This is probably what goes on in the minds of those who stab, burn-alive, honor kill, attack with acid, or punish/teach lessons with sexual assaults made into videos and shared online.
These probably are also the thoughts of some of the younger Indian men, disappointed in love, some of who claim to be moral policing women (and the men women like).
I think it is easier to get away with such ‘retribution’ in India – many voices are likely to rise in ‘understanding’ the violence, or atleast there would be some focus and condemnation of the women (and of the non alpha men women like) who ‘provoke’ such attacks.
From the video shared below:
“Girls all I ever wanted was to love you, and to be loved by you. I wanted a girl friend, wanted sex, wanted love, affection, adoration… you think I am unworthy of you? That’s a crime that can never be forgiven.
All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them,
I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.
You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one. The true alpha male…“
So in retribution, Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and injured seven more and later died from a gunshot wound to his head, in California.
In this video he explains why he wanted to kill the girls that he ‘desired so much’, and the men they seemed to like better.
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Desi Girl shared this reaction. Thank You DG.
‘We don’t know if Elliot Rodger was mentally ill. We don’t know if he was a “madman.” We do know that he was desperately lonely and unhappy, and that the Men’s Rights Movement convinced him that his loneliness and unhappiness was intentionally caused by women. Because this is what the Men’s Rights Movement does: it spreads misogyny, it spreads violence, and most of all it spreads a sense of entitlement towards women’s bodies. Pretending that this is the a rare act perpetrated by a “crazy” person is disingenuous and also does nothing to address the threat of violence that women face every day. We can’t just write this one off – we need to talk about all of the fucked up parts of our culture, especially the movements that teach men that they have the right to dominate and intimidate and violate women, and we need to change things. Because if we don’t, I guarantee that this will happen again. And again. And again.’
I do agree. This sense of entitlement is reinforced by the patriarchal owning of women (by marriage, as fathers, as community elders), their bodies, their lives and choices. Is it very difficult to imagine why this young man felt women deserved to be punished for not finding him ‘worthy’?