It is now a nearly daily event where I will get a comment on my YouTube channel from some naive late teen or early 20 something girl who parrots the simpleton and naive argument she was programmed to parrot:
"Feminism is just the equal treatment of men and women!"
Like all of you, I find it funny, but disheartening because in throwing her lot in with "feminists" or "feminism" she is associating herself with a movement that entails:
Spitting on priests and Catholic men
False rape accusations
and a cornucopia of other outright insanity, hate, and genuine bigotry against men.
However, such a young girl can hardly be blamed. Not only is she young and inexperienced, she's naive. Additionally, feminism is sold to her as "simply" the equal treatment of men and women (while its darker hate-filled side is very often hidden). So when presented with this proposition, that men and women should be treated equally, then who (male or female) would reject feminism?
The problem, however, is while young women may be predisposed to look at the self-proclaimed moral virtues of feminism, because of the internet young men see the uglier and truer side of feminism. They see the slut walks. They see the fact acceptance. They see their dad's getting divorced. They see their buddy's worrying about getting sperm-jacked or being falsely accused of rape. And so when a young woman proudly (though cluelessly) claims she's a "feminist" you might as well proudly be telling a Jew your a Nazi.
And that same thing, I'm afraid, is happening to the term "MGTOW."
MGTOW in all of its original intent was as noble and just as feminism. It was simply men choosing to leave the rat race of careerism, marriage, dating, etc. behind, and go live their one life on this planet as they saw fit. They abandoned tradition, choosing to refuse the offer society currently left them on the table as a cost benefit analysis more often than not proved the old social contract just wasn't worth it anymore.
However, like all good ideas, especially ones that rebuke convention, it attracted not practitioners or genuinely independent men, but genuine social rejects and outcasts. And soon within a couple of years a concept of individualism, freedom, and independent thought was turned into a religious cult that served more as a haven for cultists to commiserate with one another and hate on women.
This presented genuine MGTOW's a conundrum I'm sure many legitimate and original feminists faced;
Do you keep claiming to be a MGTOW/feminist when radicals, bigots, and losers take over movement and thus redefine the term?
Originally, I thought the percentage of cultists in the MGTOW community was a minority. Just a bunch of loud nerds or unemployed losers who had all day to play a keyboard jockey, pontificating about the "religion" of MGTOW as if they were doctoral seminarians and academics. But when I did a video to differentiate us real MGTOW's from the 17 year old who couldn't find a date to prom, I realized soon they were both too loud and too high a percentage of the community. MGTOW, no matter what its validity and benefits as an idea, was effectively hijacked by the cultists and their behavior would make it a four letter word.
Alas, I have come to the same conclusion the originator of the term MGTOW (Rob Fedders) came to. The term MGTOW is not salvageable. MGTOW today is about as manly as feminism is feminine. It no longer represents strong, independent men who under their own intellectual volition decide to go out and strike out on their own way. It is a bunch of self-proclaim internet professors who can only study and speculate about what real life MGTOW's are doing in the real world.
Are their real world MGTOW's out there, real men, genuinely going their own way? Yes, of course. But they're too busy actually being MGTOW to write about it, let alone care if they're labelled "MGTOW."
Ergo, it's up to every man out there which they'd rather be.
A practitioner with no label:
Or a theoretician "Level 53F" MGTOW:
The choice is up to you.