More right-wing explanations for Newtown

Charlotte Allen (yes, the same Allen who believes women are stupid and slutty clothes get you raped) explains that the real reason for the shooting was that education has been “feminized” so there were no big strong men around to save everyone: “A feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.”
Of course, as Charles Pierce notes, if any 12-year-olds had charged the guy with the gun, they’d be dead. Just like the female principal who tackled the shooter. Allen notes that some of the teachers were anything but passive (and isn’t calling for more male aggression in this situation a little … odd?), but then ignores it (the same way her Stupid Women column brushes off intelligent women as “outliers”). It’s noteworthy that William Bennett wrote a column after the Aurora shooting lauding the guys who shielded their girlfriends; in Newtown, women act heroically and the right-wing response is to complain about the lack of respect for men (The Gloss responds to this too). Or to wonder if the women were worth it.
I’m reminded quite a bit of Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, which discusses how images of male heroism and female helplessness proliferated after 9/11. I recommend the book highly (or at least my post at the link).
Salon provides a general overview of sexist responses. Glenn Reynolds with what he apparently thinks is biting wit, accuses liberals of wanting to ban guns out of homophobia.
And Ann Althouse equates criticizing the NRA for Newtown to condemning homosexuals for the Penn State molestation scandal.
On the sane side, Shakesville covers the problems with fixing up the mental-health system to prevent tragedies like this one. And Slacktivist rounds up several good links. TRW ponders why right-wingers are more eager to blame sex in the media than violence.
In other matters, LGM uses the death of former Supreme Court candidate turned right-wing author Robert Bork to look back at his career and the way he became a conservative icon because liberals dared reject him—my God, Ted Kennedy actually said what his policy positions were (anti-civil rights legislation, anti-abortion, anti-right to privacy and a very limited view of free speech). How dare he do that to such a nice man?
•Facebook is looking at whether having marketers message you on FB would be profitable.
•If you’re on the federal OFAC list of possible terrorists, you’re going to be red-flagged when you apply for a loan. And surprise!, nobody wants to take responsibility for getting innocent people off. Of course, credit bureaus are often remiss in clearing up problems.
•A bank that engages in money-laundering for terrorists won’t be charged—it might hurt the economy if they were prosecuted!
•A court rejects the idea that a street gang drive-by constitutes terrorism. This is not a new issue—prosecutors were throwing “terrorism” at gangs and meth dealers (it’s a dangerous chemical that can explode, ergo it’s a WMD!) within a couple of years of 9/11.
•And for a lighter note, here’s the world’s oldest cheese making facility—7,500 years back!

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  1. Pingback: Undead sexist cliches: Men are supposed to be heroes, women should just cringe and cry | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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