By Any Other Name — Masculist Erotica with a Political Edge

by W.F. Price on January 23, 2013

Just before Christmas, I was contacted by William Rand, an American expat who has happily settled in Mexico with his Latina wife. He asked me if I’d like to take a look at a book he wrote, telling me it was an erotic novel for men. Although I don’t have much experience with this literature, it piqued my curiosity, so I agreed. Having no idea what it would be about, I thought it might be something like a romance novel, a few of which I’ve glanced through just to get an idea of what they are like.

Boy was I wrong. There’s nothing feminine about Rand’s writing. His latest book, By Any Other Name, is suffused with male sexuality; it is every bit as graphic as the male imagination. It was a surprise to see those vivid images that run through a man’s mind right there in words. It rivals some of the more obscure erotic oriental texts that sent shock waves through the Victorian world when they were published in English. It happens that one of my favorite historical figures was a linguist (among many other roles) who put a great deal of effort into translating eastern erotica. He was Sir Richard Francis Burton, the notorious British imperialist spy who snuck into Mecca on the Hajj, scouted Somalia when it was every bit as dangerous as today, discovered Lake Victoria with John Hanning Speke, and served in the Afghan war of the 1840s. Burton was a real man of the world and left a lot of written work behind, but some of his most treasured material happened to be of a sexual nature. Unfortunately, his wife Isabel burned a great many of his papers when he died, destroying many texts in the name of “Christian decency.”

So I approach this material with an open mind, recognizing that it has value and is an important part of culture and the human experience.

What Rand appears to have done is create a distinctly American form of erotic literature. He draws from the different ethnic, religious and cultural strains of our society, creating contrasts of pleasure, desire and pain as well as guilt, resentment and deprivation. In the world he creates, true depravity is slavery, unfulfilled desire and hatred of natural male sexuality — not sex itself by any means.

By Any Other Name takes issue with much of what might be considered traditional morality in the US, comparing Latin mores favorably to the puritan values many Americans hold. The book also draws parallels between feminism and other supremacist – both racial and religious – movements of the past. Rand clearly sees feminists for what they are, and he pulls no punches in his portrayal of the brutal, repressive reality so many American men face today.

And yet, despite the strong political message of the book (Rand quotes political thinkers liberally at the beginning of each chapter), a man can easily lose himself in the erotic fantasies, the imagery and the heat of his prose. I suspect that women, too, might find themselves drawn in by the power of Rand’s imagination, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they enjoyed it every bit as much as men.

Not everyone will like the political messages of the book; feminists, naturally, will be enraged, but some Christians might take offense as well. However, if you’re a fundamentalist Christian, erotica probably shouldn’t be on your reading list in the first place. Even so, I think some self-reflection on the part of Christians could be a good thing, as it often seems as though sexual repression is higher on some Christians’ (i.e. feminist Christians) agenda than the Commandments, which are routinely ignored in favor of ordering men to submit to thinly-veiled feminist dictates.

For sex-positive MRAs, the book is just right, as is its timing. I am amazed to see the alacrity with which Rand responded to the contemporary American atmosphere with a book that addresses so many of men’s concerns. Despite living in Mexico, he has his finger right on our cultural pulse, and he didn’t waste time in giving a diagnosis.

I look forward to more of Rand’s virile prose in the future. Through his characters, he brings us liberated men and women, and it turns out that they are adamantly opposed to the feminist straitjacket imposed not only on our sexuality, but our society at large. It’s a real pleasure to see that men like William Rand are adding their own voice to literature to let us know that yes, there is another, better world out there: a world without feminism.

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X January 23, 2013 at 09:41

I know lots a men going their own way choose Mexico to go so; But Mexico in particular is an example of a failed state overrun and infested by too many men going their own way violently.

The State and the government DOES have a place in society. At least to keep things civil and running with a little modicum of rules.

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Noble Dragon January 23, 2013 at 09:55

Sounds great – when will his work be available for public consumption?

And about Sir Richard Francis Burton being a linguist, the real question is – was he a cunning linguist?

sorry, couldn’t resist.

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geographybeefinalisthimself January 23, 2013 at 12:05

I can imagine it will only be a matter of time before feminazis, manginas and white knights try to ban all of William Rand’s books in the United States.

As an aside, Welmer, can you fix the spell check so that Welmer, feminazi and mangina do not have the red zigzagged underline when typed into the comment box? Feminazi and mangina are already on Urban Dictionary.

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Opus January 23, 2013 at 12:13

I sometimes look at the erotica on Asstr. Much of it is tiresome in the extreme – or perhaps I am just jaded – yet there are some writers there who strike me as exceptional; I think especially of “Bradley Stokes” who is so funny that he kills the erotic impulse even as he arouses it.

What I like to do is guess the nationality of the author, and I must say, that usually the American author is instantly recognisable and not just because the characters are all called Brad or Brandy. There is something, I regret to say, simply too crudely anti-erotic in the writing, at least for my taste and I have long supposed that the writers are, in their litteralness, probably female. British writers however seem to me to have a subtlety that is erotic. Perhaps I would not thus care for Rand.

I have

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Ethical January 23, 2013 at 13:30

“Virile prose”. Sounds promising and overdue. The masculine mindset is becoming so endangered I’ve come to crave this “virility” in books, movies, and all the entertainment and news media in general I consume.

For me “virility” means less “safe”. It’s having the stones to honestly explore different points of view with no idea where that exploration will lead. It’s being fearless enough and having enough faith in our sense of reason to walk into any topic without the need for the protection of censorship. It’s being principled enough to listen to an issue cast in another light; perhaps a light in which one might actually understand one’s enemy. For me “virility” is a portrayal so honest we might appreciate the lure of the worst depravity and become forced to separate that lure from our absolute rejection of the consequences of such actions.

How did our entertainment so completely lose all it’s virility that surveys seem to show men are abandoning it in droves? It’s funny that as the world may be about to become dramatically more dangerous our feminized entertainment infantilizes us this way; hiding away responsibility for more and more consequences. Can’t say how many movies I’ve seen lately for example where rather than sensibly avoiding conflict, really hot women take on truly dangerous and lawless men in no-holds-barred fist fights. From what we see in the entertainment media such women never get beaten, or raped.

What’s kinda comical though is how the entertainment media even try to force predetermined views on us by sticking to a lopsided victimization of the “good guy” on the one hand and a comical vilification of the “bad guy” on the other so that we avoid the stomach churning realization that the “enemy” is also human. In the case of the heroine above, this victimization conveniently avoids the picture of the same woman happily raising that same “abuser’s” children ten years later, and mourning his death in heart rending tears after another thirty years has passed.

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meistergedanken January 23, 2013 at 14:17

Looks like someone beat Elmer to the punch!

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Tom Smith January 23, 2013 at 14:34

Welmer, is this book available for purchase on your site or is it available through Amazon? Given that you do some book reviews on your site, perhaps you should give us the opportunity to “buy the book [just reviewed] and support the Spearhead.” That’s something I would be in to doing…

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Anonymous age 70 January 23, 2013 at 15:52

>>Despite living in Mexico, he has his finger right on our cultural pulse, and he didn’t waste time in giving a diagnosis.

My experience is he has his finger on the cultural pulse BECAUSE he lives elsewhere. Affluent people historically sent their children to live in other nations after university, because only by living in another culture can you began to understand your own.

>>But Mexico in particular is an example of a failed state overrun and infested by too many men going their own way violently.

And, you know this how?

In fact, Mexico has one of the lower murder rates in the region. Much lower, in fact. And, most of the murders involve drug trafficking workers, not the general population.

Yet, studies consistently show the people of Mexico and Central America are the happiest people in the world.

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Epimetheus Highway January 23, 2013 at 16:04

Hi Ethical. I just finished reading Vox Day’s Throne of Bones, an epic fantasy novel. Centers around a civilization modelled after the Roman Empire, features some masculine men as protagonists and (finally!) marital spats where the husband wins. Also, several beheadings. I enjoyed it.

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geographybeefinalisthimself January 23, 2013 at 16:24

OT but well worth a read:

Let’s see where this leads. The motive behind it is so that women can have greater upward mobility in the military. I guess this equality fixation has really infected defense even farther.

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W.F. Price January 23, 2013 at 17:00

Affluent people historically sent their children to live in other nations after university, because only by living in another culture can you began to understand your own.

-Anonymous age 70

Yes, so true. I never could “see” my own culture until I’d lived in China for a couple years. It’s a “can’t see the forest for the trees” kind of thing. Americans are really badly afflicted that way, because our society and culture is so all-encompassing that it’s very hard to hack your way through it.

Ethical January 23, 2013 at 17:54

@Epimetheus Highway

Thanks for the recommendation. You’ve gotten me curious. I’m working my way through Jared Diamond’s The World Before Yesterday, but Throne of Bones has gotten great reviews and when I’m done I’m due for some epic fantasy. Next time I’m in the bookstore I’ll definitely look it up.

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William Rand January 23, 2013 at 18:40

I just looked in to see how the review of my novel looked posted. This discussion of my novel–or rather, the review of my novel–has left me pleasantly surprised by all the positive, negative and philosophical comments, although I do feel a bit weird. I didn’t even know if I should comment at all. It’s kind of like sitting out in the hall while people decide if they want to hire you or not. On top of that, I’m new at this blogging thing, but what the hell. As noted, getting out of the culture gave me not only a better understanding of it, but also the freedom to react to it. However, there was more to it than that.

I usually write horror stories, and I fully intended to write another one when I moved to Mexico. I actually got the thing started. Then I felt the urge, or compulsion, to get it all out and tell the truth of everything I had seen and experienced in the United States, not only in English departments where I had studied and taught but throughout society, spreading like a plague in a damn monster movie. So, why not another horror novel? I think I just got so disgusted by all of the feminist and religious hypocrisy I had lived through. I had feminists and proud Christians talking about the evils of porn while women cranked out increasingly popular erotic novels about beaten down alpha males and gay sex.

I guess I just wanted to tell the brutal, honest truth about how men are oppressed by the anti-male, anti-porn, anti-every-damn-thing university feminists, and I wanted to do it in their own genre, but my way. I was sick of having to keep my mouth shut all day at work. When I moved to Mexico, I suddenly felt free to say whatever I wanted, in any manner I wanted to say it. I simply wanted to tell the truth about a society in which I saw Puritans in bed with feminists and all of them against men. What better way to do that than in an erotic novel? Oh, yeah, and I wanted to entertain some guys along the way with some decent, graphic, straight porn. In the end, however, after my ranting (if you’ll pardon me), I think that Shirley Jackson described one of her works in a way that fits my novel and most of the fiction out there: “It’s just a story.” And now it’s yours.

Unless you’ve got questions, I’ve got nothing more to say about this novel. I’m three chapters into the sequel.

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highwasp January 23, 2013 at 19:17

Hey while we’re at it I was just sent a link to a stand up comic who’s free on youtube and he’s claiming an epidemic of gold digging whores in this country – and every night he puts on the news expecting to hear something about it… and every time he brings up the epidemic of gold digging whores during his stand up the crowd pulls back like he’s talking about big foot or like he’s saying the moon’s made outta cheese or something…

check this guy out:

AND there’s men’s rights posts in the comments below… enjoy!

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Zorro January 23, 2013 at 20:52

Is David Lee Roth on the cover??????

Got it bad…Got it bad…Got it bad…

(PS: You need an editor?)

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bulldogo January 23, 2013 at 21:57

@ W.F. Price

The ? still hasn’t been answered.
How does 1 get hold of Rands’ work?

Interesting name – Rand. Ayn Rands’ work is definately masculine as it is very individualistic & all about meritocracy. Both very much traits of the Male & the Males’ life experience.

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X January 23, 2013 at 22:32

I see they’re now lynching and skinning investigative journalists in Mexico nowadays, prose writers too. Publishing mere satire gets men killed in Mexico.

Erotica authors cannot be too far behind the abattoir queue over there.

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William Rand January 24, 2013 at 05:05

A few guys are asking, so here is the direct page link to my novel: W.F. Price (the author of many of the articles here) has also graciously put a few links here at The Spearhead to my website. On my site, there are links to order print or ebook versions from the publisher, Amazon and other sellers in the USA, the UK and Australia. So far, there is only the paperback in print, but the hardback version is due out sometime this month. I will let you know as soon as I know. If you don’t want to buy over the net, you can probably ask for the paperback version at your local bookstore by now too, with the ISBN number in hand: 9781462699742. Also, there are some free downloads on my site–the introduction, prologue and sample chapter to give you a taste of what the book is like (pun intended), and there are a couple of related links and snippets on topics related to men’s issues, censorship, social and sexual freedom, etc. However, a special thanks goes to The Spearhead for getting the word out first and doing it well.

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Mickey T January 24, 2013 at 05:25

Off topic-
Yesterday was not a good day for men children and our country.

Sec’y of Defense, Leon Panetta, announced that women will be permitted to participate in combat positions, effectively ending a 20 year ban.

At the Benghazi affair hearing, Sec’y of State, Hillary Clinton not only evaded answering important questions, but she made a mockery of the proceeding by, among other things, displaying some kind of temper tantrum directed to a Republican Senator committee member.

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