25 May What you don’t know about Eliot Rodger and the CA shootings might kill you. And all of us.
So many powerful pieces to cover in the wake of the horrifying shootings in Santa Barbara on Friday night–to me, the most critical issue here is not to call this event a lone-gunman kind of tragedy, but rather the shocking result of a blend of cultures that glorify both violence and a horrendous version of American masculinity that is impossible for men and people on the masculine spectrum to uphold. They are breaking apart–not because feminism is pulling them down, but because our collective cultural response to a feminist worldview that celebrates all genders is to blame things like this on the “feminizing” of our culture.
I ache, deeply, for a world where men, boys and masculine folk are released from the cultural constructs that are tearing them up, as much as I wish the same for women, girls, feminine and androgynous folk. Elevating the status of women is not a zero-sum game: everyone does better, when everyone does better, as Jim Hightower’s dad has said.
Now, your required reading:
- Elliot Rodger, Gunman in California Mass Shooting, was influenced by the “Men’s Rights Movement”
by OllieGarkey on Daily Kos
One of the first pieces to link Rodger to the Men’s Rights Movement (MRAs), and Pick-up Artist (PUA) community. Note her update which also includes rebuttals about Rodgers’ history of mental illness.
- What Elliot Rodger Said About Women Reveals Why We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny
by Elizabeth Plank at Policy Mic
We keep ignoring gender as a critical factor in shootings. Plank breaks down the numbers to help us call it wat it is.
- A Look Inside the ‘Men’s Rights’ Movement That Helped Fuel California Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger
by Jaclyn Friedman at American Prospect
If you’ve never heard of “Men’s Rights” or MRA’s before, check out Jaclyn’s fall 2013 piece.
- The Pick-Up Artist Community’s Predictable, Horrible Response to a Mass Murder
by Amanda Hess at Slate
When the PUA & MRA communities got wind of Rodger’s ties to them, their response? More “game,” ie, more of this awful construct of masculinity to trick women into sleeping with them, will solve these problems.
- Pickup artists argue that “Game” is the solution to Elliot Rodger-style rampages. Here’s why they’re wrong.
David Futrelle at We Hunted the Mammoth (formerly Manboobz)
Futrelle has been covering these communities for a while, and has a lot of great posts. Start here.
- Anybody with a son should read the first half of Elliot Rodger’s “My Twisted World”
by Gideon Lichfield at Medium
“The first 60 pages or so read to me much like the tortured outpourings of every insecure, lonely teenage boy you’ve ever met. They read, in fact, a lot like something I might have written myself at that age.”
- Not All Men, But Still Too Many Men
by Chuck Wendig at terribleminds
“Instead of telling women that it’s not all men, show them.”
- And another great round-up that has overlapping and other pieces to read.