Let me start by stating that I never followed the news about the recent Isla Vista murders closely. One part of it was that, as cynical as that sounds, I simply didn’t see Rodger as an impressive, dangerous criminal compared to other mass murderers of recent years such as Seung-Hui Cho or Anders Breivik. But the more important reason was that the way the mainstream media tried to spin this event as yet another horrific manifestation of societal misogyny and the way it depicted Rodger as part of some violent, twisted online subculture of white male rage and white male sense of sexual entitlement was so utterly predictable it made me lose whatever amount of curiosity I had left about this issue. We’re at a point where the media ritual of manufactured outrage based on distortion of the truth and outright lies is a regular occurence, implemented by cultural commissars rehashing the same old liberal feminist “arguments” over and over. I share the opinion that such violent acts perpetrated by enraged, mentally unstable men, no matter how rare or random, are simply unavoidable in a sexual dystopia such as the current one. There’s not much more to say about that.
It follows that I didn’t bother to read Rodger’s manifesto either. However, this article on Return of Kings brought my attention to one short part of it. On page 129, Rodger writes:
I visited my mother’s house quite often in the Autumn. To my extreme rage, I discovered that my sister now had a boyfriend, and that she had lost her virginity. She had casually ‘dated’ boys in the past, but never to the serious extent that she did with this one. This one was a half White, half Mexican named Samuel, and I immediately took an intense disliking to him when I was first introduced to him. He seemed like the typical obnoxious slob that most young girls are sexually attracted to. Georgia invited him to my mother’s house all the time, and it angered me to watch him lurking about, eating my mother’s food and drinks, and making use of my mother’s house. He was freeloading off my mother, and she didn’t even realize it.
I eventually grew to hate him after I heard him having sex with my sister. I arrived at the house one day, my mother being at work, and heard the sounds of Samuel plunging his penis into my sister’s vagina through her closed room door, along with my sister’s moans. I stood there and listened to it all. So my sister, who was four years younger than me, managed to lose her virginity before I did. It reminded me of how pathetic I was, that at the age of twenty-two, I was still a virgin. I hated her boyfriend as well. My sister said that he’s been with other girls before her, and I’m sure he lost his virginity at a much younger age. It is such an injustice. The slob doesn’t even have a car, and he is able to get girlfriends, while I drive a BMW and get no attention from any girls whatsoever.
First of all, one cannot help but notice how he decided to describe what he viewed as an act of outrageous promiscuity. No, that half-breed freeloader didn’t simply penetrate her or get laid with her; he was “plunging his penis” into her warm, wet hole. Of course, a young guy who never got to plunge his erect cock into an enthusiastic, young and pretty girl is to be expected to give such a blatantly naturalistic depiction of an act he obviously craves to replicate so much (although ideally not with his own sister).
We can, of course, dismiss Rodger as a mentally ill, anti-social product of poor upbringing, a dreg left in ignorance of the reality of human sexual behavior, and thus dismiss his manifesto as the ramblings of a lunatic. However, it’s probably fair to say not even the average, mentally sound young man would be terribly elated to arrive home only to find his younger sister getting boned hard, although behind closed doors, by some guy he doesn’t like that much. It’s true that we’re living in modern societies where the widespread consensus is that 18-year-old heterosexual girls have the right to experience sexual pleasure with a man if they want to (as the quote makes it clear, that was the age of Rodger’s sister Georgia at the time of this incident). We can even go further and say that a psychologically healthy, mature young man should not object to his legally bangable sister getting some good banging – after all, the sexual urge is an integral part of our lives, and suppressing it is neither natural nor enjoyable, especially not in a culture where premarital sex is accepted as normal and female personal happiness and autonomy are viewed as the ultimate moral good.
But evolution doesn’t change in the way culture does. When Gunnery Sergeant Hartman invites Private Joker over to his house to fuck his sister in the movie Full Metal Jacket, probably no viewer’s surprised when this “invitation” is followed by a big punch. Basic evolutionary psychology compels fathers to guard their daughters and brothers to guard their sisters, to ensure that they don’t get banged by men that, from a male point of view, aren’t “eligible”. The purpose isn’t to rob them of opportunities for sexual fulfillment, it’s to protect their long-term interests. We instinctively know that sperm is cheap while eggs are expensive, which entails that an unwanted pregnancy is a much bigger disadvantage to the mother than to the father – or, more precisely, the sire/impregnator. What young man would want his sister to be left pregnant by some alpha lout who disappears after copulation, never to be seen again?
We also instinctively know that a woman diminishes her chances of eliciting commitment from a high-value man by openly engaging in promiscuous sex with a string of men. Do women resort to “anti-slut defense” and “plausible deniability” because it’s a cultural construct foisted upon them by the patriarchy, or because they know it simply serves their own interest to behave that way, regardless of cultural norms? The answer is obvious. Another fact, although less known, is that the more sexual partners a woman has had, the less capable she is of forming a long-term emotional bond with a new man. This can be another reason for the guarding behavior mentioned above.
The reality on the ground, however, is that this behavior is dysfunctional in modern society, which largely explains why it’s disappearing. An unwanted pregnancy is much less likely when contraceptives are widely available, and even if it happens, it’s very unlikely to ruin the life of an upper-class girl like Rodger’s sister in a world where legal and safe abortion is also available, not to mention that the use of contraceptives and/or abortion no longer carries social stigma and single motherhood is even celebrated in the media as a heroic and selfless act. And eliciting commitment from a man doesn’t even nearly have the same economic importance for women it used to have anyway. The “protective older brother” routine is a laughable relic of the past.
Rodger was unwilling to accept any of that. He demanded to live in a society where a man has to have a fancy car and a fancy job (or a fancy amount of inherited wealth) if he wants to have sexual access to hot blond sorority girls from the same social class – a society which existed once but is gone, probably forever. As he says in his manifesto, he knew that the guy named Samuel who was roguring her sister had other sexual partners before, but his newest conquest accepted that. He probably knew in his gut that Samuel was going to move on and find other partners for casual sex, and that his sister will probably do the same.
He knew that Samuel, this car-less “nobody”, was getting free sex in his (i.e. Rodger’s) mother’s house, with her approval – sex he didn’t have to “qualify” for in any traditional way (i.e. showing his potential as a future provider), consequence-free sex that didn’t obligate him to do anything, sex that didn’t make him indebted to Rodger’s sister or her family in any way. And he even got free meals and drinks. This is the reality of the current sexual marketplace. Being the blue pill chump that he was, Rodger found this incomprehensible and unacceptable. We can be sure there are many similar betas today put in the same situation and feeling more or less the same way, regardless of the state of their mental health.
We can speculate how Rodger’s life’d have unfolded if he was born 50 or 60 years earlier. In all likelihood, one day he’d have found his sister getting pounded behind closed doors in his mother’s house in the same way. The likely difference (unless his sister becomes a hippie) is that the “suitor” would have been a young man with a well-paying job and a car who had been courting his sister for months, likely to have already been viewed by his own family and the Rodgers as the future husband of Elliot’s sister.
After all, premarital sex has always been common, but it has normally taken place between established, long-term couples who were likely to get married in their near future. Elliot’d have probably felt the same kind of innate discomfort, even revulsion, when hearing his sister’s moans, but would have probably viewed that sex act as more or less within the bounds of behavior he was taught is normal and acceptable. And it’s unlikely he’d have ever become blatantly envious of the sexual options of his sister’s boyfriend.
Those were times when society was invested in coddling the illusions of blue pill beta chumps, and mentally disturbed young men were more closely monitored and kept in line through social pressure instead of getting abandoned to their fate. But reality smacks them hard on the head in current times. We find another example of that on page 47 of Rodger’s manifesto, brought to my attention by the same RoK article I linked to above:
The very last day of Ninth Grade was the worst. I was having P.E. at the gym, and one of my obnoxious classmates named Jesse was bragging about having sex with his girlfriend. I defiantly told him that I didn’t believe him, so he played a voice recording of what sounded like him and his girlfriend having sex. I could hear a girl saying his name over and over again while she panted franticly. He grinned at me smugly. I felt so inferior to him, and I hated him.
Oracle Z, the author of the RoK article, sees this as a sign of a “permissive society and media which over-sexualizes young children, making them think sex as a form of self-validation”. I’d say that’s too much blame to put on “society”, which is nothing but a faceless, nameless phantom anyway. If we want to be honest with ourselves, boys normally already have an interest in sex by the time they enter 9th grade, and the ability to secure sexual access to female peers will always have an impact on a young man’s social status and sense of self-worth. If you’re able to have regular sex with a girlfriend, or a string of girlfriends, or just random girls, or you simply demonstrate the opportunity to have sex with girls, you’re less likely to be dismissed by your male peers as a loser for whatever reason, and girls are more likely to give you attention and even listen to your opinion.
That’s simply the way things have always been, and it has nothing to do with social norms, permissiveness and media manipulation. The big difference today is that sex has pretty much become the only form of self-validation available to most young men in an era of declining economic opportunities and creeping matriarchy, and in old times they didn’t even have the technological tools to record evidence of their sexual success, so such claims could always be dismissed as empty boasting. Today unattractive males have their noses rubbed into their sexual failure all the time, as evidenced by Rodger’s story. This used not to be the case, but it is now, and it’s unlikely to change anytime in the near future. Those men who try to play by old rules that are neither enforced nor taken seriously anymore will only end up in misery.