Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Reactions to Eliot Rodger’s Shooting Spree Show We’ve Learned Nothing

So we have another disgusting case of a whiny little brat taking other people’s lives.

Excuse Eliot Rodger’s actions as the work of a mentally ill individual, if you want to. But his manifesto indicates that his main problem in life is an idiotic obsession with losing his virginity.

He was a self-focused, self-righteous punk hyped up on the kind of societal propaganda foisted on us every day through musical artists like Pitbull, movies like “the Other Woman,” (which features over-sexed, under-intelligent outfits and attitudes), and books like “50 Shades of Grey.”

Okay, okay. It’s not right of me to pick on Pitbull and “the Other Woman” when just about every pop song on the airwaves and movie to hit the big screen depicts women as amazing playthings. As for “50 Shades of Grey,” well, that takes its own cake, admittedly. The stupid piece of trash.

In general, our culture outright glorifies sex, sexuality and sensuality, particularly in feminine form. With every makeup commercial, every sexed-up TV show, every provocative magazine cover and raunchy music video, we promote an idea that life can’t truly be lived without sex.

And Eliot Rodger fell for that lie… hook, line and sinker.

So what does our society do? We immediately turn to more lies, of course, casting the blame elsewhere so we can keep living out our dangerous delusions.

For one, we blame guns. I’ve seen so many cries for gun control since the shooting, when really, we should be crying for a completely different kind of change, one where we teach children to respect themselves and respect others. One where we don’t glorify our entertainment industry for relegating women to sex objects and men to sex objectifiers.

There’s no way to completely remove the focus on women’s appearance. I mean, let’s face it: we’re nice to look at. But we can put that beauty into proper perspective, teaching both our young men and women to view sexuality as a perk of life, not the sole purpose.

And speaking of BOTH young men and women, this whole #YesAllWomen is ridiculous!

There were men who died in the attack too! Elliot Rodger was out looking to get revenge on the world, not just women. Otherwise, he would have only targeted women. #YesAllWomen thereby disrespects those victims who weren’t female, while also failing to address the actual problem of our sex-obsessed culture, which is upheld by women just as much as men at this point.

Need proof? Just watch Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in “the Other Woman,” which is supposedly meant to empower women while really demeaning them left and right.

I am so sorry for the victims of Eliot Rodger, both women and men.

And I’m equally sorry about the culture that spawned him.

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