The Daily Beast‘s Bonnie Bacarisse has discovered that the “Red Pill” “men’s rights” misogyny group that festers in the darkest crannies of online forums Reddit and 4chan was founded by Republican Rep. Robert Fisher (R-NH).
Her investigation into Fisher’s online aliases has produced evidence of appalling misogyny, rape apology, and pedophilia apology.
Writing under the username FredFredrickson, Fisher – whose father was a preacher – wrote “I’m going to say it—Rape isn’t an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot. I think he’d say it’s quite good, really.”
When asked whether it was creepy for a 40-year-old man to ogle the breasts of a fifteen-year-old girl, he replied “In my opinion, no. It’s evolutionarily advantageous and perfectly natural.”
Other little gems that Fisher has said in the past include that women have “sub-par intelligence,” that women’s personalities are “lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life.,” and that “It is literally the [female] body that makes enduring these things worth it.”
These kinds of responses are common themes found in the forums of the #RedPill group, who see feminism as a threat to traditional marriage and the power structures which place white men in socioeconomic dominance in American society.
The “Red Pill” moniker refers to the famous scene in the Matrix where the main character is offered a red pill that will bring harsh enlightenment of the “truth” and a blue pill that will return him to blissful ignorance.
An incubator for toxic masculinity and resentment against women for daring to demand equality and independence from men, the discussions on the #RedPill forums prominently feature racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia in addition to the complaints of self-entitled men who cannot understand why women don’t find them attractive.
They also are notorious for cultivating sexual predation strategies:
The Red Pill teaches “sexual strategy.” This includes how to “spin plates,” or balance sleeping with several women at once; how to respond to women’s “shit-tests,” a social device used to determine a suitor’s “fitness”; and how to practice “negging,” a game tactic involving a backhanded compliment calculated to undermine confidence and make a woman more vulnerable to advances. Red Pillers practice “dread game,” or intentionally instilling “dread” in a partner that you have other options, and various other techniques.
Of gaming women, Fisher said, “[Women have] absolutely done this to themselves. I feel zero regret or shame pumping and dumping.”
It appears that Fisher’s dating troubles prompted him to establish the group in 2012 as a way to vent about the fact that despite possessing all the qualifications of an “alpha male” he was still having trouble with women.
“I cannot be honest about my accomplishments or ambitions without ridicule. I am running for a state political position, I’m a high level exec in a franchising company, and I own two business locations in state. I found that stating it simply… nets me negativity on dates if I’m honest.”
Unable to come to grips with the fact that women are under no obligation to give him a moment of their time or the fact that it might be a problem with him and his abrasive personality, Fisher decided that feminism was to blame.
And now we see how the sexual frustration of young white men who spend too much time on the internet intersects with the so-called “family values” of conservatism, as Fisher notes:
Marriage, and yes, female oppression, slut shaming, religion, these were all a means to control hypergamy. Marriages might be considered loveless, and women might have been unhappy, but for men it meant marriages that lasted, commitments that continued, and protection against the fickle whims of females.
This is the kind of thinking that motivates Republican efforts to disenfranchise American women, to strip them of agency over their own bodies and punish them for engaging with their own sexuality.
It is beyond appalling that the Republican Party has welcomed a scumbag like this into their ranks, but not surprising. Fisher must be pressured to resign immediately.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.