Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Six People Killed and Thirteen Injured at University of California, Santa Barbara

I'm reading and thinking about the shootings at University of California, Santa Barbara and the victims who were killed. Click here to read a New York Times article with powerful quotes from students on campus. Also, the article talks about the #yesallwomen hashtag.

And here is a link to an article and video at Democracy Now. Rebecca Solnit offers a lot of analysis in the interview to put the murders into a larger context. She also talks about the #yesallwomen hashtag. A full transcript is available.

Jessica Valenti wrote an article "Elliot Rodger's California Shooting Spree: Further Proof that Misogyny Kills" here at The Guardian. She writes: "If we need to talk about this tragic shooting in terms of illness, though, let's start with talking about our cultural sickness – a sickness that refuses to see misogyny as anything other than inevitable.......The truth is that there is no such thing as a lone misogynist – they are created by our culture, and by communities that tells them that their hatred is both commonplace and justified."

Amanda Hess wrote an excellent article at Slate entitled "'If I Can’t Have Them, No One Will': How Misogyny Kills Men." She writes: "Rodger viewed women as objects, and he resented other men for hoarding what he viewed as his property. “If I can’t have them,” he wrote, “no one will.”" She concludes her piece by writing: "Elliot Rodger targeted women out of entitlement, their male partners out of jealousy, and unrelated male bystanders out of expedience. This is not ammunition for an argument that he was a misandrist at heart—it’s evidence of the horrific extent of misogyny’s cultural reach."

At The Nation, Dave Zirin writes about the culture of violence against women.

Here in the New York Daily News, Michael Kimmel and Cliff Leek point out that race and racism played a role in the murders.

This is an article at Time that focuses on the killer and discusses sex, masculinity and violence.

More info about what happened at CNN website.

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