A Cri De Couer: The Beginning of the Jewish Manosphere?

I believe that the Jewish world – from the Orthodox to the secular – needs its own manosphere: a virtual community that emphasizes and strengthens Jewish male positive roles, prevents injustices against men by women and ensures better relations between the sexes. A community that would dispense red pill wisdom without the crassness and borderline pornography you see in the pick-up community. The Jewish equivalent of Dalrock, Haley’s Halo and the immortal grerp, if you will.

A recent blog post by a frum baal bayit may well be the start of such an online discussion. Like most starts, it is far from flawless. The essay about men’s problems in O Judaism is rambling and often incoherent. Still, the post does make the following important talking points:

1) The male baal bayit is a second class citizen in O Judaism. They are often considered less than talmidei chachamim. There are role models for talmidei chachamim, women, lay leaders – but none for baalei bayit. He can expect criticism and opprobrium from all corners but very little praise and exhaltation. The life of a baal bayit is often nothing more than lots of hard work and constant demands.

2) Shalom bayit classes often start from the assumption that women are wonderful and the men are layabouts. This is similar to the “man up” lectures in American churches of today.

3) The mass media coverage of sarvanut creates the impression that men are solely responsible for marriage problems and divorces. Yet frivolous divorce by O women is never discussed – even though it may be common (We don’t have any research on the subject to know for sure). And we haven’t even discussed the moral swamp of cuckoldry – regardless of how common it is.

I hope that discussion on these issues permeates the Jewish world. We should not let the desire to improve the woman’s lot in Judaism to result in leaving the men behind.


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5 Responses to A Cri De Couer: The Beginning of the Jewish Manosphere?

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  2. some guy says:

    I don’t have much time this evening, but I want to thank you for this post, and the link to the frum baal bayit.

    I am a mostly lapsed conservative Jew. I’d be less lapsed apart from the horrible reception given to me after my divorce from the local synagogue. Whatever.

    I read the “manosphere” as a mostly liberal, relatively well educated and I am mostly appalled.
    It is certainly the case that feminists lie and smear the fathers rights activists and the mens rights activists but “we” give them such easy targets.

    I wonder who the intellectuals are of the mens rights movement. I really don’t see very many (any?) I wonder where the Jewish mens rights equivalents of the Jewish feminists are. I wonder why no one is there to help me enforce my visitation rights. I wonder why I see so many male Jewish “intellectuals” so eager to defame and dismiss the actual documented real problems of court bias and cultural bias.

    I see a mens movement mostly rudderless, desperate for attention and still never understanding how their antics make it so easy for others to dismiss them as cranks.

    • AIWAC says:

      Thank you for your reply. I’m sorry to hear about your story and I hope things improve for you soon.

      It’s true that there are many cranks in the “men’s” movement. Right now, the overwhelming majority of male intellectuals are feminists or feminist fellow travelers. However, there are many who are serious writers (Helen Smith, Dalrock &c) who could serve as the nucleus for the movement.

      Why not start a blog of your own where you can demonstrate that “men’s rights” has serious people, too? I, for one, would love to read it.

      Gmar Chatimah Tovah,

      Avi “AIWAC” Woolf

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  4. Karl says:

    >> I wonder who the intellectuals are of the mens rights movement. I really don’t see very many (any?)

    you clearly don’t know how to use Google.

    Please don’t immigrate to Israel. You will be a burden to us. Stay there in Babylonia. Please.

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