Tensions appear to be at an all time high and, sadly, it’s not in anticipation of having to sit next to your crazy uncle at Christmas Dinner. In fact, it’s safe to say the entire country is a crazy uncle right now.
The tragic shooting in Newtown has produced some phenomenally, breathtakingly uninformed and inappropriate reactions. From Bryan Fischer’s “Jesus let the tragedy happen because kids just don’t pray in school anymore,” to gun lobbyist Larry Pratt’s seditious declarations. But just when you thought we reached a level of South Park parody, some other right-winger steps up to the plate and creates even more comedy fodder.
The ultra-conservative National Review, who earlier suggested that Newtown was the price of the Second Amendment, recently ran an editorial from rabid anti-feminist, Charlotte Allen, who implied that the shooter was able to kill with so ease due to Newtown being a “feminized setting”. That’s right, if it weren’t for all those damn ladies doing their nails, washing dishes and performing the Vagina Monologues then not a single kid would’ve been harmed.
There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza. (Think Progress)
Never-mind that the guns that were used were all registered to a woman; never mind that this is a blatant disregard of the facts surrounding the shooting and a sickening show of disrespect to the female teachers, such as the young and beautiful Victoria Soto, who actually prevented further fatalities by bravely sacrificing their own lives to protect their students; and never-mind that being six feet, four inches and 250 pounds means very little when faced with a heavily armed psycho, because this self-loathing cretin can not hear a whisper of reason with the electrical fire going on his brain.
From noted Feminist, Jessica Valenti:
“This is extraordinarily disrespectful to the female teachers and staff at Sandy Hook. Allen mentions their heroism as an anomalous aside rather than exceptional bravery that saved lives. The bravery of the women in Newtown – principal Dawn Hochsprung and psychologist Mary Sherlach who rushed the shooter before being killed, teacher Victoria Soto who died protecting her students, Kaitlin Roig and Abbey Clements who hid their students and calmed them – is remarkable.” (Think Progress)
In Allen’s topsy-turvy, mad-max world it seems that having testicles means that you’re automatically Dr. Bruce Banner, can magically transform into a gigantic green monster of superhuman strength, and take out a psycho who’s quipped with a high-capacity magazine Bushmaster.
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