Fair Warning: Misogyny Is an Ideology Which Leads to Violence Against Women and I Won’t Ignore It

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While this looks like a stranger, women are much more likely to be injured or killed by a man they know. Photo by Sebastiaan Stam on Pexels.com

I’ve gotten some new followers lately, so, Hi and welcome! There’s something I need to say to everyone, before we go any further.

Currently, most of you are here to read Dark, a show we all love. But the character of Hannah is the target of so much misogyny it’s scary, on the show and in the real/online world. This pertains to other shows as well, with other characters who become the target for misogynists. On Altered Carbon season 1, it was Kristin Ortega. On Agents of SHIELD, it’s Daisy. Women who think and act for themselves, without regard to what the men around them want. Just like men do.

In the real world, women like Hannah, Kristin, Daisy and me (and you, if you are a woman) die every day because misogyny isn’t recognized, so, even though some of you would like me to, I won’t shut up about it. While racism is getting the attention it needs, the hatred and oppression of women, the other motivator for mass shootings, everyday killings and abuse, is largely being ignored, even though it was the motivator for the second shooting of the weekend of August 4, 2019, in Dayton, OH. Even though violence against women is on the increase, separate from mass shootings.

Racially motivated violence is described as being ideologically motivated, a label that gives it more weight and prompts calls to action to stop the white supremacists and white nationalists. Meanwhile, “experts” and law enforcement officials acknowledge the misogynist opinions and activities of violent criminals but refuse to acknowledge that misogyny is an ideology that leads to living a violent, cult-like lifestyle just as religious and racial extremism do.

Yet we know that many of the most recent mass shootings have been perpetrated by misogynist extremists who identify as such, calling themselves by such names as Incels (involuntary celibates) or Red Pillers (anti-feminists). It’s time we started calling out extremist misogyny as the dangerous, cult-like IDEOLOGY that it is.

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Mass Shootings and Misogyny: The Violent Ideology We Can’t Ignore

Mass Shooters Often Have a History of Misogyny

Dayton Shooter’s Band Released Songs About Raping and Beating Women (But They Want Us to Know They Didn’t Really Mean It- Except for That One Guy- Oops- The SONGS WERE the MANIFESTO)

Metawitches Guide to Spotting Misogyny in Media

Instead, authorities at all levels are talking in circles around the most recent murderer’s history of violence, aggression and threats toward women in particular, as if we aren’t a separate class of human beings who need protection and respect. The media, whether it’s entertainment or news, help perpetuate this myth that the hatred, abuse and oppression of women, as a particular class, are not a major motivation for violence and evil in the world.

I won’t let that pass by me without saying something about it.  With all of my medical conditions, there’s not much left that I can contribute to this world, but this is what I can do. We’re all so used to the continuous verbal, auditory, subliminal and visual attacks against women in the media that we don’t even notice most of them anymore. We see them as normal. But I notice them, so I’m going to say something. Calling out misogyny and any other unfair bias I see is always going to be part of my recaps and posts. Fair warning.

 

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