I have been thinking a lot about the importance of male spaces. There has been a feminist war on the existence of any and all male spaces based on the principle of if men are doing something, no matter what it is, without women, then they have to be stopped immediately. This is also applies to predominantly male spaces like STEM employment, video games, “geek culture”, etc. It’s no surprise that we have seen a feminist/female assault against these areas such as the constant blather about sexism in video games and Obama’s attempt to apply Title IX to STEM. Whiskey has talked about how (female) Twilight fans (including the “Twi-moms”) took over Comic Con and ruined it.
We are running out of male spaces. The feminization of game is being attempted. There have been several attempts to turn the MRM into being all about women. (The most recent attempt was the LadyMRAs reddit which was supposedly about women helping the MRM ended up exposing its real agenda when they became rabidly insane against MGTOW.) The only real space that has managed to completely resist and fight off feminization and feminist invasion is MGTOW. At least one reason for this is because women in general see the MGTOW as hostile to women (regardless of what men in the MGTOW space are actually doing).
Knowing that MGTOW has been the only male space to resist feminization and feminist invasion because it is (de facto) hostile to women, then is the only way to preserve male spaces by making them hostile to women? 8ball commenting at SWAB’s blog thinks that this could be the case:
I’m starting to wonder if it’s even possible to have a male-only space that isn’t hostile to women. And contrary to popular belief, this isn’t because I think any gathering of men will inherently turn misogynistic, rather the opposite.
Any space that isn’t completely alienating to women will eventually be …. “invaded” (for lack of a better term) by women, who will then insist that it conform to their sensibilities. Look at Geek culture for example.
You can see this happening in places like The Good Men Project. Most of their readers are women, a good percentage of their articles are not even remotely about men, and another significant percentage are about how men’s lives affect women. And even when the article is about men… often it is written by a woman.
I’m not sure how good of an example The Good Mangina Project is since it was started by male feminist men, but in thinking about it, 8ball has a point that even The Good Mangina Project now has a much higher percentage of women authors and women commenting and less articles even tangentially relevant to men than when they started. In a way, this does show that male spaces have to be hostile to women to defend against feminization and feminist invasion. While The Good Mangina Project didn’t start out as a true male space, it shows that any space that is feminized will become more feminized over time.
I’m certainly willing to listen to ideas on how to protect male spaces without making them completely hostile and alienating to women, but at this point, I can’t see any other solution to protecting male spaces.