To the man whose only tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail. To Jessica Valenti everything is about, caused by and the product of, misogyny. There’s a certain logical problem with this world view. The misogyny she’s complaining of is rare.
The massacre at Santa Fe high school last week that left 10 people dead – most of them students – seems to have something in common with so many other mass shootings that happen in the US: misogyny. The shooter, , targeted her daughter as the first victim because she rejected his continued harassing advances.
How many more tragedies have to happen before we recognize that misogyny kills? The longer we ignore the toxic masculinity that underlies so many of these crimes, the more violence we’re enabling.
Misogyny causes mass shootings does it? OK, let’s run with that.
There’re some 330 million people in the US. Say 100 million adult males. There are what, 15 to 20 such males each year who go shooting up the populace driven by that misogyny. Misogyny is rare therefore, isn’t it?
To any reasonable statistical rounding the 100 million adult males in the US go about being fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and none of them do go off being nutters driven by that misogyny. That insistence that mass shootings are the product of the misogyny shows how rare that misogyny is really, doesn’t it? If it were all as persistent as she claims there’d be rather more such incidents, no?
Not that I expect Ms. Valenti to accept this logic. If she does there’s no explanation for the rest of reality that pisses her off so much.