women, women not working or more specifically not working for money, and religion or obedience to God as the central moral principle or organizing force.

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Is Patriarchy in Peril?

This is in response to the video at the 21 Studios youtube channel “Patriarchy In Peril.” 

The culture is in peril, fatherhood is in peril, respect for male authority is in peril, but that doesn’t quite mean that patriarchy is in peril; I suppose that depends on what one’s definition of patriarchy is.  You might draw a distinction between practiced male dominance or asserted male dominance and actual male dominance or fundamental underlying male dominance; the difference between men exercising authority on a routine day to day basis to keep family life and society going and the question of whether how society is operating is how men want society to be operating.  Male authority in day to day ordinary life is weak but that is how men want it to be; it is men’s choice to withdraw from the responsibilities connected to day to day practical authority assertion and that is why practiced male authority is so weak today.  This absence of asserted male authority is then why family life and relationships between men and women are so weak and continuing to decline.

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The Newly Emerging United States Fertility Crisis

The 2020 Final Birth Data report for the United States has been released.  What I was hoping for was to be able to confirm that the proportion of women of reproductive age (15 to 44 years old) who were married was finally starting to rise again, that the decline of marriage had finally ended.  If marriage had increased or stayed the same over a 3 year time span then I felt like that was enough to say that the trend of declining marriage had finally ended.  The proportion of women 15 to 44 who were married was 41.5% in 2017 and 41.6% in 2019 (down from 71.1% in 1960).  So I was eager to see what the ratio was in 2020; if it was 41.5% or higher; if so that would have meant that marriage had stopped declining in the United States after continuously falling since 1955.  Well, no such luck, the ratio fell to 41.2% in 2020.

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Feminism as the Erasure of God

Did I chose to be a feminist in my younger years, say from birth to my mid-20s?  I certainly was a feminist, or at least would consider myself to be feminist from my current point of view.  The funny thing is, I never made a conscious choice between patriarchy and feminism.  I didn’t think to myself, is patriarchy better or is feminism better?  Feminism was simply common sense or basic fairness.  Patriarchy was not even an available world view.  Maybe patriarchy meant men being in charge or men being dominant, men telling women what to do, and that was ugly and selfish; that was about as far as it went in my thinking, in my understanding of things.

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Masculine and Feminine Pride versus Patriarchy

On November 1, 2021 Scott Yenor gave an impressive speech at the National Conservatism Conference, the same venue Josh Hawley spoke at the prior day (October 31, 2021), titled “The Family Form That Nations Need.”

This speech was better than the one Josh Hawley gave, it spoke more directly against the harms of feminism and was more clear in the moral prescriptions and goals necessary to reverse the harms of feminism.  It actually advocated for women’s feminine purpose in the family and directly attacked the career woman ethos.  Pretty radical stuff.  It was hard for me to believe that a venue as mainstream as the National Conservatism Conference had invited him to speak at their event.

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