I have seen some terrifyingly dumb stuff about this shooting today, but good God Tumblr, for once can you at least read a news article before you spew your nonsense?!
I understand using moments like this to get your message out there - moments when the otherwise uninterested are finally paying attention - but tragedy is not an excuse to ignore facts to indoctrinate the uninitiated.
I couldn’t be more in support of social equality and educating fuckwits about why their stupid, sexist thoughts are wrong, but please don’t act like women were the only people that experienced violence here. Five men were killed. Two women. As many as thirteen others were injured, whether by bullets, or by a car.
It’s all a big fucking terrible mess, but this was not the perfect example of dangerous men hating on women that you all want it to have been. Mentally ill people say an awful lot of things. Yes, this guy happened to post a video online citing his perceived wrongs for the day, but none of you are really so naive as to believe that was really all that was wrong with this deeply troubled person, are you?
When a group of children are gunned down in their school, or some moviegoers are unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, mental illness is to blame and there must be a national conversation. When a guy is publicly blaming women on the day he’s decided to end his life, men are fucking terrible and that’s all that anyone needs to know or hear.
There are huge societal injustices and just all-around terrifying realities to the way that women are perceived and treated in this world, but that does not mean that all men are evil or that there is any excuse for taking this opportunity to convince the young and impressionable that this is the way they should be thinking.