What a Holiday Season…

by W.F. Price on January 5, 2014

Sometimes you’re just glad the season is over, but this year was a real coup de poing for me. First, we start with an untimely death in the family, then not long after that my stepdad, up in town to do a little post-retirement assistance at his old job, caught a guy he’d worked with for years secretly video recording some schoolgirls on a ski trip. This devolved into an international child porn investigation with US attorneys, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, DHS and lord knows who else involved.

Next thing I knew my mom was in town, the whole family in turmoil and general agitation, all with me recently finding out I’m going to have another kid as I’m trying to cut a deal with my ex. I decided to take the month off and wait until everybody calmed down and left, which happened the day before yesterday.

Sometimes, I really envy bachelors

I’d considered writing about the sex offense incident when it happened, but decided against it as it was still in the news and my stepdad was fairly upset about it. It’s actually a pretty unbelievable story — one of those “what the hell was he thinking?” kind of things. The guy who got busted was a fairly successful bachelor who worked as a coach and an aviation writer for Wired Magazine. He’s in his early 40s, and as far as I could tell had a perfectly good life. My stepdad has known him and worked with him since the 90s, and continued to help out from time to time after retirement.

Today, he’s sitting in jail in British Columbia, awaiting trial on Canadian charges. However, his trouble doesn’t end there. Because of the Child Exploitation Act, which he probably violated, he’s looking at a fifteen-year mandatory minimum sentence back in the US after serving whatever time he gets in Canada. The local US attorney has made it clear that she intends to pursue the case, and given that the Department of Homeland Security got involved, I assume she means it. What’s remarkable to me, however, is that this guy might as well have died that night he got caught. He made the news for a few days, there was an investigation, and now he’s gone — just like that. He may not see the free world again until he’s past retirement age. A long prison sentence really is an approximation of death.

If you’re interested, you can read about it here.

After the dust settled from that incident, we all drove each other crazy for a few weeks, during which time I realized that I was not going to get anything done, and probably shouldn’t try, because to do so would risk a major psychic malfunction, or possibly losing it at Christmas dinner, or perhaps both. Fortunately, we all survived, and the New Year is so pleasantly quiet that I have rediscovered that I actually have thoughts, and can hear them.

However, during my time offline, I was forced to confront a few realities that may have some implications for the future of this site. Quite frankly, the ROI isn’t adequate given the time I put into it. Of course, that wasn’t the point initially. If I’d started the site for money, I would have taken an entirely different approach (in fact, I would have avoided men’s issues altogether). Instead, I was trying to make a social statement, and to challenge the dominant narrative concerning family law, sexual politics and human nature. I wasn’t the only one, but my approach was unorthodox in that it wasn’t particularly partisan by American standards. I think this made a difference, and I have noticed the narrative has shifted somewhat over the last few years. How much remains to be seen, as one still runs across feminist tripe with some regularity in trendy magazines and the like, but this isn’t the 90s anymore; people don’t take it as gospel.

For now, I’ll keep The Spearhead going, but I have to start selling something, and fast. Getting by on donations requires a different style from mine — you have to have a movement and be an activist, which is a lot like being a preacher. As a natural skeptic, I can’t help but feel that it’s dishonest to make declarations of faith when I’m not certain about them myself. And I think that this skepticism is why a lot of people like to read what I write, so it would be unnatural to do an about face and start crusading as an MRA culture warrior. I’d have to fake it, and as we know a good fake is something of a contradiction in terms.

So from here on out, given what’s headed my way this summer, I’m going to have to put more effort into paid work, including on the site. There comes a point where one can’t afford to give one’s time and effort away for free.

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geographybeefinalisthimself January 5, 2014 at 11:06

“Sometimes, I really envy bachelors”

Only envy the ones who are successful. Not all bachelors are childless and not all childless bachelors are filthy rich.

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cxj January 5, 2014 at 11:11

So glad you weren’t thrown in debtors prison over child support payments! I’m terribly sorry to hear about all of your personal turmoil though. Sorry about the rough holidays, and congrats on your new kid!

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cxj January 5, 2014 at 11:14

“I think that this skepticism is why a lot of people like to read what I write”

Definitely true for me.

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Charles Martel January 5, 2014 at 11:22

I’ve given my son the advice I wish my father had given me. Put yourself first, be selfish. Don’t be manipulated, cajoled or shamed into doing anything that’s not in your best interest.

I think you’ve given the men’s rights community plenty. You don’t owe us anything, Bill.

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Ray Manta January 5, 2014 at 11:42

Hey Bill, welcome back. I agree 100% with what Charles said. Staying financially and emotionally solvent is more important than anything else.

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Tulsa Quake January 5, 2014 at 12:11

I wouldn’t wish for your dad to see a friend in jail, but on the other hand Wired is Cathedral, so it’s a win for my people if one of theirs is being forcibly sodomized instead of published. So may they all be!

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W.F. Price January 5, 2014 at 12:38

@Tulsa Quake

I didn’t get the impression he was a very political guy. I only met him once that I can remember, when I took my kids up skiing and his ski team happened to be there. However, this being Seattle, you can bet he mouthed the usual shibboleths when the situation required it. Ironically, he’s facing a lot more time than he would if he’d had a fling with an underage student. The child porn laws are kind of like the crack cocaine laws passed in the 80s — just a trifling amount of contraband can get a guy locked up for decades.

Paul Murray January 5, 2014 at 13:00

Although reprehensible, it’s worth noting that this dude’s crime *harmed no-one*. Not unless you believe in invisible sex rays, in voodoo sympathetic magic mediated by jpegs. He’ll get longer than a lot of murderers do, he’ll be in prison well into the adulthoods of the “victims”.

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W.F. Price January 5, 2014 at 13:26

@Paul Murray

Yeah, it seems pretty excessive to me. You would probably get a lower sentence for forcible rape. But this is how our democracy works. Moral panics like the one set off by Len Bias’s death from a cocaine overdose in the 80s caused the mandatory minimum crack laws, and then the child molestation panics of the 90s and 00s spurred these ones.

tom47 January 5, 2014 at 14:04

Use Tee shirts and mugs as promotional items in exchange for donation, just like PBS. “And as a thank you for your generous donation of $xxx you’ll receive a tee shirt or mug boldly imprinted with the Spearhead logo on it”

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tom47 January 5, 2014 at 14:08

You might also want to see if you can get back on Ad Sense or it’s equivalent from MSN.

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Andy January 5, 2014 at 14:53

Congrats on the new baby!

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Puujah January 5, 2014 at 14:58

But surely Google-clicks, advert-money and political-commerce can be made off activistic intent upgrades to this site … … as a no holds barred misandropedia.com styled site of files, folders, photos, videos, reports, digests, announcements, country analysis, legal analysis, mangina of the day pages, national and international misandry risk analysis pages, white knight alert pages, anti-misandric intelligence update pages, femaleist dupe of the month pages … etcetera, etcetera ?

1.
You already have a free workforce of many many activist self-editors, already supplying huge volumes of meaningful and substantive user generated content that chimes with the growing anti-misandric counter-culture.

2.
You already have an infrastructure of extensive web presence and audience, unlimited captive eyeballs needing digestible doses of red pill, and viral grade word of mouth credibility. These are invaluable resources needing imaginative organization to bear fruit.

3.
It cost absolutely nothing to Facebook, to Twitter, to Linked-In, to YouTube, to Google Plus and to immediately do plenty other new-economy things that socially network The-Spearhead in ways to boost its commercial Return On Investment.

The political, commercial, economic and personal value of The-Spearhead as a misandropedia project might just be realizable with lateral thinking and adventurousness. Was Huffingtons Post not merely one womans misandric-Bildungsroman and a sugar-daddy sponsor to start with ?

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tom47 January 5, 2014 at 15:06

A mailing list or a newsletter with the latest articles, promotional offers and donation pleas would help a lot. Promotional items with the site logo or banner head raises money and both promotes the site and it’s message.

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Uncle Elmer January 5, 2014 at 15:10

“…mug boldly imprinted with the Spearhead logo on it”

I would buy one :

http://www.the-spearhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/smug.jpg

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ron January 5, 2014 at 15:41

Its good to see you are back Mr. Price

Well, all I can say is, given the excessive punishment and rush to convict, anyone who coaches kids in the US or Canada is either well connected or a fool. But then, maybe we need a few fools to do something decent.

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SaskGuy January 5, 2014 at 16:34

Hi Bill. Nice to hear from you again. Didn’t realize how much I enjoyed your articles until they quit coming for a while.
I sent you a few bucks and I guess I may have to buy my first ever subscription. By all means, do up some mugs or Spearhead T- shirts. I would proudly wear it.You provide a valuable service for men and I hope you can find a way to continue.
I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the feminist divorce industry is alive and well here, and continues to eat up and spit out the bones of poor bastards every chance it gets. Over $100,000 in legal expenses and and 7 years later and I am still going to court.

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ScienceDada January 5, 2014 at 17:08

Tee shirts, mugs, and *BUMPER STICKERS*

That is my recommendation.

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John Savage January 5, 2014 at 17:09

I also like the idea of t-shirts. I like much of what I see at Jack Donovan’s site. Maybe you can get their creative team to do some original work for you. I would gladly pay $20 bucks for a quality t-shirt with a message and a cause to support.

Glad to see you back.

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Glenn January 5, 2014 at 17:13

Soooo…taking pictures of schoolgirls now warrants a lengthy prison term?

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etype January 5, 2014 at 18:05

Glad to hear you’re not in Jail. Have a Happy NewYear!

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3DShooter January 5, 2014 at 19:28

The good news is that Bill, despite the challenges that have come his way, is doing well.

Unfortunately, his comments do not bode well for the-spearhead.com.

When Bill re-married, I thought the-spearhead.com might continue. But things changed somewhat. Now that there is a ‘bun in the oven’, I fear the-spearhead.com will unfortunately cease. Bill can’t be blamed for wanting to re-claim what so many have lost and he has first hand knowledge of what he faces, but it is his life to live.

However, anyone who has ever been a father knows when you have a new kid that becomes the laser focus of your life. For all that Bill has done – he is still a man and I would be greatly surprised if TS survives the pressures of new fatherhood. Reading his words, you can already see it.

While I am happy for him, I am saddened for the community he created. I hope I am wrong and that this isn’t the year of R.I.P. the-spearhead.

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GSJockey January 5, 2014 at 19:56

+1 for SaskGuy.

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Gilgamesh January 5, 2014 at 22:31

Bill, why don’t you write and sell a book like Jack Donovan did?

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W.F. Price January 5, 2014 at 23:22

@Gilgamesh

That’s what I need to do to keep the site feasible. It’s really the only viable option. Fortunately, I get a lot of search traffic, and it could pay off if I target some books properly. However, that also means I’m going to have to take some focus off posting, or else post updates of whatever it is I’m writing.

meistergedanken January 6, 2014 at 05:38

3DShooter is right. Well gents, it was nice while it lasted. Perhaps some other place will pop up where we can hang out.

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Anonymous January 6, 2014 at 06:15

Hi Bill,

I’m glad you’re ok and that the time away seems to be benefiting you with greater clarity and direction for yourself and this site. Congrats on learning you have a child on the way. That is great news!

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Keoni Galt January 6, 2014 at 09:06

Well Bill, glad to see you’re alright and not in jail afterall! Congrats on expecting another child!

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Tip January 6, 2014 at 10:01

Bill,

I think you should consider a monthly or yearly subscription type thing.
“I will not give you anything I don’t give others but you will get good will for doing it” type of thing a diem a day is $36.50 a penny is $3.65 if half your readers pony up a penny and a percentage a dime you’ll be set

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Jabberwocky January 6, 2014 at 11:31

You could do a book that has some of the best articles from this site, and and edited form of some of the best thread debates. That’s two thirds of a book right there. You could call it a retrospective, done somewhat chronologically, with further analysis on your part as you see fit. Hell, if you delegate some of the editing and grunt work to some college literature or English majors (they won’t have a job), you might not have to do a lot of work.

Bill- You have to describe your new relationship. It will be okay. We all want to know what it’s like. How you being you in a new relationship works or doesn’t work. If your new wife isn’t cool with it, or at least open to it, I would take that as a big red flag that she only puts up with your MRA activity, and isn’t truly supportive of it. I get the feeling, you’re someone who has always dated, always been in a relationship, and finds bachelorhood somewhat unnatural.

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DW3 January 6, 2014 at 17:11

Glad to see you back Price. Congratulations on your expected addition to your family. If you decided to sell merch I’d buy some bumper stickers and polo shirts, please don’t forget that there are sharp-dressed men who read this blog so we’d need collared shirts.

@SaskGuy – I have one in SK and one in AB, I’m intimately familiar with family law on the prairies. Nice to see more another Canadian voice from outside the largest metropolitan areas.

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Attila January 6, 2014 at 18:36

When I am out about town- I don’t even ACKNOWLEDGE the presence of any minors or teenagers of either gender around me. I suspect even looking could be whipped up into an accusation.

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Szebran January 6, 2014 at 18:52

Congrats on your expected baby.

“a fifteen-year mandatory minimum sentence back in the US after serving whatever time he gets in Canada.”
A guy video’s girls and he gets all this time yet that former NFL cheerleader (Mrs Garner) has sex with a 12 year old boy and she gets nothing. Not only that but the judge expunged her record as if the incident never happened. More feminist judicial hypocrisy.

If money gets tight you can always try a free platform such as facebook, blogger or wordpress. Facebook has good anti feminist site.
https://www.facebook.com/AgainstFeminism

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continent January 7, 2014 at 05:29

Bill Price,
After Mens’s News Daily gave upMRA issues A Voice for Men became an alternative. But after your “Adios Paul” article AVfM cecame so complicated to visit that I gave up. When The Spearhead became inactive for about a month, I did not know what is happening.
Uncle Elmer commented that he would be willing to run the site. But it’s good that you explained your conundrum and hopefullly continue on.

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Ironthumb January 17, 2014 at 13:21

I am late with the news but thank goodness Price is ok.
Almost everyone (including me) though you were dead or something.

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W.F. Price January 17, 2014 at 13:38

@ironthumb

Dead to the internet. :)

Ironthumb January 17, 2014 at 14:59

;)
LOL
Anyways glad to see you back.
People missed you alot.
And I really liked that article on custody jailings, the one you wrote next to this.
That is pretty “non-first world”.
Good thing 3rd world countries rarely have that kind of drama.
Right here you get what you work for there is no welfare or BS like that

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Epimetheus January 17, 2014 at 16:30

I wouldn’t underestimate the power of your recent observations of feminism’s contributions to rape, violence and child abuse. A short book in two parts, first documenting feminism’s weakening of the nuclear family, then hammering home the reality of violence outside the nuclear family on women and children. Maybe written understated enough that it cannot be dismissed; the thesis alone is controversial enough to draw attention. And sales. A snappy title- Feminism Hates Women. Feminism is a Rapist. Etc.

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