Within the past week:
A man in north Alabama shot and killed his wife and then himself.
An Oregon man beat his wife to death, shot his three children in the head, set their home on fire and then killed himself.
A Texas plumber shot and killed his wife and her elderly father, then set their home on fire and killed himself.
In South Carolina a man shot and killed two of his children, their mother, and later himself.
In Pennsylvania, a man shot and killed his paramour, then himself, in a bedroom while their 1-year-old child was in the room. The child was not physically harmed.
I could list more. There are more. Plenty more.
Power and control.
Our society still operates under the idea that men should have the power and control women. Yes, here in the US.
Don’t think so? Then why are a majority male Congress and majority male state legislatures passing laws restricting a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body? Oh, and with the blessing of religious institutions who are run by males.
Why are most business CEOs male? Why is it so much harder for a woman to move up the path to senior leadership of an organization? Why do we tolerate bosses who treat female employees like servants while talking to the male employees like buds? Oh, but there’s no discrimination here. Move along. Whatever.
And why do we pressure our girls to marry and become mothers, like all women should aspire to this. No. Some of us want something out of life other than to take care of men and children. We are not elitist snobs because we choose something different, just as mothers are not saints.
My sisters out there reading this, you are a worthy person just because you are. You don’t have to put up with men’s shit be it at work, home, or anywhere else. Period. If the situation is abusive, get out. Don’t tell me you can’t. Find a way. Get out. Then run as far and as fast as you can and don’t look back.
To my sisters out there who perpetuate these patriarchal systems because “it’s always been this way,” or because you think since you did OK by marrying well that ALL women should do the same and it’s THEIR fault if they didn’t: Your lack of empathy is frustrating. You got lucky, either because of the family you was born into or because you married a decent guy. Do you not get that the woman you’re helping to oppress could have been you? Or does the Xanax block that out along with that trapped feeling you thought was depression or anxiety. Whatever. If you won’t help them, at least don’t harm your sisters.
And to my brothers: If you are woke, you’re still not off the hook. You know you benefit from male privilege. Your silence speaks volumes, as do the hidden porn bookmarks on your browser.
If you are one of the majority who don’t see a problem and, after all, God said you could be in charge, cut it out. You don’t deserve to have a woman submit to you. You don’t deserve to have a woman remain pretty for you, cook for you, clean your house, fuck you when you’re horny, and raise your children to be perfect angels so you can look good to everybody else. And when you don’t get your way, be it a promotion or a divorce, you don’t deserve to get to kill her because you’re suicidal. I hope there is such a thing as karma and your next life is spent as a woman having to put up with shit from men like you. That you DO deserve. Maybe then you’ll become woke too.
BTW, don’t give me that shit about women dish it out also. Even the most powerless man has more power than a woman. Besides, if you are putting up with a woman’s shit, you get to see what it’s like for women every day all day long. Learn from it and get woke.
If you learn nothing else from me, learn this: a penis does not entitle men to belittle or take advantage of women. It entitles you to nothing. A vagina does not mean a life sentence of submission. Only when we change our societal views about a woman’s role within it can women be truly safe. Until then, we women are not even safe within our own homes.