Misogyny before, during and after

Although I have not followed the recent spree shooting in Oakland California this week, I am completely appalled at the misogny in some of the media reports.

From the BBC:

Oakland gunman ‘targeted school official’

The man suspected of shooting seven people dead and injuring three more at a university in Oakland had been teased over his poor English, police say.

One L Goh, 43, felt “disrespected” and “isolated”, and was expelled from the school for behavioural problems, Police Chief Howard Jordan said on Tuesday.

He was allegedly looking for a female official when the shooting took place on Monday at Oikos University.

The former student surrendered at a supermarket in nearby Alameda city.

“They disrespected him, laughed at him,” Mr Jordan said. “They made fun of his lack of English-speaking skills. It made him feel isolated compared to the other students.”

The police chief added that Mr Goh dragged the university secretary into a classroom, told people to line up, and began shooting when some people did not co-operate.

‘Chaotic, calculated’

The suspect arrived at the university at about 10:30 (17:30 GMT) on Monday with the “the intent of locating an administrator. He then went through the entire building systematically and randomly shooting people,” Mr Jordan told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Tuesday.

“We’ve learned that the suspect was upset with the administration at the school. He was also upset that students in the past, when he attended the school, mistreated him, disrespected him, and things of that nature.

“He was having, we believe, some behavioural problems at the school and was asked to leave several months ago.”

Mr Jordan described the suspect as a “chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman”, adding that it was the gunman’s intention to kill people.

Five people died at the scene, and two died later at the hospital. Three wounded victims have been released from hospital.

According to the police chief, the victims ranged in age from 21 to 40.

Among the dead were six women and one man, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some are believed to have been foreigners – from Korea, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines. Officials have not released the names of the victims.

Local media have described the gunman as an American man of Korean origin, who does not have a criminal record.

Mr Goh has some outstanding debts and minor traffic offences in Virginia, where he used to live.

He appears to have been planning the attack for weeks, police say.

He is currently being held without bail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and carjacking, and is expected to be formally charged in court on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Police say they are still looking for the weapon used during the attack, using a robot to search a nearby estuary. Mr Jordan has described it as a semi-automatic handgun that was purchased legally.

A memorial service is scheduled for 18:00 local time on Tuesday evening.

The attack comes after an Ohio high school student opened fire on fellow students in February, killing three and injuring six.

Firstly this:

He was allegedly looking for a female official when the shooting took place on Monday at Oikos University.

So what are they saying, that it is this woman’s fault for not being there and being shot, so he had to take it out on other ‘people’? How about blaming the gunman?

The Police Chief interviewed gives his insight:

“They disrespected him, laughed at him,” Mr Jordan said. “They made fun of his lack of English-speaking skills. It made him feel isolated compared to the other students.”

Really? Considering this was a mixed campus of all different backgrounds (victims from Korea, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines) so I really doubt the Police Chief’s hypothesis of laughing at his English. Also, this is another bit of attempted victim-blaming, that the victims somehow brought it upon themselves by their behaviour.

Another report, from the SFGate says:

An unusual portrait emerged of Goh, with his nursing instructor saying that he was consumed by an inability to get along with women before he left the school a few months ago. The teacher, Romie Delariman of San Leandro, said Goh didn’t fit in at a college where women make up the vast majority of the nursing faculty and student body.

Delariman said Goh – a former construction worker with a string of debts but no criminal record that would keep him from buying a gun – was a good and eager student. But he added, “He just can’t deal with women. … I always advised him, ‘You go to school to learn, not to make friends.’ ”

The instructor said Goh was also “mentally unstable” and paranoid. He sometimes spoke of violence, saying he had picked fights with people on the street and had carried a gun with him for protection, Delariman said.

[…]

Jordan said Goh had been expelled from the university several months ago, possibly for “behavioral problems” or for not being able to control his anger.

“We do know he was upset at several students due to how he was treated at the school,” Jordan said.

Delariman said it was his understanding that Goh had quit the school. He disputed accounts that Goh had been picked on due to his imperfect English.

“He can’t get along with people,” Delariman said. “If you say, ‘How are you?’ he’ll say, ‘Why? Don’t I look OK? Did I do something to you?’ “

There it is, he could not ‘get along with’ women. Mentally unstable, paranoid, anger issues and violent tendancies (although I believe he was expelled rather than left). Given the female-dominated nature of nursing, not ‘getting along’ with women is a faily major issue. However, I would posit it was more than that, that Goh either frightened and/or forced his intentions on his female classmates, which would have been why he was expelled from the college.

It is worth pointing out that they only male victim among the dead was the man whose vehicle was carjacked during Goh’s getaway:

Goh killed his only male victim – Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco – while carjacking his Honda Accord, police said.

So there we have it. A male, with an antisocial personality disorder (and particularly misogynist attitudes towards females) goes on a spree shooting to ‘punish’ as many females that he could. The officials like the Police Chief, add their own misogyny to the mix by trying to infer it was the behaviour of the victims that caused these events. Then the media faithfully relay the misogyny, but at the same time also disguise it.

Related link:
Coverage of One Goh Murders Invisibilizes Male Violence Against Females – Again

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11 thoughts on “Misogyny before, during and after

  1. The lack (or refusal) of analysis among police and news reports is appalling. The significance that all of his victims, save for the man killed in the carjacking, are women seems to utterly escape them. If all the victims were trans women, of course, they would have acknowledged the murders for what they were yet murdering women is never considered a hate crime or really any big deal.
    The police are even eager to look at in the context of ethnicity and say that because he is Korean, he of course was the true victim. The poor, lonely man. For goodness sakes. Women are disrespected, laughed at, and isolated ALL THE FRICKING TIME! We don’t get use that as an excuse to go on a killing spree.
    The amount of victim blaming, denial, and misogyny in this article makes me completely sick. Thanks for widening my eyes a bit more to the type of world we live in.
    There can’t be any change if women don’t know what truly goes on.

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  2. Thanks for this Davina. I had a suspicion this misogynist male who murdered six women and just one male (who was not targetted because of his sex) had committed femicide but malestream media initially didn’t report sex of victims. Know I know why.

    Typical male supremacist tactic to excuse/justify/miminalise yet another women-hating male – the male femicide murderer was suffering from psychological problems! That means majority of men who believe women exist to serve them 24/7 are all suffering from psychological disorders and all should be immediately sectioned.

    Another common male supremacist tactic is to claim every time a male murders a woman/women these men’s lethal acts of women-hating are all isolated incidents and have no relation whatsoever to sex of female victim(s).

    Women have always been blamed for men’s lethal hatred of women and now male supremacist system is blatantly declaring ‘yes you women are to blame for men’s violence committed against you.’ Women are expected to cater to men’s demands 24/7 because we are not human.

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  3. They DISRESPECTED HIM. Don’t disrespect men, ladies, or they will be forced to kill you. Always puff up their egos, even when they are so stupid they flip out over being asked perfectly normal, every day questions like “How are you?” Always be polite and kind, even when they are having shrieking tantrums over flunking out of a school where all the woman students are doing better (it doesn’t say explicitly but I’m betting he was at the bottom of his class.) Remember! Always let the man win!

    Or he will shoot you.

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  4. They have to paint it like this, because men want women threatened with execution if we don’t kowtow to them or appease them. They think it’s a fitting punishment and are probably glad the scumbag did this.

    “An unusual portrait emerged of Goh, with his nursing instructor saying that he was consumed by an inability to get along with women before he left the school a few months ago. The teacher, Romie Delariman of San Leandro, said Goh didn’t fit in at a college where women make up the vast majority of the nursing faculty and student body.”

    Another man who sees all women groups as harems to help himself to and gets violently aggressive when it doesn’t go his way. Well murderous actually.

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  5. “An unusual portrait emerged…”

    Well, not really unusual is it? Typical male with male superiority complex over females. When it is proven that he isn’t as superior as he thinks he is, he will avenge his anger upon them. In this case, all the female fatalities were female students. The only male fatality was of course, the carjacking victim when Goh was making his getaway.

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  6. When these school/employment type shootings first started becoming a regular occurance (what, 15? years ago?), I noticed that at first, the names and photos of the victims were routinely published . And the victims were mostly female. Very soon thereafter, most media outlets decided not to publish the names or photos of the victims.

    But every once in a some small outlet media will post the names or pictures of the victims, and I suspect that the only reason they do, is because the death toll in that particular case was more evenly distributed by sex. But again, publishing the names hardly ever happens anymore.

    How would someone find out the names of the victims, if they wanted to? Shouldn’t that sorta kinda be public information?

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  7. “every once in a WHILE”. typo. Anyway. Remember the Ammish shootings? The murderer let all the boys go, lined up all the girls against the wall (I think he might have sexually assualted a couple) and then shot them. The media totally ignored the misogyny. Never even mentioned it.

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