The leader of the infamous NXIVM cult, Keith Raniere, was recently arrested in Mexico, accused of running a sex ring of female acolytes. He kept a rotation of 15-20 women he actively engaged in sex with. Each acolyte had Raniere’s initials branded on them near their pubic area.
It’s a fascinating story about an organization that started off providing “professional development seminars” to businesses, and somehow became a cult centered around Raniere, known to followers as “Vanguard”.
For our purposes here though, what is really interesting is the behavior of the women involved. For instance, after his arrest in Mexico, several women who were living with Raniere at the compound chased the police car in a vehicle. Or another example: the branding sessions were actually run by other women within the cult itself … i.e. Raniere didn’t hold anyone down and forcibly brand them. Moreover, some of the women involved were Hollywood celebrities like Allison Mack of Smallville fame, who was curiously enough even one of the women in Mexico chasing down the police car (as you can see in this video, and yes I just linked TMZ).
The point of all that is to show how women behave in cults. How easily persuaded they are by feelings and “flights of fancy” even to the point of engaging in illogical things. Sure this can happen to men as well, but the ubiquity of these stories involving women is observational data telling us something about the nature of women and their psychological processes. Hell, women have even begun deluging the Parkland High School mass shooter in Florida, Nicholas Cruz, with love letters and suggestive photos. Cruz killed 17 people during his rampage last month. The same thing (known as hybristophilia) has happened to Ted Bundy, the Boston Marathon bomber, and many other high-profile male criminals.
This all ties back to the War Brides theory that Rollo has expounded on The Rational Male. Women appear to be hard-wired to submit to the “conqueror”. Hard-wired to be attracted to men who exhibit narcissistic traits and/or psychopathic tendencies. Men who have the potential for violence.
Certainly there may be exceptions to this, but the phenomenon is widespread. Mainstream science refers to it using the term Stockholm Syndrome, which of course recasts the phenomenon as a form of “victimization”. But whether it is a form of victimization or simply an effective evolutionary survival strategy is a matter of subjective opinion.
Either way, this all tells us something very important about the nature of women, dating them, and even Feminism itself.
All of this really connects back to the myths that are propagated in the modern-day West about how men and women are the “same”, and the negative implications of that for dating and the sexual marketplace.
Even Science is grudgingly coming back to terms with what has always been conventional wisdom: that men and women are different, and what they want in a mating partner is different. Surprise surprise, science now says that men like slender women and women like rich men.
But there is a deeper lesson here amongst the cult-like behavior for dating and the modern man: Females like to submit to powerful men. They want to be led.
This is a foundational principle amongst men who “game” women, whether that be Red Pill adherents or old school pickup artist types or just your average player on the street. Principles like Frame and Amused Mastery are merely extensions of that central idea.
But it also tells us something important about the nature of Feminism as a political force, and its herd-like and cult-like attributes, and how easily it has molded into something it never intended to be. Something very different from what it started as.
That same need to be led, the engagement in feelings over facts, suggests that it was always bound to go too far. That, much like an individual man dating an individual woman, it needed to be led. That it needed men to eventually set boundaries and tell it “No”.
From a classical liberal perspective, you can see the fundamental danger here. The current dominant Cultural Narrative suggests that men and women are the same, that women don’t need to be led, that men shouldn’t set boundaries … and yet unleashes a female led movement upon the masses in such an environment where no reasonable constraints from men will be present. It is a recipe for disaster.
It is telling, no doubt, that we see most of the pushback against Feminism from other women. Women are unhappier than they have ever been in the last century, and continue only to become more so. Perhaps in the absence of male boundaries, the only impetus for restraint is overwhelming negative consequences.
But of course the easiest solution may be simply to teach Men how to be Men again.