10 January 2013

Hugo Schwyzer is Right


Hugo Schwyzer has a post entitled, “No One is Entitled to Sex: Why We Should Mock the Nice Guys of OkCupid.”*  Believe it or not, I actually agree with this.  I think we all should mock anyone who has an attitude of entitlement.

I say we start by mocking every person who thinks they’re entitled to food stamps and WIC and Head Start and public school and government bailouts when they mismanage their business.  I say we mock those who think their entitled to avoid prosecution for the crimes they’ve committed.  I say we mock those who think that they’re entitled to any portion of their husband’s income after the divorce because he wasn’t as fun to bang as the pool boy.  I say we mock those who think that they are entitled to taxpayer money because they’re doing science or art.  I say we mock anyone who thinks they’re entitled to someone else’s labor, capital, time, or money.  I say we mock everyone who thinks they’re entitled to anything, period.

* If you actually read the post, it’s quite clear that the editors at Jezebel selected the title since Schwyzer never actually affirms that it is right to mock nice guys.  In fact, the closest he gets to saying this is:

Is it right to mock these aggrieved and clueless young men, particularly the ones who seem less enraged than sad and bewildered at their utter lack of sexual success?
"This is the ugly bullying of those who already feel like losers," says Ally Fogg, a columnist for the Guardian who writes frequently about masculinity. "It's immoral to place them in the 21st Century equivalent of the medieval stocks to be mocked, abused and humiliated." In an email, Fogg suggested that NGOKC could be "potentially dangerous," driving those who are at a "low ebb emotionally" over an edge.
Without entirely dismissing Fogg's concern that some young men's rage or despair could be worsened as a result of NGOKC, there's a lot more to the site than mockery. What's on offer isn't just an opportunity to snort derisively at the socially awkward; it's a chance to talk about the very real problem of male sexual entitlement.

For those who suffer from poor reading comprehension, Schwyzer is agreeing with Fogg that it is wrong to mock men for their lack of sexual success, and is further asserting that, as painful as NGOKC is, it does offer an opportunity for men to consider the matter of male sexual entitlement.  (Of course, attacking Hugo Schwyzer is a whole lot easier than examining yourself, and so it’s easy to see why the manosphere has leaped on this article the way it has.  I shall deal with this is later posts.)  Thus, Schwyzer ends up disagreeing with the title of his own post, which is how you know that the title was an editor’s decision.

2 comments:

  1. They don't believe any particular woman is obligated to fuck them. They were told by women (and by Hugo, if they've read him) that if they engaged in certain behaviors consistently, they would maximize their chances with the right girl when she came along.

    That was a lie. The behaviors in question repel women and destroy these guys' chances with women who might otherwise like them.

    That's what they're angry about: not that it doesn't always work, but that it always fails, and they are told that since they're doing everything "right" and still always failing, they should just accept their worthlessness as human beings and learn to like it.

    After years of involuntary celibacy, they may have become genuine assholes, but if they merely start regarding women with contempt, that's fine. It's the first step to getting pussy by the Hugo Schwyzer mehod.

    Hugo, if you look at his history, is a mildly sociopathic narcissist. He lies to and endangers people who trust him, and feels fine about it. As a TA, he used to sleep with the coeds he taught. This is just the stuff he brags about in his writing; there may be more. So this is a dark triad personality, and whatever dating advice he may give other men, he gets laid the only way that works reliably. His behavior is not feminist at all.

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  2. Hmm, mock men demanding the women they were promised for becoming an economic success? Such men are likely to take up violence as an alliterative route to reproduction if they lack the genetics for seduction. I'm not sure you want to go there.

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