Update, 9/1/09: Guest posting at Sociological Images, Anglofille offers an excellent discussion of George Sodoni’s misogyny – and of the media’s negligence in its coverage of the crime, which more often than not includes a hefty dose of victim-blaming.
I had planned on including this in my next intersectionality link roundup, but I’d rather this post be timely than in context. Besides, if you need additional context – here ya go.
Yes, I actually suffered through this misogynist’s entire blog. Blame CNN; one of their journalists piqued my curiosity by quoting from the following excerpt:
Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below. I kept a running log that includes my thoughts and actions, after I saw this project was going to drag on.
December 22, 2008:
Time is moving along. Planned to have this done already. I will just keep a running log here as time passes. Many of the young girls here look so beautiful as to not be human, very edible.
George Sodini, consumer of women.* Note how the women go from being not human (read: nonhuman animal) to not alive (read: “meat” -> or an non-sentient object). He reads much like any “good” fast food commercial!
Elsewhere – in the context of an extremely racist rant, which begins with him postponing his “project” in order to “see the election outcome” – Sodini says, and I’m paraphrasing, that every “brother” ought to “get” his own “white hoe” as a sort of “reverse indentured servitude thing”: “Long ago, many a older white male landowner had a young Negro wench girl for his desires. Bout’ time tables are turned on that shit.”
Actually, a truly “reverse indentured servitude thing” – the very term “indentured servant” is misleading when it’s clear that what he’s really referring to is slavery – would see white men relegated to property status, and distributed among women of color (and, more generally, men of color and all women).
The murderer suggested offering black men white women as sex slaves as a way of compensating for the fact that white men used to rape black women slaves.
Who was wronged by white men raping black women slaves? The black women slaves? No! Black men of course!
Who should be compensated today for black women slaves having been abused in the past? Black women? No! Black men of course!
To Sodoni, women were nothing but objects to be consumed – or bought, sold, traded or borrowed, for example, to repay a “debt” incurred by one’s past “wrongdoings.” We are but chattel, livestock, property – servants and slaves. Our violation does not harm us – for how can an object experience suffering? – but rather, our owners: men.
Replace “women” with “animals,” and you’ve summarized the popular view re: nonhuman animals. Hopefully, you’re just as appalled.
In the comments at the New York Post, azcitizen writes:
He suffered from a severe case of White Male Syndrome (WMS): a sense of entitlement to do anything he wants to do, to anyone he wants to do it to, anywhere he wants to do it. And when he can’t, someone female or non-caucasian is at fault and must die.
Add “nonhuman animal” to the list, and that about sums it up.
* Violet notes the theme of “consumption” in her blog post – or rather, she points to another commenter, who in turn saw the link made elsewhere – but I would like to note that I took the phrase from my “consuming women” series prior to reading Dr. Socks’ piece.
I did, however, get the post title from iiii!
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