Misandry and xenophobia — 11 Comments

  1. There was a similar case in Britain last year, made markedly worse apparently because the perpetrator was a serving police officer. But that case, with a young and attractive victim, garnered coverage and controversy out of all proportion to ‘usual’ murders. So much so that everyone conveniently overlooked the fact that the victim had been breaking the Covid lock-down rules applying at the time – if she’d obeyed those rules, she’s still be alive today.
    Yet right now, the UK Prime Minster is being pilloried by his media enemies because some of his staff broke the same lockdown rules, although no-one died as a consequence, either from homicide or Covid. But then he’s not young, attractive or female (or dead), so such hypocrisy is allowed.

    • Ah yes – Sarah Everard. I had the same thoughts about that case. There is something that seems to catch the public imagination in a particular way that elevates one story above all others. It is a rather strange phenomenon.

  2. Last Sunday, low lifes shot dead a cousin of one of my students in his own garden (it’s believed to be a case of mistaken identity, so that makes it all right then).

    No-one held a vigil.

  3. Just askin’,

    Or maybe there is some other story that needs a distraction to keep it out of the news?

  4. “I hope the perpetrator gets his just desserts”

    As do I.

    But following on from yesterday’s diatribe about pedantry and how you welcome being pounced upon: it’s “just deserts” (not “desserts”). As in what he deserves, not a particularly nasty custard.

  5. I have had some thoughts about why certain murders,usually of beautiful young women, are pushed to the fore. My theory is that the anti-men lobby, promote coverage of such cases to get their ideas into the consciousness of society.

    Any errors in my comment are the fault of google read. I am blameless.

    • You’re right, those cases are seized upon by the various lobbies for their own PR agendas.
      It’s not only beautiful young women, similar attributes are applied to the murders of other selected members of society, for example policemen, for whose murders more harsh sentences are demanded.
      To my mind all murders are the same, it’s the deliberate criminal taking of a human life, and I consider the life-value of a policemen to be no greater or less than that of a dustman, a female doctor, a gay welfare-claimant or a blogger. They all had their lives taken from them, for which the perpetrator found guilty should pay the standard price, but lobby-politics apparently demands otherwise.

  6. Or taking a more sinister slant, could it be that some journalists revel in the suffering of women?

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