Of all the weaklings of Clown World, none are more widely despised than the soyboy. Their low-testosterone faces can be seen everywhere, their raised eyebrows and gaping mouths desperately signalling an absence of threat. Right now, a great many men are soyboys and their number seems to be increasing. This essay explains the phenomenon.
The name ‘soyboy’ is bipartite.
The ‘soy’ refers to the commonly-held belief that ingesting too much soy will feminise a man. Many believe that a high-soy diet increases one’s estrogen production to the point where it breaks down muscle and adds fat. Research has linked soy consumption to low sperm count, which some believe to be the result of this feminising effect.
The ‘boy’ comes from the fact that a soyboy is too feeble to be considered a man. They are incapable of asserting themselves as a man because they are far too afraid of their own physical safety. The soyboy would get his arse kicked in a fight against any real man and against half of all women. Not that they’d ever get into one, because their instincts are to cower away when threatened.
The definition of a soyboy, then, is a male who failed to progress past juvenility. Despite being old enough to be a man, the soyboy is still a child in every meaningful sense. They are an example of arrested development, not a proper adult. Not ever having developed the masculinity of a proper man, they are as precious and as feminine as most children.
This femininity is the reason for the characteristic soyboy gape. Posing for a photo with one’s mouth open in a smile is usually associated with female anime characters. The soyboy has adopted this facial expression in an effort to look unthreatening. He is terrified that if he appears threatening, someone will attack him. So he cowers.
This fear of confrontation is why the soyboy is the way he is.
To avoid confrontation, the soyboy makes himself look physically weak and unassuming. The body language of even the largest of them displays passivity. This extreme meekness distinguishes the soyboy from the regular adult male in Clown World. It isn’t a gentlemanly, civilised meekness but a craven, slave-minded one.
Another characteristic sign of a soyboy is a preoccupation with childrens’ toys and games. An adult male who collects Star Wars figurines is typical. The ultimate expression of the soyboy is a 35-year old staring sheep-eyed at a camera with an open-mouthed smile, proudly holding up the boxed Lego spaceship they got for a birthday present.
Soyboys arise when the strong men-good times-weak men-hard times cycle hits the “weak men” phase. The reason why they are so numerous now is because the industrialised world has been so wealthy for so long. When things are going well, everyone suffers less, and eventually become accustomed to not suffering. As such, they become soft.
Also when things are going well, the tendency is to let weakness slide rather then to crack down on it. In hard times, weakness is beaten out of everyone because it’s understood that it endangers everyone else. In good times, people tend to ignore it or even laugh about it. When Clown World nears its peak, then weakness is held up as a virtue. The soyboy exemplifies this phenomenon.
Ted Kaczynski argued that men like soyboys were examples of oversocialisation. The more mollycoddled a boy is, and the less time he spends exploring the world on his own initiative, the more likely he is to grow into a soyboy. In this sense, the soyboy is much like a pampered housecat.
Fundamentally, the soyboy is the way he is because he cannot control his own fear, and as such it controls him. His life is a series of actions taken to forestall anxiety and tension. He fears conflict of any kind, and makes himself as unassuming as possible in the hope that aggression will avoid him.
The difference between a soyboy and a simp is that the soyboy is weak in an allround sense, whereas the simp’s only major weakness is specifically that he is an appeaser of women. The soyboy appeases women, but he appeases everyone else as well. The simp, on the other hand, is fully capable of aggression, even unprovoked.
The difference between a soyboy and a baizuo is that the latter is specifically an activist on the political left. Soyboys tend to lack the aggression to assert themselves politically. They would rather be at home playing video games than protesting. Baizuos have the same slave mindset as soyboys, only the baizuo is capable of aggression against their perceived enemies. The soyboy has no enemies because he has never stood up for anything.
Many soyboys are incels, but the overlap is small. Most incels are that way because they are too masculine and aggressive – i.e. they are the kind of man who demands total submission from their marriage partners and (for obvious reasons) they can’t find someone to volunteer. Soyboys are extremely feminine, not masculine, and are not necessarily incels (in fact, they are often the “kept man” of a gainfully employed woman).
Eventually, soyboys will become so numerous that opportunistic criminals will appear to take advantage of the collective weakness. The soyboys won’t resist. This is when we enter the “hard times” part of Clown World. The tyrants stand up and everyone is too submissive to oppose them. Then the real suffering begins.
The cure to the soyboy phenomenon, as the popular meme might suggest, is beatings.
This article is an excerpt from Clown World Chronicles, a book about the insanity of life in the post-Industrial West. This is being compiled by Vince McLeod for an expected release in the middle of 2020.
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