share now a portion of an e-mail sent to a correspondent in Europe, who wished for an overview of anti-feminist developments in the United States. Actually, I sent this to two different people: I copied the text I'd sent to correspondent A., and pasted it to correspondent B in a separate e-mail so as to save the work of writing the same story twice. I believe that such a summary would be helpful to a lot of Americans as well, who don't always have the big picture. Why, even feminists may benefit, since they are the most woefully "illiterate" ones of all as concerns matters MRM and non-feminist. Yes...I'm looking at YOU, Schwyzer!
"So. . . you ask about the state of things, antifeminist-wise, in the USA. All right, first the short answer:
"Scattered and fragmented. The rest is details. . .
"So now, the details - or some of them anyway.
"Antifeminism in the USA is currently a grassroots popular movement among "unpopular" people. Nevertheless, it shows signs of slow and steady growth. Emphasis on the word steady. The "slow" part just might be changing. Hopefully.
"Only in Europe, I think, is it currently conceivable to start a well-publicized organization with the word "antifeminist" in its name. Such a thing would be unheard of in the USA, and pretty sure it would be unheard of in England as well - or almost anywhere in the Anglosphere.
"Americans in particular are very conservative and don't like to rock the boat. They don't want to be associated with anything "radical". Americans are slow to accept new ideas, and once they do, they are equally slow to let go of them, even if they are not such good ideas after all! And feminism seems to be one of those ideas. Call this cultural inertia.
"The grassroots antifeminist trend in the USA is growing from many different centers, and these centers are gradually becoming aware of each other. But they are still far from being linked into any kind of effective political device. A lot of people, individually, don't like feminism, or don't like the results of feminism which they see in the world. Some of them are developing a keen analysis of the situation, while others are just barely opening their eyes and not able to put things into words yet.
"It is socially not cool to criticize feminism in mainstream everyday life, and for plenty of people (I would say most) feminism is a "no go" subject altogether. They just don't talk about it, full stop.
"However, the social undercurrent of discontent is growing - as anybody who watches the internet can soon figure out. On the internet, people speak their minds freely.
"I am happy to say that the activities of internet MRAs are doing quite a bit to fan the flames, both in the USA and elsewhere, although the exact percentage of this is hard to estimate. I am sure that other forces are producing this effect as well. A lot is happening, more than one person can possibly know about.
"I am certain that there are far more enemies of feminism who have never heard the term 'MRA', than there are people who call themselves MRAs. And there are also a lot of MRAs who refuse to call themselves MRAs!
"In addition to the populistic grassroots, there are actual political orgs and lobbying groups in the USA, but as I suggested earlier, they are not ostensively "anti-feminist". Generally, they are reform movements working on various separate issues (father's rights, family rights, paternity fraud, etc etc..). These issues are not "feminism" per se, but they all pertain to the feminist socio-political power structure in some way - the "femplex", as I call it. And so, as you might expect, the feminists see such groups and orgs as enemies!
"SOME of the members of these groups and orgs, if you talk to them privately, will agree that feminism is the enemy. OTHER members of these groups, however, don't appear to "see the elephant"; they just see the immediate issue they are working on.
"I'm afraid that the 2 major political parties are currently not much help at all. That is the consensus of most MRAs in the USA.
"And most MRAs will tell you that "right" and "left" don't amount to anything either: feminism extends through the entire political spectrum even if it takes a different form on the right than on the left.
"Right and Left feminists might despise each other in a lot of ways, but neither of them is about to do men, as a group, any favors. Some of the worst anti-male legislation in this country was supported by both liberals and conservatives, for example, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
"Also, there is plenty of organized corruption, and shady money to be made, within the various feminist-tainted institutional structures. Plenty of crooks want to keep things just the way they are, because they find this profitable.
"That's the USA picture in broad outline, as it now stands.
"You ask about the MRA blogs. Yes, they are doing quite well, and new ones are regularly appearing. My own blog has a solid core of readers -- about two-thirds USA and one-third international -- which is slowly but steadily growing. And there is nobody anywhere who does quite exactly what I am doing.
"Websites such as the Spearhead and the False Rape Society are getting a LOT of traffic. Reddit Men's Rights is also a big draw.
"You should keep a sharp eye on this one:
"All right, so what is going to make things move in the USA?
"One: continued recruitment by way of the grassroots and word of mouth; in other words, just what we have been doing all along. But hopefully, doing it better.
"Two: the organization of men as a self-aware political force in the realm of electoral politics. Elected politicians will learn to respect the male vote when there IS a male vote. And there have recently been signs that men are starting to wake up in this way -- still embryonic, but promising. Also, an organization called the Men's Voting Alliance (MVA) has recently started up, which I take to be a sign of the times! The MVA has an excellent lobbying platform, but of course they don't call themselves "antifeminist" -- that wouldn't be respectable in the USA, you know! ;)
"Three: a pro-male force in academia. The Male Studies initiative seeks to create such a force, to establish a new academic discipline which is no longer under the thumb of feminist ideology. Their second conference will be held this coming Spring, and I have heard that they have had some successes even since their first conference.
"Well, that wraps it up for now."