The United States of Misogyny

Let me first get this straight with my readers: the contents of this article are in no way written in support of a mother who, by the looks of it, very possibly killed her toddler daughter just because the kid had become inconvenient.  While I am accepting this verdict because I believe in the Constitutional right to trial before a jury (“of one’s peers” is NOT in the Constitution), I am questioning it just as hard as I still question the verdict in the original O.J. Simpson case…you know, the one where it looked a lot like he may have killed his ex-wife and a kid who turned out to be an innocent passer-by.

I am also deeply upset about a case unfolding in Indiana, where a charming couple apparently kept their kid on a cage, starved and beat him, and eventually killed him.  In fact, I am upset every time I hear about a parent killing a child.  Yeah, kids are a pain in the ass.  But you should know that going into parenthood and expect it, and develop ways of dealing with it that do not involve maiming or killing your child.  Period.

Now to the point.  Like nearly everyone else I know these days I’m on Facebook, and more than half my friends on Facebook are people whom I have never even met.  Today one of them posted a series of death threats aimed at a very famous case, that of Casey Anthony — you know, the one that ended in “not guilty” yesterday; the one that was apparently as widely watched as was the O.J. Simpson matter in the ’90’s, yet somehow (being without cable or satellite) I missed it.  And I’m glad I did.

Anyway, now come the death threats — as if those will bring that unfortunate child back, or avenge her somehow.  That’s stupid to start with, and what’s alarming is how many of this “friend’s” friends commented in agreement with him.  A death for a death.  And fuck you in the name of God-fearing all-American Jesus, you Christless whore.

Yep, folks, that’s the way the conversation read.  Now, I won’t defend Anthony’s behavior, but again, I’ve observed recklessness and whorish behavior in women who were abused as youngsters.  No, not all of them turn out to be murderers (in fact, none of the women I know who are like this have), but all of them are damaged just the same.  And I’m guessing that it won’t be much fun to be Casey Anthony once her jail time is up.  Just saying.

I’ll leave aside the obvious problems with the “kill the bitch” logic and just make this prediction: next we’ll be hearing that Casey is a “feminazi” and that all women are murderers.  How can I say such a thing?  Because I’ve already heard this kind of trash reasoning so often in the past.  I’m willing to bet that the Fat Man is blubbering it out of his fat mouth right at this very moment on his rotund radio show.

How can he get away with it?  Easy.  We’re a misogynistic country.  I’ll make it simpler for you if you didn’t understand that: the U.S. hates women.  And because we hate women so much, anyone can say pretty much anything they want and not have to prove it.

And here’s another fact for anyone who wants to make a poster child of Casey Anthony — you know, by killing her to prove that all mothers kill their children and that women are bad: most kids are killed by men, and a slight majority of those killers are fathers as opposed to women/mothers.  Read it here.

Now, if some legislators get their way, a large number of women who become pregnant could in fact become killers because at least 20% of pregnancies end very early in miscarriage.  And yes, some lovely Republican lawmaker is trying to make miscarriage a crime punishable by death.

Sound outrageous?  There’s something wrong with you if it doesn’t.  Even so, if you want Casey Anthony dead because of her misdeed, think of the bigger picture and ask if you’re reacting this way because she apparently got away with something horrible, or if it’s just because she’s a woman.

I think it’s high time a lot of people did some deep soul-searching like that.

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