Let’s not mince words: the Men’s Rights Movement is a hate group
Every since Friday’s shooting, in which 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed three people in his apartment and six more on the street, I’ve been reading about the “Men’s Rights Movement” more closely than I ever had before. Perhaps I was naive, but I really didn’t expect them to have so much in common with the Aryan Nation.
Like two days ago I interviewed a former white supremacist for an article, and he explained the technique they used to indoctrinate people: there’s the “bait and switch,” where they promise that they’re a “white pride” movement but then spend all their time talking shit about the “other” that they hate. There’s the “appeal to conspiracy”, where they explain that there is a truth that no one else knows that you are now privy to. There’s the promise of exceptions: “All black people are n*****s, except Rodney, I work with him, he’s cool.” The scary thing about these kinds of movements is that they appeal to broken, scared, lonely people: the guy described his younger self as scared, lonely, hating himself.
All that shit applies to r/redpill, one of the subreddits devoted to men’s rights activism.