Canadian vigiliers gettin all up in it [Toronto Star]
It’s probably news to Americans, but our Canadian readers are aware that sixteen years ago, nutjob/proto-MRA Marc LÃ©pine skulked into L’Ã‰cole Polytechnique at the UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al, announced that he hated feminists, and opened fire on some women engineering students. He killed 14 of them and injured 13 more. He naturally shot his own head off immediately thereafter.
It’s a pity that more brutalizers of women don’t shoot their own heads off.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Canadian women’s groups across the country recently held vigils and memorials, mostly involving roses and candles, for the MontrÃ©al Massacre as part of a "national day of remembrance and action on violence against women." I was not invited to speak at any of these events, so vigilizers were not treated to my plan for promoting suicide amongst misogynists. They heard lectures full of statistics that, because of statistic-fatigue, make everybody’s eyes glaze over:
Girls are four times more likely than boys to be sexually assaulted by family members, adolescent wives are three times more likely to be murdered and 12 per cent of girls in grade 9 are pressured to have sex. [Toronto Star]
"We’re asking for a 10-year campaign to raise awareness amd change behavior toward women," quoth the president of the QuÃ©bec Women’s Federation. She alludes, apparently, to similar rose-and-candle campaigns used "to curb drunk driving and boost seatbelt use."
Nice try, but when drunk driving is still a national pastime, I am pained by the desperation of the idea that a few years of advertising in bus stops should make a dent in millennia’s worth of the systemic misogyny that culminates in daily butcherings of women. Particularly when there are still plenty of fucks who make exceedingly hilarious remarks like this to commemorate the MontrÃ©al Massacre:
If you’d like a different perspective on what men are like, try deviating from the usual question that the Violence Against Women lobby ask about men. I hear the same question over and over, and particularly at this time of year: if you’re going to be attacked, who is more likely to be attacking you? A woman or a man? I have a different question: if you’re going to be rescued from an attacker, who is more likely to rescue you? A woman or a man? In both questions the answer is "a man."
I don’t know who this Violence Against Women lobby is, but the question I always ask dipshit men about men is "Don’t you EVER shut the fuck up?"