As new evidence comes to light as to what motivated Isla Vista shooter, Elliot Rodger on his killing campaign which saw him murder 6 sorority girls it has been revealed that the shooter was part of a men’s right forum that despised women.
The forum called ‘Anti Pickup Artist movement‘ (the site has since gone down as a result of the shootings) purportedly aims to reveal ‘the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them.’
The bitter, often misogynistic threads are full of tales of woe from men who don’t know how to get women to date them and blame the women themselves for the problem.
Groups that Elliot Rodger participated in include the following:
‘The Player Supreme Show’ which rails against the feminization of men and talks about how to pick up women.
There’s also a user called McHenry Cruiser who in addition to being a pickup artist is a comedian who has some kind of beef with Louis CK, and another called ‘Squatting Cassanova,’ who seems to be your average PUA.
Rather than honestly coming to terms with why women did not date him, Elliot Rodger instead turned to various Men’s rights outlets, choosing instead to believe that they were the reason that (in his mind) he remained unloved and undesirable.
dailykos: He listened to these guys talk about being hard, and tough, and true alpha men. He did what they told them, and began lifting weights. We know he had an account on body building forum which was recently deleted by their moderation team.
So this kid who needed some serious mental help sought out the destructive, BS views coming from the men’s rights movement. He felt entitled to sex with women. He blamed women for not providing him with sex. He exposed himself to hateful rhetoric about women.
And then he acted on that hatred, and targeted college girls for a drive-by shooting, killed six, wounded seven, and then shot himself.
Read Elliot Rodger’s Retribution statement (see video below):
‘I’m 22 years old and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl,’
‘College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness. It’s not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it,’ he says in the video, which runs to almost seven minutes.
‘I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde s**t that I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them,’
‘I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one. The true alpha male,’ he laughs like a maniacal movie villain. ‘Yes… After I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house I will take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure…’
Could it be in a hyper masculine culture where young men are expected to define themselves by their sexual acquisitions, material success and hyped up male dominance (aka bro culture) that many are felt compelled to go overboard to prove that they are the alpha male women are supposedly desperately all looking for?
And then what happens amongst those males who through social inertia, indecision, a lack of confidence, poverty, who are not able to convince women that they are not worthy of love? What outlet do these men have and does it come down to a society where the Alpha male always gets the woman where as the rest fend for themselves? Even if that means taking to extreme violence as in the case of Elliot Rodger?
And then there were these comments on the web that made me wonder as well:
I’ve seen only a couple of news articles online that discuss the fact that the vast majority (though not all) of this country’s mass shootings are perpetrated by men, and has a lot to do with their socialized masculinity.
I am sick, sick, sick that in quick succession we have armed idiots entering restaurants basically brandishing guns, in an attempt to “normalize” such behavior, and now a machismo driven mass shooting! It’s like I told my niece before i read this diary and learned of the shooter’s motives, this was the ultimate macho fantasy action movie/video game: A guy with a black beamer, a semi automatic weapon, and a grudge!
what you are describing is a young man with a horrible self-esteem issue who wanted to desperately “learn” how to be more attractive to the opposite sex.
much like a young woman might become anorexic.