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Virgina Tech Massacre: Blame Feminism!

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April 22nd, 2007

Add “mass murder” to the ever-growing list of societal problems that can be pinned on feminism. In this appalling article from the UK’s Times Online, Sarah Baxter posits quite confidently that last week’s carnage is the fault not of Cho Seung-hi, but of the shameless hussies that comprised Virginia Tech’s female population — women who dared to have sexual relationships, spurn the advances of creepy dudes, and speak their minds when they felt harassed. Those uppity little sluts! Of Cho’s first victim, Emily Hilscher, Baxter writes:

“Perhaps there was something about her that reminded Cho of another girl he had fancied — the one he had sneaked into the women’s dorm to see but, as a roommate recalled, “When he looked into her eyes, he saw promiscuity.”

Such assertions wouldn’t be complete without the rubber-stamp of an expert, of course—and whaddya know, here’s Camille Paglia, bringing her characteristic brand of victim-blaming “logic” to an explanation of why the slaughter of Emily and 31 others really isn’t Cho’s fault:

“Cho is a classic example of “someone who felt he was a loser in the cruel social rat race”, Paglia says. The pervasive hook-up culture at college, where girls are prepared to sleep with boys they barely know or fancy, can be a source of seething resentment and alienation for those who are left out.

“Young women now seem to want to behave like men and have sex without commitment. The signals they are giving are very confusing, and rage and humiliation build up in boys who are spurned again and again.”

Elsewhere, Paglia posits that Cho is “emblematic of the crisis of masculinity in America”:

“Women have difficulty understanding the mix of male sexual aggression with egotism and the ecstasy of self-immolation,” she says.

Well, when it involves the murder of dozens of innocent people, is that really any surprise? (It should be noted that this statement is very similar to one Paglia made years ago about feminism’s inability to understand “what is for men the eroticism or fun element in rape, especially the wild, infectious delirium of gang rape.”)

What have we learned, ladies? Well, apparently, it’s that if you’re not going to smile through your heebie-jeebies and give your violent-poetry-writing, awkward-love-note-passing stalker a chance, you might as well march him right down to the gun shop and purchase your murder weapon yourself.

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