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Misogyny and the Santa Fe Mass Killing

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The Santa Fe shooting is another example of the fact that a woman asserting her autonomy around entitled, angry men can be life-threatening:

One of Pagourtzis’ classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, “had 4 months of problems from this boy,” her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no.”

Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she wrote. “Shana being the first one.” Rodriguez didn’t say how she knew her daughter was the first victim.

It’s not a coincidence that domestic violence and mass killings are commonly linked. Which makes it especially revolting to see con men promoting the idea that men are entitled to the sexual partner of their choice and getting not only lavishly rewarded but celebrated in many quarters of the media.

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