Hat tip to innocentbystanderboston for finding this gloriously fiskable article. David French is a nasty piece of work even by Churchian standards.
Citation needed and we haven’t even reached the article’s dateline. This one feels special!
Terrible movements often intrude on our lives through the acts of terrible men.
In point of fact, most terrible movements are known to be terrible long before they reach Stage Weathermen.
And so it was on April 23, when a man named Alek Minassian drove a van on Toronto city sidewalks, deliberately ramming pedestrians. He killed ten and injured 16 before he stopped his rampage. Minassian, it turns out, was part of the so-called “incel rebellion,” a vicious online community of men who are angry that women won’t have sex with them.
Question, does that sound like what a sexually frustrated man would do? Try to kill 26 random people? Wouldn’t robbing a bank then visiting a whorehouse be rather more plausible? This circumstantial evidence suggests anger was his god, not sex.
In fact, I even have unanswered questions concerning Eliot Rodgers. When that story broke, my immediate reaction was “angry sodomite” and I’m still not convinced that his problem was that women wouldn’t bang him rather than all his male friends preferring women over Eliot.
No, really, that exists. “Incel” stands for “involuntarily celibate.” And self-described “incels” have developed an entire theory for their lack of sexual prowess — a theory that essentially blames women for being attracted to strong or rich men.
Or Charles Manson. Death Row Fan Club is more than real, I would expect it to appear on reality TV any day now if I ever watched TV. I don’t because this is exactly what passes for quality programming today.
“And it’s a theory that’s steeped in sexual entitlement, the belief that men somehow have a right to have sex.”
You’re close, Frenchy. Men have a need to have sex. Not quite the same thing; in fact, from the Tradcon perspective it’s worse because men don’t naturally want to wait until menopause ends Barbie’s life as a cum dumpster for bartenders.
Most incels aren’t violent: As Zack Beauchamp wrote in an interesting Vox piece, many are “simply sad and lonely men, suffering from extreme social anxiety or deep depression.” Others, however, have translated their heartbreak into rage and violence. Alek Minassian is one such man. Another is Elliot Rodger, a California man who went on a killing spree in 2014.
You wish, French. Most incels are remarkably honorable, stable, normal men. You think incels are losers with serious mental health problems because the alternative is questioning your daughter’s motivations for rejecting them. You know what you’ll find; that’s why you aren’t asking.
Earlier this week New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote a characteristically thoughtful piece noting in part that this sense of frustration and despair is a natural consequence of the sexual revolution. This revolution, “like other forms of neoliberal deregulation,” created “new winners and losers, new hierarchies to replace the old ones, privileging the beautiful and rich and socially adept in new ways and relegating others to new forms of loneliness and frustration.”
Hmm. First David French credits Vox’s Zack Beauchamp then the New York Times‘ Ross Douthat. Is French entirely happy with life among the Republicans? *checks bio* Ah, David French is a NeverTrumper. No, in fact he is NOT comfy with life on the right.
Begin Rant I remember, back in the day. I remember when pro-life advocates joined with abortionists when the idea was floated that women should be held responsible for killing their babies. After all, every single abortion happens only with the mother’s written approval. That was a world-stopper for me. Actual vertigo. One of the most polarized issues of the time (1980s-2010s) and it suddenly turned out that both sides were playing for the same team. Team Feminist.
You NeverTrumpers are every bit as disgusting & unworthy as those pro-lifers. You ‘courageously’ stand against the evil Democrats, forcing them to do slowly what they’d otherwise do quickly, but when you get a powerful candidate in the most powerful Federal position you join forces with the GAWDDAMNED NEW YORK TIMES to sabotage your own party’s success.
Trump is barely passable. He acts as though the main threat to USA is individuals within the civil service when in fact, it’s the civil service itself. The bureaucracy. A heroic, America-loving President would have reduced Federal headcount by at least 50% at this point and welfare by 100%. But no, Trump wasting time prosecuting child molesters and building a piddling little wall the Mexicans will simply crash with trucks is too radical an agenda for your tender, pinkish amygdala.
At least violent gang ‘migrants’ never pretended to be my friends. That makes Muzzie terrorists better people than you, you NeverTrumpers. Show some honesty and openly sneer at your supporters for being dumb enough to listen to you. End Rant
When it comes to incel, this is a new twist on an old story. Strip transcendence from the culture, replace the greater thing (genuine faith) with a lesser thing (sexual indulgence) that is not universally available, and the recipe for human misery is complete. When sex is the new god, what are the sexless to do?
It’s the same old story, no twist. If you young men want a chance with my daughter then jump through my hoops first. All of them! And I found some new ones while you were jumping through the old hoops! But if you refuse any of my demands then God hates you!
French has zero sympathy for male need for sex. Do old men forget how horny they once were or does National Review screen for dried-up prudes?
Substitute sex for wealth or status, and you see that this temptation has ancient and enduring roots.
A starving man worships the food he doesn’t have? A gong farmer gloats in his authority over day-old sewage? Wanting something very badly is not worship. You gonna change your religion to oxygen the first time you get waterboarded?
Ross is certainly correct that a conservative response dedicated to “reviving or adapting older ideas about the virtues of monogamy and chastity and permanence and the special respect owed to the celibate” is “not the natural response for a society like ours,” so I’d suggest a modification. Celebration of monogamy and chastity should be the result of the intended, much larger transformation. Put simply, one cannot locate his sense of transcendence in chastity or monogamy but rather in the obedience to and reverence for a living God.
HOLY SHEET, HE TOOK MY RANT’S ADVICE AND IS SNEERING AT HIS READERS! I knew this article was going to be special! “Get back on the Churchian plantation, you unsexy men, and great will be your reward of special respect owed to the celibate!”
The truth of Ecclesiastes 3:11 — that God set eternity in the hearts of men — has rarely been more obvious than in the present age. The truth of Ecclesiastes 3:11 — that God set eternity in the hearts of men — has rarely been more obvious than in the present age. And the endless, futile quest to replace the eternal with the temporal is crushing the human spirit. And, there is of course a Christian analog to this secular pursuit — the legalism of fundamentalism of all stripes, a legalism that places devotion to virtue over devotion to God, that makes, say, monogamy or celibacy the purpose of life rather than the consequence of pursuing the larger purpose.
We who grew up in the Church have heard this advice before. “God will give you a wife when she, er, He is ready! No need for you to feel any sexual desire before your wedding night and honestly, it’s for the best if you don’t feel any desire then, either.” It’s as unjustifiable, cruel and dismissive as ever.
If David French thinks sexual continence and lifetime monogamy is legalism then he’s either a closet Satanist or smoking crack.
The men of the incel movement are pursuing a god they can’t have. They’re in fact pursuing a god that will disappoint them even if they obtain what they want the most. And so they do what sinful men have done throughout all of human history. They lash out at the objects of their desire.
No woman should feel the least bit guilty for not desiring any man — no matter how many movies or television shows teach them that the nerd is the true prize, and the lonely man is the best catch. Instead it is the responsibility of the lonely man to find meaning apart from women. And that meaning happens to be found in a resurrected Christ who — unlike any other false god — can be found by any person who seeks His face.
I bet David French is a DODO, Dad Of Daughters Only. Per Wikipedia, he has 2 daughters of 3 kids and one daughter is an adopted Ethiopian… close enough. French isn’t just a closet Marxist, he’s a race traitor. I don’t just mean miscegenation, I mean going far out of his way to virtue-signal hostility to his own, white race.
The Right will not miss him.