Isla Vista is to teh Womyns as the Birmingham Church bombing was to blacks … [Darleen Click]
The Los Angeles Times decided to toss forth a token column featuring a common sense admonition against the Vagina Warrior faction’s co-opting of the atrocity in Santa Barbara.
No talking point, however, has proved nearly as tenacious or tendentious as the misogyny angle. According to this narrative, and based on his videos and writings, Rodger committed his crimes because he hated women for not sleeping with him. And he responded to rejection with hate because of a culture of male privilege that tells men they are entitled to sex. That culture exists because our society is rooted in a fundamentally patriarchal ethos.
And so on. Never mind that four of the dead (five if you count Rodger) were men. Never mind that he had been in treatment for social and psychological issues since he was a child, presumably long before he became interested in unattainable blond coeds. In the media, especially social media, the conversation has been less about the victims, female and otherwise, than female victimization in general. [...]
It’s human nature to attempt to assign meaning to tragedy, and the more senseless the tragedy, the more inclined we are to impose teachable moments on what would otherwise be incomprehensible atrocities. But the lesson of Isla Vista, at least so far, may be that there’s not all that much to learn, there’s not all that much that could have been done.
As frustrating as that is, it must be even more frustrating, even infuriating, for the family members of victims to watch their personal tragedy be co-opted into a rallying cry for women who, whatever injustice or violation they’ve suffered at the hands of men, still happen not to have been murdered by one.
The only thing amazing about Megan Daum’s column is that it was actually published.
But it does allow for some great examples of invincible ignorance in Letters to the Editor.
Since Aeschylus’ “Eumenides” featured the goddess Athena representing the woman who sides with the oppression of women (“There is no mother who gave me birth … I am always for the male”), there have always been women who will voice the “safe” viewpoint, making the same excuses as the oblivious mainstream.
The #YesAllWomen movement is not co-opting the Isla Vista tragedy any more than the civil rights movement co-opted the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. Both events were tragedies that occurred amid oppression and were born out of that oppression, but both events woke up more people to the need for change.
This movement should not be silenced now or at any later time. To paraphrase a well-known male songwriter, how many deaths will it take ’til we learn that too many women have died?
Tags: #YesAllWomen, feminism, isla vista, misogyny, vagina warriors