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2:14 am - 12/20/2012
Top Conservative Publication: Shooting Occurred Because Women Ran The School

If there were fewer 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 in-house 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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sandstorm 20th-Dec-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.

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Wasn't he coming at people with an assault rifle? I doubt anyone could get close enough to tackle him.
kyra_neko_rei 20th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Someone couldn't, in fact. The principal died rushing him with that very intent.
meimichan 20th-Dec-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Already been posted.
recorded 20th-Dec-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
TY!
shipperx 20th-Dec-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Except there were men there, and the yahoos who wrote this just went with their preconceptions rather than even a cursory look at the facts.
amber_protocol 20th-Dec-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true.
phamos818 20th-Dec-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
There were indeed men there, including a "male janitor" who didn't waste time chucking buckets at a semiautomatic rifle but instead ran through the school to warn people.
furrygreen 20th-Dec-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Already posted. ^^,
kyra_neko_rei 20th-Dec-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm.

Gee, maybe she should stop advocating for a gender-role standard which encourages (and sometimes enforces) "helpless passivity" as the norm in "feminized settings," and start advocating for feminism which encourages and enables courage, assertiveness, strength, and decisiveness by women.
dawn9476 21st-Dec-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Like I posted last night, had the male teacher at Columbine and the three other men who helped clear the cafeteria decided to charge after the killers instead of clearing the cafeteria, the tree other men would be dead along with the male teacher. A lot of the 100 students they helped clear out of the cafeteria would have most likely been killed to. One of the Columbine killers showed up to an empty cafeteria because those men decided to evacuate kids instead of "gang rushing" him and the other killer. Because of their quick thinking, only the male teacher was killed in that part of the school when he started up the stairs to hide with the students he just ushered out of the cafeteria.

Edited at 2012-12-21 02:59 am (UTC)
piratesswoop 21st-Dec-2012 11:03 am (UTC)
Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if [...] some of the huskier 12-year-old boys had converged on Lanza.

yes lets send 12 year olds running at a guy with a high powered assault rifle. brilliant idea.

Edited at 2012-12-21 11:04 am (UTC)
mrmidwest 21st-Dec-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
These cretins are living in the same fantasy land as Marky Mark Wahlberg thinking he could've saved everybody on board Flight 93.

I'm really tired of members of the patriarchy in America acting like they're not the ones who are screwing everything up. From our insane gun culture to the cases of child abuse in Catholic Churches, it all comes back to men having too much control of everything.
roseofjuly 22nd-Dec-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
I mean aside from all of the other fuckery

but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel.

This is because of the patriarchy and misogyny, not some imagined misandry. Elementary school teaching is envisioned as a "woman's job" because it deals with small children and is low-paid (or perhaps is low-paid because it's envisioned as a "woman's job." A lot of young men in education are steered away from teaching elementary school or don't even think about it because it's always been cast as something that women do. If males have been 'forced out' of elementary schools it's because of discrimination against women!
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