But we did call out specific examples of misogyny and the threat, overt or implicit, of violence." Mike Riggs of Libertarian magazine Reason also criticized the SPLC for defining manosphere sites as "hate-groups." Said Riggs, "Take note, America: Having consensual sex (Roosh is not a rapist, but a seducer) with someone you don't actually like and then never calling her/him again will land you in a reputation-ruining SPLC report." Caitlin Dewey, writing for The Washington Post, said that while the manosphere was not to blame for Rodger's attack and it would be irresponsible to make that claim, "Rodger's misogynistic rhetoric seems undeniably influenced by the manosphere".Many manosphere commenters also strongly rejected any attempts to blame the manosphere for the killings, with one commenter writing that "His [Rodger] is a perfect case of someone who needed the red pill... They provide a kind of locker room, a place where guys can gripe about all the bad things that are being done to them by women".Clifford had to learn what he learned mostly on his own as he didn’t have a suave ladies man as a father or childhood friends who were smooth.Before the internet, he searched for books on how to have success with women in used bookstores and often in the backs of men’s magazines and has a collection of rare books that he has never seen or heard talked about in the community (did you know there was a magazine sold at newsstands called the Pick Up Times? It was mainly trial and error that was his teacher in those days. This year attracted 12,847 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States.Judges cited a total of 1,780 winners for either First, Second or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category.
Tripp believes forming strong relationships should be about connecting with people instead of about casual dating and one night stands.
Weidmann has written a popular online list of rules, "The 16 Commandments of Poon," described by pornographic film director Anna Arrowsmith as reading "like an adolescent list of desires and fears, as though representing two sides of the same coin, spoken by somebody with little or no dating experience".
PUAHate criticized "the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them." The site did not criticize objectification of women or stereotyping of women but rather complained that the seduction gurus' techniques did not work.
In his manifesto, Rodger remarked that PUAHate "confirmed many of the theories I had about how wicked and degenerate women really are." Some of PUAHate's users argued that the shootings were the fault of the women who declined to have sex with Rodger.
The SPLC later added a caveat, saying, "It should be mentioned that the SPLC did not label MRAs as members of a hate movement; nor did our article claim that the grievances they air on their websites – false rape accusations, ruinous divorce settlements and the like – are all without merit.