When TRP was in its infancy, the number one goal I had put into place for the moderation team was to ensure that our message didn't slip and that we didn't allow our focus to be eroded by our politically correct culture.
Armed with the knowledge that the feminine imperative would see to it that we would be infiltrated and eventually tone-policed, we took a hard line stance against concern trolling. Comments like "maybe we should tone down the anger just a little bit," or "can't we say this without the anger?" were considered slippery slopes that would eventually lead to our demise. And I think we were 100% right about that.
Essentially, the way the feminine imperative controls the social narrative is that it aligns what can and should be politically correct with what best serves women. It seems like a simple effect, but it's rather overwhelming when you consider its implications.
There should be no doubt in your mind how the feminine imperative has defined this narrow volume of political correct speech (which we will refer to as the overton window). When there's discussion of TRP outside of our borders, it always criticizes and dismisses us due to our language and our premises, rather than discuss rationally any merits to our conclusions. They are able to do this because speech that is critical of the female gender falls outside the overton window. No logical debate necessary when you can easily dismiss an entire group of people with a hand waive and a thought-terminating cliche.
Women changing male spaces has always been known to us. Examples in real life are plentiful- men's clubs, men's gyms, the armed forces - anything primarily for men have been infiltrated by women and then systematically destroyed from the inside.
But this effect isn't limited to women. Men, employed by the feminine imperative, are just as able to help enforce the status quo by self-limiting and tone policing their friends to ensure we also obey the rules of the politically correct. Every day, our mod team removes at least two or three such fellows who arrive with well meaning but misdirected attempts to tone down the misogyny here so that we can still discuss the good parts of TRP without all that hatred! "TRP is really just about self improvement, afterall," they would say.
And it certainly sounds nice to think that. Yeah, we are here to get better, aren't we?
But serving the feminine imperative is exactly what that does. What is the word "improvement" without a goal to work towards? If we are making ourselves better, then to whose standard of better are we striving? If we accept the notion of dropping misogyny (or the apparent misogyny as it were) and focusing only on politically correct advice such as working out and eating right, then we have done a great service to the feminine imperative. We have curtailed our own goals to serve the feminine. We have changed ourselves to benefit others. That sort of self-improvement is acceptable to our politically correct overlords. It seems so easy to adopt it and move on, that almost every single male organization did so without realizing the consequences, and are now shells of their former selves.
Our self-improvement is one to benefit us. Since the connotation of the phrase "self-improvement" is so commonly accepted as the feminine-primary version, I hesitate to use the term at all, lest it be mistaken for "self-improvement-for-women." We are here to learn the truth. How we act on this information is up to the individual, and how it improves them is not for the benefit of society, women, or others. Rather, it is for the benefit of themselves in the most selfish and greedy of ways.
I think a better way to put it, is that we're here for "improvement for self." Though a key element here is improving one's options in life through exercise and learning skills (which seem merely like self improvement), our end goal is not to serve somebody else's imperative, but to increase our position in life to satisfy our own imperatives. That others' imperatives may be served along the way is incidental.
This infiltration and tone-modification strategy is, unfortunately, not the only strategy, and I have become increasingly aware of another way the feminine imperative manages to do its dirty deed.
Pressure to change, not from the inside, not from the outside, but from the borders.
When we started TRP, almost immediately a backlash subreddit was made to mock us. It was mostly unnecessary, because it appeared the mocking and distaste sprang up around reddit any time our name was mentioned.
Our strategy to these was mostly to ignore it. Nobody's mind was being changed by trolls who mock. Their efforts to shut down or modify our discussion were entirely failures. Anybody dismissing us in these manners made us stronger as a group. It enticed new users to check us out, and it strengthened group cohesion among those already here.
But the borders were a different front line altogether. The borders were a soft spot, and I'm not sure I realized just how soft they would turn out to be.
Just on the borders of TRP were "friendly" complimentary subreddits. They appear on the surface to be just like our main subreddit, but with a slightly different focus. Just a small microcosm of the bigger parent sub. One might consider this a strength, that ideas can spread out and continue to evolve.
The problem is that they co-opted the red pill moniker, but make no mistake- they were doling out blue pills just as sure as if they had been the trolls mocking us to begin with. Whether through malice or ignorance, these groups managed to cave to the feminine imperative and pick and choose red pill tenets to believe, while still clinging to the falsehoods of blue pill fairy tales that made them feel good back in the old days.
Heck, like Cypher in the Matrix, I can see the allure to wanting to forget all this red pill stuff and go back to life before. It was comfortable believing in fairy-tale love and equality. But once you swallow the red pill, this is no longer an option.
But the groups on our borders still sit there with the tasty bait that things can be moderate, and that red pill isn't really so bitter afterall, you can hold on to your heart-warming delusions. That maybe the bitterness of the red pill is inherent with the sub and its unsavory members.
What's worse, is that these ideas can wheedle into our collective thoughts and are reflected by many users here. Perhaps our subscribers haven't even really thought about these memes before repeating them, they were collected from a red-pill source and regurgitated here. And the effects of the propaganda shine through, regardless of the intent of its originator or propagator, regardless of the veracity of the statements themselves.
We've heard a lot of these phrases here. "Too many people in the anger phase" or "too many spergs here" or "when you look past the misogyny" or "I don't agree with most things here, but..."
These are the beginnings of apologetics. They are pervasive and they are what destroys the long-term viability of this community.
I'm going to address a few subreddits on our borders, because I think it's time that the mod team take a public stance on them.
First, and foremost is PurplePillDebate, which I have been guilty of dabbling in on occasion. The primary takeaway from this subreddit is that in order to take part in a debate, you must first offer the obligatory apologies for the rough edges of TRP. Many well reasoned contributors who consider themselves red pill will introduce their argument with a leading apology such as "when you look past the misogyny," "hatred aside," or "it would be better without all the anger..."
If PPD is a battle for minds, then the apologists have decidedly lost. Accepting the frame that TRP is fundamentally flawed and working backwards from there ensures that the debate will only land at conclusions that benefit the feminine imperative. And the takeaway for any onlookers reading is that surely there is a moderate position somewhere in the middle- a "purple pill" of sorts. We can accept reality, except the parts that offend us. Those in the fringes of TRP may easily bite at such a delicious nugget rather than face the reality that the fairy tales are all false.
Other subs worthy of mention unfortunately include the Married Red Pill sub, which despite its efforts to give a safe haven to men who married while plugged in, has devolved into an exercise in rationalizing why it was a good idea to begin with. Despite my repeated attempts to help them steer into the right direction, I have been confronted by many members there simply defending marriage as a good decision for a man in western culture, one of whom was a moderator whose post read "knowing what I know now, I would get married all over again."
The argument uses a common theme that you might recognize. Those who don't get married simply "aren't alpha enough to survive a marriage." Marriage, to them, is red pill on hard mode, and only the best of the best survive. Interesting that shame should be the primary enforcer of this behavior. It reminds me of something... perhaps it's written about somewhere in our sidebar.
I imagine myself making a similar face reading about somebody bragging about surviving a game of russian roulette, trying to convince others it's a game of skill and that the bullets in the chamber are reserved only for those not strong enough to win.
There is much rationalization of marriage on our borders, and unfortunately much of it has been coming from who used to be our moderators for the /r/redpillwomen sub. It's disappointing that they ended up how they did (no longer moderating for us), but I suppose if I were to draw a life lesson from my experience on RPW, it would be that.. all women are like that.
For those who hadn't heard about the mods who left RPW, it essentially boiled down to a disagreement between them and me- where I intended to enforce these very principles I state here today, and they allowed petty interpersonal drama stand in the way of our mission. Ironic that they would act so typically like women, it's actually somewhat funny. I'm sure I'll write up a post in more detail about this soon.
Anyhow, the resounding argument from these ex-RPW women was that marriage was a necessary part of life for those in upper echelons of society. That upwards mobility was limited and determined by marriage status and that anybody with aspirations of high society or positions of power much consider marriage to be a staple part of their strategy.
On the surface, this would seem to ring true. Many, if not most, politicians are married. The rich tend to be married (often more than once). It would seem as though marriage was an important part of moving up the status ladder.
The problems with this reasoning are multi-fold. It frames the discussion of marriage as though the "status ladder" itself is one we should care to climb. In fact, thinking about this for a second reminds me that it is women who care about the social status of males. Climbing this ladder directly serves the imperative of women. Of course the threat of shame or social ostracization would make an appearance. We are essentially reading women's endorsement of a pro-women strategy... also known as the feminine imperative.
That we would need marriage to find personal success has been thoroughly debunked by discussion on TRP. Much like the higher-education industry has tricked generations of students that going $500,000 in debt is the only way to succeed in life, the feminine imperative has successfully tricked men everywhere that marriage is a prerequisite of success and status, and that status is an ultimate goal that would serve themselves. They have framed this quite well as self improvement. But is it "improvement for self?" I think not.
The statistics may show a number of rich or powerful men being married. But every man is the maker of his own fortune. These statistics may show correlation, but they do not imply causality. Further, it should be noted that older generations rich and poor are more likely to be married or stay married. There's no reason to follow in their footsteps rich or poor.
But these blue pill swallowing border-groups eat this up, because it helps rationalize their addiction to their fairy tale reality. That marriage is a necessary component to success is just the evidence they need to keep clinging on to the blue pill lies that they were comfortable believing to begin with.
And while we can't control these border-groups who sit on the outskirts and dangle blue candy at us, we can and will address the erosion of our focus being caused by them, who bring their BP views into our sub via subconscious propaganda.
We will be extra vigilant against those who care to regurgitate the nonsense originating from these places. Anger is not a phase, we won't tolerate tone policing, and we're not changing who we are.
Interestingly - as a side note- the minute the ex-RPW mods were scorned, their behaviors and attitudes switched off like a lightswitch, all the work and effort put into the sub in the past between myself and them was suddenly null and void. And they began their propaganda campaign against the RPW and TRP subs (in places like PPD and MRP as well as TBP), assuming the roles of blue pillers almost immediately. Suddenly, their view on TRP had always been negative, we had always been chumps, TRP has always been wrong.
Sure, ladies. We have countless texts dedicated to describing just how typical your behavior is.
We've got new mods for RPW now, and seasoned mods here on TRP ready to pull the trigger when somebody crosses over the line.
So here's to another 150,000 subscribers. We're ready for it.
We have a couple big announcements coming up in the next few weeks, so look forward to that. New content coming your way, new ideas, and some new stuff that should be really friggin cool. Stay tuned.