There’s a logical fallacy called argument from ignorance. I have noticed something similar when dealing with Roissyite gamers/the Paleo-Game Cult/”red pills”/etc. It’s “argument from intentional blindness” where someone tries to pretend some piece of evidence doesn’t exist and attacks anyone who points out how such evidence does exist.
If you really read this blog regularly, then you know unless I’m in a hurry or repeating something for the 15th time or its a site I don’t want to provide traffic to, I provide links when I’m talking about something the Paleo-Game Cult believes or a Roissyite gamer said. I have not made anything up. I provide evidence. Everything I have said about the so called manosphere is based on evidence. In many cases I’m simply quoting or paraphrasing the insane crap someone in the manosphere has written. This is why it’s important to actually read the links I provide.
I have noticed that anytime someone from the so called manosphere starts arguing with me, they almost always ignore the evidence I provide. I saw on a manosphere blog recently where someone quoted something I wrote to make me look crazy. To do that he had to strip the links from the text he quoted. This person hid all of the evidence that shows I was right about what I said. Why hide my links? Because tis person can’t have anyone actually reading my evidence. It would destroy his assertion that I’m crazy.
This problem is also seen in other forms in the manosphere. Back when I was talking about A Voice For Men linking to Hawaiian Fat Blob, Paul Elam admitted to only reading a handful of Hawaiian Fat Blob’s posts. (Here is an example of me providing a link to show evidence of what I am talking about.) What happened there was that Paul Elam basically said that because he didn’t read it, everything I have been documenting of Hawaiian Fat Blob’s bullshit or other manosphere bullshit doesn’t exist.
This mentality is pervasive in the manosphere. I have lost count of how many times I have seen the response of “just ignore them” or “I just ignore the white supremacists/conspiracy theorists/other kooks” when someone points out the white supremacists or other insanity in the manosphere. Engaging in this kind of intentional blindness doesn’t make them go away. Plus, they can’t will other people to ignore whatever content they wished to be ignored. For example, the SPLC will not care that some manosphere residents want to ignore certain people in the manosphere like the white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, or other kooks. Anybody on the outside who is undecided when it comes to feminism vs. mens rights isn’t going to ignore the kooks in the manosphere just because they are told to by some manosphere denizens. Cries of “the SPLC (or manboobz) lies!” are not going to be convincing to anyone outside the manosphere when they aren’t going to practice the intentional blindness that many members of the manosphere do.
This is another reason why the concept of the “manosphere” is completely useless. Not only does it sully the MRM by linking it to white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, Roissyite gamers, paleo dieters, and other kooks, but it makes MRAs look even worse because many manosphere members are arguing from a position that makes them look to be morons or liars to someone on the outside who doesn’t practice intentional blindness.