It was January 2011 when I first discovered the Manosphere. A friend who had been recently frivorced introduced me, In his case, he had found the PUA part of it when trying to determine what had happened to him. After his introduction to PUA knowledge, I discovered the rest of it. The following is from my interpretation of what seemed to be happening. Of course, I only saw a slice of the situation, so others may have different experiences.
Back in 2011, there was still a newness. Of course, it was all new to me, but irrespective of that, there did seem to be many men out there looking for answers. Many men commented on blogs, and through this, information was exchanged and theory built. Back in those days I was a frequent visitor of the Spearhead. And from the spearhead, I found Dalrock’s and other blogs. Back in those days, the comment threads on Dalrock often exceeded 1000, with a huge number of contributors. And once again, so very many of the commenters were newbie types.
The a bit later Sunshine Mary’s blog started. Since it was hosted by a lady, it was naturally coed. I was one of the first regulars; and as she liked my dry humor, I was encouraged to stay. With many women involved, the discussions were often contentious,; but out of this came a further development and understanding of the red pill. It struck me that the Manosphere was maturing. Eventually Sunshine Mary was “outed” (she was a bit careless with personal info, I knew who she really was before she was outs, so I was not totally shocked). The way that she was treated was telling though. It was very vicious indeed. Probably in large part it was because she was a lady, and was considered to be an Uncle Tom by others. She could not be so easily dismissed as a bitter loser guy; and was starting to hit in the weak spots of Feminism. Which brings up the next point, the Manosphere was starting to be noticed.
Eventually I moved on to Just4Guys and then here to Spawny’s. I have written much here, and much of it has been a consolidation of knowledge that has been developed over the recent years in the Manosphere. It would appear that it has reached an initial level of maturity, and this would be a good thing.
Recently FuzzieWuzzieBear commented that there does not seem to be as much action around the Manosphere as there used to be. Perhaps this is true. Readers can chime in on this. If true, this is probably because the initial rush of fellas of all ages interested in the subject have come and some have gone. Probably many of the new visitors will be from young men in their teens and twenties just coming of age; a smaller cohort. It is incumbent on us to refine, adapt and apply this knowledge to current conditions and events for their benefit.
Exit question: What does the future in the Manosphere hold?