I’m lonely. I have Asperger’s. I could never have been Elliot Rodger.
Over at Slate, they’ve posted a disturbing piece titled “I could have been Elliot Rodger.” In it, Brian Levinson presents both himself and the UCSB shooter as lonely boys searching for love—and he also admits to enacting hatred and violence against women himself. He closes the article with words that read like a threat:
So the Elliot Rodger inside me is not dead. He’s not as active as he used to be, but I fear he’ll always be in there, lurking, waiting for the next moment to show everyone who the alpha male is now, bitches.
"Since you can’t understand girls, it’s easy to turn them into fantasy creatures, whose love has the healing power of unicorn blood," Levinson writes of his and other boys’ adolescent experience. His piece fails to acknowledge or address the cultural forces that lead to that mentality, that belief that girls and woman are alluring but alien. It comes off, then—however unwittingly—as apologism for misogyny, as well as a revelation of just how horrifying and horrifyingly common men like Elliot Rodger are.
In response to Levinson’s piece and to the general mentality that it reveals and supports, I have a novel proposition for everyone. Are you ready? Are you sitting down? Good. Here goes:
Girls and woman are people.