Male Self-Loathing, Popular Music, and Passive-Aggressively Defusing Women’s Anger

James Blunt. Photo: Adam Ososki (CC)

James Blunt. Photo: Adam Ososki (CC)

Hugo Schwyzer wrote back in 2006:

I go back and forth between playing music while I write.  When I blog from home, I just open our Itunes account and let the party shuffle bring out a gloriously random mix.  When I need to do some serious writing, I turn down the sound to minimize the noise that goes into my head.  But just before I sat down to write, two songs I’ve recently downloaded came on, back to back: James Blunt’s “Goodbye My Lover” and Blue October’s “Hate Me.”  Both songs have been getting quite a bit of airplay, and they were catchy enough that I paid $.99 each for ‘em.

In both songs, the male singer seems to be cataloging his own shortcomings.  As popular and over-played as his music is, there’s something seductive about Blunt’s material, and his “Goodbye My Lover” ends:

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
I’m so hollow, baby, I’m so hollow.
I’m so, I’m so, I’m so hollow.

The “Hate Me” song concludes:

And with a sad heart I say bye to you and wave
Kicking shadows on the street for every mistake that I had made
And like a baby boy I never was a man
Until I saw your blue eyes cry and I held your face in my hand
And then I fell down yelling “Make it go away!”
Just make a smile come back and shine just like it used to be
And then she whispered “How can you do this to me?”

Hate me today
Hate me tomorrow
Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you

Hate me in ways
Yeah ways hard to swallow
Hate me so you can finally see what’s good for you
For you
For you
For you

And so here I was, trying to write my damned chapter, and all I could think of us how angry these two songs were making me.  Mind you, I paid for ‘em, and they are fine tunes.  But in our contemporary culture, the last thing we need is more celebration of male weakness!

I admit that as I age, I’ve grown less and less interested in what’s on the pop charts.  I flip through radio stations from time to time, and the Blunt and Blue October songs are two that have caught my ear in recent weeks.  But am I wrong in saying that in recent years, we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of what my be called “I’m such a hopeless piece of shit” music?

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  • Jon

    Just great, thumbs up!!

  • Jon

    Just great, thumbs up!!

  • Kenvallario

    well, perhaps they are hopeless pieces of sh%t…i agree with your critique…

    as an artist, i have found that the arts are more than ever under the control of the middle men, and if there is one thing they hate, it is a confident and professional creative person, because it is threatening, so they purposely seek out submissive, self-destructive fame seekers that are easy to manipulate, and thus destroy a vibrant culture…

    well, there’s my rant to support your rant…

    great post

  • Kenvallario

    well, perhaps they are hopeless pieces of sh%t…i agree with your critique…

    as an artist, i have found that the arts are more than ever under the control of the middle men, and if there is one thing they hate, it is a confident and professional creative person, because it is threatening, so they purposely seek out submissive, self-destructive fame seekers that are easy to manipulate, and thus destroy a vibrant culture…

    well, there’s my rant to support your rant…

    great post

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I’ve been thinking about a real way to define the real way this kind of stuff is disparaging. A sort of definition of how corruption and lies destroy the common mental-wellbeing of the world. The people who only follow the music that “tops the charts” are almost by definition mindless. When the mindless people continue to follow the debilitating messages, the mindful people exit the mainstream(and ever so slightly cripple their social status in the world). This leads to a downward spiral where the popular music becomes more and more “controllable” so to speak, and for lack of a better word, stupid or contrived (as in people who care about quality aren’t tuning in and making an uproar).

    I feel this relates to a downward spiral of any system or group that has any form of corruption injected into it. The people who care opt out of the masses. This becomes a problem when the corrupted institutions have say over you (like maybe the government, or the news). I think I got a lot more to say to make this more clear, maybe I’ll write about it…

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I’ve been thinking about a real way to define the real way this kind of stuff is disparaging. A sort of definition of how corruption and lies destroy the common mental-wellbeing of the world. The people who only follow the music that “tops the charts” are almost by definition mindless. When the mindless people continue to follow the debilitating messages, the mindful people exit the mainstream(and ever so slightly cripple their social status in the world). This leads to a downward spiral where the popular music becomes more and more “controllable” so to speak, and for lack of a better word, stupid or contrived (as in people who care about quality aren’t tuning in and making an uproar).

    I feel this relates to a downward spiral of any system or group that has any form of corruption injected into it. The people who care opt out of the masses. This becomes a problem when the corrupted institutions have say over you (like maybe the government, or the news). I think I got a lot more to say to make this more clear, maybe I’ll write about it…

    • that1guy

      I aggree to an extent, but one of the mechanisms maintaining pop-culture’s relevancy and social control is the regular influx of detourned sub-cultures. Cobain for grunge, the clash for politically motivated punk rock, Maralyn manson for goth, any number of artitsts for hip hop, and now entire indie labels for indy rock. The music these people make at the top of the charts is still resonant on occasion to thinking people, but contextualized in a way that limits the effects of the thoughts therein. So you have a band like X from LA, performing a sad and honest song about an abduction and rape, and you have hordes of people celebrating the violence of this sad event and singing along gleefully instead of really understanding the song, because the context it was presented in changed over time. It’s on artists to know when they’ve been co-opted and try to make the best of it.

  • that1guy

    I aggree to an extent, but one of the mechanisms maintaining pop-culture’s relevancy and social control is the regular influx of detourned sub-cultures. Cobain for grunge, the clash for politically motivated punk rock, Maralyn manson for goth, any number of artitsts for hip hop, and now entire indie labels for indy rock. The music these people make at the top of the charts is still resonant on occasion to thinking people, but contextualized in a way that limits the effects of the thoughts therein. So you have a band like X from LA, performing a sad and honest song about an abduction and rape, and you have hordes of people celebrating the violence of this sad event and singing along gleefully instead of really understanding the song, because the context it was presented in changed over time. It’s on artists to know when they’ve been co-opted and try to make the best of it.

  • that1guy

    ‘There’s another aspect to all of this “Self-Hating, Passive-Aggressive Male Pop.” As many women find out, lots of men use self-loathing as an effective tool for deflecting female anger.’

    I was all ready to get my feminist cockles up, but then I read the paragraph this sentence starts.

    Great article.

  • that1guy

    ‘There’s another aspect to all of this “Self-Hating, Passive-Aggressive Male Pop.” As many women find out, lots of men use self-loathing as an effective tool for deflecting female anger.’

    I was all ready to get my feminist cockles up, but then I read the paragraph this sentence starts.

    Great article.

  • that1guy

    ‘There’s another aspect to all of this “Self-Hating, Passive-Aggressive Male Pop.” As many women find out, lots of men use self-loathing as an effective tool for deflecting female anger.’

    I was all ready to get my feminist cockles up, but then I read the paragraph this sentence starts.

    Great article.

    • that1guy

      I would actually go further and say, “an effective tool for control.” I had a friend in an abusive relationship who was regularly emotionally manipulated by someone using just these tactics. Her BF effectively held himself hostage. “I’m so horrible I should just go. I’ll probably die, but it’s better for you because i am horrible” She didn’t realize this was how she was being controled until one day, during an argument, she locked him out of her car and he lay down in back of her tires and literally held himself hostage until she got out of the car. It’s an extreme example, but it goes to show, there are more ways to be an abusive p.o.s. than just being aggro, and we as men need to realize this when we get emotional and keep our shit in check.

  • that1guy

    I would actually go further and say, “an effective tool for control.” I had a friend in an abusive relationship who was regularly emotionally manipulated by someone using just these tactics. Her BF effectively held himself hostage. “I’m so horrible I should just go. I’ll probably die, but it’s better for you because i am horrible” She didn’t realize this was how she was being controled until one day, during an argument, she locked him out of her car and he lay down in back of her tires and literally held himself hostage until she got out of the car. It’s an extreme example, but it goes to show, there are more ways to be an abusive p.o.s. than just being aggro, and we as men need to realize this when we get emotional and keep our shit in check.

  • jack kane

    The gender disorientation and the general self-hatred of today’s youth (male or female) are noticeable trends in modern North American society. The most popular serious movie of the last 15 years is Fight Club (check IMDB and Facebook’s movie rankings) – because it hits hard on the critical themes that the X-ers and Y-ers face – the prevalence of the cubicle dungeon with its boredom and meaninglessness – first at school, then at the office; the emasculation of the male coupled with the machismo of the female; the corporatization of life. The most popular bands of the ’90s exhibited overwhelming aggressive male self-hate. Look at Nirvana (Kurt’s last song “You know you’re right” comes to mind), Alice in Chains (“Dirt”), NIN (“Downward Spiral”), Korn, Radiohead (“Creep”), and so on.

    What engendered this spike in self-hate?

    Here are some identifiable potential causes:
    - First, life in America has been deteriorating since around 1980. Adjusted average income hasn’t been rising despite massive leaps in worker productivity (i.e. the Internet). Unionism (which gives one agency) has declined since Reagan opened the union hunting season. Corporate culture has shifted from paternalistic to psychotic. So the modern American expects to work hard for scraps under the constant threat of firing. There is an air of malaise in today’s America, and the young who inhale it since birth naturally suffer. (A couple of good books on this subject: Jill Fraser’s “White Collar Sweatshop”, and Mark Ames’s “Going Postal”.)

    - The feminist movement in the ’70s promoted a new type of domineering mannish woman who blamed men for all her problems. (There is a curious Aaron Russo interview, in which Russo claims that ’70s feminism aimed at pushing women into the workforce so they can be taxed, and breaking the family so the state gains control of the children at an earlier age. You can find the interview on youTube.) Now, after 30 years of that feminist movement, in America we have women acting like tough rednecks, and men acting like little girls.

    This is not to say that all feminism is bad, or that men and women aren’t equal in some sense!

    - Modern compulsory schooling was originally created to instill obedience in the young. A look at the structure of modern schooling reveals things remain the same. In the last 30 years, however, things have reached absurd extremes. Take a look at the recent documentary “The War on Kids”. 21st century American schools look and feel like jails. There are cops patrolling the hallways. Metal detectors. Huge fences. Most schools are windowless. Imagine forcing a child to spend a thirds of its life sitting still in a windowless environment; another third goes to sleeping; and in the last third the kid has to do homework. What could possibly go wrong? The obedience curriculum naturally breaks the spirit of most kids – which explains their self-hate and passivity. Furthermore, since historically obedience and submission have been feminine qualities, the negative effect of modern schooling is perhaps particularly evident in men.
    One shouldn’t overlook the effect of grading on a child’s developing psychology. External grading suppresses the self-analytical qualities. So children grow up incapable of pondering their own problems. So when something goes wrong, the fault is implicitly the individual’s. This leads to the vicious cycle of self-hate and helplessness that Hugo observed.
    For more info on schooling check John Taylor Gatto’s work.

    - In the early ’80s, the psychiatric establishment decided to take aggressive measures to promote its own significance. Psychiatry went to bed with the pharmaceutical companies, and the two newlyweds embarked on a spectacular advertisement campaign. The results are terrifying. Nowadays it is accepted that the cause of one’s unhappiness isn’t the absurd debility and viciousness of modern life, but one’s own brain. Or – “it’s your own fault!” Moreover, according to the pharmapsychiatric cartel, the only way out of mental trouble is the passive consumption of addictive, damaging pills. So – not only is it your fault, but you can’t do anything about it. Along with the rest of the corporate machine, the pharmaceutical/psychiatric establishment aims much of its propaganda at children. Since children are relatively helpless and impressionable, they are going down like infantrymen in WW1. Self-hate and a pervasive feeling of powerlessness are the natural outcomes of the the current psychiatric paradigm.
    A good book that examines the technical and historical aspects of this subject is Robert Whitaker’s recent “Anatomy of an Epidemic”.

    - Another insidious trend in modern North American life is the over-protection of the young. Look out at the streets. There aren’t any kids there. Kids don’t even walk to school. They are not allowed to leave their homes, they are driven everywhere, they are bereft of agency. Predictably, they grow up passive, obedient, helpless and terrified of the unknown.

    - Conflicting messages fill the modern landscape. For example: women are supposed to be empowered, but advertisement and pornography treat women like compliant toys. Americans are supposed to be free, even though most of them live in strict hierarchical environments (school -> corporate job) all their lives. America is supposed to be good, even though it is constantly slaughtering people all over the world. Violence is bad, even though it is everywhere in TV and video games. Sex is taboo, though most of TV is porn without penetration. Et cetera. The confusion leads to indecision and fear – which rot to the feelings of self-hate and helplessness that we are examining.

    To summarize – today’s kids grow up in an increasingly controlled, steadily deteriorating environment. Our society raises its kids to be passive, terrified, dumb, and unhappy. Obviously, this is done for the purpose of control. The effect is a sad generation (or even a sequence of generations) prone to self-hate, ignorance, and impassive obedience. Both boys and girls suffer hideously. Music is the obvious route toward the expression of the pent-up feelings torturing today’s youth – and so we hear songs of the type Hugo described.

  • jack kane

    The gender disorientation and the general self-hatred of today’s youth (male or female) are noticeable trends in modern North American society. The most popular serious movie of the last 15 years is Fight Club (check IMDB and Facebook’s movie rankings) – because it hits hard on the critical themes that the X-ers and Y-ers face – the prevalence of the cubicle dungeon with its boredom and meaninglessness – first at school, then at the office; the emasculation of the male coupled with the machismo of the female; the corporatization of life. The most popular bands of the ’90s exhibited overwhelming aggressive male self-hate. Look at Nirvana (Kurt’s last song “You know you’re right” comes to mind), Alice in Chains (“Dirt”), NIN (“Downward Spiral”), Korn, Radiohead (“Creep”), and so on.

    What engendered this spike in self-hate?

    Here are some identifiable potential causes:
    - First, life in America has been deteriorating since around 1980. Adjusted average income hasn’t been rising despite massive leaps in worker productivity (i.e. the Internet). Unionism (which gives one agency) has declined since Reagan opened the union hunting season. Corporate culture has shifted from paternalistic to psychotic. So the modern American expects to work hard for scraps under the constant threat of firing. There is an air of malaise in today’s America, and the young who inhale it since birth naturally suffer. (A couple of good books on this subject: Jill Fraser’s “White Collar Sweatshop”, and Mark Ames’s “Going Postal”.)

    - The feminist movement in the ’70s promoted a new type of domineering mannish woman who blamed men for all her problems. (There is a curious Aaron Russo interview, in which Russo claims that ’70s feminism aimed at pushing women into the workforce so they can be taxed, and breaking the family so the state gains control of the children at an earlier age. You can find the interview on youTube.) Now, after 30 years of that feminist movement, in America we have women acting like tough rednecks, and men acting like little girls.

    This is not to say that all feminism is bad, or that men and women aren’t equal in some sense!

    - Modern compulsory schooling was originally created to instill obedience in the young. A look at the structure of modern schooling reveals things remain the same. In the last 30 years, however, things have reached absurd extremes. Take a look at the recent documentary “The War on Kids”. 21st century American schools look and feel like jails. There are cops patrolling the hallways. Metal detectors. Huge fences. Most schools are windowless. Imagine forcing a child to spend a thirds of its life sitting still in a windowless environment; another third goes to sleeping; and in the last third the kid has to do homework. What could possibly go wrong? The obedience curriculum naturally breaks the spirit of most kids – which explains their self-hate and passivity. Furthermore, since historically obedience and submission have been feminine qualities, the negative effect of modern schooling is perhaps particularly evident in men.
    One shouldn’t overlook the effect of grading on a child’s developing psychology. External grading suppresses the self-analytical qualities. So children grow up incapable of pondering their own problems. So when something goes wrong, the fault is implicitly the individual’s. This leads to the vicious cycle of self-hate and helplessness that Hugo observed.
    For more info on schooling check John Taylor Gatto’s work.

    - In the early ’80s, the psychiatric establishment decided to take aggressive measures to promote its own significance. Psychiatry went to bed with the pharmaceutical companies, and the two newlyweds embarked on a spectacular advertisement campaign. The results are terrifying. Nowadays it is accepted that the cause of one’s unhappiness isn’t the absurd debility and viciousness of modern life, but one’s own brain. Or – “it’s your own fault!” Moreover, according to the pharmapsychiatric cartel, the only way out of mental trouble is the passive consumption of addictive, damaging pills. So – not only is it your fault, but you can’t do anything about it. Along with the rest of the corporate machine, the pharmaceutical/psychiatric establishment aims much of its propaganda at children. Since children are relatively helpless and impressionable, they are going down like infantrymen in WW1. Self-hate and a pervasive feeling of powerlessness are the natural outcomes of the the current psychiatric paradigm.
    A good book that examines the technical and historical aspects of this subject is Robert Whitaker’s recent “Anatomy of an Epidemic”.

    - Another insidious trend in modern North American life is the over-protection of the young. Look out at the streets. There aren’t any kids there. Kids don’t even walk to school. They are not allowed to leave their homes, they are driven everywhere, they are bereft of agency. Predictably, they grow up passive, obedient, helpless and terrified of the unknown.

    - Conflicting messages fill the modern landscape. For example: women are supposed to be empowered, but advertisement and pornography treat women like compliant toys. Americans are supposed to be free, even though most of them live in strict hierarchical environments (school -> corporate job) all their lives. America is supposed to be good, even though it is constantly slaughtering people all over the world. Violence is bad, even though it is everywhere in TV and video games. Sex is taboo, though most of TV is porn without penetration. Et cetera. The confusion leads to indecision and fear – which rot to the feelings of self-hate and helplessness that we are examining.

    To summarize – today’s kids grow up in an increasingly controlled, steadily deteriorating environment. Our society raises its kids to be passive, terrified, dumb, and unhappy. Obviously, this is done for the purpose of control. The effect is a sad generation (or even a sequence of generations) prone to self-hate, ignorance, and impassive obedience. Both boys and girls suffer hideously. Music is the obvious route toward the expression of the pent-up feelings torturing today’s youth – and so we hear songs of the type Hugo described.

    • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

      This is Life101

      Preaching Strife 404

      Page not found

      What you mean?

      Lyrical Cypher Scythe

      Gotta make takin’ it to the slow mo

      Since it gets hard with flow no mo.

      Just thought I’d let you know they’re doors.

      You got them bored Time to unsheath Words

      2 Words.

      Hold On

      Gotta Plan

      Number 7

      Hold my hand

      This is bland

      We can go 4

      This still is a bore

      So we can go to 6

      Or go to 7 and fly high

      If Moralities were sin to begin with

      Can’t we grow Pandorean living trees with

      What then maybe you can see me

      But now that you hear me speak

      The 7th level makes southernplaylistical funky speak

      Ill have to speak until I reach

      Out to the skies bloody eyes opened

      How how can we all peak, no speak?

      As you reddit hear it for my dear

      Let me know just how you know ho

      The funky beat that is my heat

      You’ve moved my feet to the 8th level

      Pretty soon theyll have to go get the

      Gravemaster’s shovel from sorrow or barrio de Juarez

      The shit’s fucked up

      Dividing the people two.

      Can you follow division?

      Im speaking about satisfaction

      With what you do

      With what you say

      With what you smoke

      With what you poke

      Im preaching with satisfaction

      With what I do

      With what I say

      With what I smoke

      With what I poke

      Itll be like I never spoke

      Down to the sixth fucking level

      Finished the flow so You know, Jah.

      I need help with the Book of David.

      So just save me.

      Draw me a sheep.

      If you can’t flow

      4 words like me

      Then you are bored

      Like Me with School

      Bringing it all back

      Kicking it old school

      Busting Out Fat Sax

      Two Words.

      YOUR TURN

      • bnadeek

        you just changed my life. will you sign my pretentious non-self-aware baby now.

    • Acrexxnor

      Very insightful, I think you hit the nail on the head with this. This may sound strange, but I am curious about your background and career path. I have always been an independent thinker and am horrified with my career choices and chances of success if I am trying to avoid the corporate world. I don’t want to be apart of our unfulfilling soul-crushing machine culture. Any advice?

      • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

        If you wait for my story to come to you.

        I’ll make this promise to you.

        You’ll miss a bigger story boo.

        Should have checked my twitter history foo’

        But I don’t blame you.

        I am new too.

        Now you got to see. How I see what I see. Dont you see that

        I see. 3d shit all through the air. That’s where my eyes are

        opened. See I dream in whole body. I dream my whole mind.

        They are closed for the night. After reading the signs. He knows it will be alright.

        My fingers are cold and tired. So I’m just not gonna even bother. To define me.

        Yet. So come follow me and you shall see the REIL way to BE.

        I just don’t want you to be burned by my poetically lyrical commonsensical tongue of fire.

        I’m out for the night.

        Outkast will Everlast.

      • jack kane

        I have the same problem… What do I do to avoid cubicle hell? Currently I have a few ideas: make it on the internet – designing websites or software doesn’t seem too hard. If Zuckerberg succeeded, so can we. Besides, there are other ways of making it on one’s own – look at Mark Ames and his “eXiled” paper. Or the radio hosts – Alex Jones, Jeff Rense, George Noory…
        Another idea is to flee North America altogether and live in a quiet place in South America – a lot of old guys are doing that… But they have pensions/ savings/ way more savvy than ourselves. Or one can move to Europe (though Europe has serious troubles of its own).
        In the end it comes down to conquering fear and trying to strike on your own. This is not as easy as it seems, especially considering our conditioning.

        Since you ask me – I’m in my 19th consecutive year of institutional ‘education’… Been educated in various places by various people… By now I just go through to motions so I’m left alone to read books I find interesting. Realizing the extent of the brainwashing to which we’ve been subjected is illuminating and scary.

        It also seems clear to me that there will be some form of a worldwide collapse in the near future. Might be a protracted grinding decline, or a sudden implosion. Who knows. But it’s coming. We should probably be learning things like carpenting and outdoorsmanship rather than the intricacies of the system of control that surround us. It also seems to me that North America (including Canada to a lesser extent than the US) is irrevocably messed up. A lot of good guys are bailing out – Jesse Ventura, Joe Bageant, Max Keiser, Fred Reed… Gerald Celente will probably leave soon. It might be a good idea to think not just of escaping Corporatistan, but of escaping North America altogether.

        Good luck to us all. Cheers to you and to this website.

  • RK

    Staind started this “trend”? “I’m A Loser” by The Beatles, anyone? Of course theres a hundred more pre-1990s songs that are just as self-loathing. To even mildly suggest that it has something to do with feminism “emasculating” men into passive aggressiveness seems out there to say the least, and passive aggressive tactics have been around basicly forever probably for both sexes.

  • RK

    Staind started this “trend”? “I’m A Loser” by The Beatles, anyone? Of course theres a hundred more pre-1990s songs that are just as self-loathing. To even mildly suggest that it has something to do with feminism “emasculating” men into passive aggressiveness seems out there to say the least, and passive aggressive tactics have been around basicly forever probably for both sexes.

  • Anonymous

    ‘I fell into an avalanche
    it covered up my soul.
    when I am not this hunchback that you see
    I sleep beneath the golden hill.
    You, who wish to conquer pain
    must learn, learn to serve me well.’

    Leonard Cohen ‘Avalanche’ from ohhhh 1970~thereabouts.

    My point being darker, introspective writing of any kind has been around forever. It serves a need. Why is that any less valid than someone who want’s to listen to a cheesecake love song or Iron Maiden belt out Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Besides if you don’t like it, don’t listen. Problem solved.

    As for the idea of it being ‘emasculating’ your gender roles are a construct. They have been under deconstruction for the past 100 years. It’s a work in progress.

  • dumbsaint

    ‘I fell into an avalanche
    it covered up my soul.
    when I am not this hunchback that you see
    I sleep beneath the golden hill.
    You, who wish to conquer pain
    must learn, learn to serve me well.’

    Leonard Cohen ‘Avalanche’ from ohhhh 1970~thereabouts.

    My point being darker, introspective writing of any kind has been around forever. It serves a need. Why is that any less valid than someone who want’s to listen to a cheesecake love song or Iron Maiden belt out Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Besides if you don’t like it, don’t listen. Problem solved.

    As for the idea of it being ‘emasculating’ your gender roles are a construct. They have been under deconstruction for the past 100 years. It’s a work in progress.

  • Nyxynox

    I think these songs show a pervasiveness of depression in our society. Depression is often referred to as “inward anger”. I don’t think this theme is gender specific – it is indicative of a widespread issue of our culture.

  • Nyxynox

    I think these songs show a pervasiveness of depression in our society. Depression is often referred to as “inward anger”. I don’t think this theme is gender specific – it is indicative of a widespread issue of our culture.

    • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

      The depression is caused by my Apathy. I am sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/itsConsiderate Considerate

    Hi, my name is Considerate. I make this type of music… except it’s closer to hip-hop. I blame the lesbians and feminists for spreading a message of misandry. At least there are other people I can relate to, as this is becoming the majority. We keep being told we are not good enough and evil, due to those out there who rape and objectify women. So, now as a culture, we are starting to believe it. – http://facebook.com/itsconsiderate

    • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

      I think I like your style.

      I think I’ll consider it

      Outkast have been silenced for far too long.

      America’s been riding all on Andre’s black dong for far too long

      Tricks yelling that their lyrical bong is just far too long.

      Poetry is in Motion

      Ladies are wanting an Ocean.

      Outkast will Outlast

      Outkast will Provide

  • http://twitter.com/itsConsiderate Considerate

    Hi, my name is Considerate. I make this type of music… except it’s closer to hip-hop. I blame the lesbians and feminists for spreading a message of misandry. At least there are other people I can relate to, as this is becoming the majority. We keep being told we are not good enough and evil, due to those out there who rape and objectify women. So, now as a culture, we are starting to believe it. – http://facebook.com/itsconsiderate

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    We need to speak in double-entendre as we channel

    double Andre. So does that make this worth 13K

    ‘Ye? The price of some school. For this young fool.

    See I just want something Royal. I don’t wanna die,

    but I want to keep that Purple heart. So I strive for

    the ribbon. I pray to God they hear me spittin’

    My lips they’re lickin’ These tricks are trippin’

    See we do this every day

    It makes me wanna say HEY YA

    HOW CAN YOU BLAME JAH?

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    We need to speak in double-entendre as we channel

    double Andre. So does that make this worth 13K

    ‘Ye? The price of some school. For this young fool.

    See I just want something Royal. I don’t wanna die,

    but I want to keep that Purple heart. So I strive for

    the ribbon. I pray to God they hear me spittin’

    My lips they’re lickin’ These tricks are trippin’

    See we do this every day

    It makes me wanna say HEY YA

    HOW CAN YOU BLAME JAH?

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    We need to speak in double-entendre as we channel

    double Andre. So does that make this worth 13K

    ‘Ye? The price of some school. For this young fool.

    See I just want something Royal. I don’t wanna die,

    but I want to keep that Purple heart. So I strive for

    the ribbon. I pray to God they hear me spittin’

    My lips they’re lickin’ These tricks are trippin’

    See we do this every day

    It makes me wanna say HEY YA

    HOW CAN YOU BLAME JAH?

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    I think I like your style.

    I think I’ll consider it

    Outkast have been silenced for far too long.

    America’s been riding all on Andre’s black dong for far too long

    Tricks yelling that their lyrical bong is just far too long.

    Poetry is in Motion

    Ladies are wanting an Ocean.

    Outkast will Outlast

    Outkast will Provide

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    I think I like your style.

    I think I’ll consider it

    Outkast have been silenced for far too long.

    America’s been riding all on Andre’s black dong for far too long

    Tricks yelling that their lyrical bong is just far too long.

    Poetry is in Motion

    Ladies are wanting an Ocean.

    Outkast will Outlast

    Outkast will Provide

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    The depression is caused by my Apathy. I am sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    This is Life101

    Preaching Strife 404

    Page not found

    What you mean?

    Lyrical Cypher Scythe

    Gotta make takin’ it to the slow mo

    Since it gets hard with flow no mo.

    Just thought I’d let you know they’re doors.

    You got them bored Time to unsheath Words

    2 Words.

    Hold On

    Gotta Plan

    Number 7

    Hold my hand

    This is bland

    We can go 4

    This still is a bore

    So we can go to 6

    Or go to 7 and fly high

    If Moralities were sin to begin with

    Can’t we grow Pandorean living trees with

    What then maybe you can see me

    But now that you hear me speak

    The 7th level makes southernplaylistical funky speak

    Ill have to speak until I reach

    Out to the skies bloody eyes opened

    How how can we all peak, no speak?

    As you reddit hear it for my dear

    Let me know just how you know ho

    The funky beat that is my heat

    You’ve moved my feet to the 8th level

    Pretty soon theyll have to go get the

    Gravemaster’s shovel from sorrow or barrio de Juarez

    The shit’s fucked up

    Dividing the people two.

    Can you follow division?

    Im speaking about satisfaction

    With what you do

    With what you say

    With what you smoke

    With what you poke

    Im preaching with satisfaction

    With what I do

    With what I say

    With what I smoke

    With what I poke

    Itll be like I never spoke

    Down to the sixth fucking level

    Finished the flow so You know, Jah.

    I need help with the Book of David.

    So just save me.

    Draw me a sheep.

    If you can’t flow

    4 words like me

    Then you are bored

    Like Me with School

    Bringing it all back

    Kicking it old school

    Busting Out Fat Sax

    Two Words.

    YOUR TURN

  • Acrexxnor

    Very insightful, I think you hit the nail on the head with this. This may sound strange, but I am curious about your background and career path. I have always been an independent thinker and am horrified with my career choices and chances of success if I am trying to avoid the corporate world. I don’t want to be apart of our unfulfilling soul-crushing machine culture. Any advice?

  • bnadeek

    you just changed my life. will you sign my pretentious non-self-aware baby now.

  • http://twitter.com/Life101Livin404 David McCorcle

    If you wait for my story to come to you.

    I’ll make this promise to you.

    You’ll miss a bigger story boo.

    Should have checked my twitter history foo’

    But I don’t blame you.

    I am new too.

    Now you got to see. How I see what I see. Dont you see that

    I see. 3d shit all through the air. That’s where my eyes are

    opened. See I dream in whole body. I dream my whole mind.

    They are closed for the night. After reading the signs. He knows it will be alright.

    My fingers are cold and tired. So I’m just not gonna even bother. To define me.

    Yet. So come follow me and you shall see the REIL way to BE.

    I just don’t want you to be burned by my poetically lyrical commonsensical tongue of fire.

    I’m out for the night.

    Outkast will Everlast.

  • jack kane

    I have the same problem… What do I do to avoid cubicle hell? Currently I have a few ideas: make it on the internet – designing websites or software doesn’t seem too hard. If Zuckerberg succeeded, so can we. Besides, there are other ways of making it on one’s own – look at Mark Ames and his “eXiled” paper. Or the radio hosts – Alex Jones, Jeff Rense, George Noory…
    Another idea is to flee North America altogether and live in a quiet place in South America – a lot of old guys are doing that… But they have pensions/ savings/ way more savvy than ourselves. Or one can move to Europe (though Europe has serious troubles of its own).
    In the end it comes down to conquering fear and trying to strike on your own. This is not as easy as it seems, especially considering our conditioning.

    Since you ask me – I’m in my 19th consecutive year of institutional ‘education’… Been educated in various places by various people… By now I just go through to motions so I’m left alone to read books I find interesting. Realizing the extent of the brainwashing to which we’ve been subjected is illuminating and scary.

    It also seems clear to me that there will be some form of a worldwide collapse in the near future. Might be a protracted grinding decline, or a sudden implosion. Who knows. But it’s coming. We should probably be learning things like carpenting and outdoorsmanship rather than the intricacies of the system of control that surround us. It also seems to me that North America (including Canada to a lesser extent than the US) is irrevocably messed up. A lot of good guys are bailing out – Jesse Ventura, Joe Bageant, Max Keiser, Fred Reed… Gerald Celente will probably leave soon. It might be a good idea to think not just of escaping Corporatistan, but of escaping North America altogether.

    Good luck to us all. Cheers to you and to this website.

  • kris

    You can’t expect 30 years of a one sided socioeconomic war to not have consequences. Males with below average awareness won’t see anything wrong in our society, males around averageish will feel that something is wrong and incorrectly self project it. While males with higher than average awareness will see the truth of the matter. Generation Y was intentionally sandbagged by feminist/women in order to make women the “superior gender” and men the “inferior aka slave gender”.

    By and large America’s educational system(the first system and arguably the system of society that leaves the biggest mark on a person) is dominated by women and is highly female friendly. Women have used their position in education to intentionally discriminate against male students(anyone who claims to be a teacher but lacks the ability of self reflection shouldn’t be allowed near children period, ignorance is no excuse for oppression).

    I seen it myself countless times back in High School. Female teachers tended to have a “boy’s will be fine” attitude and focus on girls; and Guidance counselors(that where female) routinely rushed through male students while spent extra time with female students. I remember once I had to wait 20 minutes for the guidance counselor(she spent 20 minutes on one girl) and I was rushed through in under 5 minutes.

    And that is just a small example. Look at what Colorado did in 09. It acknowledged that the school system is severely failing boy’s so they built a new multi-million dollar single sex school, for girls only.

    This unchecked warfare that feminist’s( all women are feminist’s, or rather any woman who isn’t actively opposing the feminist female supremacist’s is a feminist by default due to automatic enjoyment of female privilege) have engaged in is now being challenged(incase you missed it after Obama’s female only employment stimulus{80% of stimulus job’s went to women, while 80% of jobs lost, the reason for the stimulus, where men} feminist’s tried to do a cease-fire type social manuever) and will not end till feminism is totally eradicated.

    Feminism does not and has never meant “equality between the genders”. It is firmly entrenched in our society that women as human beings deserve human rights. Feminism is nothing more than a hate movement, and will be recorded in the same manner history records Nazism, white supremacy, and other bigoted ideologies.

  • kris

    You can’t expect 30 years of a one sided socioeconomic war to not have consequences. Males with below average awareness won’t see anything wrong in our society, males around averageish will feel that something is wrong and incorrectly self project it. While males with higher than average awareness will see the truth of the matter. Generation Y was intentionally sandbagged by feminist/women in order to make women the “superior gender” and men the “inferior aka slave gender”.

    By and large America’s educational system(the first system and arguably the system of society that leaves the biggest mark on a person) is dominated by women and is highly female friendly. Women have used their position in education to intentionally discriminate against male students(anyone who claims to be a teacher but lacks the ability of self reflection shouldn’t be allowed near children period, ignorance is no excuse for oppression).

    I seen it myself countless times back in High School. Female teachers tended to have a “boy’s will be fine” attitude and focus on girls; and Guidance counselors(that where female) routinely rushed through male students while spent extra time with female students. I remember once I had to wait 20 minutes for the guidance counselor(she spent 20 minutes on one girl) and I was rushed through in under 5 minutes.

    And that is just a small example. Look at what Colorado did in 09. It acknowledged that the school system is severely failing boy’s so they built a new multi-million dollar single sex school, for girls only.

    This unchecked warfare that feminist’s( all women are feminist’s, or rather any woman who isn’t actively opposing the feminist female supremacist’s is a feminist by default due to automatic enjoyment of female privilege) have engaged in is now being challenged(incase you missed it after Obama’s female only employment stimulus{80% of stimulus job’s went to women, while 80% of jobs lost, the reason for the stimulus, where men} feminist’s tried to do a cease-fire type social manuever) and will not end till feminism is totally eradicated.

    Feminism does not and has never meant “equality between the genders”. It is firmly entrenched in our society that women as human beings deserve human rights. Feminism is nothing more than a hate movement, and will be recorded in the same manner history records Nazism, white supremacy, and other bigoted ideologies.

  • $4251815

    Haven’t you idiots ever seen a Western? Dudes have always been this way and beer, drugs, or especially women make us feel better. It wasn’t until recently was it okay for men to talk more openly about their feelings of inadequacy.

  • ZombieStomper

    Haven’t you idiots ever seen a Western? Dudes have always been this way and beer, drugs, or especially women make us feel better. It wasn’t until recently was it okay for men to talk more openly about their feelings of inadequacy.

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