So much has been said on last weekend’s Isla Vista killings and I’m by no means articulate enough to add to that, so here are a few smart things that I’ve seen about and inspired by it: LAist has brief profiles of the victims; #YesAllWomen and why it’s so hard for men to see misogyny; and Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds.
Six people are dead because some dude who had apparently never actually talked to a woman outside his own family post-puberty was angry about being a virgin and people are actually defending him, or trying to compartmentalize this into being about mental illness OR guns OR misogyny instead of it all being a part of a giant melting pot of societal issues.
And yeah, it makes what we’re speaking up about in fandom seem silly, but it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t actually think Princess Leia dolls or more women in a Star Wars movie are going to change the world. Achieving any of that is incremental. But these discussions at the very least give us a foundation for the bigger issues, and I don’t regret being outspoken about them for a second.