I knew if I spoke critically of the “The Manosphere” I would encounter some angry men. My column today at Patheos, “Complementarity, Not Competition” has already brought out a few to make my point for me.
Here’s a taste:
There is a corner of the internet known as the “manosphere.” In a backlash to perceived cultural bias against men due to the mainstreaming of feminist principles, some men, feeling oppressed and trampled into submission by strong women, are pushing back by schooling one another in masculinity. They write advice blogs on mastering the “Venusian arts” or the art of seducing women, by asserting their authority, physical strength, attractiveness, and intelligence, in order to acquire “Alpha” status in comparison to their male peers.
Some personalities in the manosphere write mainly to other single men, but there are some married proponents as well, who suggest that becoming more of an Alpha male will improve their marriage. I don’t disagree. Husbands should know how to lure their wives happily to bed. They should know how to lead a family with authority and respect. They should understand women’s hormonal cycles and respond accordingly, or refuse to respond with alarm, as is often a more appropriate course of action. And above all, they should be happy about being men.
The married portion of the manosphere has gained traction among some Christian and Catholic men, who perhaps raised in broken homes, are looking for male role models as they strive to build a marriage and a family that will last.
So what’s wrong with the manosphere?