In a pattern that seems disturbingly similar to last summer’s shooter, George Sodini, who wrote that “30 million women rejected [him],” online postings reveal the extent of Jared Loughner’s aggression and misogyny. Loughner seemed at times to be reaching out for help from the online gaming community in his postings, which emphasized his inability to attract women or land a minimum-wage job.
It’s his recent posts that are the most disturbing. On April 24, in a thread titled “Would you hit a Handy Cap Child/ Adult?”, he wrote: “This is a very interesting question….There are mental retarded children. They’re possessing teachers that are typing for money. This will never stop….The drug addicts need to be weeded out to be more intelligent. The Principle of this is that them c— educators need to stop being pigs.”
Later that day, in an even more horrifying post titled “Why Rape?”, he claimed that college women liked being raped. He wrote, “there are Rape victims that are under the influence of a substance. The drinking is leading them to rape. The loneliness will bring you to depression. Being alone for a very long time will inevitably lead you to rape.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the other people on the forums didn’t realize the extent of Loughner’s mental instability until after the shootings. Reported now, however, the postings add to a general picture that includes deeply rooted bigotry and misogyny. It’s a chilling reminder of the fact that, as Anna North writes on Jezebel, “Virulent misogyny isn’t just an objectionable ideological pose — it can be a red flag for impending violence.”
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