WAM!mers on the Isla Vista Shooting & Elliot Rodger

Here’s a roundup of great pieces from WAM!mers in the aftermath of the Isla Vista shootings. Seen something from a WAM!mer that we missed? Email it to [email protected]

Elliot Rodger’s fatal menace: How toxic male entitlement devalues women’s and men’s lives
Katie McDonough at Salon

”The horror of Rodger’s alleged crimes is unique, but the distorted way he understood himself as a man and the violence with which he discussed women — the bleak and dehumanizing way he judged them — is not. Just as we examine our culture of guns once again in the wake of yet another mass shooting, we must also examine our culture of misogyny and toxic masculinity, which devalues both women’s and men’s lives and worth, and inflicts real and daily harm. We must examine the dangerous normative values that treat women as less than human, and that make them — according to Elliot Rodger — deserving of death.”

How ‘Pick-Up Artist’ Philosophy and Its More Misogynist Backlash Shaped Mind of Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger
Amanda Marcotte at The American Prospect

“Obviously, the discourse of male entitlement to female attention has long been a problem in our society. Young men angry at women for supposedly overlooking their charms for less worthy and more brutish sexual rivals existed long before The Game was published or PUA/MRA forums proliferated online. But the internet and the PUA community have created a self-haven for young men engaged in this self-pitying discourse, encouraging them to cultivate that chip on their shoulders, wallowing in misogynist accusations that women en masse are failing them by not giving up the sex these ostensibly unappreciated men believe they deserve. With so many men spending so much time egging each other on, and trying to top each other when it comes to blaming women for their own pitiful lives—to the point of advocating for the denial of basic rights to women—it’s little surprise that one of them would finally work up the nerve to get his “revenge” for all these imagined slights.”

The Shame of the Male Virgin
Jessica Bennett at Time

”It’s a complicated tale — about culture and privilege, guns and mental health. But it’s also about sex, pornography, and the increased pressure on young men to live up to some mythical “player” status — now amplified in a thousand social updates and dating apps. American college students today may not actually be having more sex than their parents, but it’s easy to see how an isolated young man might perceive the opposite. Like most boys, Rodger described seeing his first porn at age 11. It’s a safe bet that what he learned about sex on the Internet was not the stuff of three-dimensional women.”

What Elliot Rodger Said About Women Reveals Why We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny
Elizabeth Plank at PolicyMic

”All but one of the mass murders in the U.S. over the last 30 years has been committed by men. The fact that gender is often omitted from the story speaks to how we still see the masculine as the irreproachable and invisible standard. As Michael Kimmel notes in his extensive research on school shootings, if the genders were reversed and most school shootings were committed by women, you’d bet gender would be part of the analysis…We often instead shift the conversation to “mental illness” and describe shooters as madmen, while the characteristics they exhibit are often an extension of toxic masculinity ideals that are institutionally reinforced.”

What’s Desperately Needed in Sex Education Today
Jaclyn Friedman at Time

”So yeah, it’s time to talk about sex, because, judging from his videos, Rodger was obsessed with “getting” it. That verb right there, the one in quotes, is key. His last words before the rampage weren’t about the desire to experience sexual intimacy with another, equally human person. His rage erupted in part because he was “refused” something he felt innately entitled to: namely, the bodies of women.”

Chilling New Website Documents What Happens To Women Who Reject Men’s Sexual Advances
Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress

”After news broke about this weekend’s shooting rampage, Zandt said that many of the men in her social networks were quick to assume that the perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, represents an extreme outlier. She wanted to do something to help people realize that what happened in Santa Barbara is actually all too common, thanks to our culture of violence and misogyny against women. So when she noticed the writer Kate Harding collecting similar news stories on her Facebook page, Zandt decided to house them on a public site, and “When Women Refuse” was born.”

By The Numbers: How The Santa Barbara Shooting Reflects A Culture Of Violence Against Women
Bryce Covert and Adam Peck at ThinkProgress

”As the country tries to reckon with the tragedy, it will have to grapple with a climate in which men perpetrate violence against womenon a daily basis, violence that is deeply embedded within our society.”

The Soapbox: “I Always Felt As If White Girls Thought Less Of Me Because I Was Half-Asian”: There Should Be More Discussion About Elliot Rodger’s Racism
Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky

”Throughout the rest of his manifesto, Rodger is bigoted towards all other races and emphatic that they did not deserve to enjoy sex with women, particularly white women, as much as he deserved to. Rodger was obsessed with being a virgin (or as he put it, “involuntary celibacy”) and believed women deserved to be punished for not giving him the sex and companionship he so deserved. He also believed that he was more entitled to sex than other men, namely because he is half-white.”