It looks like there’s now more information about the motivations behind the mass murder in Toronto. While, I’m more than a bit wary of social media posts and how they can be used to troll by motherfuckers who really need a better hobby, the information now points to this being a misogynist attack based, specifically, in fucked-up online cultures and, more generally, in our culture of ubiquitous misogyny. This makes the media’s misreporting of the event in the early stages all the more disgusting. Like, I said before, they should be careful. There’s probably a lot of dumb-fucks out there right now who won’t believe the best understanding of the available facts because their heads have already been filled with speculative and racist lies. That shit has got to stop.
So does this misogyny garbage. Women are fully formed human beings who exist for reasons not related to playing with Wee Willy Winky. There’s a lot to dig into on this subject and a need to do it but, shit, I just don’t have the time today. But, Jesus, if you think men are like this superior life-form, give your fucking head a shake.
In lieu of my own thoughts, here’s a few links . . .
Every explosion of masculine violence is a different symptom of the same underlying social disease. It has very deep roots, especially in this country—the Montreal Massacre, where 14 women were murdered, happened long before Marc Lepine could post anywhere on the “manosphere.” But now death cults fitting every type of broken manchild flourish on the internet like weeds in the wake of a wildfire, or the slimy tendrils of some ancient underground fungus creeping up to consume the dead and dying.
‘High Fidelity’ Created a Hero for a Generation of Sociopathic “Nice Guys”: This is a recurring trope that needs examination.
It’s easy to mistake the beta rebellion for a youthful, but otherwise undifferentiated, variation on the bad old tradition of patriarchy. Yet the phenomenon bears the unmistakable signs of a new, net-bred brand of misogyny. It exists squarely within the libertarian ethos that infused computer cultures spanning from the early, back-to-the-land, frontier hacker culture of the sixties and seventies to the Californian rebel capitalism of the dotcom neoliberalism of the nineties.
It is imperative to ask why and how this obscure Canadian academic, who insists that gender and class hierarchies are ordained by nature and validated by science, has suddenly come to be hailed as the West’s most influential public intellectual. For his apotheosis speaks of a crisis that is at least as deep as the one signified by Donald Trump’s unexpected leadership of the free world.