In the horrific aftermath of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger's shooting spree in Isla Vista Friday that left 6 dead and 13 injured, feminists have flocked to the blogosphere in droves for what is, by and large, a malicious and often deceitful campaign to frame the events of that tragic night as the result of a male-dominated, sexist society that secretly breeds violent misogynists like Rodger. In others words, "look out ladies, there's more where Rodger came from!"
It all began on Twitter Saturday, when feminists rallied in solidarity under the hashtag #YesAllWomen (because God knows we need one more) to use this devastating tragedy as a stage to play-out their very own live-rendition of "The Vagina Monologues" where, as one blogger put it, women joined together to share "stories of their personal autonomy being violated" and vent about men's "denial of their full personhood every day." This came in reaction not to the shooting itself, but the dozen Youtube videos and 140-page "manifesto" the troubled youth left behind vowing his "retribution" upon women for refusing him sex and banishing him to a life of loneliness.
Let's get the record straight. I know fully well that women will always have to fear something that I, as a man, will never have to fear simply because I am a man. I have no delusions about their vulnerability to men who wish to do them harm, and all men should take great responsibility in ensuring the women in our lives are safe and protected. I do not dismiss, marginalize, or deny some of the grievances expressed under #YesAllWomen.
However, like the race hustlers in the Trayvon Martin case, the feminists have cherry-picked facts in the Isla Vista killings to craft a narrative that best suits their political aims, namely, to sell the idea that deep within every (white) American man lies a chauvinistic animal itching to wreak violence upon women they can't control; that Rodger was just a symptom to a disease.
In her article for The Guardian, Jessica Velenti said America has a "cultural sickness that refuses to see misogyny as anything other than inevitable" and accused Rodger of committing a "hate crime" fueled by the "poisonous ideologies" of online "men's rights movements." Katie McDonough of Salon seconded Velenti, saying "Elliot Rodger was every bit the same as the other men who are defined by their resentment toward women and their sense of bitter victimization in the world." Elizabeth Plank of PolicyMic said "we need to start recognizing the deep societal issues at play." One blogger even went as far to label Rodger a "right-winger," but evidence quickly surfaced that he favored The Young Turks, a far-left Youtube show. Throughout their rants exists one theme: Rodger killed women out of a societal-fueled misogyny.
Sorry to spoil your fun, feminists, but Rodger killed MORE men than women, killing some with a knife; the most painful, intimate way possible. That means Rodger voluntarily chose to waive his gun in favor of actually stabbing his three (male) roommates to death just before enacting his shooting spree that took the lives of two sorority girls and another young man.
Given their articles reference the victims only as "people" while mentioning little, if any, about the men who lost their lives, it seriously begs the question if any of these feminist writers actually care about them. Then again, if the facts show Rodger was an equal-opportunity killer of both sexes, why let it cloud their agenda?