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Top Conservative Publication Attributes Newtown To Feminism: Shooting Occurred Because Women Ran The

12:46 pm - 12/19/2012
Top Conservative Publication Attributes Newtown To Feminism: Shooting Occurred Because Women Ran The School

If there were less women and more “male aggression” in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the massacre there never would have taken place, according to a contribution to a leading conservative magazine.

National Review, whose inhouse editorial suggested Newtown was the price of the Second Amendment, published a piece on Wednesday from anti-feminist Charlotte Allen suggesting the reason the shooter was able to kill so many students was because Newtown was a “feminized setting:”

There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, 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.

Via Jessica Valenti, who notes that this is extraordinarily “disrespectful to the female teachers and staff at Sandy Hook. Allen mentions their heroism as an anomalous aside rather than exceptional bravery that saved lives. The bravery of the women in Newtown – principal Dawn Hochsprung and psychologist Mary Sherlach who rushed the shooter before being killed, teacher Victoria Soto who died protecting her students, Kaitlin Roig and Abbey Clements who hid their students and calmed them – is remarkable.”

Allen went on to blame Lanza’s mother, saying “You simply can’t give a non-working, non-school-enrolled 20-year-old man free range of your home, much less your cache of weapons…Unfortunately, the idea of being an ‘adult’ and a ‘man’ once one has reached physical maturity seems to have faded out of our coddling culture.”

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OP: I'm sorry if I submit this twice Mods. My internet is doing weird things.
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atheistkathleen 20th-Dec-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
um i don't have enough wtf's for that article. and they need an editor, whoever wrote that intro made at least three grammatical errors.
rainbow_fish 20th-Dec-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
"There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers"

Um, no. Everyone is a sitting duck when you have an attacker that A)has guns and B)they are fucking assault rifles with multiple round capability.
shipperx 20th-Dec-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
This.

Though I read a story about the male janitor. He risked his life warning people to hide!
hotcement 20th-Dec-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers.



and the poor damsels in distress who educate them!

oh my god and this part 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.

who the fuck

what the fuck
mollywobbles867 20th-Dec-2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Male aggression likely played a part in Lanza's mental state, ffs.
wrestlingdog 20th-Dec-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
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highflyer8 20th-Dec-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
yeah pretty much
schexyschteve 20th-Dec-2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Yay, misogyny, on top of victim blaming!
redstar826 20th-Dec-2012 02:39 am (UTC)
this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school)

actually, it was K-4. It would have taken the author like 30 seconds using google to find that info on the school's website.

all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female.

again, looking at the school's website, one of their 4th grade teachers is male.

fucking basis research, how does it work?



corinn 20th-Dec-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Also

There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees.

Wasn't there also a male custodian who ran around yelling warnings and making sure doors were locked? Or does he not count because he made the ~feminized~ choice to make sure people were safe instead of grabbing a bucket and charging the gunman?

*barf*
lovedforaday 20th-Dec-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I can't believe the intended audience for this dribble most likely ate this up.
homasse 20th-Dec-2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Internalized misogyny's a hell of a thing.
layweed 20th-Dec-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
What about Aurora, Colorado? What about Oak Creek, Wisconsin? What about Tuscon? Columbine? Virginia Tech? UT Tower Shootings? The DC Sniper? Fort Hood?
lovedforaday 20th-Dec-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Who cares when a cheap point about how MEN RULE WOMEN DROOLZ can be made?

Edited at 2012-12-20 02:57 am (UTC)
ellonwye 20th-Dec-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Everything is the fault of women, always.
amber_protocol 20th-Dec-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Yep. First there was the article blaming feminism for making ~white menz feel disempowered (join the fucking club, shit heads) and being a reason for shootings like this happening and now ~omg feminisation of the school is also something that's also the problem. A man commits a mass shooting but it's apparently our fault that it happened. RIGHT.

*headdesks repeatedly*
caffeine_buzz 20th-Dec-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
If 'some of the huskier 12 year old boys' or 'male teachers who had played football' had rushed the shooter I imagine we would be mourning more victims, because attempting to head-on tackle a guy with a gun that can shoot off hundreds of rounds in a manner of seconds is a damn stupid idea. Real life is not a TV show where every gunman attended the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy and all bullets miraculously miss the hero.
layweed 20th-Dec-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Ikr? I don't get this "bumrush the shooter because you have the shield of impenetrable faith in god or oozing with testosterone" or whatever. That's not how the fucking world works. geez.
johnjie 20th-Dec-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
What did I just read

Is there a way to un-read it
violetrose 20th-Dec-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
I assume the fact that 'male aggression' is what killed those children eludes the author.

Also, really, another post about what X stupid Republican said? Bleh.
simplefaith08 20th-Dec-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh yes, let's put male aggression on a pedestal, as though it is the answer to all our problems! It's not like society's worship of male aggression would explain why the majority of these shooters are men, or anything...

(This piece is so gross, I literally feel morally bankrupt just reading it)
ultraelectric 20th-Dec-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
I read this on Think Progress than went to the actual National Review site and read it and, can I just say, I was really happy to see every comment smacking down the author and National Review for posting such vile bullshit.

This lady needs to step into the real world.
violetrose 20th-Dec-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
LOL really? I'm surprised.
borderline_mary 20th-Dec-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
shhh_its_s3cr3t 20th-Dec-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Me too, Hulk.
thenakedcat 20th-Dec-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Excuse me, I need to go kick things for a couple minutes before I can express myself verbally again....


....Okay, back.


THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SCURRILOUS PIECES OF SHIT I HAVE EVER SEEN APPEAR IN PRINT.

"THE SCHOOL WAS TOO FUCKING FEMINIZED"??????? MEN DON'T TEACH PRIMARY SCHOOL BECAUSE WE TREAT AND PAY TEACHERS LIKE SHIT FOR THOSE GRADE LEVELS, BECAUSE THOSE JOBS ARE STIGMATIZED BECAUSE THEY ARE "WOMEN'S WORK", ETC ETC ETC, VICIOUS CYCLE.

"OLDER MALE STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE RUSHED THE SHOOTER"???????? EVERY STUDENT IN THE SCHOOL HAD ONE AND ONLY ONE PREROGATIVE IN THAT SITUATION: FUCKING SURVIVE. THEY ARE SCHOOLCHILDREN, THEIR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO BE SAFE AND FOLLOW THEIR TEACHERS' INSTRUCTIONS. THE TEACHERS HAD TWO PREROGATIVES: FIRST,TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR STUDENTS FUCKING SURVIVE. SECOND, TO FUCKING SURVIVE THEMSELVES. NOT ONE OF THEM DESERVES A MOMENT'S CENSURE FOR GETTING THEIR KIDS TO SAFETY AND TRUSTING THE POLICE TO DEAL WITH THE SHOOTER.

I HAVE BEEN THROUGH CIVILIAN RESPONSE TRAINING FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER SCENARIOS. YES, THEY DO TELL BYSTANDERS THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO FIGHT BACK IF YOU ARE CORNERED. BUT THEY TELL YOU TO TRY TO FLEE THE FUCKING BUILDING OR BARRICADE YOURSELF INTO A FUCKING SHELTERED PLACE FIRST, AND ONLY FIGHT IF YOU ARE ALREADY FUCKING CORNERED. OTHERWISE, YOU'RE JUST INCREASING YOUR CHANCES OF BECOMING A FUCKING CASUALTY.

I HOPE THE AUTHOR OF THIS OP-ED DIES IN A SWARM OF AFRICANIZED HONEYBEES.
asrana 20th-Dec-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Yes.

The other thing that made me all hulksmash about it is that the reason men don't teach primary school is because they're then automatically assumed to be either gay and/or paedophiles. And you know what, that attitude is sustained by this very same group of people who are saying that the school was "feminized" (tbh I was genuinely surprised that the author didn't say 'feminazied' instead).

All the self-defence classes I've taken have always, always emphasised that your first line of defence is to run away and your second line of defence is to scream and yell for help at the top of your voice. You only fight back if have no means of escape.
rylee900 20th-Dec-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
"or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys"
My neighbour's son is 12. 12 is a fucking child, no matter how 'husky' they are. They would not be at fault for this (if they were actually there, this being a K-4 school) Neither are any of the astoundingly brave teachers/staff.
I hope this woman doesn't have children, because Christ.
strixluna 20th-Dec-2012 05:14 am (UTC)
My older son is 12 and my little one is 10. Neither of them would EVER have any business doing anything other than running and/or hiding if confronted with a situation like the one those kids were in last Friday.

I just... yeah. I'm agreeing with you. I just cry too much every time this whole situation even comes up.
silver_apples 20th-Dec-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
The author left off the part about how we need to make teaching a more appealing profession for men, and asking why the boys' fathers aren't teaching them this oh-so-important manly, protective aggression. Maybe start with getting rid of the idea that child care and teaching are "women's work" and that men are supposed to be big and athletic and aggressive and should work in "manly" careers.

Also, from the original article: "...if you are in a confined space, is throw things at the killer, or try a tackle. Remember United Flight 93 on 9/11. It was a “flight of heroes” because a bunch of guys on that plane did what they could with what they had." Because standing in the hallway throwing picture books would have helped this situation. And the hijackers on Flight 93 had knives, not guns, and were going up against adults who had realized that not doing anything would mean they would die, not children who had a chance as long as they stayed hidden.
lolcatielol 20th-Dec-2012 08:02 am (UTC)
The Flight 93 example isn't even a good one. They were entirely different situations (like you said) and, while they were heroes for preventing more deaths, everyone on that plane still all died. The Flight 93 example could barely be applicable to Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach's bravery, but not what a group of babies should have done.

I am so angry at this writer.
stainedfeathers 20th-Dec-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
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.

You mean... that same male aggression that was just used to shoot up a school and kill numerous children and no few adults?


errr... scuze me, I'm going to go read something that doesn't make my brain scream in agony from sheer illogic and stupidity...
deleriumd 20th-Dec-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
If I'm not mistaken, for a good chunk of history, a lot of education has been provided and taught by women. And since I don't remember reading anything in my Canadian history textbooks about prairie schools going up in flames every nanosecond I'm going to call doubts.

But then again, this sounds like the history I heard from kids who napped during history. The ones who thought Laura Secord warned people against an attack and then opened an ice cream store. That caliber of historical 'learnding'.
mercystars 20th-Dec-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
this woman seems to be under the impression that bullets fired from a gun would just harmlessly bounce off a man's body...
fenris_lorsrai 20th-Dec-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
clearly testosterone provides some kind of bullet shield. that's how it works in video games. they just need to take enough damage to hit their limit break!
seasight 20th-Dec-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
What world is this person living in? And I keep thinking of the teacher who locked her students in the closet and saved their lives at the cost of her own.

I suppose that's a display of weakness to the writer.
obnoxygen 20th-Dec-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Photobucket

I'm done.
recorded 20th-Dec-2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
+1
dawn9476 20th-Dec-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
If the teacher killed at Columbine and three other men, who helped him evacuate the cafeteria, went after the killers instead of getting the kids out of the school or upstairs to a safer place on the second floor, all four would be dead instead of just the teacher. A lot of the over 100 kids they saved would have probably been killed, too.
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