The other day I received an e-mail from a gentle reader who had just tumbled into the toxic waste dump that is the manosphere. Specifically, she had found an article on Return of Kings by one "Raywolf" that purported to expose the cruel, bestial nature of womankind. Although the article itself is horrible, it's pretty much run of the mill fodder for a website run by Roosh, and hardened veteran readers of the New Misogynists, like myself, will hardly raise an eyebrow. This gentle reader, however, had then made the fatal error of reading the Comment Section. (There is good reason that PZ Myers often implores his readers, "Don't read the comments! Don't read the comments!")
But Gentle Reader had no way of knowing that she was proceeding into ever more dangerous terrain where no novice should venture without a seasoned guide (or at least a torch, a strong hand to hold, and a barf bag).
She discovered comments by someone calling himself "Ruler" that disturbed even the other commentators since "Ruler" was clearly extolling the virtues of rape and was actually using that word, "rape." (Because while the act of rape is fun, natural, and necessary, the word "rape" is generally verboten -- unless, of course, it is used to explain how rape is not "rape.")
I took a quick peek at the comments, and didn't know what the hell to think, so I turned the matter over to the webmistress of Bodycrimes, who is, like, five times smarter than I am, for her take on what "Ruler" was all about. She graciously dashed off a brilliant assessment of the post, "Raywolf," and "Ruler" that I am re-posting here. Please read it and please, please do not go over to the article on Return of Kings; rest assured the relevant passages have been summarized and extrapolated here:
They want so badly to believe whatever it is that they’re reading is
true, that they literally fail to comprehend what’s right in front of
The article in question is ‘Women Can’t Control Their Animal
Instincts’ over at Return of Kings.com, written by one ‘raywolf’.
Basically, the article is your common-or-garden women-hating tripe.
Raywolf starts with an anecdote about how a pet lioness took a swipe at
someone, to establish the fact that women can’t be trusted, and then he
starts riffing on how women have had a negative impact on his own life.
None of his anecdotes make him look good. He details a broken
marriage that was partly based on him marrying someone so he could get a
diplomatic passport. (Thus proving he was much too young and dumb to
marry, as he evidently didn’t realise – and perhaps still doesn’t – that
the only non-spousal family members who can get an ‘A1′ passport are
legal dependents a.k.a. children.) Then he talks about being taken
advantage of by a flaky flatmate, and then about his relationship with a
psycho woman who compelled him to make poor business decisions, which
is why he missed out on being part of the global enterprise his former
business partner then went on to build.
In other words, RayWolf is the last person any young man with
prospects should be taking life advice from. Still, readers were quick
to congratulate him on writing such an insightful and helpful article,
as RoK readers are wont to do.
And then the weird thing happened.
A commenter called ‘Ruler’ came along and wrote this:
Men are gods and women are less than soulless beasts. But men are
partly controlled by biology as well, in the matter of sex, as raywolf
says. While rape where a male is the victim is a monstrous, unnatural
act, men have a deep-seated, completely natural, biological need to rape
girls and women, and should never be shamed or punished for this basic
male right and need…
Now that’s some hard core misogyny right there! So hard core, that it
even upset some RoK readers, who took ‘Ruler’ to task for advocating
rape. This is RayWolf’s reply: