“The blogosphere that I stepped into on July 15, 2009 has metamorphosed into a completely different animal five years later.”
– Matt Forney, Three Years of Hate: The Very Best of In Mala Fide
In the spring of 2011 a freak Google search lead me to Naughty Nomad. I spent the whole evening reading through the site and then started clicking through its blogroll. One of the site’s I found was called In Mala Fide. It was racist, vulgar, and a complete refuge in audacity that went against almost all my beliefs. I was hooked. Every day after school I’d rush home and check for new posts. Although I disagreed with most of the content, I thought the author was incredibly articulate and had interesting perspectives.
In Mala Fide was also the first blog that I ever took advice from. I started eating Paleo, read the author’s suggested reading list, and set goals for myself. Behind all the political and racial stuff, there was a lot of great advice and some unique insights into society and the world in general. Between the site and a few other blogs, I learned a lot and started questioning many of the mainstream beliefs that I had grown up with.
Although I enjoyed In Mala Fide, and the manosphere in general, I ended up drifting away from it during 2012. At the time many of the staple blogs were closing down and being replaced by poorly written drivel. Quality writing gave way to angry keyboard warriors and dorky dudes who wanted to talk about hypergamy and how alpha they were.
With the manosphere back and better than ever now, I decided to take a look at it’s early days when In Mala Fide was the flagship blog.
Three Years of Hate: The Very Best of In Mala Fide is a collection of over 60 of the site’s best articles. They cover everything from human sexuality to book reviews to Juggalo gatherings to the prevalence of men urinating on toilet seats. There’s also a pretty wide range of tones and emotions. While I’d always remembered the site as having a very angry and urgent style, almost like a prose version of punk music, I was surprised by how much satire and humor there was.
Although I enjoyed most of the book’s content, my two favorite articles were Why I Blog and Advice for Young Men. The former is sort of an artist’s post, while the latter is incredibly motivational:
“Every so often, I get a heartfelt letter from a young man telling me how I’ve directly helped him when it comes to women or other issues. The manosphere is plugged into the needs and desires of young guys today in a way that no other entity– not the church, not the media, not anything– is. If I’ve encouraged even one guy to put down the Jergens, start lifting and transform himself, I consider In Mala Fide a success.”
If you’re looking for a good read that showcases some of the founding manosphere principles, I highly suggest checking out Three Years of Hate.