Sexual Utopia in Power: The Feminist Revolt Against Civilization by F. Roger Devlin

I call F. Roger Devlin at noon Friday, August 28, 2015, to discuss his new book (MP3. (My June 21, 2021 interview is here.)

Book description:

Like many political revolutions, the sexual revolution of the 1960s began with a euphoric feeling of liberation. But when utopian programs clash with dissenters—and with reality itself—the result is chaos, which revolutionaries seek to quash with repression and terror. In Sexual Utopia in Power, F. Roger Devlin explores today’s sexual dystopia, with its loose morals and confused sexual roles; its soaring rates of divorce, celibacy, and childlessness; and the increasingly arbitrary and punitive attempts to regulate and police it. Devlin shows that the breakdown of monogamy results in promiscuity for the few, loneliness for the majority, and unhappiness for all.

Every revolution gives rise to a reaction. Devlin, however, is very critical of mainstream conservative responses to the sexual revolution, which often eerily echo feminist complaints about innocent women being preyed upon by wicked men who must be scolded and punished. The most controversial aspect of Devlin’s work is his argument that today’s sexual dystopia is rooted just as much in women’s nature as men’s, exploring such taboo topics as female hypergamy (mating up), narcissism, infidelity, deceptiveness, and masochism. By showing their biological basis, F. Roger Devlin offers a non-traditional defense of traditional sexual morals and institutions and shows us the way out of today’s sexual dystopia.

“‘Sexual Utopia in Power,’ Devlin’s infamous essay that launched a thousand blog posts about female hypergamy, is highly quotable and insightful in its analysis of the contemporary struggle between the sexes. Its indictments of feminism and warnings to men have only become more relevant since it was written. ‘Sexual Utopia’ is also an important response to clueless conservatives who rush to blame men for not marrying and starting families with women who are in many (though not all) cases simply unmarriageable.”— Jack Donovan, author of The Way of Men

“. . . outstanding (and MSM blacked out) essays on gender dynamics . . .”—Roissy/Heartiste

“If Roissy has anything resembling a mentor, it is F. Roger Devlin.”— Charlotte Allen, The Weekly Standard

“Love and sex have never been confusing to me. I have Roger Devlin to thank for that.”—Chloë Thurlow, best-selling author of The Secret Life of Girls

“Dr. Devlin is perhaps best role model there is for independent scholars on the right. His writings can be found on nearly every website the mainstream fears.”— Benjamin Villaroel, American Renaissance

“In a decent world, Devlin would be an instantly-recognizable name and a literary giant.”— Spirit/Water/Blood

“I have admired F. Roger Devlin’s path-breaking writings in The Occidental Quarterly since I became aware of them, and I’ve emphatically recommended them to everyone within reach. Dr. Devlin is a writer — percipient, witty, and courageous — who simply must be read.”— Nicholas Strakon, The Last Ditch

“I believe the author is evil.”— Tyler Cowan

F. Roger Devlin, Ph.D. is an independent scholar. He is the author of Alexandre Kojève and the Outcome of Modern Thought (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004) and many essays and reviews in such publications as The Occidental Quarterly, American Renaissance, Counter-Currents/North American New Right, VDare, Modern Age, The Social Contract, Alternative Right, and The Last Ditch. A bibliography of his work is available online at http://devliniana.wordpress.com/.

Here is a thoughtful interview earlier this year with Roger Devlin. Here and here are more interviews.

Here is a partial transcript of my interview today:

Roger: “I’ve discovered an age gap in the response to my work. Older man think I am a bitter misogynist. Younger men say I explain precisely what they have seen all their lives and haven’t been able to account for.”

“The old ways of getting a girl just don’t work any more.”

Luke: “I would contend that a million people could have read the websites you did and not have written this book. How were you able to take what you read online and distill it as you did?”

Roger: “I do have a background in philosophy. I am used to analyzing arguments and data. As I studied this stuff, a whole new model of sexual dynamics began forming itself in my mind. When I was growing up, I had this idea that the man had to prove his worthiness to the girl. It was a very romantic chivalrous view of the sexes.”

Luke: “When did you first start publishing in the dissident right?”

Roger: “In 2004. My first article was on Victor Davis Hanson.”

“I discovered Chronicles magazine in 1997 and Sam Francis quickly became my favorite author there.”

“I didn’t have a particularly successful academic career [graduating with a PhD in Political Philosophy from Tulane in 1996]… One of the few things I can do well is write. I started writing essays [in 2004] and sending them in and eventually it became my full-time job. I have no other job now other than working for the dissident right, publishing essays and doing a lot of work behind the scenes. I do quite a bit of editing and translating.”

Luke: “Did you understand the implications this would have for your life when you began publishing in 2004 for The Occidental Quarterly?”

Roger: “Not really… I was ready to take a break. I’m psychologically suited for playing the role of pariah. I don’t care about getting invited to D.C. cocktail parties. On the other hand, I couldn’t do this work if I had a large family to support.”

Luke: “I was raised to have a horror of hitting a woman. I never saw my dad hit my mom. Then I was bewildered by dating and relationships because I’ve had a number of women smack me.”

Roger: “I had an experience like that in elementary school. There was a girl classmate of mine who had heard it said that boys were not supposed to hit girls and she inferred from this that it was ok for her to hit boys and they shouldn’t retaliate. She went around doing this and had to learn her lesson the hard way. That is a problem with the feminist movement. A lot of women are taught that they can behave any way they want.”

Luke: “I’ve had this confusing situation where to placate an angry woman, I’ve opened up and shared something vulnerable. At the time, it often does take their anger away so we can get intimate, but in the long run, it fuels their contempt for me.”

Roger: “It is dangerous to reveal weaknesses to women. Women want strong men. This is one reason why men don’t talk about their vulnerabilities. Men have to appear strong, even if they are feeling weak.”

“The traditional program for getting sex out of the way is marriage.”

Friend: “I would ask him if it is possible to have an ethical and moral society without religion, and then assuming religion is necessary for a moral and ethical society, how pluralistic can the religions be.”

Roger: “There is some evidence both ways.”

“Victorianism reduced the illegitimacy rate below 1% and this was not accompanied by any great religious revival. Something can be done just on the social level. Religion holds much of its effect on its hold on social mores, not so much theological belief. Religion affects people’s behavior by sanctioning punishments for adultery, etc. Almost all women believe in God but they still behave very badly because there are no social sanctions against bad female behavior.”

Luke: “I can’t think of many examples of when Jewish strength and white strength weren’t contradictory in a society.”

Roger: “Yes. The issue comes down to the inevitable problems that arise from sharing territory. Tatu Vanhanen demonstrated that ethnic conflict is universal. You always have problems when you have different kinds of people trying to share territory, particularly when you have people such as Europeans who have such a different mentality from Jews.”

“Culture is geographically bound and has a natural principle of exclusion of that which is not compatible with itself. Because of the tendency of human beings to create a tribal culture, you are going to have problems when you have different peoples trying to share territory. I’m a universal nationalist. I want Jews to have their own territory, our people to have their own territory.”

“Partly the problems we have with our Jews are our own fault. Partly they occur because we have lost confidence in our down dominant culture and refuse to enforce it anymore.”

Luke: “Do you think the decline of the West over the past 50 years is primarily the result of these radical left-wing Jewish movements or is it primarily the result of white weakness?”

Roger: “Impossible to say. It’s a chicken and egg problem.”

Luke: “How should one with your views respond to slurs?”

Roger: “I’m not particularly high profile, so I haven’t been much publicly attacked. I guess the best way to do it is to be dignified, emphasize that you are on the side of human nature and all of history supports your views and some people will eventually be won over. State your position forthrightly and let the chips fall where they may.”

Luke: “Are you a Christian?”

Roger: “No, I’m not a religious person, but essentially my book is a defense of the Christian idea of marriage on rational and experience based argument.”

From Amren:

For those interested in further exploring Dr. Devlin’s work, it can be separated into six broad categories:

  1. Socio-sexual dynamics, anti-feminism, and the state of marriage. See: Sexual Utopia in Power, Sexual Liberation and Racial Suicide, Home Economics, The Feminine Counter-Revolution & it’s Limitations, and Rotating Polyandry – & it’s Enforcers.
  2. The European Identitarians and the Nouvelle Droit. See: A Europe of Nations, Generation Identity Introduces Itself, Alain de Benoist’s Vivid Memory, The Rectification of Names, Human Rights between Ideology & Politics, and Rethinking Democracy.
  3. The state of South Africa. See: Into the Cannibal’s Pot, A Home of Our Own, Snuffing Out South African Identity, and The White Nation of Africa.
  4. The alternative/dissident right and paleoconservatism in America. See: Standing Tall, Paul Gottfried’s Terrestrial Railroad Journey, Immigration and the Building of a New Majority, Picking Up the Torch, and The Family Way.
  5. Education, and its general decay. See: Clamping Down on Free Speech on Campus, You Can’t Say that Here!, The Academy: Reform or Secession?, Brown vs. Board, Govt. vs. People: The Curious Course Of The Desegregation Wars, and Higher Education: The Impossibility of Reform.
  6. Immigration, particularly in America. See: Why Global Democratic Revolution (And Mass Immigration) Won’t Work, Sojourners And Subversives: Cataloguing the Treason Lobby, Immigration and Human Nature, and Designer Nation – A History of American Immigration Policy.

Those interested in reading Dr. Devlin’s entirely original work (i.e. not book reviews) should see: The Case of Victor Davis Hanson: Farmer, Scholar, Warmonger (Winter ‘03/’04, “The Occidental Quarterly”), Sexual Utopia in Power (Summer ‘06 “The Occidental Quarterly”), The Academy: Reform Or Secession? (Winter ‘06/’07 “The Occidental Quarterly), Adalbert Stifter and the “Biedermeier” Imagination (Spring ‘08, “Modern Age”), Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn 1918-2008 (Spring ‘08, “The Occidental Quarterly”), The ‘ReAfricanization’ of the West (June ‘08, “American Renaissance”), Sexual Liberation and Racial Suicide (October ‘08, “TOQ” editor’s dinner), Home Economics (published in parts throughout ‘08 and ‘09, “The Last Ditch”), Immigration and the Building of a New Majority (June ‘09, “The Social Contract”), Why I Write (October ‘09, “TOQ Online”), CofCC National Conference 2010, Nashville, TN (June ‘10, “The Occidental Observer”), Higher Education: The Impossibility of Reform (November ‘11 “H.L. Mencken Club” speech), On Wilmot Robertson (October ‘13, speech at private gathering), The Question of Female Masochism (October ‘14, “Counter Currents”)

It should be noted, however, that Dr. Devlin has a knack for making a book review out of something that ostensibly isn’t.

There is also, of course, his book: Alexandre Kojéve and the Outcome of Modern Thought.

About Luke Ford

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