IT'S HATE MEN DAY!I almost forgot... today is the 14th anniversary of the Polytechnique Massacre, and, traditionally, it's around this time of year that every bleeding heart liberal columnist in Canada takes out their frustrations on men *in general* and/or all gun-owners, even the responsible ones. These columns had actually been fewer in numbers after the tenth anniversary. I wasn't expecting to hear too much about it again until the next round number, probably 15 years (next year), but, I guess, 14 years has a special significance, one year for every woman killed at the University de Montreal that day.
Not that I object to anyone commemorating that horrible day in 1989, obviously, the problems I have are with anyone whom suggests that anyone besides murderer Marc Lépine shares any responsibility for what happened. "Collective Responsibility" (okay, in the interest of accuracy, the article I just linked to calls it "Shared Responsibility") is just another form of "identity politics" which is utter Marxist class warfare bullshit; the massacre was the act of a single deranged madman, and I have no qualms about using the term "madman" because it's the term that fits.
For anyone too stupid to figure out certain things, even though they've had 14 years to figure it out, here's an easy-to-understand chart:
SHARE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLYTECHNIQUE MASSACRE, BY PERCENT:
Marc Lépine: 100%
Men in general: 0%
Inanimate firearms: 0%
(By the way, don't get me started on how Marc Lépine could have easily been stopped, if, at the very least, the security had been carrying sidearms, since I'm a firm believer that people should be able to arm themselves for self-defense, which is a very politically-incorrect thing to think in Canada, heh heh.)
Another canard that always gets dragged out this time of year is how all men are responsible for violence against women in a tiny little way by "not doing enough" to prevent it. Here's a news flash: if I saw a rape about to occur or a man beating his wife or girlfriend, I'd try and stop it and/or alert people whom can stop it depending on how much my own life would be pu in danger if I directly intervened. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I have never been in such a situation where I have been able to prevent assault, battery, rape or murder, having not been anywhere where it was about to occur as far as I could tell. If I had been in such a situation and done nothing, then you could make a point that I'm responsible in a small way, otherwise, if you say I share some degree of blame for true violence against women in general, well, fuck you.
Of course the "radfems" often dumb down "violence against women" to the point that it's fairly meaningless, like if a man says to a woman "Hey, nice tits!" and it's not Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro and it's not a situation where a woman is wearing clothing which highlights her bustline and is obviously inviting men to look, then the guy's a jerk whom makes inappropiate comments, but he hasn't commited an act of violence. And, no, I'm not suggesting sane women invite rape by the way they dress, if they dress in an alluring way, but they can and do invite stares and comments, and I don't see anything wrong with that and if you don't like the stares and comments, get thicker skin or dress more conservatively. And, if you're in a workplace and you hear guys making sexual jokes and you don't find it funny, get over it. Perhaps ask politely that men not tell jokes like that when those women who don't appreciate that sort of humour are within earshot, or, better yet, just avoid the men (and the women who do enjoy those jokes) altogether when you see them together in casual circumstances. And, if the guy has a cheesecake picture of a buxom woman hanging in a semi-private area, especially if it's the sort of job where the guy sleeps at the workplace, just learn to look away. Even a guy just saying "You look pretty today." is considered to be sexual harassment to some of the man-haters. Can uninvited comments be unpleasant? No doubt, but, guess what? Men often get the occasional unpleasant comment aimed at them too, but, generally, we know to get over it and not let it bother us. Emotional trauma over simple things like that wasn't a problem until the pop-psychology of the "victim industry" came along and insisted it was. Honestly, I think the belief that you're supposed to be traumatized by such things now is 90% of the problem. Anyhow, I think the notion that this sort of behaviour, as rude and boorish as it might be in many cases, creates an atmosphere that says it's okay to beat up or rape or murder women is just ludicrous.
I also don't like the notion that, if I don't explicitly and publically denounce all real violence against women and participate in pointless symbolic gestures, like wearing white ribbons and candlelight vigils, that I'm indirectly condoning rape and battery and murder. Honestly, again, to people like that I say, "fuck you!", because I like to think of myself, most of the time at least, as a decent human being, and I feel directly insulted by the implication that, if I've never explicitly condemned something which is fairly self-evidently wrong, I'm condoning it.
Plus, I don't like the implication that violence against women is the exclusive domain of men. Increasingly in high schools, the cruelest violence is generally commited by girls, as evidenced by the murder of Reena Virk, and violence against men and discrimination against fathers in custody cases is also a very real problem.
So, if you're someone born with a penis and XY chromosones and you're still feeling guilty about your role in the Polytechnique Massacre, I hereby absolve any man reading this of any blame, since the only man which should be blamed for the massacre kinda killed himself right after killing those women and isn't going to be reading this. Also, to the 99% of you men whom don't rape or assault or murder women, I absolve you of all blame for violence against women in general.
So, in conclusion, the clichéd question the liberal hand wringers like to ask this time of year is "Has anything changed since December 6th, 1989?" to which the answer is, "Yes, Marc Lépine isn't still alive to murder any more women."