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Of Course, a Man Killed Three Women

August 5, 2009

Killing women (and children) is what men do. Note how the marquee headline says “Man Kills 3, Self At Fitness Center” and then the article title says “Details Emerge on Pennsylvania Shooter” and the picture caption says, “Gunman Opens Fire in Exercise Class.”   Although they did identify the murderer as a man in two of the bold titles, the media just could not bring themselves to underline how women were his targeted victims. No, you must read the article to get that fact and we all know how most sound bite pursuers only absorb the headlines.

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (Aug. 5) – A man who sprayed bullets into a fitness class filled with women, killing three and then himself, apparently kept a Web page in which he wrote about years of rejection by women and an earlier plan for violence at the gym in which he said he “chickened out.”

Like nearly every man on earth, his personal failings were not his responsibility. He was not the problem. The problem was all of those women who rejected him.

“The biggest problem of all is not having relationships or friends, but not being able to achieve and acquire what I desire in those or many other areas,” said an entry dated Sunday. “Everthing stays the same regardless of the effert I put in. If I had control over my life then I would be happier. But for about the past 30 years, I have not.”

He admits it. He is aware of his failings.   He does not have control over his life, but dun dun dun, yet, IT IS THE FAULT OF WOMEN!

He also complained of not having a girlfriend since 1984, not having a date since May 2008 and not having sex for 19 years. “Women just don’t like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one,” he wrote.

I want to take a minute to say congratulations to every woman in the world who ever rejected George Sodini. And if you were one of those women, please, feel free to share your story with us about what clues, signals, markers, etc that overpowered any desire you may have had at the time to give this misogynist a chance. I think it would be a public service. Do it for this next generation of girls who are growing up believing their only value is a man desiring them physically. Please women don’t feel guilty for not sacrificing yourself. I am sure some twisted MRA will say if a woman, any woman would have just given this misogynist a chance, three lives would have been saved. But don’t listen to them. The bastard was going to kill a woman whether he was given a chance or not. The entitlement is/was there.

“He walked right into the room where the shootings occurred as if he knew exactly where he was going,” Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said. “I think he went in with the idea of doing what he did.”

The above quote is not relevant to my rant, but I had to include it just to say to Charles Moffatt, DUH!

Let the exceptionalism begin. “Something was wrong with him, not all men hate women.”

16 Comments
  1. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 5, 2009 5:42 pm

    When I read that story this morning, I thought, oh, f*ck, another Montreal Massacre.

    See: http://sciencewomen.blogspot.com/2008/12/montreal-massacre.html

    Watch the media *totally* avoid that comparison.

  2. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 5, 2009 5:45 pm

    Of course, it’s the *American* media, so they would do that anyway, cuz the Montreal Massacre is (was) a Canadian story. The Canadian media will avoid the comparison because, every time a male massacres women for being females, it’s a one-off never-happened-before-in-history event.

    😐

    • August 5, 2009 6:16 pm

      I am quite sure there are plenty of cases here in the U.S. to compare it to, but you know how it would unfold. “Oh that case, no, that was a man killing women at the mall, this was at a workout facility, so it does not compare. Oh that case, no, that was a man killing girls, this was a man killing adult females, so it does not compare. Oh that case, no, that was a man killing women during working hours, this was a man killing women after working hours, so it does not compare.”

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      August 8, 2009 8:05 pm

      Hmmm … an excellent article in the NYT today, by Bob Herbert, actually making those connections.

      Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/08/opinion/08herbert.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

      Text pasted below:

      August 8, 2009
      Op-Ed Columnist
      Women at Risk
      By BOB HERBERT

      “I actually look good. I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne — yet 30 million women rejected me,” wrote George Sodini in a blog that he kept while preparing for this week’s shooting in a Pennsylvania gym in which he killed three women, wounded nine others and then killed himself.

      We’ve seen this tragic ritual so often that it has the feel of a formula. A guy is filled with a seething rage toward women and has easy access to guns. The result: mass slaughter.

      Back in the fall of 2006, a fiend invaded an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania, separated the girls from the boys, and then shot 10 of the girls, killing five.

      I wrote, at the time, that there would have been thunderous outrage if someone had separated potential victims by race or religion and then shot, say, only the blacks, or only the whites, or only the Jews. But if you shoot only the girls or only the women — not so much of an uproar.

      According to police accounts, Sodini walked into a dance-aerobics class of about 30 women who were being led by a pregnant instructor. He turned out the lights and opened fire. The instructor was among the wounded.

      We have become so accustomed to living in a society saturated with misogyny that the barbaric treatment of women and girls has come to be more or less expected.

      We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.

      The mainstream culture is filled with the most gruesome forms of misogyny, and pornography is now a multibillion-dollar industry — much of it controlled by mainstream U.S. corporations.

      One of the striking things about mass killings in the U.S. is how consistently we find that the killers were riddled with shame and sexual humiliation, which they inevitably blamed on women and girls. The answer to their feelings of inadequacy was to get their hands on a gun (or guns) and begin blowing people away.

      What was unusual about Sodini was how explicit he was in his blog about his personal shame and his hatred of women. “Why do this?” he asked. “To young girls? Just read below.” In his gruesome, monthslong rant, he managed to say, among other things: “It seems many teenage girls have sex frequently. One 16 year old does it usually three times a day with her boyfriend. So, err, after a month of that, this little [expletive] has had more sex than ME in my LIFE, and I am 48. One more reason.”

      I was reminded of the Virginia Tech gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in a rampage at the university in 2007. While Cho shot males as well as females, he was reported to have previously stalked female classmates and to have leaned under tables to take inappropriate photos of women. A former roommate said Cho once claimed to have seen “promiscuity” when he looked into the eyes of a woman on campus.

      Soon after the Virginia Tech slayings, I interviewed Dr. James Gilligan, who spent many years studying violence as a prison psychiatrist in Massachusetts and as a professor at Harvard and N.Y.U. “What I’ve concluded from decades of working with murderers and rapists and every kind of violent criminal,” he said, “is that an underlying factor that is virtually always present to one degree or another is a feeling that one has to prove one’s manhood, and that the way to do that, to gain the respect that has been lost, is to commit a violent act.”

      Life in the United States is mind-bogglingly violent. But we should take particular notice of the staggering amounts of violence brought down on the nation’s women and girls each and every day for no other reason than who they are. They are attacked because they are female.

      A girl or woman somewhere in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every couple of minutes or so. The number of seriously battered wives and girlfriends is far beyond the ability of any agency to count.

      There were so many sexual attacks against women in the armed forces that the Defense Department had to revise its entire approach to the problem.

      We would become much more sane, much healthier, as a society if we could bring ourselves to acknowledge that misogyny is a serious and pervasive problem, and that the twisted way so many men feel about women, combined with the absurdly easy availability of guns, is a toxic mix of the most tragic proportions.

    • August 8, 2009 11:17 pm

      Yes, excellent.
      How on earth did some radical feminism sneak into the NYT?

  3. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 5, 2009 6:20 pm

    This link:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/us/06shoot.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

    has details from his diary that show that his actions were completely premeditated, including his incredibly narcissistic act of suicide.

    OK, now y’all can totally hate on me for this one, but, don’t you just wish that for once some woman would undertake a mass slaughter of males, because she can’t get a boyfriend? Because after all women are “just as violent” as males.

    • August 5, 2009 6:36 pm

      No, I don’t wish it and I don’t hate you for wishing it. It does sound tempting in a short-term satisfying kind of way, but you know what would happen afterwards. That one incident will carry with it the weight of thousands of incidents in which men killed women. Every time a man wanted to dismiss the horribleness of misogyny, he would point at that one incident where a woman killed a group of men and claim women hate men too, and the media, other men, and women trying to grasp a cookie would say yes, yes, they are equal. And since they will be deemed equal, the complaints will be dismissed.

      From Mary’s link above:

      Despite Mr. Sodini’s admonition at the end of the diary that “This should not be taken off the web. It is obviously my view and opinion,” the diary was removed from its original site Wednesday morning.

      Of course it was taken off the web. The patriarchy cannot let the world see its raw hatred for women in all of its glory.

  4. August 5, 2009 7:09 pm

    Yeah, the way these men get individualized down to the nitty-grittiest detail is ridiculous, each detail pointed out as special and unique and not at all like the reasons millions of men have killed women before. For once, I’d like to see them add “Again” to the headline. “Man Kills Three Women, Again.” “Yet Again a Man Kills Women.” “For the 39067930th Time Again This Year A Man Kills Women.”

    And, Mary, yes, I wish it. After all, they peddle the lie that women are as violent as males anyway, and no woman has ever undertaken man-killing to the same extent that males have killed women.

  5. August 5, 2009 7:15 pm

    It’s sickening, isn’t it? Particularly how the meeja seem to ignore such an overwhelming trend (males killing females, males killing little girls, males killing children in general, the list goes on).

    You are right Kitty & Margaret, any one rare rare rare occasion of a woman doing something men do a million times over, is held up as *proof* that “wimminz is just as violent as menz”.

  6. atheistwoman permalink
    August 6, 2009 4:41 am

    I love how all the chatter about this is that he had not had sex since the eighties. Are people in such deep denial they don’t understand the end of those means? Essentially, they are saying, all women must offer themselves up to all men, otherwise they will all become murderous bezerkers. If you refuse sex, you are killing innocent women and children.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      August 6, 2009 4:43 am

      Talk about a protection racket, and ignoring they go bezerk anyway, even when they have slept with dozens of women. Of course the answer is to sleep with them and tirelessly cater to their every whim without ever complaining. Jeezus Christ.

  7. JenniferRuth permalink
    August 6, 2009 12:39 pm

    I am afraid that the worst thing I have read is not exceptionalism but victim blaming.

    Here, the blogger actually credits the gunman with “courage” – sickening:

    http://www.halfsigma.com/2009/08/finally-a-gunman-with-an-interesting-story.html

    Why is the cultural narrative always “He wouldn’t have done something crazy if women had just slept with him” rather than “Women didn’t sleep with him because he was crazy”?

    Oh yeah, because women are meant to sacrifice our bodies and our wills and our wishes to men because they believe they have some claim to us. It’s the stench of entitlement. And women die because of it.

  8. August 6, 2009 4:43 pm

    And doncha know a HATE CRIME is committed against [insert any other group of people here except females as females] every [x amount of days], but this? Just an angry guy, upset because the ladies wouldn’t put out. I never see people consistently headlining various forms of media with “[x amount] of females beaten, tortured, raped, or killed every [x amount of seconds],” as if to jolt anybody out of presumed complacency. Females as females = not a targeted group. Females as individuals = unlucky or bad choices or had it coming.

  9. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 6, 2009 4:53 pm

    “Targeted group” automatically means “targeted group of males”. It never counts as oppression unless males are targeted in that manner. All global discourse assumes that no injury by male(s) against female(s) is an injury, unless some male(s)’ property rights are injured.

  10. atheistwoman permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:19 pm

    And of course now they are saying that because he did not have any female friends (therefore friendly interaction with women) that that was why he went off the deepend (including the sex). It’s all about blaming women, isn’t it, guilting them away from separatism. If you remove yourself from male service, just look what he does!

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