Published in 2001, the result was the first scholarly paper on the phenomenon, turning the group’s name into a formal term for a situation that many people experienced but didn’t know how to talk about.
It’s currently about 40 percent female and 60 percent male and primarily heterosexual, although the group has had members who were gay and bisexual in the past. Some have unresolved issues from abuse, and some can't seem to pinpoint where they fail to connect with another person.
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Men who buy into this mythology end up feeling both entitled to it, and frustrated at not getting their due.
When they can’t fulfill their expected masculine roles, they blame women for not giving them what they think they deserve, instead of examining themselves and the mythology they were raised with. Burgess said they were “startled” by the number of men who described their ideal relationship based on what kind of female body they wanted.
But even in these spaces, Rodger was not completely at home.