California virgin killer’s misogynist rants inspire Twitter campaign #YesAllWomen; Chateau Heartiste weighs in and more

A Twitter campaign against misogyny is gathering speed with more than a million people denouncing a virgin killer who left six dead after being motivated by his hatred of women.

Elliot Rodger, 22, detailed his “exacting retribution” on the women of the world in his 141-page manifesto which he sent to his family and friends just minutes before murdering six people and himself on Saturday in Isla Vista, California.

The hashtag #YesAllWomen has been shared on Twitter as women speak out about their experiences of being belittled and sexually harassed by men.

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I doubt that this going to prevent such a nutcase from doing something like that again. It is about as useless as the Twitter hashtag for the kidnapped Nigerian girls.

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Chateau Heartiste weighs in with a long piece:

Rodger pings some operational gaydars. There’s his plush gay face. There’s the “try-hard” nature of his manifesto, which reads less like a compendium of genuine pain than a B-movie script of what he’d think a guy with girl troubles would write. It’s so histrionic and maudlin that it could be as easily confused for the hallucinations of a psychopathic degenerate as the plaintive wail of a ronery NOWAG.

An article in The New York Times notes:

…[A] review of the three years leading up to Friday night, when Mr. Rodger killed six people and injured 13 others before shooting himself near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, suggests a series of flash points where his often bizarre and unsettling behavior might have drawn the attention of the authorities and, potentially, signaled his violent plans.

His behavior alarmed his parents, who had alerted the police, but they found that he did not meet the legal criteria for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. He stopped attending classes at Santa Barbara City College before his behavior might have caught the attention of behavior therapists there.

In the end, for all these early warning signs, it is hardly clear that much could have been done to stop this tragedy. Mr. Rodger, like so many mass killers before him, stands as evidence to limits in the laws and regulations — and the network of communications between police authorities and schools — intended to flag potentially dangerous figures

The article wonders if society has lost sight of the risk of potential violent criminals and obsesses too much over “privacy”:

Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment, who is a consultant to law enforcement and mental health agencies and schools in the United States, said legislation governing professional practice contains provisions that “make it clear, if we have reasonable grounds to believe an individual may pose a significant threat to their own safety or to others, that we have an obligation to share the information without consent.”

“Many professionals have let the pendulum swing so far that they believe their primary mandate is to protect privacy at all costs,” he said.

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