A commenter on Manboobz shared a link to a documentary called "Shy Boys," in which the director, Sara Gardephe, interviews several "Incels" (involuntary celibates). Because Incels tend to be ready "converts" to Game, I watched it with interest.
The fact that most of the young men describe themselves as "ugly" is really striking to me because, really, none of them are. In fact, I thought the long-haired dude was quite pretty in a rock star way. Yet they blame their lack of success with women primarily on an imaginary defect in their own physical appearance. Of course, girls do that too, and to such a degree that we hardly notice. I don't remember boys being so self-critical in the past, however. I am sad to see men starting to share women's neuroses about their looks. Body dysmorphia is a form of equality I don't welcome.
As for their disgust of female genitalia, it reminded me of Victorian art critic John Ruskin, famously unable to consummate his marriage because he was so horrified by the sight of his beautiful bride's genitals.
Somehow I cannot judge these boys too harshly. Truth be told, I've never been enamored with the sight of my own bits, and recall how unpleasant I found it when a Nurse Practitioner insisted I examine my own cervix with the aid of a mirror, speculum, and flashlight. Working in an abortion clinic, I saw hundreds of vulvas, of course, and I gradually lost my revulsion to my own. So my first Rx for these troubled lads is more exposure to real women and less porn.
I cannot even be too hard on the way the Incels in the documentary refer to "fat girls" as scraping the bottom of the barrel in the sexual marketplace. They are simply parroting what the entire culture is teaching us, so why should we expect them to challenge the standards of the day? It takes self-confidence to buck the system. I refused to date fat boys when I was an undergrad even though (or because) I weighed 170# myself. Being discriminated against did not make me compassionate or tolerant -- the opposite, in fact.
Was I so different from these guys at the same age? As a teenager, I would go six weeks without speaking to anyone. I was so shy that some days I simply couldn't muster the courage to go to school, instead whiling away the hours sitting alone in parks or aimlessly riding buses. One day, when I was about seventeen, I realized "This won't do," and started to force myself out into the world. But it took many more years before I overcame my almost crippling shyness, and I only managed to do so by acts of will, challenging myself with activities that caused me the greatest degree of manageable anxiety.
I finally figured out that my self-consciousness was basically egocentrism. I found that the more I attended to another person, the less "shy" I was. Perhaps it was this realization that drew me towards work where I had to perform service for others. In a professional role, I could finally let go of myself.
I still remind myself, when I feel the old social awkwardness and anxiety creeping up, to focus, focus on the other person. Ask questions. Then listen. Reflect on what he/she is saying. Get over yourself!
Ironically, "game" is probably the worst way for these fellows to overcome their issues. I wish I could share this with Incels.