The absolute dumbest argument I’ve heard in response to Elliot Rodger’s killing spree last weekend was this: Rodger killed more men than women, so this had nothing to do with misogyny (subtext: So shut your feminist pie-hole).
It takes a lot of logical leaps to make that conclusion when you look at the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, not least of all the fact that Rodger himself explicitly stated that he hated women, that his purpose was to kill as many women as he could, that he felt that women were less than human, that his motivation was that he felt spurned by women. To wit, from Rodger himself: “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it.”
It’s not important what the numbers are, to me. The ratio of men to women killed or injured is largely circumstantial, and they don’t mean anything anyway, because — despite what a fair number of people apparently believe — misogynists hate men, too. Keep reading »
This morning, a friend of Peter and Chin Rodger, parents of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger, appeared on ABC News to read a statement on their behalf:
“We are crying in pain for the victims and their families. It breaks our heart on a level we didn’t think possible. The feeling of knowing that it was our son’s actions that caused the tragedy can only be described as Hell on earth.”
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The co-founder of Rap Genius, the website that allows readers to explain what the hell Kanye means in his lyrics through annotations, was fired this weekend after posting jokes about Elliot Rodger’s 140-page misogynist “manifesto.” After emailing the manifesto to his parents, therapist and others, Rodger went on to kill six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus before taking his own life.
Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam found this funny, apparently, because he read through the document and added annotations to Rodger’s writing. As first reported by the tech blog Valleywag, Moghadam noted that Rodger’s writing was “beautifully written” and “artful.” He also speculated a woman Rodger once knew would “go on to attend USC and turn into a spoiled hottie” and wrote about Rodger’s sister, “MY GUESS: his sister is smokin hot.” Keep reading »
Well that was quick. The New York Post has forfeited all the good will I was feeling towards them for their amazing Kimye wedding coverage by posting a bikini photo of one of the women mentioned in UCSB killer Elliot Rodger’s misogyny-filled 140-page “manifesto.” Rodger refers to a number of people by first and last name in his screed, but Monette Moio definitely stands out as one of the first girls/women that he expressed hatred for. The Post‘s story calls her “The Woman The UCSB Killer Blamed For His Misogyny” and features two photos of Moio, one a close-up shot of her face and the other a full body bikini pic. The article also features an interview with her dad about Rodger’s now-obvious obsession with her and her brother, actor Ashton Moio. “It’s like she’s being implicated in this terrible tragedy for something she hasn’t done and can’t remember,” John Moio said, referring to the fact that Monette Moio was only 10 when Rodger apparently had a “crush” on her. Keep reading »
“Life is not fair. One can either accept that fact, keeling over in defeat; or one can harness the strength to fight against it. My destiny was to fight against the unfairness of the world.” – Elliot Rodger
On Friday night a man stabbed and killed three men in his apartment, got into his car, drove through the postcard-pretty college town of Isla Vista, California, and killed three more people while injuring 13 others.
He was Not All Men, of course, just a deeply disturbed, homicidal 22-year old who has been identified as Elliot Rodger.
Before I write anything, I first need to pause and offer my sincerest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed. Like the rest of the world, I am also heartsick for those who were injured and traumatized by this attack. Nothing anyone can do or say will ever bring them back and that is a tragedy no words will ever rectify. Keep reading »