Thursday, September 10, 2015

Misogynistic Murders Are Not Newsworthy

[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER, MEN MURDERING WOMEN, GUN VIOLENCE, SUICIDE]

I run into people, some of which are not even anti-feminists, who are in so much denial about the amount of male violence against women in the U.S. alone that they demand evidence from me that it happens a lot. I'm not kidding. At all. It's like someone in Death Valley demanding evidence from me that it rains a lot in Seattle.

There are the people who demand evidence that words like "bitch" and "harpy" are misogynistic and won't settle for anything less than 500,000 individual news stories of women being brutally murdered by men who are recorded screaming "bitch" at them over and over.

I'm working hard on not engaging people like this anymore, because they only exist to waste the time of feminists.

Anyway, the thing I've tried to explain to people like this is that this kind of male violence against women is so common that it is literally not newsworthy to any news outlet beyond small local papers. In the U.S., mass shootings of any kind are quickly becoming non-newsworthy, but you still hear about a lot of them. When it comes to horrific male violence against women, that has long been mundane enough for almost everyone to ignore.

Check out this list of murder-suicides committed by men against their female partner or ex-partner that you did not hear about and never would have without me probably:


  • Friday, July 17, Monrovia, California.  A 35-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 37-year-old wife before killing himself.
  • Friday, July 17, Norman, Oklahoma. A man is believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife and then killed himself in a hospital parking lot. The woman was at the hospital visiting her mother.
  • Saturday, July 18, North Ridgeville, Ohio. A 65-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 62-year-old wife before killing himself. The woman may have been protecting the couple’s disabled 26-year-old daughter when she was shot.
  • Saturday, July 18, Tampa. A 32-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend at a hotel before killing himself. It was the woman’s birthday.
  • Sunday, July 19, Grady County, Georgia. A 55-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his estranged 39-year-old wife at her home, then to have driven to his home and killed himself.
  • Tuesday, July 21, Bear, Delaware. A 35-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before killing himself.
  • Tuesday, July 21, Amherst, New York. A 53-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 55-year-old wife before killing himself.
  • Tuesday, July 21, Walnut Creek, California. A 21-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed a 19-year-old woman at her parents’ house before killing himself.
  • Wednesday, July 22, Jacksonville, North Carolina. A 69-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 68-year-old wife before killing himself.
  • Wednesday, July 22, Suwanee, Georgia. A man is believed to have shot and killed his wife and her two sons before killing himself. He also shot and injured his wife’s father.
  • Thursday, July 23, Vallejo, California. A man is believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife and injured another man before killing himself.

This was in the span of a single week. That ended up in the news at all. That the author could find.

Men are murdering multiple women every day, and it's about as newsworthy as a dog riding a skateboard. Goodbye.

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