Visitors to the library may have found a number of youtube links have stopped working the past few days. This is because the most excellent JohnTheOther, the best (& sweetest) men's rights campaigner of the youtube community has, as of a couple of days ago, closed his account, pulled his blog, & to all intents & purposes disappeared off the face of the internet.
His videos, always thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate & humane, inspired me greatly & did much to shape my present thinking about the misandric society we are living in.
Several months ago he wrote what seemed to me to be a very sensible piece about how the present climate of misandry & rape hysteria, encouraged & propagated by feminism, along with the prevalance of false rape accusations, has led to a society in which men have less reason to step in & risk injury intervening if witnessing an actual rape, the way he personally had done in the past. This, somewhat predictably, led to a hysterically overwrought reaction from youtube feminists, who showered him with personal insults, threatened physical violence &, of course, accused him of secretly being a rapist. (But of course!)
It all went on for quite some time, & word has it he was also threatened at his place of work. I can only speculate on why he has stopped posting, but that kind of hate-campaign would shut down most other free-speaking people too, including me, so I wouldn't be surprised if that were the cause.
The saddest thing about his removing all traces is that what is left on the internet is only the mirror image of what he said & did - the personal attacks, the slander & criticism of him. His videos refute all such drivel much better than I ever could, & I wish he could simply have left them where they were & just stopped posting, if that was what he had to do.
It's quite a loss to the internet, & the last few days have been pretty glum. But wherever he is & whatever he is doing, I wish him well.