Sunday, May 25, 2014

Elliot Roberts - this generation's Marc Lepine

Let us think calmly and carefully about Elliot Roberts. Let us apply the poultice of rationality to the painful shrieking chaos wrought by hot steel just 48 hours ago. 

This is not just another mass murder, now so often an occurrence in the United States. This man made plans. He had a family. A support system. Hours of therapy. He had deeply held hatred and access to guns. 

I was a child in Canada's capital when Marc Lepine held students at gunpoint at Montreal's Polytechnique captive for 45 minutes and killed 14 women. He separated men from women, then killed female engineering students, screaming how he 'hates feminists'. As an adult living in Montreal, every year, we commemorate those women on the December 6th, with our National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remind ourselves how often hatred of women and violence towards us manifests in homes and in public every day.

At the time, there was no organized "men's rights' movement' to speak of, though Warren Farrell was already published and ranting about the benefits of incest, but there was no real system in place connecting hate groups.

Over the years, it has developed, particularly online. Groups like PuaHate call Marc Lepine a hero. This is the same group that Elliot Roberts belonged to, the same group who is now calling Roberts a martyr, and they have more in common than just shared fans. yes, fans.

Lepine left an antifeminist manifesto in his suicide note. Like Roberts, he blames women and feminists for ruining his life and for his failure to succeed. They both shot masses of people, targeting women, and then shot themselves.

They each have one more thing in common: clear thinking and planning. These two men were men of rage and passion, but these were not crimes of passion. These crimes were carefully staged, planned out, and executed. Both men hated women from a young age, and as they grew into men, their hatred grew with them. Both men declared in their own statements that they deliberately obtained weapons, learned how to use them, chose targets, set a time, gained access to spaces - Lepine separated men from women while Roberts chose a women-only space - and then opened fire.

Before attributing these acts to randomness, to craziness, to something other than our own way of culturing men to hate and objectify us and see us as less than people, take a deep breath, and look at the fans and cheerleaders of these two murderers. Look at what is being said, online and elsewhere: women should have thrown him a pity fuck, that's what we get for saying no, we deserved it, these men are heroes.

From 1989 to 2014. We have only increased access to guns. We have only increased our willful ignorance of violent, racist hatred. This was not a crazy, lonely, psycho. This was not inevitable or unavoidable.

I leave you with Lepine's own words, "Even if the Mad Killer epithet will be attributed to me by the media, I consider myself a rational erudite that only the arrival of the Grim Reaper has forced to take extreme acts."