Jamelle already tackled this pretty deftly, but it bears repeating how ridiculous this argument by Blackneck at Daily Mathematics is.
Last week, this dude, George Sodini, went apeshit in a Pittsburgh LA Fitness health club and shot up the joint, killing 3 women before murking himself. News of his blog rantings about his problems and planned “shoot ‘em up” spread like crazy on the internets and old media systems. The running theory is that he’s a little crazy and was pissed at women for not giving him any ass. I’m thinking the problem was that he was just plain batshit, but let’s run with the no sex angle.
The reason this dude didn’t get any of that nook-nook is sort of a chicken and egg question: -Did dude not get any ass because he was crazy? I know women have a great sense of intuition and the fact that he had the propensity to go Columbine might have set off women’s senses not to fuck with him. That was probably was the case with that Virginia Tech kid too… And the Columbine kids. -Or was he crazy because he didn’t get any ass? A dry spell of a few months might make a nigga flip out. But nineteen years would probably send the Pope on some Helter Skelter type shit. It’s just not natural. I don’t need to search the internets to know that there are of plenty psychological studies that show that sex depravation will drive a person crazy. Just think: old people and a house full of cats… or homeless people who mumble to themselves. Dudes who can’t get any on their own power should have unfettered access the world’s oldest profession. For those who have a medical case of not non-pussy-getting, like Sodini, there should be a public option.
*Sex is as important to the human species as protein and not being eaten by lions. Obviously, you can’t buy a steak from just ol’ anywhere to get your protein. The place you buy your meat is controlled by some government Health Department. The place that slaughtered the animal is controlled by Food and Drug Administration -as is the place that housed and fed the cows from the day they were born. Steak isn’t illegal, it’s regulated. And in some parts of the world, including some parts of this country, prostitution isn’t illegal, it’s regulated. Though inadvertent, don’t think the irony of comparing prostitution to the meat industry is lost on me, either. But if we take a lesson from our friends in Amsterdam who have legalized prostitution, their working girls are licensed and constantly medically screened by the government. Their industry exists in an open market so there are little to no instances of murder or physical abuse … unless that’s what you paid for. Why not get a government agency to regulate prostitution in the US? This would probably be one of the few agencies that would operate without needing funding.
How exactly does it follow that him having sex would have kept a raging misogynist from going on a homicidal rampage? This is akin to telling an anorexic that they really just need to eat; his relationship to the objects of his obsession was fundamentally out of wack, but the object isn’t the problem. Sodini, like lots of violent misogynists, would probably have been capable of having sex with women and deploring them (and being violent with them) at the same time. And there are the thousands of dudes (Blackneck sees involuntary celibacy as a problem only inasmuch as it affects dudes) who are socially maladroit to the point of being romantically isolated that still manage to not go on killing sprees. This isn’t about sex — which, of course, no one is entitled to. This is about misogyny.
I also thought this was rich:
Though inadvertent, don’t think the irony of comparing prostitution to the meat industry is lost on me, either.
It’s ain’t really inadvertent if you acknowledge that you’re doing it, homie.
UPDATE: Thembi points out that the post is labelled “satire” at the bottom. Shani points to a Dan Savage column in which the sex columnist makes the same point Blackneck does, albeit in earnest.
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