Last week a tragedy at LA Fitness gym outside of Pittsburgh left 3 women dead and 9 others wounded. George Sodini, 48, opened fire at an aerobics class in the gym after planning his attack for months, a plan whose target was clear: women.
After a so-called lifetime of rejection from the opposite sex, Sodini developed an intense hatred of women ultimately culminating with his shooting rampage and suicide. An online diary reveals his detailed plan and growing rage toward women. (You can read an edited version of Sodini’s diary here)
The diary recounts Sodini’s failure with women and frustration with rejection as he documents the months leading up to the shooting. Below are some excerpts:
“I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne – yet 30 million women rejected me…”
“Flying solo for many years is a destroyer.”
“Every evening I am alone, and then go to bed alone. You women were brutal when I was younger…”
“I never even spent one weekend with a girl in my life, even at my own place.”
“Women just don’t like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one. Not one of them finds me attractive.”
“I was reading several posts on different forums and it seems many teenage girls have sex frequently. One 16 year old does it usually three times a day with her boyfriend. So, err, after a month of that, this little XXX has had more sex than ME in my LIFE, and I am 48. One more reason.”
“There is something BLATANTLY wrong with me that NO goddam person will tell me what it is.”
Yes, something was very “blatantly” wrong with Sodini. And something is very wrong with the amount of violence directed towards women for the simple fact that they are women.
A New York Times op-ed about the shooting this weekend writes about the“barbaric treatment of women and girls that has come to be more or less expected” in “a society saturated by misogyny.”
“Life in the United States is mind-bogglingly violent. But we should take particular notice of the staggering amounts of violence brought down on the nation’s women and girls each and every day for no other reason than who they are. They are attacked because they are female…”
“…We would become much more sane, much healthier, as a society if we could bring ourselves to acknowledge that misogyny is a serious and pervasive problem, and that the twisted way so many men feel about women, combined with the absurdly easy availability of guns, is a toxic mix of the most tragic proportions.”
I couldn’t agree more.
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