So, um, we’ve already seen the split between PUA’s and MRA’s a little while back. Anyone reading articles from both sides had to have seen it coming. Although many critics see the manosphere as one big lump, it’s obvious that the different ideologies are ultimately incompatible. I believe that writers such as Typhone Blue and Girl Writes What (among many others who are far more obscure) are laying down the foundations for what will be comparable or counter theory to feminist theory such as patriarchy, hegemonic masculinity, etc… I also believe that Paul Elam’s views on acquittal at a rape trial will also be an ideological divide between future MRA factions.
Now onto the MGTOW’s. I don’t believe that it is necessarily impossible that a self-proclaimed MGTOW could use elements of game or things that they’ve read on MRM sites. They may be an amalgamation of several ideologies. So, let me state here that MGTOW has probably existed since the beginning of mankind. There’d always be men who went against cultural expectations of marriage and family for whatever reasons. There’d always been guys who went against the grain. The difference now is that these guys can communicate online. I believe however that you’ll see more of a break between the MRA’s and MGTOW’s pretty soon. MRA’s will “complain” about societal injustice and propose solutions to change it. MGTOW’s will find ways to buck the system rather than worrying about changing it. After all, if a man decides never to marry, will he really give a damn if divorce laws are unfair? He may have compassion for other men hurt by these laws or he might think of those guys as chumps. However, he won’t really see it as his battle to go out and make a change.
Individual men may “opt out” for various reasons. Some will fit the stereotype of the basement dwelling neck bearded virgin to a tee. Others may become accomplished in various areas of their lives. They are the type that a nosy stranger would incredulously ask “You don’t have a girlfriend, why not?” They are the type that may have had some female attention since adolescence or may have been a late bloomer. These are the guys who might have “options” but choose other things besides the pursuit of women as the focal point of their lives.
Now, one issue where I think we’ll see a split from various MGTOW’s is on prostitution. It will be similar to how this is a decisive issue among feminists, although, perhaps for different reasons. Some MGTOW’s are likely to point out that men using such services are still continuing the transfer of wealth from men to women even if they aren’t getting married. Other MGTOW’s will probably take the stance that one cannot overcome their biology–if paying for sex is the least compromising to their world view and easiest way for them to attain it, then that will be their proper path. I believe that the general shaming in culture that is used by feminists, PUA’s and So-Cons such as “man-up” is becoming less effective. I don’t know if this will manifest as a greater acceptance of virginity in males or more tolerant attitudes towards pornography and prostitution in the western world. I know many may contest this and say things are measurably moving in the opposite direction.
Now, all this is just pure speculation from a guy whose read tons of articles across the gendersphere. I don’t have scientific training on how to read research papers and my eyes glaze over when I’m shown a graph. Trigger Warning-this is written by a het-cis able bodied male to use that dismissive term used by those who think they are holier than thou. Hey, it’s my perspective and at the end of the day, all I really know. As with everything you read, take with a grain of salt….