Not quite six years ago, A Voice for Men founder Paul Elam announced he was quitting Men’s Rights activism. As far as he was concerned, he had won a tremendous victory.
“The mission … to facilitate the entrance of men’s issues into the public discourse, has been successful,” he wrote, basically taking personal credit for the first half-decade of the misogynistic backlash that also brought us incel murder sprees and the he-man woman-hating club called MGTOW.
Elam never quite went away entirely; he poked his nose into the “public discourse” from time to time, though I can’t for the life of me remember anything specific he’s done since his “retirement.”
Apparently hungering for a little more attention than he’s been getting of late — roughly none — Elam has decided to retire for a second time, announcing in a post on A Voice for Men that he was quitting A Voice for Men and turning the whole thing over to a dude called Robert Brockway, who was some sort of editor there for the past who cares how many years.
Elam is once again claiming victory, because of course he is.
Fourteen years ago, I dedicated my life to fomenting a more honest dialogue about men and men’s issues and pushing that dialogue into mainstream consciousness. Thus, A Voice for Men was born. And today I can say in all honesty, and thanks to more people than I can count, that my dream has been fully realized. A Voice for Men kicked in the door on that dialogue wearing combat boots. Within 5 years we were attracting men to gather in person from all over the world. The website became a juggernaut with tens of millions of visitors.
Apparently Elam can’t tell the difference between “visits” and “visitors.” Or thinks you can’t.
A Voice for Men, alongside a handful of other content creators, forced Red Pill thinking into the collective cultural consciousness.
“Alongside a handful of other content creators.” How modest he is.
Elam also gives the publication credit for “captur[inng] the attention of a young feminist filmmaker named Cassie Jaye.” And hoo boy they did. She believed Elam’s bullshit and became essentially the Men’s RIghts Movement’s Leni Riefenstahl, putting forth an MRA-friendly propaganda film called The Red Pill that has basically been the movement’s only real publicity coup. So congrats for playing on Jaye’s gullibility, I guess.
Anyway, the new, post-Elam AVFM is off to a roaring start, featuring articles with riveting titles like “The Meaning of Man’s ‘Meaning of Life’ ” and “Rebutting Colttaine’s Nonsense and Thinking Beyond Notions of Female Omnipotence.” The former begins with this attention-grabbing lede:
It has been said that there needs to be a restoration of a sense of meaning in men’s lives. In a world where man is attacked as a people and as an archetype, there is no objection to this fact. The crisis is existential when the worth of a male individual is under extreme duress, that is, when it makes being a male something to be questioned and too often hated.
The latter is a 7000-word rebuttal to some dude’s
YouTube Bit Chute video.
Elam, meanwhile, is off to a new project called XY Crew, which as far as I can tell involves creepy dudes blabbing live on YouTube. I went to their website to learn more, but — pardon their dust! — it appears they aren’t quite ready for prime time.
Red arrow added by me.
Anyhoo, stay tuned as A Voice for Men slides even further into irrelevance.
Sorry, I meant “celebrates its great victory.”
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