Well, it was 3 years ago today that I launched this website here Secular Patriarchy. The interest in this website has been maintained pretty well despite the slow rate of new postings; total views so far of 118,000 (34,000 the first year, 46,000 the second year, and 38,000 this third year). The site hasn’t gotten any big time publicity during the past year from Reddit or FSTDT (Fundies Say The Damndest Things). Interestingly enough there has been a flurry of comments at my website just recently; an MRA (Men’s Rights Activist) type has been arguing with the feminist minded women and traditional minded women at my website. Historically I haven’t had that many commenters or that many comments. I wonder if going forward that will change, if for some reason different people will want to “get involved” more and actually comment at my website. Maybe hopefully what I am saying and advocating for is no longer viewed as being so “strange” where people, especially men, get the feeling that they want to “stay away.”
The biggest change in my own thinking during this past year is that MRAs and the Manosphere actually represent newly emerging patriarchy rather than just being the male version of feminism; that MRAs and the Manosphere are an actual backlash against feminism rather than being a continuation of feminism, that they are 1st wave patriarchy rather than being 4th wave feminism. Earlier when I saw MRAs as just being feminism for men the near complete absence of traditionalism in the secular sphere was a great mystery to me. Why was religion so much better at creating a healthy functional view of the world than what atheists were able to come up with or put together?
When looking at the secular side of things I was only able to see a very very small amount of traditionalism or support for gender roles while when looking at the religious side the support for traditional gender roles was huge by comparison. If however you add in the MRAs and Manosphere overall combined with the very very small amount of actual real support for traditionalism among secular people then the secular side and the religious side are more equal to each other, they are more equal in terms of their anti-feminism. The difference between the secular side and the religious side is that the religious side is much more higher functioning and much more intellectually developed in terms of how proper relationships between men and women should be. The secular side has a lot of low quality low functioning patriarchy while the religious side’s patriarchy is of much higher quality and is higher functioning but both the secular side and the religious side have roughly equal levels of patriarchy or anti-feminism overall.
This then allowed me to see that I myself was actually a part of the wider MRA phenomenon; that I was a high functioning highly developed MRA but still an MRA nonetheless. That the MRAs / Manosphere will merge with the Christian Patriarchy point of view eventually.
Roosh V seems to be the biggest most powerful man in the Manosphere at the current time. Just recently on April 25, 2016 he published a post with the title “The Alpha Provider” that may give some hope that the Manosphere is moving in the right direction, of actually advocating that men be both leaders and breadwinners in their families.
The emergence of Donald Trump is also a big deal. Donald Trump seems to be a manosphere type, kind of alt-right with some manosphere added in. It seems that old-line social conservatism is dead and it is being replaced by manosphere / alt-right / Christian Complementarian – Christian Patriarchy conservatism. Old-line social conservatism was “part of the system” while the new forms of social conservatism are reactionary against the system, reactionary against feminism and the overall “liberal order.” Donald Trump is reactionary against “the established order” rather than merely being the conservative side of the established order.
How I see things on the one hand you have the Legacy Culture and on the other hand you have the God Revival. The Legacy Culture is where you have feminism and so called “gay marriage”; The Legacy Culture is going downhill and deteriorating like it has been doing for a long long time, since 1850 or so. On the other side you have the God Revival which is the reaction against the pathology that has taken over The Legacy Culture. The Legacy Culture is the dominant culture or the mainstream culture but it is dying and will be overtaken and eventually totally replaced by the now emerging God Revival. The God Revival got started around 1995; 1995 being when many social indicators suddenly slowed down in their rate of deterioration. At this point the health of the God Revival is actually growing faster than the sickness of The Legacy Culture is growing; in other words the net benefit coming from the growth of the God Revival is now greater than the net loss coming from the continuing deterioration of The Legacy Culture. The tipping point being around 2009 after which many social indicators started to show absolute improvement. Since 2009 the out-wedlock birth ratio having declined from 41.0% to 40.2% in 2014; married women in the workforce declining from 61.4% in 2009 to 58.4% in 2014; the divorce rate going from 52.6% in 2010 to 45.8% in 2014; the incarceration rate going from 506 in 2008 to 471 in 2014 (here in the United States).
I see myself personally and this blog as being part of the God Revival overall, more specifically being a part of the Manosphere, aligning myself more with the Christian side of things and trying to stay away from the alt-right, not liking the white supremacist stuff that is too much a part of the alt-right.
Alas I still have to focus mostly on my personal life right now, I have to develop myself to be able to take on the responsibilities of being a husband and then hopefully marry the woman I wish to marry (yes I have a specific woman in mind as my hoped for future wife).