I'm grateful on one count. I haven't seen the stream of profanity rip through the comments section here that was why I was initially hesitant to link to any manosphere posts in the first place. In fact there haven't been many comments at all (I'm hoping the one commenter who did bring up some points comes back and reads the questions I left for him... none of the manosphere men who came over so far felt compelled to answer them. Edited to add: lots of great comments and explanations now.).
To sum up the comments directed at me I've been told that I need to ponder the words:
"A man who is more concerned with being a good man than being good at being a man makes a very well-behaved slave."Obviously the author and I would disagree in that I whole heartedly believe that a man can be morally good and masculine. I do not believe those two realms are mutually exclusive or that being honorable means that one will be a "well-behaved slave." Let's the look at the epoch of masculinity and virtue in history and what do we see? The chivalrous knight who is no mans slave, but is the picture of masculinity and virtue.
I headed over to the next major source of hits to find my blog had apparently been noticed by Dalrock, who I believe was the blogger who spent quite a bit of time taking issue with the Darwin Catholics last week. In Darlock's world I apparently suffer from "Trad Con Tourette's Syndrome (TCTS)" where I "involuntarily" blurt our "feminist slogans and/or pedestalizing women." Apparently this means I "claim" to be a traditional conservative (actually all I claim to be is "Catholic" because I'll admit, I'm not 100% conservative although for the most part I find myself agreeing with them more than any other party) while having the "compulsive need" to write "feminist slogans."
I would quote more but then the profanity and derogatory terms start, along with an analysis of how my "outward appearance" is one thing, and how my words contradict how I present myself to the world. There's also a claim that I mock traditional sex roles (because I said we shouldn't be considered as mere "serving wenches"...).
Sigh. Let's see if I can explain this (don't worry guys, I don't expect you to agree with me, although I'd appreciate if you at drop the profanity if you comment here).
You're not going to find me placing anyone on a pedestal. We're all human. We all live in a fallen world. We all fall, far, far short of perfection. We make mistakes. We disappoint ourselves and the people around us. However I believe that every person, by virtue of their humanity, deserves a basic level of respect. You don't have to go out and marry that girl with a past. In fact, if either of you are hung up on the other's past and can't work through it, then it's probably best you both move on. But I don't believe you should go around degrading another person, male or female. They're human. They've made mistakes. So have you. Move on. Don't let the mistakes of other people warp your world view so that you believe that all women are base creatures good only for satisfying men's desires.
There's not a contradiction between my words and how I present myself to the world, as Darlock proclaims, because I've always been adamant that there most certainly is a right and a wrong in this world and that I believe moral relativism is one of the great blight's of our society. I do strive to live by what I believe is good and true and to avoid what is evil. I also believe it's right to treat other's with respect. I believe it's right to try to lift other's up to what they can be and to treat them as they are, made in the image of God.
Legally I think the manosphere has some great points and I agree with many of them (no-fault divorce?.. Yeah...).
But what do I know? My brain's probably been addled by all those "syndromes" that Darlock's pretty sure I suffer from.
If I only I could get Thomist to take a break from Law School to write a guest post on this subject. He's had me laughing hysterically as I read a few quotes with his own list of possible blogger "syndromes." Alas, I can't quite convince him that a guest post is more important than getting ready for an upcoming debate.