By David Futrelle
Jordan “Women are Chaos” Peterson got into a bit of hot water a couple of months back when he told a reporter for the New York Times that some sort of “enforced monogamy” might be necessary to make sure the supply of women is properly distributed amongst the male population.
When people asked him what the holy fuck he was talking about, the Canadian fussbudget and Intellectual Dark Web icon insisted that he wasn’t advocating the “arbitrary dealing out of damsels to incels” or anything like that; no, he was just advocating the “social enforcement of monogamy” so that the sort of men who might turn to violence if they can’t get their hands on women would be able to get their hands (and wedding rings) on women.
He didn’t specify exactly HOW one might “socially enforce” such an outcome, though traditionally this sort of thing tends to involve considerable “socially enforced” (and legally enforced) restrictions on female sexuality.
Conveniently, some less-inhibited thinkers have been more willing to step forward with specific suggestions. One of those solution-providers is the energetically misogynistic neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin. In a recent post on his Daily Stormer site, Anglin offers a detailed plan designed to enforce monogamy by putting the “stupid whores” of today back in their place.
While Anglin is less concerned with redistributing sex than he is with increasing baby production, his plan would do both things at once. In a post with the lovely title “Stupid Whores Want to Spend Time Guzzling Cock Rather Than Producing Children,” Anglin explains what he sees as the central problem with women today:
Over a 25 year period, women in America have decided as a group that they are going to put off pregnancy in order to suck dicks, parade around like sluts, and get money through affirmative action hoax jobs to buy shitty, pointless consumer goods. … a huge percentage of women are waiting til their wombs dry-up on their eternal cock-quest and not even having kids at all.
It’s true that women are, on average, having children later than they used to, and having fewer of them. As the New York Times has recently noted, “the average age of first-time mothers is 26, up from 21 in 1972, and for fathers it’s 31, up from 27.”
This is actually, as Vox explained not long ago, the result of some rather progressive trends: a dramatic drop in teen pregnancies and a larger percentage of women in the work force, which has led more women in the 30-44 year age range to have kids. (It’s not clear to what extent dick-sucking and slut-parading have affected these larger trends. I should also note that Anglin is himself a 34-year-old man with no children, though he clearly doesn’t see his own bachelor lifestyle as part of the problem.)
Anglin’s “solution” is to promote marriage and motherhood — and to basically launch an all-out cultural attack on female autonomy. “The only thing we can do is get women back in their place,” he writes, “and we have to do that by disincentivizing whoring around.”
Along with restrictions on divorce and financial incentives for young married couples with children, Anglin recommends a few things that sound more than a little like something you might find in a GOP platform:
- Changing public school sex-ed courses to inform women that whoring is gross …
- Offering motherhood classes in public schools, informing girls that “mother” is a valid career choice
- Further restricting access to abortion and other birth control
But Anglin has some slightly more radical ideas as well:
- Men need to start publicly calling women whores
- Men need to STOP thinking women are above them, and start generally treating them like shit
- Men need to start telling women they have no purpose but to create children
- Divorced women need to be shunned by everyone in society
- We need more “no hymen, no diamond” memes (I don’t really think this is a valid position for most men to take, but they are great memes which make women go insane – they HATE it when it is pointed out to them that they are filthy whores)
He ends with this, er, miniature manifesto, which he puts in bolded type for emphasis:
These wombs belong to us, not the idiot creatures that they are attached to. They were given to us by God to reproduce ourselves within. The dumb animals they are attached to were supposed to serve us, but they have gotten out of control. We always need to be looking for new ways to get these stupid animals to give us back the wombs they have stolen from us.
“Enforced monogamy” would be ugly. Jordan Peterson’s version of it might not be quite as drastic as Anglin’s, but it would also, of necessity, require stigmatizing female sexual autonomy and independence. It would require, to some degree, putting “women back in their place,” as Anglin bluntly puts it. It would also require what Anglin calls “disincentivizing whoring around.”
No, it wouldn’t require secret police kidnapping women and forcing them to marry the men who are currently declaring themselves “involuntarily celibate.” But it would require social pressure strong enough to send some women into the arms of these potentially quite dangerous men.
Peterson thinks that “enforced monogamy” would somehow reduce violence by reducing the frustrations of sexless men, forgetting that the sort of guy who threatens violence when he can’t get laid is likely to turn to violence if he deems his wife insufficiently obedient — or if he gets jealous of her talking, however innocently, with another man. “Enforced monogamy” won’t protect women from violence; it may put them more at risk. And the revival of “traditional” social restrictions on women would do damage of another sort.
Peterson often resorts to denials and obfuscation when people start asking about the implications of some of his more dire pronouncements — as he did, fairly successfully, when his “enforced monogamy” comments first stirred up controversy. And so Anglin may have done us all a favor of sorts by making a bit clearer what a nightmare “enforced monogamy” would be for women and for men who care about the rights of women and sexual freedom in general.