Women are splitting off from the doomsday prepper community
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- The Schism Breaking Apart the "Prepper" Community
- Lili Loofbourow
- Mar 28 2022
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Thinking about real issues does tend to erode the control fantasy that is doomsday prepping (doomsday broadly being the more realistic job loss, or that stereotypical SHTF moment). Control in the face of adversity makes people feel powerful and "How would birth control work if infrastructure got shut down" is a complex problem that can't be fixed just with savings or stockpiling. A lot of this, in my experience, and reflected by the marketing, preys on machismo to some extent, and very much expresses a "Defend yourself and your family, protect them with Bucket o' Chow." I guess I'm trying to explain some of the lead-in for the problems that led to the shift, such as the community and at least one moderator deciding these topics are inappropriate on more than one occasion.
It also seems to be an interesting circumvention of the broader Reddit problem: Communities tend to settle on two or three solutions for established problems, and suggesting anything but these solutions, going against the hivemind, is an extremely controversial act. I also still think this has a lot to do with the marketing around prepping, as mentioned in my last paragraph, which is typically male-oriented.
From the summary, this sounds like a wholesome increase in diversity and growth in discussion, with little toxic Reddit drama. Thanks for sharing this!