As many of you know, there was a shooting at UCSB last Friday night. The killer stabbed his three roommates to death and then went on a rampage killing three more people. Their names were George Chen, Cheng Yuan Hong, Weihan Wang, Veronika Weiss, Katherine Breanne Cooper, and Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez. Thirteen additional people were injured; eight by gunfire and four from being struck by the killer’s vehicle.
He was a college student at a party school who wasn’t getting laid and he turned to men’s rights activists and pick-up artists to air out his frustrations. Now let’s be real for a second: I’m sure lots of us have experienced a time when we weren’t as awesomely successful in love as we would like to be — it’s a natural human experience. The problem, however, with MRAs and PUAs is that they turn this natural human experience into something that cruel women are purposely withholding from men to everyone’s detriment. While any beginning statistics student will tell you that correlation (mass murder and involvement with MRAs) does not imply causation (the MRAs made him do it), the link is disturbing. The killer explained his motivations in a chilling YouTube video, [Name]’s Retribution, in addition to a 137-page manifesto. In his style, rationale, and vocabulary he directly referenced the arguments espoused by Men’s Rights groups. This includes phrases like “true alpha male,” “If I can’t have you [hot sorority women], I’ll destroy you,” “I deserve it [sex with hot women] more than them [men for whom he perceived these women rejecting him],” and claiming to be “the supreme gentleman.”
In case you can’t see what the problems with this are, let me spell them out for you: Continue reading