WTF is a MGTOW? A Glossary

On this blog, MRA does not mean Magnetic Resonance Angiography

For newcomers to this blog, here’s a handy guide to some of the strange acronyms and lingo you’ll encounter here and in the “manosphere” in general. (For a definition of that term, see below.) I will update this entry periodically as needed.

First, the acronyms you’ll see most often here:

MRA: Men’s Rights Activist
MRM: Men’s Rights Movement

MGTOW: Men Going Their Own Way MGHOW: Man Going His Own Way.

Ok, so what do those terms mean?

MRM: The Men’s Rights Movement: A loosely defined, but largely retrograde, collection of activists and internet talkers who fight for what they see as “men’s rights.” Unlike the original Men’s Movement, which was inspired by and heavily influenced by feminism, the self-described Men’s Rights Movement is largely a reactionary movement; with few exceptions, Men’s Rights Activists (or MRAs) are pretty rabidly antifeminist, and many are frankly and sometimes proudly misogynistic. Those who oppose the MRM are generally not against men’s rights per se; they are opposed to those who’ve turned those two words into a synonym for some pretty backwards notions.

MGTOW: Men Going Their Own Way: As the name suggests, MGTOW is a lot like lesbian separatism, but for straight dudes. MGTOW often talk vaguely about seeking “independence” from western and/or consumer culture, and a few MGTOW try to live that sort of zen existence. But most of those who embrace the term have a deep hostility towards and/or profound distrust of feminists and women in general. Many MGTOW refuse to date “western women” and some try to avoid women altogether.  I think the Man Going His Own Way acronym MGHOW adds another layer of confusion to an already awkward acronym, so I use MGTOWer instead.

Some other terms and acronyms you’ll run across here:

Anglosphere: Countries in which English is the primary language, or, more narrowly, those countries that used to be British colonies. They are full of evil Western Women (see below).

Incel: Involuntarily Celibate. A term, and identity, adopted by some dateless guys (as well as some women, but it’s the men we’ll focus on here). While there is nothing shameful about being dateless, or a virgin, or having a really long dry spell sexually — most of us have been there at some point — the term “involuntarily celibate” seems to suggest that the world owes incels sex, and that women who turn down incel men for dates or sex are somehow oppressing them. For those (male, straight) incels who are genuinely socially awkward or phobic, this can be a self-defeating stance that can lead to bitterness towards women. And often does.

Mangina: Derogatory term used by MRAs, MGTOW, etc. to describe guys who disagree with them — e.g., me. You can figure out the various connotations of this term yourself.

The Manosphere: The loose collection of blogs, message boards, and other sites run by and/or read by MRAs, MGTOW, and assorted friendly Pick-up Artists. The primary source of material for this blog.

NAWALT: Not All Women Are Like That. Dudes in the manosphere make so many ridiculous and untrue generalizations about women that they’ve come up with their own little acronym to describe the most common reaction to their nonsense: “not all women are like that.” Remarkably, many seem to think that making a reference to NAWALT is actually some sort of clever rebuttal of their critics.

PUA: Pick-up Artist. PUAs are obsessed with mastering what they see as the ultimate set of techniques and attitudes — known as “Game” — that will enable them to quickly seduce almost any woman they want. There is a vast literature on “game” online, though PUA (insofar as it is not complete bullshit) is at its essence simply a male version of the age-old ploy of “playing hard to get.”

Western Women: Also known as WW. Evil harpies, at least according to many in the manosphere. Contrasted with “foreign women,” a term that (in the manosphere, at least) sometimes refers to all women outside the Anglosphere, but often refers to a subset of these women from poor and/or Eastern countries, mostly Asian, who are regarded as more pliable and thus more desirable to haters of “Ameriskanks” and other WW.

  1. LOL! I hope my tickets arrive soon. Feminist high counsel would have words with me if I’m late.

  2. I’m looking forward to the radical separatist events at this year’s Gender Olympics: Vagina Vault and Robertasled.

    As usual, MRAs are expected fo be competitive at douchecanoeing.

  3. Buttercup Q. Skullpants

    *to, not fo. That fentence lookf like a fixfteenth fentury manufcript.

  4. Michael from Australia

    As men drop out & go their own way you’ll see society getting worse. Predator states that have strong families & hegemony will, no doubt look at weak nations. You’ll get invaded, and voila!!
    Don’t pretend not to care, you WILL suffer in the future

  5. Sure, men will totally all go their own way, the world will end and the sky will fall on us. /s

  6. Buttercup Q. Skullpants

    Uh, Michael, Australia is a Defcock 2 nation. They’re going to be invading you. Don’t kid yourself that the conquerors are going to issue you your own concubine. More likely, you’ll end up in an Objectivist casserole.

    This is just a thinly veiled variation on the old “nice gender you’ve got there” protection racket. Ladies, you’re going to need a man! To save you from men!

    Your sales pitch needs a little work.

  7. Have you considered that even if every thing you say is true Michael from Australia that some of us would rather be dead than in that life ? I mean, living like that is not really an incentive, is it ?

  8. Wow, possible misery and servitude in the future versus certain misery and servitude now. What a choice!

  9. @Michael
    See, I’m having trouble believing you when you suggest that the silly feminist countries will be invaded by the manly-man family-focused countries, as I’m pretty sure that what you mean by “strong families” is “traditional patriarchal family structure.” Because that’s what MGTOWs have whined for since the start. Here’s one thing: you MGTOWs are not as strong in number as you wish to believe, and the majority of men out there are in agreement with the idea that women are also people and should receive equal treatment. So there really won’t be much of a dent in society if and when (emphasise on if) you lot actually fucking finally DO go your own way (could you just hurry up with that already??).

    Here’s the biggest flaw in your prediction – the countries that have strong laws in gender equality and a flexible family structure are doing pretty well for themselves economically and could hold their own in a battle. Examples: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, etc. Countries that are very patriarchal in their ways…well…they’re not doing so good and never really have done. Burundi, Somalia, Syria, UAE, Iran, Columbia, Peru, Bangladesh, Haiti etc.

    Sorry Michael, but it looks like the strongest countries are the pro-feminism ones. And since MGTOWs are such a small group, very little will change if you guys do up and GYOW like you say you will.

    So yeah. Pop goes that theory.

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