Wednesday, April 22, 2009

inconceivable

Shakesville: Quote of the Day

yeah. 'cause it's so hard to believe a white, clean-cut, preppy, educated guy in dockers could be a murderous, woman-hating douchebag who thinks that female sex workers are disposable targets.

4 comments:

Phoebe Caulfield said...

THANK YOU. I've been saying that all week.

Don't you love how the media gets all ZOMG A WHITE EDUCATED UPPERCLASS MALE KILLED SOMEONE NO WAYZZZZZ.

But you wouldn't hear shit about it if it was a poor black guy killing women on Craigslist. Dicks.

ding said...

the thing about misogyny is, anyone can be one.

so the larger story is: why are we surprised when a murderous misogynist douchebag is white? what racial stereotypes are being fucked with here? chris cuomo on GMA actually asked some forensic psychologist something like, 'what are we supposed to think when a killer like this is so educated and white?'

and i wanted to gag.

Greg said...

Actually, I think it's more about class than race. Examining my own stereotypes, I expect misogynistic murderers to be white trash or white socially marginalized psychopaths (that's who they usually are in the movies, I guess). I have a lot of negative associations with black men (50 years living in this media culture will do that for you - thanks, a**holes.), but misogynistic murderers is not one of them.

So really, I think the issue is that in this country we tend to associate money (at least money acquired by legal means) with virtue, and so we are shocked when somebody with money turns out to be a "bad" person. In truth, lots of money is probably a pretty good indicator of a lack of at least certain types of virtue, but such a notion runs completely contrary to our cultural mythology.

ding said...

too true.
it's also strange that we have maintained such a grip on this notion that money=good and poor=criminal when we are always presented with examples proving the opposite of these things.

Remember Enron? Madoff? The current economic meltdown?

How telling is it that the scapegoat for this recession became poor people with bad mortgages instead of the folks who profited off the mortgages and gave everyone economic Sars.