People who are/were shocked by the Montreal Massacre don’t know women’s history. Men have been killing us for centuries. Simply because we’re women. They kill each other too, but in that case, it’s mostly because of their target’s sexual orientation, tribal affiliation, or skin color. They kill us because of our sex.
Is it more horrible because of that? Perhaps not. Yes, 51% of the world’s people are female, whereas only 10% are homosexual, but the target group based on tribal affiliations might be larger than 51% (especially when nations go after each other), and target groups based on skin color are most certainly larger than that (assuming it’s ‘white’ people killing non-‘white’ people).
Perhaps the horror is that we have been, willingly for the most part, sleeping with the enemy. For centuries.
Donna Decker’s Dancing in Red Shoes Can Kill You is a must-read. Especially for those too young to have been aware of the Montreal Massacre in 1989.
“There were men … who hated the idea of women’s equality so much, they were willing to kill in cold blood. In Canada.” (p213)
To be clear, whether we’re engineers or prostitutes, whether we’re under ten or over sixty, whether we’re heterosexual or lesbian, whether we’re white or black, whether we’re feminist or not—none of that matters. All that matters is that we’re female. (Which in itself should make us all feminist.) If ever there was a call to arms—
(And yet, before you pick up that gun—yes, even the one that’s fallen onto the floor out of the man’s hand—know that at least when ‘partners’ are involved, women who kill men spend an average of fifteen years in prison, whereas men who kill women spend about four years in prison.)
“She had [simply] written down [in her column] everything the guy in the coffee shop had said that morning … how he was furious with his feminist girlfriend and all feminists. She had embellished nothing. But they had refused to publish it.” (p321) They had called it anti-male. Note that. Pay attention to that. Simply exposing male hatred of women is anti-male. How do you figure that? Speaking the truth about men is anti-male? That means that reality is anti-male. Hm. What are you going to do with that?
And men? If this book doesn’t make you sick, and then determined to fix your brothers, you should, like Marc Lepine, put a bullet in your own head. (Thank you.)