Be kind to mgtows and anyone trying to leave a cult.
Goal: Setting out to prove that fringe/angry/seemingly backwards minded internet groups are in fact cults.
Hashtag Cult Definition:
Hashtag cults are groups that signal membership by using a hashtag or keyword. This allows the group to operate on many different sites and makes them difficult to pin point. They use the hashtag model to spread propaganda on a variety of social media sites without having a central account. This is usually because their ideas are offensive or their methods of communicating are abusive and border on website policy violations.
These groups include but are not limited to: MGTOW, Incel, and flat earth. We have evidence from testimony of group members and former members that these groups are outlets for scape-goating emotional problems and that the negative response on the internet only further entrenches them into their isolated group-think/cult.
CAN WE PROVE CO-OPTING + BRAINWASHING (self-hypnosis)=CULT:
In our investigation, many of these individuals are admittedly mentally ill. All seem to feel like victims/want to feel like victims, and in another light some might even say they have “Societal Munchausen’s." The danger of inviting them to the table, so to speak, is the misconception that someone in a cult (also, someone brainwashed, someone mentally ill) cannot present stunning logic. These people are usually and likely more logical than the average sexist or misogynist because they spend countless hours logicking out why their beliefs are correct, as opposed to the average person who may hold sexist beliefs without really knowing why or spending time thinking or educating themselves about it.
YOU CAN’T DEBATE A CULT MEMBER: We have a soft spot for mental illness and people dealing with mental health issues, and think that pain in general is rarely faked, although often concealed. The type of pain may be faked in order to mask the true source, but it is still there and is a cry for help. The kid with the fake stomach ache is still hurting, just in a different way than he’s admitting. Inviting them to a debate would be unhelpful to any experts doing good work in the world of women’s rights because these are people not on the bell curve, but on the margins, and would actually take away from the real issue. These people are in pain and more appropriate for a discussion with experts about why these behaviors manifest (lashing out on the internet, etc,) Putting a person on the defensive only pushes them further in their direction
Our approach will be to have a grand unified theory about these being cults and why we think labeling them this way can actually be a step in the right direction of helping people. Because there has been no progress in “healing” mgtows and other secular cults or a unified approach on how to do that, we want to basically test if using this theory would be a way to do that. So all of the experts we speak with, we will present our theory and see how it gets refined, refuted, etc. being completely open to the fact that an expert on cults, for example, may say we’re completely wrong. Even if we’re wrong it will be interesting and important to show mgtows/brainwashed minds how a theory can be refuted and changed by gaining outside education and expertise.
PROJECT APPROACH: We will be only grabbing evidence from first hand accounts: Interviews with abuse experts, abuse victims, and cult members and cult experts.
If you are a survivor or a cult or abuse or a MGTOW looking to talk to a kind ear either publicly or anonymously, please contact us.
Mgtow is a cult and we are explaining how it works. You probably know someone in this cult.
go to hashtagcult.org/ for details