Kept up on some of the threads the last few days and witnessed johntheother having another meltdown on there. He wrote an article about “The Gun in the Room” in 2012 and believes it’s an absolute necessity that people not only read but also agree with the piece. In it he calls out women for leaving the “gun loaded” and “pointed at men” by not taking up activism to “unload” it through changing laws he sees as unfairly impacting men. Okay. Plenty in the legal system is unfair — that’s not a question. But what are individuals really able to do? We’ve all seen how standing around with signs does very little to affect policy decisions. Even if all the citizens in this country tried pooling together funds to lobby our Congresspeople we still wouldn’t be able to compete with the funding they receive from corporate donors. And it’s that big, overarching System that’s been calling most of the shots for a long while.
Legal forms of protest are proving ineffective time and time again. Illegal forms have great potential to prove just as ineffective, especially as people angle to promote their own concerns over those of others. And most folks seem to not want to see this system destroyed, and thereby will deem MRAs and members of any other groups to be enemy combatants if they break the law in their attempts to fight back. Homeland Security’s been chomping at the bit for an excuse to kick into action — this is no secret. And what will it result in? Likely even more invasive surveillance under the guise of just trying to keep us all safe, and most folks will applaud this as necessary. Because most folks choose safety over full-fledged freedom, and that’s true of both men and women in the U.S. today. That’s just dealing with the reality of the situation.
So John wants women to do what exactly? Contact our Representatives? Play the tit-for-tat political game to no end? Help break the system? Yell at feminists? How does he expect individual women to undo so much of what’s oppressing men (or all of us)? Am I willing to stand in protest against the Selective Service requirement? Yes. Do we have rallies like that around here? Not to the best of my knowledge. Should I start one? I’d think if it’s such a pressing concern to men they’d start that ball rolling themselves.
As for so much else he takes issue with in the legal system — look, the legal system is a jumbled nightmare, in the U.S. at least. We’re better off stripping laws off the books than adding hardly any more.
But these sorts of topics require a great deal of discussion among people and no one group has all the answers and insight. Yet people are polarizing and causing communication to further break down, and this is nearly everybody’s fault and problem in some way. It seems to me the answer isn’t to just spring into political action and go battle it out with other groups in a hostile fashion. We appear to have no choice but to communicate and cooperate so far as we’re able, lest we create hell on earth (much worse than it is already). Our society can’t stand much more fighting and feuding; it’s turning people off to where they’re growing numb and feel frustratingly powerless. We see evidence of this all around. More and more people are becoming apolitical because they can’t deal with all that bullshit negativity anymore.
Which brings me to my final point. Does John’s article not also call MGTOWs to task? Because many of them have chosen to opt out of political activism and state they aren’t interested in actively furthering MRM objectives. Wouldn’t they too then be tolerating a “loaded gun” pointing in their direction? I can’t see where women have a greater obligation to do something than men in this scenario. Most womenfolk were born into this right along with the menfolk. What about us females who consider ourselves as opting out and going our own ways? Does that not count?
I just thought it was a weird oversight that John would call out women in this and yet say nothing to the male readership who also publicly declare themselves as disinterested in engaging in political battles. Perhaps his reply would point to MGTOWs opting not to date or marry, but even there many exceptions abound, hence the whole idea behind the label: men deciding for themselves and setting their own priorities and standards regardless of societal expectations. They are no more inclined toward taking action on behalf of AVfM’s goals than most women likely are.