Elliot Rodger and illusions of nuance


05/25/2014 by syrbal-labrys

My own voice at this blog feels more and more stilled — in shock, in what feels like utterly futile rage. So I appreciated finding words not stilled to pass on to anyone still visiting here.


Misogyny is not particularly nuanced. It has a long history and manifests itself in different ways across different cultures, but essentially it’s always the same: hating women, viewing them as less than human, denying them their subjectivity. None of these things is very refined; indeed, when you are on the receiving end of misogyny, you know that it is gut-wrenchingly blunt.

Responses to killer Elliot Rodger’s misogynist manifesto have not been nuanced. This is because there are no subtle shades in lines such as these:

Women are like a plague. They don’t deserve to have any rights. Their wickedness must be contained in order prevent future generations from falling to degeneracy. Women are vicious, evil, barbaric animals, and they need to be treated as such. […]I would take great pleasure and satisfaction in condemning every single woman on earth to starve to death. I would have an enormous tower built just for…

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2 thoughts on “Elliot Rodger and illusions of nuance

  1. Rowan says:

    I don’t have words for this. Or too many. A man, with as many advantages as he had in his life that he could have used to help so many other people less privileged than himself and maybe become a worthier person that might have attracted someone to love him, blaming every woman instead of himself for his own situation. A narcissistic, idle, rich boy who should have grown up volunteering in a soup kitchen or a shelter to learn how lucky he was and what really has worth in this life. It forces the angry realization that there are way too many more of them out there who are nurturing these misogynistic feelings. Who raised these young men? And how do we protect our daughters from them? And ourselves.

    Condemning all the women on earth to death? There is an angry part of me that wonders if we shouldn’t be instituting a gelding process to cull the herd of these men.

    • I am likewise awash in too much to speak very coherently. I don’t think gelding them would do much aside from increasing the rage. Many of the Men’s Rights sorts this guy apparently liked already consider themselves “gelded” by the feminists of the world daring to act as if women are people —shocking, eh?

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