Avoiding the Broken Window Effect

How we treat other men is a community quality indicator.

Readership: Regular readers; Those who are interested in the Christian Manosphere.
Length: 3,000 words
Reading Time: 10 minutes

“Feminism is a disease of envy.  It spreads via women due to the temptation to envy the position of men.  For men, it spreads via the temptation to declare oneself the only real man, as other men aren’t worthy of respect.”

Dalrock: “No respect.” (2017 December 14)

Introduction

The Broken Window Theory is a theory in psychology that describes human behavior as a manifestation of the environment, and vice versa. This theory states that an ordered and clean environment—one that is maintained—sends the signal that the area is monitored and that criminal behavior is not tolerated. As a result, the area is less likely to attract mischief. Conversely, a disordered environment—one that is not maintained (broken windows, excessive litter, graffiti, etc.)—sends the signal that the area is not monitored, and that criminal behavior has little risk of detection. The result is that criminal behavior is more likely to occur.

A corollary to the broken windows theory states that an area that is in disrepair attracts rascals, refuse, vandalism, and so on. Whereas, an area that is carefully maintained is more likely to be seen as someone’s “home” or private property, and will be treated accordingly.

This theory assumes that the landscape “communicates” a message to people about the status of the area. A broken window is used as a figurative representation that transmits several messages about the community.

  • It displays negligence, carelessness, and/or a lack of awareness.
  • The owner/community is poor, defenseless, and vulnerable.
  • The owner/community is unable or unwilling to defend itself against the trespassing of boundaries.
  • There is a lack of cohesiveness among the people within. Neighborhoods with a strong sense of cohesion fix broken windows and assert social responsibility on themselves—effectively giving themselves control over their space.
  • Overall, it indicates a lack of informal social control.

The slow deterioration of a community as a result of the Broken Window Effect modifies the way people behave when it comes to their communal space, which in turn breaks down community control. This process is outlined as follows.

  1. Under the impression that a broken window left unfixed signifies dereliction and decadence, outsiders recognize the shabbiness as a place where they can abuse the social order and “dump their trash”.
  2. Addicts, charlatans, drunks, feminists, grifters, mendicants, players, prostitutes, rowdy teenagers, Racial firebrands, SJW hawks, whoremongers, Woke wankers, and other seedy characters slowly begin to gravitate towards and make their way into the community.
  3. The community fails to assert informal social control, and these characters begin to assume more confidence in subverting the social order.
  4. A Tragedy of the Commons ensues.
  5. Residents begin to change the way they see their community, and become less willing to invest in the welfare and maintenance thereof.
  6. As shady characters inflict further damage and ruin, members of the community become afraid of worse things happening.
  7. In an attempt to stay safe, individuals start to spend less time in communal space to avoid potential violent attacks by strangers. As a result, they spend less time in the streets to avoid these subjects, and feel increasingly disconnected from their community if the problems persist.
  8. A cohesive community starts to fall apart.
  9. A self-perpetuating cycle ensues, which goes back to (1).

As our readers already know, western society is already several cycles into this dissolution.

Men need to defend the interests of other men

We are inclined to stand by and watch the mess unfold and say it is out of our control. But there are things men can do to preserve their community, even if that community only includes a small men’s fellowship group or their own family.

For example, most of us have been taught from a young age that men should be standing up for the interests and welfare of women, but as we have learned from Dalrock et al., this can disintegrate into Chivalry and man bashing rather easily. Instead of acutely focusing on the wants and needs of women (who are never fully satisfied), men need to promulgate and defend the interests and domains of other men.

Of note, courtship, marriage, marital sanctity, and procreation are personal domains representing an acute interest of men that needs to be emphasized and explored. I’ll cover this in more detail further down.

Men should not judge other men by womens’ standards

I need to clarify that last Friday’s post, The Feminine Christian Marriage Quadrilemma (2021-07-16) is mansplaining women’s perspectives. It doesn’t address men’s viewpoint on the issue, but it does offer some insights that might be of value to men, especially fathers who need some good mental fodder to feed their daughters.

Under this post, Lastmod wrote,

“Jack… Doesn’t this whole post come down to pretty much (and if I am wrong, you will correct me) in the modern Christian world:

Men, be in the top 20% by the time you are of age and you won’t really notice there is a problem, and if there is one…. well, the rest just need to “step up” and be like them.”

I would never say what Lastmod wrote. The reason is because what he wrote is essentially a “Man up!” quip, and it’s insulting to men. I don’t mean to “politely” imply that message either. I do try to inspire men to have the courage to do the things they need to be doing, but that is not intended to be taken as a condescending “Man up!” lecture.

I disagree with this viewpoint because ultimately, it assumes that a man’s whole purpose and value in life is based on whether he can have a Meet Cute, or get laid, or whatever, and that men who don’t (or can’t) are “lesser men” who are not worthy of respect (c.f. Dalrock’s quotation at top). Thus, it sets up women and women’s imperatives as the collective judge of men’s character. In other words, it is gynocentric, as are many of the viewpoints common to the Manosphere.

It is clear that Lastmod disagrees with the information given around the Manosphere, because he often points out how ridiculous and impossible it is, but he is correct to identify various symptoms of the disease of feminism within it — how men judge other men in terms of their “success” with women, and how this foments bitterness and envy.

To make this point clear, I’ll quote something Lastmod wrote a while back. [edited for clarity]

“The “real man red pill christian man-o-sphere” is just a place where action means nothing and what matters is how much of a hit with the ladies you are, or how they look at you matters more than anything. Who can shut down or put down someone faster than someone else… and they call this intelligence or leadership. This is the norm… Hence why men are not “banging on the doors” here to become Christian… or even learn about it.”

It is clear that Lastmod thinks the Christian Manosphere is all about scoring with women by some metric. He is objecting to this, which is correct, but the fact that he is objecting to this tells me that he believes it is true. It’s also clear that he feels rejected. This is a sad indicator of our world today.

This is exactly why I am diligent in keeping the comments section respectful and dignified. I am proud to say that no one on this blog has insulted him (nor anyone else) beyond whatever might be constituted by a disagreement. I won’t allow it because it’s a crack in the Broken Window dynamic.

Case Study 1 — Oscar defends the dignity of men

Oscar shared this powerful anecdote with us in a comment.

“I’ve been dropping some of the truths we discuss here at the men’s Bible study at church. I’ve been surprised at the response. I thought I might get run out of church, but the opposite has happened.

The last time we met, I dropped the “70% of divorces are filed by women” fact. Three of the men – who rarely speak up, and I didn’t even know were divorced – told about their horrible experiences with being shoved through the meat grinder.

You should’ve seen the looks on their faces when I said that the “women are responders” line was cruel to decent men who were divorced by their wives. Those guys looked like, “Holy crap! Someone finally said it!”

This is awesome! Men need to say/do things like this on the regular.

What is the purpose and overall impact of the Christian Manosphere?

In another comment, Lastmod brought up the idea of a mission statement.

Now, I can see how a person might think that this whole blog is gynocentric, or sex-centric, but the purpose is more about devising an accurate “mental map” of the Mating Market Place (marriage in particular), and effective “wife management” (and daughters too), rather than trying to measure up to women’s expectations, or getting laid, or what not, as is the focus of most other internet media catering to male interests.*

Also, men should be encouraging and exhorting other men. Doing the opposite is the same as falling victim to the feminist disease of envy, and that is a sin! This cannot be emphasized enough.

* I do believe that there are a number of men who are called by God to marriage and family (including myself), so for men like this, there is more of a valid reason for gauging his performance with a hat tip to its impact on women as a type of feedback look. But in general, this is an inversion of priorities according to God’s archetype of authority (i.e. Headship).

Case Study 2 — Scott and Jason

Earlier this year, Scott went to California on business. While he was there, he made the effort to meet with Jason (AKA Lastmod). The Natural reaches out to the Underdog! During their meeting, they were able to attain a mutual respect for each other.

Since then, Scott and Jason have continued their dialogue online, and Jason’s general outlook on life has seen a remarkable improvement. He is also more diligent in expressing himself well. Many times readers have agreed with his views, especially as of late.

I am really touched and personally inspired by this.

Some readers may not like Scott for whatever various reasons, but actions speak louder than words.

This is what men need to be doing, and not c0ck blocking, or “My N count is larger than yours!” or “My Red Pill is redder than yours!” etc.

The Christian Manosphere should be defending Marriage and Family

As of late, the very idea of marriage has become anathema! This is partly due to all the talk around the ‘sphere about how marriage is to be avoided at all costs.

When we look at the social context in western society, this is sound advice on the face of it. This advice is intended to shield men from the tragedies common to marriage today. But ultimately, it is also a dead end that cuts men and women off from marriage and family. Blindly following this advice would prevent any possible joy, legacy, sanctification, or contentment that might otherwise have been found through marriage.

We should also remember 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

This is kind of like what feminists tell women under the age of 26 to do – avoid marriage. In fact, the opposite is true. Women should be getting married before the age of 26. Not doing so compromises the sanctity of marriage.

I take the same opposite approach, but I’m not going to let readers be ignorant about what that involves.

So in response to all those voices saying, “Marriage is a bad deal. Avoid it at all costs!”, I say, “Following God is more important.” That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy nor without problems and disappointments.

This is not the same as a “Man Up (and marry that slore)!” lecture, because only God should be the judge of your convictions, not some random manospherian commenter.

So let’s not reject marriage out of a reactionary fear of societal forces. Let’s give God a chance.

Based Media Sources that cover Marriage and Family

Dalrock made his mark as a Manosphere personality who defended the dignity of men and the sanctity of marriage fully from a Christian viewpoint. Nowadays, there is a modest number of blogs, podcasts, or YouTube channels that are still pushing marriage and discussing how to make it work.

Here’s a short list of a few sources that endorse marriage and family to varying degrees of intensity.

Readers are welcome to add others to this list.

Again, a lot of male spaces routinely condemn marriage, or at best, tiptoe around the idea of marriage. They’re not picking the problems of modern marriage apart in great detail. They are not theorizing many “solutions” or “strategies”. They’re not leaving that option open to men. They’re throwing rocks at a man’s castle before he’s even begun to build it.

The Measure of a Man is His Readiness in Taking Action in Obedience to His Life Calling

I need to address one last issue. Lastmod asked,

“How does a young man navigate this? I mean, it seems to be just becoming an “elite” thing for top men and women who just happened to fall out of the womb with the genetics, qualities, and traits that drive this market now.”

The fact is, the grand majority of men don’t have that much latitude in being among the top 20%. There are only about 10-20% of men who are not “visible” to women, but who are also in a position where they could improve themselves enough to become “visible” to women. Deep Strength’s blog (Christianity and Masculinity) is geared towards that small demographic.

Since Lastmod said he is basically Black Pill/MGTOW, he (and other men like him) might do well to take an armchair philosopher’s approach to the matter (which Lastmod is already doing quite well), or else, ignore such advice altogether.

Judging by the nature of Lastmod’s many comments, here is the thing that I think is very difficult for him and many other men to grasp. Many real-world solutions cannot be found by taking an armchair philosopher’s approach. The reason is because a man can get stymied in the contradictory logic, the dilemmas, the conundrums… (which have been covered fairly well here), and then he never makes any real progress. It just doesn’t work that way.

Instead, a man has to start where ever he is, using whatever he’s got, and work from there. He must be driven by his conviction, and be sensitive to whatever opportunities he can find through faith. He cannot try to mastermind his whole life before he begins to do anything. Thinking about things too much will make him blind to what is happening in the NOW. I wrote about this in Taking Headship by Force (2021-05-26), under the section entitled, “Get Action!”.

The beautiful magic of taking action first and then thinking it over along the way is that unexpected things happen and things change. Meanwhile, you’re making a little progress on something. Now, if a man is not finding any opportunities in life in which to exercise faith and “do something” that has spiritual significance, then he needs to make some major changes in his life. (That is partly why I traveled to China and Taiwan.) A man has to follow his deeper convictions and go to (or create) an environment where things will click for him.

The Christian Manosphere should be offering a roadmap about how this works, outlining the potential pitfalls, and what is to be expected.

Conclusions

Men are suffering from the disease of feminism, which is the habit of judging men by gynocentric standards, that is to say, men who are attractive to women are seen to be better men. This contributes to the Broken Window effect within the men’s community, both online and IRL. Men need to get out of this habit and censure other men who do so.

Instead of being held to a gynocentric standard of value, men should be judged by whether they are fulfilling their God ordained calling in life. Men who are not doing so should be regarded as men who need fellowship, mentorship, and guidance, and not simply ridiculed and dismissed as “deadbeat dads”, purposeless buffoons, and/or lazy weaklings.

How we treat other men is a community quality indicator. It’s also displays the community’s general stance towards male authority and headship. Ultimately, it characterizes the community’s fear of God.

The Christian Manosphere should be leading the wider ‘sphere in the display of respect to all men and the promulgation of men’s prime interests according to each man’s calling.

That includes marriage.

Exit Questions

  1. Does the Christian Manosphere suffer from the disease of feminism? If so, then call it out.
  2. What are some other authors, blogs, podcasts, or YouTube channels (that are not mentioned above) that support and defend marriage (i.e. Biblical Headship)?
  3. Do the men your church/men’s group fellowship extend mutual respect and enthusiastically support comradery among men?

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37 Responses to Avoiding the Broken Window Effect

  1. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Jack, I believe what you have written follows the story of the fall quite well. Eve in her envy disobeys God and Adam follows with his own sin of listening to Eve. Your post details that feminism is premised on being envious of men and that men then follow women’s standards (ie listening to women) when interacting with and judging each other.

    You are correct that they only way out of this cycle is for men to fully reject female standards for men’s behavior and then rediscover God’s standards for men’s lives. Being submissive to God’s commands, working out your faith, being diligent in studying God’s word, disciplining yourself to desire prayer because it is our primary means of connecting with our relational savior, these are the types of attributes that are of lasting consequence for all men. If you are married, you can add managing your household well, providing for your family, teaching your children (and your wife in many cases) to fear God, asserting headship in a loving understanding way and being faithful to your spouse (regardless of her behavior). When men start using these standards to judge other men we will get an entirely different pecking order.

    The RUF minister I mentioned in a comment yesterday did summer work for a man who outwardly did not appear to be much. He had not finished high school and ran a small house painting business to provide for his family. The RUF minister was his summer help. This is the man that the RUF minister said taught him more about God and the gospel than any other person including his father who was a Baptist minister that taught college bible courses at a Christian college. By feminist standards the painter would be largely derided, but he is who we should aspire to be.

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  2. Eric Francis Silk says:

    An interesting thing about 1 Timothy 4:3 is that the original Greek word that most English versions translate as “forbid” can also be translated as “hinder”.

    “They will hinder marriage and require abstinence from certain foods that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth”.

    The difference is that forbidding something is an active, conscious decision. Hindering something can be done unknowingly and indirectly.

    What this means is that many more people are guilty of this than we thought. Indeed our whole culture is guilty of it.

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  3. Lastmod says:

    When I was a young buck, with a nice blonde ‘Loreal’ gelled hair at IBM, knotted tie…….departments would ask each other “Are we doing a good job?” and the reply would always be “Yes, we’re doing a good job”

    Well…..the truth is, we were not. Sure, paperwork was moved. Paychecks didn’t bounce. Good healthcare….but the reality was OUTSIDE of IBM a radically changing world of how we use computers, and the placement of them into not just for booking flights and banking….but for everything.

    IBM was totally blind-sided by this, and I worked at a huge Silicon Valley IBM manufacturing facility in San Jose. The people working THERE should have known better.

    Windows 95 showed up, the cost of storage plummeted, the Internet falling into the hands of everyday folks…growing appeal, and ease of use and GETTING it at home…..a massive, pent-up pile of money for VC investing that had been growing for years……computing and “high tech” changed overnight. IBM had no idea this was coming because they were too busy on the inside…their own “sphere” of saying “are we doing a good job?” and the always punch-card reply of “Yes, we are doing a good job.”

    The man-o-sphere has at times fallen into this type of thinking.

    Now, I know there were other factors besides what I mentioned above that contributed to the whole “dot.com / 1990’s high-tech revolution” (books have and more could be written about this). Being on the inside at IBM, IN the Silicon Valley during those times, I had a different view. IBM was totally shocked, surprised, and rocked hard and had “no idea” what was happening out there….and IF people did at IBM…..it was the “preconceived” notions they held, that still justified the “Are we doing a good job? / Yes we are doing a good job.” stances.

    Yes, IBM did adjust and became (and still is viable in the world market) a player still in that world, and what emerged after it (IBM isn’t up front, it’s the man behind the curtain even to this day…so much back-end storage / info management is owned, and run by IBM.

    Anyway……the sphere has to be careful of “are we doing a good job?” / “yes. we are doing a good job” mindset.

    I enjoyed this post btw

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  4. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    I decided to interrupt my vacation for this great post, JACK!
    & to add this to the discussion!!
    Here’s some words from a certain man on our old friend Zippy Catholic’s site from 12/30/12.

    “I can respect all codes of honor, and I have pre-redacted this post for you. 🙂

    Like Ishmael said in the above MOBY [REDACTED] GREATBOOK, “better to sleep with a sober pagan dan a drunken christian”.

    zlzoozozz{Laugh a lot he did!!}

    “I stood looking at him for a moment. For all his tattooing he was on the whole a clean, comely looking cannibal. What’s all this I have been making about, thought to myself – the man’s a human being just as I am: he has just as much reason to fear me, as I have to be afraid of him. Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian…” –MOBY [REDACTED] lzozolozlzoz {Thats how he laughed!}

    All the best in 2013!!!!!!!{See how long these debates have been going on!?}

    May the manosphere find peace on earth and good will 2 men”!!!!

    Before this his& my old beloved brother zippy said this!

    “[Welcome to the blog, GBFM. I run a tight ship around here when it comes to profanity and civility. Hope that doesn’t cramp your style too much. — Z]”

    Now everybody understands the honor codes that I&the two men above live by!? Even zippy at first didn’t realize the honor code of GBFM😎😉

    He didn’t see the respect DAL’&he had for each other? They were best buds then&just joined forces &helped the PK get 30,000 men to improve themselves in Dallas this past week!😉

    This is my only comment for right now here!

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  5. okrahead says:

    Here’s a site you can add to the list:

    https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/

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  6. okrahead says:

    When my now ex-wife hit the road I took up a new mission; to raise my son to be a true Christian, which in our context means red-pilled, amongst other things. I have not pursued a new relationship with another woman primarily because I am focused on my current mission, and trying to court a new wife while raising a teenage son is, for me at least, too formidable a task. Although my circumstances do not allow for homeschooling, I have arranged for him to attend a private Christian school where I personally know staff members and families. I have taught him to fight (REAL, not mcdojo, martial arts classes from age 5), shoot (firearm and bow), memorize long passages of scripture (were practicing memorizing psalms by singing them), etc. My biggest problem? Church members who think masculinity is “toxic”. The calls are coming from inside the house.

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    • feeriker says:

      “My biggest problem? Church members who think masculinity is “toxic”. The calls are coming from inside the house.”

      You really could have omitted everything from your second sentence except for the first word. That institution is not only useless for executing the goals stated in the OP, but is in active opposition to it. Unless your “church” is a small, tightly knit group of family and/or friends supportive of or dedicated to the reclamation and resurrection of Godly Christian masculinity, they are for all practical intents and purposes the enemy.

      Jack: Needless to say, you hit one out of the ballpark here.

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      • lastholdout says:

        @feeriker Spot on!

        We owe it to the Church (upper case”C”) to take the “fight” to the church (lower case “c”) leaders, calling them on their betrayals. In that vein, another resource to add . . .

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    • Oscar says:

      @ okrahead

      I’ve often said that three things a boy needs to do to get started on the road to manhood are:

      Get strong
      Learn to fight
      Do a lot of physically strenuous work outdoors

      The reaction to that list among Christian men is both sad and predictable. There’s a lot of “Lifting weights is vain…” and “Jesus would never pick a fight”, and such.

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  7. The fact is, the grand majority of men don’t have that much latitude in being among the top 20%. There are only about 10-20% of men who are not “visible” to women, but who are also in a position where they could improve themselves enough to become “visible” to women. Deep Strength’s blog (Christianity and Masculinity) is geared towards that small demographic.

    This is not accurate and the tendency I’ve seen with most comments here defaults toward the Apex Fallacy. The marriage statistics do not agree with this assessment.

    Currently, ~85% of all men and women are still married by 45, although the never marrieds are still dropping possibly to the 20-30% range as I’ve analyzed on my blog before. So by let’s say 2030 it would be still 70-80% of people are still married by 45. The fact is the vast majority of people are still getting married despite all of the impediments to marriage like we have discussed such as obesity and the consequences of feminism. Cohabitation tends to make up some — maybe half the difference such as the drop of 90% married to 85% married is 2.5% cohabitation and 2.5% permanently single — as I researched those statistics before as well. Of course, this is also going to be a far cry of the 90-95% of all men and women across most societies that used to be married.

    We can argue about the percentage of marriages that are happy or not (e.g. both partners were happy and/or satisfied with who they married), but that’s another topic altogether and opens up the can of worms about if it is good or not to marry if you might be facing an uphill battle in terms of hypergamy and potential increase in contentiousness.

    The top 20% don’t have any problem getting married. Generally, the next 20-30% generally don’t have any problem getting married either. They’ll probably have more bumps in the road trying to find someone unlike the top 20% who generally have their pick of women, but they will still get married and likely many of them happily. It’s typically the ones below the top 50% that are seemingly more begrudgingly and settling, as the divorce rate has hovered in the 30-40% range for first marriages (which means if 85% are married, then the bottom 30-40% are probably going to struggle). Right now, the fringe marriages seem to be within the bottom 15% where it has been creeping from 5-7% -> 10% -> 15% (now) -> likely to the 20-30% range.

    It is also important to understand that “top 20%” is not some place that you get to by being born with things. I’m maybe 50% in looks and about 45% in height but I have other qualities that make up for my lack of top 20% looks and below average physical stature. One does not have to be a top percentage in all traits if you can make the traits that you have that you are strong with work for you and the ones that you can learn like leadership as strong as possible.

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    • Lastmod says:

      How does that account for the re-married? Are they double dipping on these stats? Would not surprise me if they were. Counting re-married a new marriage.

      It can be debated, but not argued: People born with better looks, and intelligence and are considered middle to upper-middle class still get married today way, way more than than the working class stints they put their noses up at.

      Dr. Helen Smith on an interview on Fox years ago made it clear that marriage was and is declining. Especially with the lower class people (and men in particular). She was scoffed at by everyone on that panel including Tucker Carlson “men just need to get a job / grow up / man-up / ask women out / make themselves better” type of things.

      Dr. Smith calmly retorted “You’re all higher value, upper class, above average in your physical appearance, of course it would be easier for you to marry, and take these stances that just came normally to you.” She was addressing the men on this program, and the women who all looked / dressed like they were ready to go to a nightclub as soon as “Fox & Friends” ended at 10am……

      She was promoting her book “Men On Strike” at the time.

      Any man who is not in that top 20% from birth or by class really has an uphill struggle….and any man who says “it’s pretty easy to move / focus on leadership” types of comments don’t get dates. They get called “chumps”

      I remember that article in 2015??? 2016? “Single? Not Married? Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone” and it pretty much stated that more Americans now are single than married.

      I side with this. I don’t buy the stats you are using DS. Also, the same people that use the stats you are also claim “the divorce rate never hovered or hit 50%” as well.

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      • @ Lastmod

        How does that account for the re-married? Are they double dipping on these stats? Would not surprise me if they were. Counting re-married a new marriage.

        They do not double dip in stats. There are separate categories for “ever married” which is generally 90-95% across all populations prior to feminism (so 5-10% never married). Then of the “ever married” there 1st marriages together, divorced, 2nd married, 3rd married and so on.

        Generally, never married women are about anywhere from 2-5% less than married men. In other words, in the early or mid 1900s or so when there were about 95% ever married women, there was about 90-93% ever married men. The reason for this is that some of the married men who divorced re-married never married women which brings the ever married stats of women up, while some of the never married men (2-5%) were left out. Some divorcee’s re-married other divorcee’s. Some stayed single permanently. Some were widows or widowers that never married.

        It can be debated, but not argued: People born with better looks, and intelligence and are considered middle to upper-middle class still get married today way, way more than than the working class stints they put their noses up at.

        Dr. Helen Smith on an interview on Fox years ago made it clear that marriage was and is declining. Especially with the lower class people (and men in particular). She was scoffed at by everyone on that panel including Tucker Carlson “men just need to get a job / grow up / man-up / ask women out / make themselves better” type of things.

        I agree. Generally, lifting yourself out of poverty and/or moving up in class is correlated with better outcomes including marriage. Being born good looking helps.

        The status (class, education), looks, and money (non-poverty, better income jobs) parts of acronym you don’t like (PSALM).

        I remember that article in 2015??? 2016? “Single? Not Married? Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone” and it pretty much stated that more Americans now are single than married.

        I side with this. I don’t buy the stats you are using DS. Also, the same people that use the stats you are also claim “the divorce rate never hovered or hit 50%” as well.

        When they say more Americans are single than married they are talking about specific age groups and counting divorces typically.

        Look at the ones from about 4 years ago.

        https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/2017-never-married-data/

        In the next 4 years after that, given the trending line of 40-44 you will expect it to go from 12% to about 14-15% for never married women at 45 and given the 2-5% for never married men about 17-20% or so. Like I said, by 2030 hovering around 20-30% somewhere. Probably 25-30%.

        The graphic from Pew Research (both the article and pic are below) estimates 25% never married for 45-54 year old age group:

        https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2014/09/24/record-share-of-americans-have-never-married/

        Most Americans will get married and still get married. Maybe not happily or successfully given the divorces rates. But they will get married.

        Given the stats, roughly 50% of Americans will get married and never divorce.

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      • Lastmod says:

        I am crunching stats right now in my company for vacancy and variance. Now, in and with stats……. facts don’t matter. What the raw numbers say don’t matter. What matters is HOW the numbers are compiled on the micro v macro.

        First, we don’t have stats that are accurate on any level prior to WW Ion on these matters. We don’t. After WW I out data collection got better, how the questions were asked and also a larger “government” to collect and compile them.

        Stats today, and for a few decades now matches the ol’ Soviet times. More food produced! More babies born healthy! More shoes made! More More More! And yet, the average Soviet walking around in 1986 might be in a pair of shoes six to eight years old, His ration card now only gets cabbage, and no radishes and a half liter of vodka, and a cigar that is a dry mish-mash of paper and weeds. His son born three years ago in the largest hospital in Moscow died from complications after childbirth……

        Yet the stats :more shoes, more food, more babies! Everyone has more, and the numbers “prove” it.

        It was all lies of course, but I even see in my business how stats and numbers can be and are used to fit the narrative that you want.

        No. Today more Americans are indeed single than before. I am including the people who had a spouse die….including the elderly here. I am including my age group which has a ton…..a CR*P ton of people living together. Your stats and “pew” will call them married. Or, they will “answer” married on a questionnaire.

        The balance between what states have on registry v the US Census don’t match. Not even on a deviation (a 1.5). Not even if we just assume human error.

        Right now. Less people are married, and it is still going down. The only, ONLY group it will be stable with for the most part are the folks like you. Proud of you.

        Stop selling men easy steps to find and vet. Stop telling them its pretty “basic” to get in the group to find marriage women that are pretty. Cause if a young man is butt ugly. He’s not going to get the pretty gal. Stop lying to them. Stop it.

        Marriage is an elite thing now. Divorce is common, even among “conservative” Christians today. God didn’t invent marriage. Man did. God just made Adam an helper. I don’t recall an exchange of vows, nor a ceremony, nor a service, nor Adam having to get LAMPS or whatever….. In today’s world…… Eve would probably reject Adam and demand God to get her a better leader. Your ideas on manhood support this. Man must do this and that to get a wife…..while the woman just has to be pretty / hot ….. because “Men want to have sex with attractive women!”

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  8. caterpillar345 says:

    A possibility to add to the list: Yogi Oabs Reborn
    https://www.youtube.com/c/YogiOabsReborn/videos
    https://yogioabs.com/blog/
    I found him recently but my understanding is he is a former PUA who recently (2-ish years ago?) converted to Christianity. That may put him in the same category as Roosh.

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  9. caterpillar345 says:

    Jack, I appreciate this article and the re-framing of the overall concept a bit:

    …the habit of judging men by gynocentric standards, that is to say, men who are attractive to women are seen to be better men. This contributes to the Broken Window effect within the men’s community, both online and IRL. Men need to get out of this habit and censure other men who do so.

    I’ve been thinking about some similar themes in relation to the young men I associate with. Such as: how can we build each other up and could we find ways to increase each others’ likelihood of finding and having successful relationships, marriages, families, etc?

    The reminder about marriage being something worthy to seek, with the aid of the best possible mental map, and despite the manifold risks, is refreshing to hear. I was feeling pretty discouraged for a while reading many men who discourage the idea given their horrible experiences. But I remembered that one of the first things the Bible records about men and marriage is from Genesis 2:18

    And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

    It seems to me that this is worth bearing in mind. I suppose it is an individual determination that I (or any other man) must make – what level of risk am I willing to accept in hopes of the perceived (or actual) reward.

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  10. Ed Hurst says:

    Good job, Jack. Yes, let’s build a community of men to who defend each other and in biblical model; let’s displace the Harlot Church as much as possible. And let’s keep on saying that the model is not success in marriage, but obedience to the divine call. Marriage is a great thing, but not the whole story of what the Christian Red Pill message is. I’ll say it again: My wonderful marriage is a miracle, but I was fully prepared to do without a wife if that was where God led things in my life, or a Hosea/Gomer experience. Where I rank on the socio-sexual scale wasn’t the point, and still isn’t. I’ll promote obedience to the divine call regardless of the outcomes in this world.

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  11. feeriker says:

    “Given the stats, roughly 50% of Americans will get married and never divorce.”

    Those are still terrible statistical odds. As has been asked rhetorically before in these parts as a metaphorical comparison, if “only” 50 percent of people were killed in plane crashes, would anyone ever fly? (And yes, a divorce, especially for a man, can have effects very nearly as devastating to his life as a fatal plane crash.)

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    • “Those are still terrible statistical odds. As has been asked rhetorically before in these parts as a metaphorical comparison, if “only” 50 percent of people were killed in plane crashes, would anyone ever fly? (And yes, a divorce, especially for a man, can have effects very nearly as devastating to his life as a fatal plane crash.)”

      I agree. However, what I am trying to refute is that people are saying that only being in the top 20% matters and maybe like 10-20% below that is peddling hopelessness for most men. That’s too black pill.

      It’s appears to be closer to about 51-60% or so (somewhere in that range) according to further analysis not 30-40% (top 20% + 10-20%).

      Doom and gloom and the amount of marriages: Do you need to be in the top 20% or not

      If that gives your below average to average man some hope to improve his situation to be above average and get married then good.

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      • Red Pill Apostle says:

        DS – This is still a dire premise, that 40-49% of men are outside the capability to attract a woman. What should give men some hope is that people in general, and women especially, are quite pliable. It can be a harder or easier process depending on the person, but for some reason, setting expectations and expecting those expectations to be met works more often than one would think it would.

        I think this is especially true of women. It is working with Mrs. A. For the first time in our relationship, she planned and made meals for the entirety of our summer vacation. It works with co-workers in a professional setting. This pliability in women is what should give men hope and is what I would continue to emphasize if I were in your shoes along with using whatever gifts God has blessed a man with to improve himself.

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      • @ RP Apostle

        “DS – This is still a dire premise, that 40-49% of men are outside the capability to attract a woman. What should give men some hope is that people in general, and women especially, are quite pliable. It can be a harder or easier process depending on the person, but for some reason, setting expectations and expecting those expectations to be met works more often than one would think it would.”

        You’re reading the data wrong. Here’s my post on looking at it more in depth.

        Doom and gloom and the amount of marriages: Do you need to be in the top 20% or not

        75-85% of men and women will still get married. That means there’s probably at least some attraction there with the lower percentages (lower 15-25%).

        50-60% of those will stay permanently married and likely have a decent to good sex life.

        The above data is also not counting the fact that Christians have a lower divorce rate and generally happier marriages than their secular counterparts, so the numbers are higher for any individual Christian. It’s much more bleak for the secular crowd, which is why they are starting to default to cohabitation in droves.

        Things aren’t as dire as people are suggesting. The big issues that we see currently are still at the margins which is the lowest 15-20% but growing slowly.

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    • thedeti says:

      Yes. But we all look at marriage and we had a good idea of the divorce rates. But we told ourselves that because we were “good” people, and “good men”, that would never happen to us. She’s a “nice” girl who’s “been through” a lot. She’s “grown” and “matured”. She learned from her “mistakes”. She would never do that to me.

      We “did it right”. We dated. We vetted. We didn’t have premarital sex. (Or, at least, we waited before we had premarital sex.) We were from good families. She was from a good family. She had a college education. She had no kids. She goes to church. Loves Jesus.

      She’d never do that to me. That will never happen to me. That happens to other people. That doesn’t happen to us “good” Christians. That happens only to bad people, disobedient people, people who don’t love Jesus.

      That won’t happen to me. Not me. Not us, snookums. Cuz I love you. I’d never do that to you.

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  12. Lastomod says:

    Jack said,

    “Instead, a man has to start where ever he is, using whatever he’s got, and work from there.”

    Point taken. I actually agree in theory. I would have to add, I didn’t take the “philosophical / armchair” approach until I hit my mid-forties, I guess. I then realized it was indeed over….. and got pretty upset. I began to calm when I just figured “It wasn’t fair”. When I was active in NA / AA (meaning I was going to meetings once to thrice a week), I had to use the same application of, “Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired????? Yes? Well then. What can you HONESTLY do to fix, mediate, grow or change?”

    Well…… Given my situation in the socio-sexual market, what can I do? Pray for a miracle? Take more classes? Put myself out there more? Get “LAMPS” (at age 47…..really now….REALLY). Just be “confident”? Teach a Bible study? Get jacked at the gym and ask out 22-26 year old’s at peak fertility?

    Come on now. That is foolish for men like me. It is. It looks creepy and it IS creepy,

    I had to understand, and really grasp the idea that it wasn’t fair. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Half my life is over. I will be d*mned if I am going to spend the rest of it trying, and trying, and applying, and taking classes, and reading more books / blogs about “What women really want in men”, and then IF it didn’t work, be told I am blue pilled…. and of course, “You must like being miserable… I know a guy who is 51, a virgin… and he just did x, y, and z, and presto! Now he is dating a really hot 29 year old…..”

    That ship sailed for me when I was in my mid twenties……. It looks FOOLISH on an older man playing Game trying to fit in and learn stuff like this when he should have when he was eight or whatever…..

    I did try. A lot. Hard. Went out. Hell, I was even a bartender in a swanky nightclub for two years in SF. Scott is correct about Meet Cute. You have to have “something” like this in your younger formative years….. or it really isn’t going to happen to you. Yes, there are outliers. Not the norm.

    I just don’t like how all this stuff caters to WOMEN on how MEN need to change for them, and they are assumed to be marriage material and even date worthy if they are “pretty” or “hot” or “above average looks”.

    Most people don’t fall into the upper levels of attractiveness except the men in the sphere and the women they dated, bedded and married.

    I took action. When you’re in your forties, and actions and interactions don’t work, then men need to take that philosophical approach and get on with life. I should have done this at 35…. but I listened to Game stuff instead. I could have accomplished so much more if I had thrown in the towel then.

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    • Oscar says:

      “I began to calm when I just figured, “It wasn’t fair.”

      You’re right. It’s completely unfair that you were blessed with greater stature than 99% of American men, greater intelligence than average, and greater athleticism than average.

      Life isn’t fair.

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  13. Lastmod says:

    A coda of sorts… off topic…. but kind-of not.

    Fred Zalokar, a very serious climber, hiker and backpacker, died in Yosemite National Park. This clip is from a Fresno NBC affiliate. (Fresno is close to Yosemite, Kings Canyon National Parks, the huge swaths of state forest BLM land, and other national forests in the Sierra’s.)

    I met Fred while hiking the trail up Madera Peak (10,509 feet) in the summer of 2016. I was resting right before the trail broke on the timber line.

    A sound? Am I being followed? Yes…. I hear someone coming up the trail…….

    “Hellloooooo” I yelled as I saw a solo man with a light day trek pack coming up the trail. He waved and “Helllooo’d” back up at me. He was moving fast, but that was his pace. I admired his stride, and I was thinking,“Man…. He has some serious stamina!”.

    When he got to where I was, we briefly shook hands. He was trying to beat the time, and claim a record for the fastest ascent for a man his age up this peak. He was about 55 / 56 years old at the time. He had to go. He had a record to break. About an hour and half later, I reached the summit. He was already there, just soaking in the view… relaxing. Yes, he broke the record. We talked for about an hour on that peak. He then made the descent and I stayed another hour or so. Really interesting guy…… and I am very sad to hear of his death…. but a man like him is a rare example of masculine determination. He would not have had it any other way.

    Some of the most interesting people I have ever met have been out in the middle of the vast wilderness of mountains, streams, vales and vly’s. Enjoying nature… and always…………. ALWAYS on their own terms.

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    • Lastmod says:

      I don’t know about his personal life……but there were no children, or wife, or girlfriend giving their take on this…..just a couple of close friends, fellow climbers. When we were on that summit he said off-hand “people have too much education today and too much free time wasted on really silly things, a new house, a new car, how smart their kids are” and also akin to something like this said, not his excat words, cause I don’t remember. I won’t speak for the dead…….”Time. This summit was here, exactly like this when the pyramids were built. When Rome first set foot in Britain….” Making the case that some things are just eternal, and human existence is trivial, a waste and few take advantage of the time they have.

      I know all men have different things that make them happy……or to decompress. Fixing cars (which is supposedly the only real masculine thing to on the side today). The one thing I like about camping and hiking. Its not a competition. You can make it that…but its just about YOU. The goal is to complete the trek, the climb, or hike. It doesn’t matter if it takes someone two hours and another six hours. What matters is did you finish, meet the goal. If not? (bad weather, you’re smart enough to know a certain hike is a little out of your reach, safety issues…like low on water….you got sprain, and you know you have to get back to civi…kudos to you for being smart enough to KNOW your limits and dangers).

      The wilderness is a contemplative place. It calms and soothes, but it is also an unforgiving place. It doesn’t care about you. Men like Fred knew this. I know this. The rewards are so great, the cost can be death. No, I don’t run marathons, and will never climb Everest…..hiking, camping, and backpacking has taught me more about myself than anything else really. I wish I could be as hardcore as Fred was. I’m not. It doesn’t matter. Fred and I did know one thing, and it didn’t have to be said. We just liked being out there, and that was enough for our brief meeting

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    • professorGBFMtm2021 says:

      Most might think this is OT too!
      But don’t worry I trust it will not be cared about just like everything I&JASON have said for years!
      I thought this post was about treating the lowly god-forsaken non-married men better..THEN its more MEN have to MAN-up-type talk!?
      I still can’t understand why the MANosphere lost most MEN like the churchs&”conservatives”could DAL’ have the anwser here?
      https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/does-sheila-gregoire-think-her-own-life-is-worth-more-than-yours-2/

      Mainly THIS part: ”But if the reason men should sacrifice and even die in the place of women is due to honor and selflessness, a woman writing this is being incredibly rude and crass. If men have no obligation to sacrifice for unknown women but often do anyway out of graciousness, women demanding more of this is quite simply despicable. Women demanding that men give up their seats in lifeboats is the life and death equivalent to showing up at someone’s home and demanding hospitality (especially if the person doing the demanding knows they will never be in a position to have the same demand made of them). While Sheila and several of the women commenting on her blog are essentially asking men “Don’t you think you should be brave and selfless and offer to die for me now?”, an uncouth and entitled houseguest might only ask “Don’t you think you should loan us your car? Don’t you think we should sleep in your bed instead of in the guest room?” Even if you are a strong proponent of hospitality, once this attitude of unbelievable entitlement by guests takes hold you can no longer be a gracious host. This profound ungraciousness by women like Sheila is as much to blame for the death of chivalry as feminism is.”
      THAT came after THIS from gregoire!:”In 1912 it was a different world. Personal responsibility was still the main ethos of the day. People took care of their neighbours; they did not wait for government to do it for them. And people had a code of honour that included helping others when you could”.

      I know for some reason I’m not doing THIS right like a ”REAL man christian” would… BUT
      I’m trying to show you why this sphere LOST most men along time ago!I’ve been doing this for over 6 months now!Remember I&JASON are not trying to get MEN to do anything other than see the reality on the ground that those who claim to see still don’t SEE!Even the goodMANginaproject seemed to actualy care about MEN HERE……… https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-men-commit-suicide-the-three-warning-signs-most-people-miss/ ……. more than the MAN osphere has in years since mine&DAL’S glory days does that not tell you something?Carry on while wondering wheres the MEN&even myself as this is very depresssing that MOST of the sphere that once challenged the dishonoring of MEN seems to go along with it now!!

      Also theres this verse that I know I’m not interperting right! Revelation 2:10: ”Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Look, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will suffer tribulation for ten days. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life”.
      Is that verse only for MEN or every beleiver of both SEXES?
      SUFFERING is only for MEN,RIGHT?Then why does everyone seem to let boys suffer?
      I’m too hopeful to be around the mainstream manosphere hence why the blackpill stuff can seem more hopeful at times to dudes like I&JASON were loners who barely identify with any group let alone the manosphere!I actualy beleived 6 months ago the manposphere saw how terrible it was getting NOW!But all I see is stuff that did’nt work before going to be tried&most likely fail again!NOW YOU SEE WHY I’M on vacation,mainly from the problems of the manosphere that never seems to see the men that are in pain like JASON,but only the elites& todays parents that failed those same MEN
      Remember don’t listen to I or JASON!Only to what never worked before listen to that again!
      This is my 135th comment here&likely last one for awhile!Maybe next week this site won’t seem so depressing&BLACKPILLED to MEN like I&JASON!

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  15. redpillboomer says:

    “I disagree with this viewpoint because ultimately, it assumes that a man’s whole purpose and value in life is based on whether he can have a Meet Cute, or get laid, or whatever, and that men who don’t (or can’t) are “lesser men” who are not worthy of respect (c.f. Dalrock’s quotation at top). Thus, it sets up women and women’s imperatives as the collective judge of men’s character. In other words, it is gynocentric, as are many of the viewpoints common to the Manosphere.”

    I think you hit on a key point about the Manosphere here. When this viewpoint, explicitly or implicitly, under girds the content being created and disseminated, I find it weakens everything else they are saying, even when some of what they’re saying I agree with them. When I get a sense that this is their REAL message, or I get a sense that they are grifting, many times both go hand in hand, I NEXT that content creator. The guys I listens to, I may not 100% agree with them on everything, but I get the sense that their message to men is to stay on their purpose in life as a man (aligns with scripture, Adam’s original charter with the earth), and also learning everything they can about female nature, so they understand 1) Why God created her (for a beautiful reason), and 2) How she generally operates in her fallen nature and operates inside of the current structures of the surrounding worldly culture.

    When I look back on the days when I was a young man, I definitely, for the most part, did #1, stayed focused on my purpose; especially as I began to grow in my faith during my mid-twenties. However, with #2, I was basically clueless, blue pill if you will; and was being taught my lessons about female nature by the school of hard knocks. I was lucky, only by God’s grace did I avoid messing my life up big time. So, looking back, #1 by itself was not enough, unless I was going to be the equivalent of a MGTOW monk all my life (wasn’t going to happen–I liked the opposite sex too much); and furthermore I was lucky (God’s grace) that I didn’t ‘come off purpose’ and screw myself over royally, I almost did, but dodged a bullet, actually two in fact in potential marriage partners.

    One thing I agree with is that we men help one another learn this ‘Red Pill’ stuff that aligns with Scripture. If I’d known at least some of what I know now back in my twenties, I think I would have stopped thinking with my little head all the time, or at least been given pause as to what I might be dealing with in any given relationship with a certain female. Just being aware of the various red flags, what they consist of/what to look out for, might have aided me greatly in my understanding of what I was potentially getting myself into. The two women I was thinking of LTRs with definitely had red flags about them, however because of their looks and figures, I was allowing their beauty and assets to blind me to their flags which were quite significant.

    I still run into younger men, say under 40 (heck, forget under 40, seen it even in fifty and sixty year olds) who make me think to myself, “Whoa there, what the h*ll are you thinking/doing? Are you out of you mind? Are you that clueless, that freaking blue pill?” Of course they are, either because of being life long blue pillers, and/or not learning from their past mistakes with women, aka the school of hard knocks. A couple of men I know in their 60s are still f’ing it up. One guy I know, he’s 61, has been married SIX times, and he’s still on dating apps looking for women and taking some of these ‘more red flags than a Chinese Communist parade’ women out on dates! I know that’s an extreme example, but it’s more common than I realized in talking to men in my men’s group. Un-freakin’ believable! We’ve got to keep educating, this site is one excellent place for learning stuff very few of us knew when we were younger! Most of us were thrown out there into the adult world clueless about this stuff. ‘Nuff said, getting down off my soap box now. Lol

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    • Oscar says:

      “One guy I know, he’s 61, has been married SIX times…”

      I understand when a person gets divorced and thinks, “I learned my lessons, I’ll do better the second time.” But, after two divorces, you’d think the response would be, “I’m not very good at this. I think I’ll do something else.”

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      • locustsplease says:

        My dad is on 3rd marriage. He got out of two with terrible women and just perfect financial timing that he lost nearly nothing. This third one hes not gonna b so lucky. She finessed him perfectly got married just before retirement. Made him sell paid for home so she can get half of it now and is turning the screws.

        This guy has enough money he was gonna get me and sister on a payroll so i didnt have to wait to live off his inheritance. Then I was asked to sign paperwork taking me off all assets that would have been left to me upon death. And i would imagine im completely out of his will. She told us she never would get married then left the country got married and never told his kids. The woman has a calculator and calendar set at whatever date she has maxed his value and is rolling. Shes not even attractive wft.

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  16. feeriker says:

    “Your ideas on manhood support this. Man must do this and that to get a wife…..while the woman just has to be pretty / hot ….. because “Men want to have sex with attractive women!”

    Women don’t even have to be particularly attractive at all to meet most men’s attraction floors. In the end, while a man has all sorts of expectations heaped upon him (a few of them actually borderline realistic), a woman has to just … well, exist. Three holes and a pulse, and all that.

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    • Oscar says:

      “…a woman has to just … well, exist. Three holes and a pulse, and all that.”

      Well, sure, if all you want her for is sex. But, if you want her to be the mother of your children, grandmother of your grandchildren, etc., then you’re going to heap all sorts of expectations on her.

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  17. Joe2 says:

    Lastmod wrote,

    “Yet the stats :more shoes, more food, more babies! Everyone has more, and the numbers “prove” it. It was all lies of course, but I even see in my business how stats and numbers can be and are used to fit the narrative that you want.”

    I recall reading years ago about the results of an automobile race where the Soviets reported the superiority of their cars. It read something like – “Russian car finishes second in race; American car comes in next to last.” That statistic was 100% true, but to fit the narrative that Russian cars are superior the reporters carefully omitted one essential fact; the race was a two car race.

    We need to be careful drawing conclusions from statistics because what doesn’t get reflected or reported (either intentionally or unintentionally) can be as significant as what does.

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