Yesterday morning, The Daily Beast published an incredibly disturbing report in which Young Republican State Representative Robert Fisher (R-Laconia) was unmasked as one of the secret architects of the Internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere” as the founder of the “Red Pill” forum.
On the forum, Rep. Fisher went on numerous offensive, baseless, and misogynistic rants against women. For example he attacked women for what he perceived to be their “sub-par intelligence,” accused women for getting a free ride because a woman’s body “grants [them] equal footing with somebody bringing intelligence or a personality,” and that rape isn’t “an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot.”
Executive Director of the Young Democrats, State Representative Amelia Keane of Nashua issued the following statement in response to this damning report:
“Representative Fisher’s behavior is nothing short of repulsive. He should be deeply ashamed of himself. There is no excuse for the type of hateful and ignorant rhetoric anywhere in our state, none the less from someone elected to our State House to serve the men and women in his community. If Rep. Fisher has any semblance of decency or shame left, he will resign his seat.
This is particularly disturbing given the fact that legislation to strengthen the rape-shield law is working its way through the legislature. We hope and expect his Republican colleagues to call for his resignation, particularly given their support of a rape-shield and in clear contrast, Representative Fisher’s clear predatory and misogynistic behavior as well as creating an permission structure for disrespect and abuse.”
House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) released the following statement after seeing the report:
“I am shocked and disturbed by the report linking Representative Robert Fisher to deeply offensive statements and the creation of a misogynistic online forum. The posts linked to Representative Fisher, which include chilling comments in defense of rape, are beyond reprehensible and have absolutely no place in civilized discourse. If these allegations are true, I urge Speaker Jasper to join with me in requesting that Representative Fisher resign his seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.”
Today, after multiple calls for Fisher’s resignation including Republican Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper, Governor Sununu has been completely silent.
“It is deeply discouraging but not surprising to see Governor Sununu remain silent on Robert Fisher’s unmasking, the same way he has hemmed and hawed on so many issues. True leaders lead by example by standing up to bullies and misogynists, something Sununu has still yet to do. Is this the kind of rhetoric and behavior Sununu thinks is acceptable in the Republican Party? He should follow the lead of both parties in the House by expressing his desire for Fisher’s resignation. This is not a partisan issue, it’s an issue of right and wrong. Perhaps it is time for Speaker Jasper and Governor Sununu to start speaking again so that, at the very least, they can be united on this one issue,” stated NHDP Chair Ray Buckley.
“Representative Fisher’s comments are horrendous and repulsive and his resignation is certainly in order,” Sununu said in a statement emailed to WMUR by his office.
See below for notable excerpts from the Daily Beast exposé:
An investigation into Fisher’s online aliases found a trail of posts linking the lawmaker to the username Pk_atheist, the creator of The Red Pill—an online Reddit community of nearly 200,000 subscribers which promotes itself as a “discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.”
In a state with one representative to every 3,200 people, many of Fisher’s female constituents are likely to know him personally—whether or not they know what he’d once posted about women online. And those comments were just the start.
…this community also subscribes to the beliefs that women lack both intelligence and substance, are programed to cheat on their partners, and expire after the age of 30. Its darkest sections are heavy with rape denialand apologia.
On The Red Pill, Fisher commonly expressed disappointment that the institutions of marriage and religion were destroyed by women’s equality. He maintained that as a result of financial independence, women were no longer compelled to remain faithful and as a result, men needed to protectively adapt their sexual strategy.
“To give women autonomy is to take away the very thing that made marriage a realistic institution… what I dislike is the general attitude that somehow we owe [women] something for sex… Women enjoy the autonomy that feminism has afforded them… But don’t expect the relics from back in the day to continue to benefit you without the sacrifices you were making,” Fisher wroteon his blog Dating American, in 2012—just weeks before establishing The Red Pill.
Feminism took the lid off pandora’s box, but the mothers, and the daughters of those mothers never internalized, learned, or passed down the concept of responsibility for their freedoms, only the freedom itself.” Fisher wrote in 2013.
Of gaming women, Fisher said, “[women have] absolutely done this to themselves. I feel zero regret or shame pumping and dumping.”
He felt it was unjust that women get a free ride, believing “a pair of boobs grants [them] equal footing with somebody bringing intelligence or a personality.”
Fisher said he was not paranoid, but rather “statistically I’m overdue for a false rape allegation.”
“You can’t have sex with this many women without getting one,” he argued.
He 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.”
Though he stated he “doesn’t advocate breaking the law,” Fisher said online in 2012 that a 40-year-old man asking to see the breasts of a 15-year-old wasn’t creepy. Instead, he said it was “evolutionarily advantageous and perfectly natural.”
In service of this freedom, Fishers claimed he installed a video recorder in his room. “There is literally no legal protection I can think of that could eliminate the risk of a previous sexual partner of mine falsely accusing me of rape, no matter what the circumstances. I now have a video recorder in my room,” he posted.
Since the story broke yesterday there have been many local articles on Rep Fisher. Below are just a few.
House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, told WMUR in an interview he was “absolutely disgusted” by the posts attributed to Fisher in The Daily Beast report. Jasper said that because Fisher has not broken any laws, he cannot call on him to resign from his seat, but the speaker said, “I wish he would resign. It would be the honorable thing to do under the circumstances…”
“I would imagine that his constituents will see this information and I can only hope that this is addressed at the ballot box,” Jasper said.
Fisher told WMUR in a brief telephone call, however, that he has no intention of resigning…
Union Leader: ‘Red Pill’ puts online spotlight on NH rep
Fisher concluded his statement to the Union Leader by writing: “Here’s my message to the public: I am not disappearing. I will continue to stand strong for men’s rights and the rights of all…
Concord Monitor: State representative takes flak for misogynist online forum
Boston Magazine: Report: N.H. State Rep Created “Red Pill,” Reddit’s Misogyny Forum
A new report from the Daily Beast has seemingly unmasked the creator of Reddit’s infamous Red Pill forum. The /r/TheRedPill subreddit is the site’s main hub for discussing pickup-artist (PUA) techniques and the struggle for men’s rights. It counts just shy of 200,000 subscribers (and far more readers), mostly there to discuss how feminism is not really about equality, but about oppressing men.
The far right tends to use the term “red pill” as a catch-all to describe social attitudes and indoctrination… but it mostly comes from the notorious anti-woman Reddit forum r/redpill. Now, the founder of that forum has been tracked down, and he’s a GOP lawmaker.