My first reaction was “Wait, really? They named a whole sphere after me?” It is not as big a deal as having a comet or minor planet named after me, but surely it must be an honor, right? At first I was gratified by the recognition but on reading the article, things got dark very quickly.
Deep in the underbelly of the Internet is a hidden corner known as the “Manosphere”— a collection of websites, Facebook pages and chat rooms where men vent their rage and spew anti-women rhetoric.
Protected by the anonymity of the Internet, men feel free to post hateful and violent comments. Posts such as “I really wouldn’t mind shooting a [expletive] dead in the face, they are evil, all of them,” and “Women are the natural enemies of men” are commonplace on sites like “A Voice for Men,” a Manosphere blog run by Paul Elam.
What is it with these men? I get it that many men feel beleaguered and are having a tough time these days. We are at a particular stage of capitalism in the US where people are being squeezed ruthlessly by the oligarchy in the quest for greater and greater profits for the wealthy. But women are also at the receiving end of this treatment. The idea that women are riding a gravy train at the expense of men is ludicrous on its face. Or at least it should be. But it is clearly not since the Manosphere seems to contain a not insignificant number of people.
What these men don’t seem to realize is that the oligarchy is a tiny minority. The way that such people keep their hold on power is by pitting the 99% against each other on the base of race, ethnicity, and yes, gender. So apart from being the wrong thing to do, it is also stupid because when you go to war against women, you are hurting yourself too.