David Futrelle on why Elliot Rodger’s misogyny matters
Recently David Futrelle posted an excellent commentary on his blog “we Hunted The Mammoth,” ( formerly known as “Manboobz,” ) about Elliot Rodger’s recent terrorist attack, and why we need to take misogyny and violence directed at women more seriously. Hatred towards women, needs to be taken every bit as seriously as any other type of bigotry. Violent threats from anti feminist fanatics, including so called “Men’s Rights Activists,” need to be taken seriously.
A chart posted by Elliot Rodger, giving his chilling spin on a manosphere meme depicting supposed female “hypergamy”
When a white supremacist murders blacks or Jews, no one doubts that his murders are driven by his hateful, bigoted ideology. When homophobes attack a gay youth, we rightly label this a hate crime.
But when a man filled to overflowing with hatred of women acts upon this hatred and launches a killing spree targeting women, many people find it hard to accept that his violence has anything to do with his misogyny. They’re quick to blame it on practically anything else they can think of - guns, video games, mental illness - though none of these things in themselves would explain why a killer would target women.
In the case of Elliot Rodger, who set out on Friday night aiming, as he put it in a chilling video, to “slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut” in a popular sorority house at the University of California, Santa Barbara, some Men’s Rights activists and other manospherians are doing their best to convince the world that misogyny had nothing to do with it.