Internet dating tragedies

Police were examining this video posted on You Tube in which a man who identifies himself as Elliot Rodger says he is planning an attack in Isla Vista because he had been snubbed by women.Editor's note: This video contains language that some may find disturbing.Mapping the manosphere When people talk about the “manosphere,” they’re basically talking about a vast, diverse network of blogs and forums that take a certain antagonistic stance toward women and dating.Not all branches of the manosphere are overtly appalling; not all of them are even run by men.But taken to extremes, that belief in retro gender roles has fueled a whole system of sites that denigrate women and advocate for a socio-cultural regression that puts ladies back in the kitchen and bedroom.

That said, Rodger’s misogynistic rhetoric seems undeniably influenced by the manosphere, and his manifesto has kicked off a loud debate about how modern society treats women, online and off.In his last You Tube video, in which he chillingly announces the start of his killing spree, Rodger even cops some classic pick-up lingo: “You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one.The .” (Emphasis mine.) Let’s be clear: None of this suggests that (a) the manosphere is somehow to blame for Rodger’s killing spree, (b) that other factors like mental health or gun laws are less critical, or (c) that every would-be “pick-up artist,” or PUA, is one rejection away from mass murder.(“Negging” = insulting a woman to throw off her confidence. ” and “Have people besides your family called you funny?

” The questions for women include, “How long are your legs in relation to your height?

If there was ever a time to take a closer look at online misogyny, it’s now.