In the wake of Friday’s shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, gunman Elliot Rodger’s disdain for women, men who were with those women, and his overall misogynistic tendencies were hard to ignore.
Through a 140-page manifesto riddled with promises to punish the women who rejected the virgin — a failed attraction he dubbed an “injustice” and a “crime” — investigators and the media sought to rationalize the carnage left behind by an irrational person. Because he hated women (and was extremely vocal about the harassment he himself participated in as a result of rejection) he snapped. And because he snapped, he killed.
And, if one look at media and news outlets are any indication, the center of it all was a woman. The reason for his hate, his killing, is women.
It’s not surprising that we latched on to “a reason.” It’s not often we get to…
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