5.07.03 countering male domination and patriarchy
How many massacres perpetrated by men against women will it take before we as a society, especially those of us who are men, work seriously to end men's violence?
Last night, news reports indicate that George Sodini murdered at least three women (Elizabeth Gannon, Heidi Overmier and Jody Billingsley) and injured nine other women at a fitness club near Pittsburgh, PA before shooting himself.
Zev Borow wrote in a humor column about sunblock in the New Yorker:
"SPF 175—Ever wanted to have unprotected sex with a prostitute in Haiti? Don’t answer. Doesn’t matter. The point is with SPF 175 that’s now an option." Whoa. I think it's the pseudo-cool casualness of the misogyny and racism displayed here that outrages me most.
Military recruiters have a quota, or what they call a "mission," specifying how many people they're expected to enlist each month. When they don't reach their quotas, they're often pressured intensely, ordered to work overtime, and threatened with career-ending consequences. Not all recruiters lie, but lies by military recruiters aren't the exception, they're common. ABC in New York, for example, sent hidden cameras into recruiting stations in 2006 and found 5 of 10 recruiters they taped lied on camera (see item 11).