Men Going Their Own Way

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The Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) movement is a weird offshoot of the men's rights movement resembling some kind of straight male separatism. Basically, MGTOWers buy into the same rhetoric MRAs spread ("society is actually biased against men, not women!" etc.), but instead of taking any sort of action, they have vowed to stay away from women altogether, or at least stop forming any sort of relationships with them. In other words, it's a hilarious analog to the lesbian separatism movement, but without homosexuality (they don't believe men should "become gay" as an element of further rebellion). It's unclear if the movement has any power beyond "disgruntled douchebags talking shit about women (in general) on the Internet." As a general rule, the reaction of sane people is "Sure, do go your own way and stop whining already!"

Much of this is led by the destructive myth of the goodguy/badboy dichotomy. "Every woman said they wanted a nice guy so I was the good-guy who was meek and mild shy guy who was totally nice to girls and they just walked all over me, put me in the friend zone and went out and screwed badboys. I haven't had sex in 25 years. And now I'm just a useless man responsible for everything wrong in the universe". Or the badboy cliché "So I became a badboy and then bouncers would throw me out of dance clubs [or cooking class or I lost my job] because I ceaselessly harassed girls was hitting on chicks like all the girls secretly want to be hit on. If I keep it up I'll be accused of false rape and rot away in jail". Led by the delusion that a modern day man can only choose between two extremely one dimensional caricatures they fail at basic co-ed social interaction (led on by no shortage of greasy literature and PUA trolls) and decide that they cannot win in the modern world and should retire to their basements with porn and xbox.

The "going their own way" part is often framed not just as self-preservation, but as some kind of "strike" that is supposed to punish women. Apparently in the worldview of some (if not most) MGTOWers, women are some kind of succubi-like creatures, seducing men with their feminine wiles in order to exploit them and unable to live support themselves without men to exploit. (It's worth mentioning that there's a strong whiff of overt misogyny wafting around many in the movement.) There are amusing parallels here with the notion of "going Galt" that is popular among wingnuts who overestimate their importance in the grand scheme of things.

Occasionally, proponents of the movement will advocate that Western men try marrying Asian women instead, as they are "apparently" more demure and submissive. Asian-American feminists and other decent human beings are wholly disgusted[1][2][3] by this idea, as are the MGTOWers who also frequent Stormfront.

MGTOWs, in common with MRAs, often speak of a mystical form of enlightenment referred to as "taking The Red Pill".

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