Training Week

Broken-Friendship-Quotes-apihyayanThere’s a lot to be said about the bad weeks and the weeks when nothing goes the way you planned for it to. I haven’t really been writing much lately. This week was the excuse was that I was out of town for training, but in reality I haven’t really been trying to write. I need to sit down and get some real work done and stop just planning things out and checking back over things.

Putting words on paper is just more important all around.

I’m realizing more and more that there are kinds of people that I just don’t want to be around in this world and that I have a low tolerance for the childishness and the inability to exercise control and discretion that people seem to have.

Maybe things will look better when I’ve put Dallas behind me and I’m safely back in Houston. I’ve always hated this city.

I imagine that there’s some weight I need to lose. Some negative influences I need to drop. My boss, well the boss of the entire group I work for, said we need to cut ties with all the people who do the bad in our lives. I’m starting to see that he was right and that perhaps the reason everything around me feels so toxic is because I made my choices in friends wrong.

I won’t make this mistake again.

The Red Pill Making Headlines

red-pill.pngHaven’t heard of the The Red Pill? I wouldn’t say that I am too surprised. Red Pill is a small section of the Reddit community that focuses on the betterment of men and is closely related to the greater men’s rights movement. It’s not the kind of thing that you would see spoken about too often in public and with it’s (comparatively) small user base it’s not going to make the biggest splash or hit the front page of the Reddit topics.

But it seems that Business Insider has gotten wind of it with the posting of this article about the small Reddit segment. The article captures so much of the issue that you would have when reading the things posted on the Red Pill. Some of its user base advocates things like domestic discipline which can be anything from putting your wife or girlfriend in time out to actual domestic abuse delivered as a punishment for disobedience or burning dinner or whatever the man see’s as fit.

Other cringe worthy things that they advocate are marital rape, which had a bit of press recently when Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Melissa Gorga released a book for married couples that had some very similar views to that of the Red Pill. One segment written by Gorga’s husband that drew attention read like this, for instance:

Men, I know you think your woman isn’t the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated. Women don’t realize how easy men are. Just give us what we want.

If you browse The Red Pill for long enough you’re sure to see things just like this, but the community has a kind of language that it uses to speak to it’s members. Red pills are the men who have subscribed to the teachings the site has to offer. They generally see themselves as the alpha-males of society and thus they think they are better than all women and most men. But they tend to think they have a sort of duty to help beta-males, whom they call blue pills.

The Matrix references don’t end there. They see finding this way of thinking as having the wool pulled off of their eyes and seeing the real world for the first time. They like to think of themselves as being a rebellion of sorts and they often reference the world having changed so much for the worse because of women gaining more control over their own destiny. One of the things that they preach is that it’s the natural state of a woman to try and be a whore and it’s a man’s job to beat it out of her, whether metaphorically or literally seems to be up to the man.

Just take a look at this quote:

“A woman is a lock and a man is a key. If a key opens a lot of locks, it is a master key. But if one lock is opened by lots of keys, it is a dodgy lock.”

That’s pretty much the kind of person we’re talking about. And why am I sharing this? Because there seems to be this idea out there that these kind of archaic thoughts don’t exist and that most people believe women are more or less equal to men. There are a good number of people out there who believe the opposite and who actively preach it and try to spread the word.

These attitudes aren’t dead. So it’s best not to treat them like they are. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away.