#FeministFriday No. 11

Earlier this year, Ben Moynihan, a British teenager was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

His crime?

He attempted to murder three women because he blamed them for not being able to lose his virginity.

To be clear, the women he attacked were not women he knew personally, or that had rebuffed his sexual advances. These were strangers, aged 20, 45, and 67, respectively, that he stabbed in a series of random attacks because he blamed all women for the fact that he was a 17 year old virgin.

Moynihan left two letters for police, calling himself an “unhappy geezer” and detailing his crimes, saying,

All women need to die…Come and arrest me for God’s sake before I hunt for my fourth victim.

Investigators found additional writings in his “diary of evil” in which he wrote about his pain:

I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me…And why do women have to be fussy when choosing a boyfriend, or cheating on them with others. I attack women because I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed…I think every girl is a type of slut, they are fussy with men nowadays, they do not give boys like us a chance.

This is the part I find most disturbing, because the rationale doesn’t sound like an imbalanced attempted murderer, it honestly sounds like most men on the internet. It’s something you can see on just about any social media site, a guy upset because the girl he thinks he “deserves” isn’t interested — and rather than dealing with the rejection and moving on, he gets angry that she doesn’t fit into the role she’s supposed to fulfill.

There it is — women in neat little boxes. Ask any man and they’ll tell you: All women are weak. All women are subservient. All women are picky. All women are sluts. All women are cheaters.

And while men will read this and may get upset thinking, “It’s not fair to group everyone into that school of thought! Not all men are like that!” just remember that women everywhere are being grouped into those boxes — and we’re being killed because of it.

Yes, Ben Moynihan is an extreme example, but men putting themselves and their needs and wants before the actual humanity of women is pretty standard fare in our society. There are thousands of friendzoned nice guys hanging out on Reddit who can back me up.

Leave any questions or comments below, and see you next week.

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