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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It feels like the entire Internet is having one big argument about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who murdered six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus before killing himself last Friday.
Did he mostly have a problem with misogyny? Did he mostly have a problem with mental illness? Did he mostly have a problem with a spoiled and entitled upbringing? Is it possible it could be a combination of all of these things?
Like many people this weekend, I read (okay, briskly skimmed — he was not a good writer) his 140-page “manifesto,” “My Twisted World: The Story Of Elliot Rodger,” looking to better understand this tragedy. There’s plenty to unpack there, what with his misogynist, crazy ideas about women deserving to be placed in concentration camps and only used for sex. But what hasn’t gotten quite as much media attention is the area where Elliot Rodger’s misogynistic entitlement and his racist views intersected. Keep reading »
There have been so many pieces analyzing UC Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger and his extreme misogyny towards women. Here are a few must-read pieces:
- “Let’s Call The Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism,” by Laurie Penny, New Statesman
- “Elliot Rodger And Poisonous Ideals Of Masculinity,” by Noah Berlatsky, TheAtlantic.com
- “Elliot Rodger And The Price Of Toxic Masculinity,” by Harris O’Malley, The Daily Dot
- “How Pickup Artist Philosophy And Its More Misogynist Backlash Shaped The Mind Of Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger,” by Amanda Marcotte, The American Prospect
- “Why It’s So Hard For Men To See Misogyny,” by Amanda Hess, Slate
- “Dude, It’s You,” by John Beckett, Patheos.com
- “Inside The ‘Manosphere’ That Inspired Santa Barbara Shooter Elliot Rodger,” by Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post
- “Your Princess Is In Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement And Nerds,” by Arthur Chu, The Daily Beast
Today’s Lady News will return to its normal news-roundup column tomorrow.
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 »