The 'Men Going Their Own Way' movement is the Taliban of the manosphere - 2021-02-21

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F0.png The 'Men Going Their Own Way' movement is the Taliban of the manosphere February 21, 2021, Tony Parsons, GQ

Out on the wilder shores of the manosphere, they talk constantly about the red pill and the blue pill. Derived from a scene in The Matrix, taking the blue pill lets you live your life in blissful ignorance of the monstrous reality of the wicked world, while necking the red pill opens your eyes to reveal the awful truth. Dream world or real world: it's your choice. As rebel leader Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) explained it to Neo (Keanu Reeves) in 1999, "You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

But out in the manosphere – far too often a digital sewer for 50,000 shades of misogyny – "taking the red pill" means that a guy has opened his eyes to the "bitter truth" about women. Namely: women are not simply pieces of meat; women are pieces of poisoned meat and they will lie about you, end your career, suck your bank account dry, wreck your life and send you to a cell with some other blameless soul that got on the wrong side of the sisters, like that nice Harvey Weinstein. "The red pill represents a new phase in online misogyny," wrote Donna Zuckerberg, author of Not All Dead White Men. Red-pill believers, says Zuckerberg, "not only mock and belittle women; they also believe that in our society men are oppressed by women".

From the incels (involuntary celibates) to the PUAs (pick-up artists), nobody on the manosphere is quite as obsessed with the red-pill concept as the boys in MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way), who aspire to live their lives without contact with women. The MGTOW (pronounced "mig-tau") who achieve total enlightenment are said to be "going monk", which does what it says on the tin. Going monk is the black belt in giving up women.

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{{cite news | first = Tony | last = Parsons | title = The 'Men Going Their Own Way' movement is the Taliban of the manosphere | url = https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/politics/article/men-going-their-own-way-movement | work = GQ | date = February 21, 2021 | accessdate = October 15, 2022 }}