Re: male terrorism against females

Linda Purrington (
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 16:32:20 -0800

I got the impressionthe boys had told the girls they were going to die;
and that they were alert to where the girls would appear. Was the fire
alarm anticipated? pulled by a cohort? Linda <>

Marty Henry wrote:
> Just a note of information I do not see on many discussions of the
> ARkansas tragedy. In discussing the situation with three students from
> the school on the Today Show this morning, one male student said that
> the boys were in gym and music and exited the school by another door.
> There were no boys to be hit among the students who were shot at
> because they weren't in the rooms that exited to that side of the
> school.
> Let's be very careful about the assumptions we make until we check out
> the facts. I'm certain the young men were angry at girls, but that's
> not the reason only females were hit.
> Marty Henry <>
> ______________________________ Reply Separator
> Subject: Re: male terrorism against females
> Author: <> at Internet-Mail
> Date: 3/25/98 3:41 PM
> Actually, bashing girls does help enforce oppression, intimidation, and
> the entire system of male privilege. Witness the massacres of female
> students in Montreal, Kenya, and now in Arkansas. It is not male bashing
> to object angrily and in strong language to this kind of
> terrorism--which goes on daily in the schools over a wide spectrum of
> intensity. Yes, terrorism against women benefits all men. There is no
> equivalent form of bashing by women anywhere. the cry of male bashing is
> used (1) in ignorance of sociological and historical evidence, and (2)
> deliberately as a way to suppress women and women's rights activists.
> Linda Purrington Title IX Advocates <>
> andrea marcus wrote:
> >
> > Pointing out that things are more difficult for girls does not provide proof
> > that boys have an easy time of it either.
> >
> > Both boys and girls in this culture could use a little support and
> > acceptance of who they are. Bashing one has never benefitted the other.
> >
> > At 11:02 AM 3/24/98 -0800, you wrote:
> > >When I roused up about Title IX, one teacher
> > >remarked that he was said boys had to give up so much of their humanity
> > >to become men; this was one reply. thought you might be
> > >interested--Linda:
> > >
> > >"--- writes that he looks to the day that teaching will release
> > >boys from boy stereotypes so that " 'becoming a man' will no longer
> > >requires that we set aside so much of our humanity".
> > >
> > >---, becoming a man does not require you set aside your humanity. It
> > >heaps reward and profit on boys for setting aside their humanity, a
> > >reward and profit that boys and men can CHOOSE to give up any time they
> > >want.
> > >
> > >Boys graduating from high school right away make more money than girls
> > >graduating from college.. Boys can give up this money any time they
> > >want. Girls, however, are not free to take this collosal money
> > >difference from the boys.
> > >
> > >Teenage boys do an average of three hours work around the home every
> > >week. Their teenage sisters do an average of ten hours work around the
> > >home every week. Boys are completely free to increase their hours of
> > >work any time they want. Girls are not free to abdicate their chores.
> > >
> > >It is outrageous to say that boys are REQUIRED to take more than their
> > >share of the playground, hog the computors, rape girls, make more money
> > >than girls, have later curfew, do hugely less hours of housework than
> > >girls and use or condone violence to keep this grossly unequal system in
> > >place. Boys (and men) are FREE to give up these activities any time they
> > >want. But they don't want to because these activities give them so much
> > >reward and profit and power.
> > >
> > >Girls are not free to take back the playground and computors from boys
> > >who bully, they can't stop the nearly million rapes of girls every
> > >year, nor are they free to take their share of the money back, nor to
> > >stop the exploitation of their labor in the home, nor extend their
> > >curfew to equal the boys, nor stop the violence of boys.
> > >
> > >---is also frustrated because there isn't much in the research on
> > >the raising of boys!!!!!!!
> > >
> > >Does --- choose to ignore the entire canon of human history, of
> > >psychology, of pedagogy? All of which is based on the study of boys. And
> > >now in the smallest sliver of recent time we have a few dozen books on
> > >girls and --- and so many other "nontraditional males"
> > >take their outsized share of free time in the world and their hugely
> > >outsized share of media access and they cry victim.
> > >
> Marie de Santis
> > >
> > >

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