Twenty-three years ago today, December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine murdered fourteen women and wounded ten women. He entered École Polytechnique de Montréal with a Ruger Mini-14 and a hunting knife for the purpose of “fighting feminism” by murdering the female engineering students there. He began his violence in a classroom where first he ordered the students to separate into men and women. He asked the female students in French if they knew why he had singled them out. One student answered no, and Lépine explained, “I am fighting feminism.” Nathalie Provost attempted to defuse the situation: “Look, we are just women studying engineering, not necessarily feminists ready to march on the streets to shout we are against men, just students intent on leading a normal life.” Lépine replied, “You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.” He opened fire and killed six women. Lépine continued through the school, committing more murders and assaults (gun and knife). Finally he killed himself. Contained in his suicide note was a hit list of nineteen more Quebec women whom he considered feminist figures.
On December 6, we remember the women whom Marc Lépine killed:
Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
and the women who lived who suffered from his violence.
In response to the École Polytechnique massacre, Canada designated December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day we also remember all violence against women: we call attention to partner abuse and violence against women which is especially overlooked, like the violence so many Aboriginal women face.
- Aboriginal women are almost three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report being the victim of a violent crime, including spousal violence.
- In 2009, close to two-thirds of Aboriginal female victims were aged 15 to 34. This age group accounted for just under half of the total female Aboriginal population over age 15 living in the 10 provinces.
- Among victims of spousal violence, six in 10 Aboriginal women reported being injured in the five years preceding the survey; the proportion was four in 10 among non-Aboriginal women.
- Over three-quarters of non-spousal incidents of violence against Aboriginal women are not reported to police.
funny that men mock women going everywhere in groups
but we’re not supposed to go out alone otherwise we might be blamed for our own rape, our own murder.
I left a big point out in my previous post, mostly because I was blogging from work ( shhh! don’t tell. ).
When MRAs starting talking about father’s rights, family law reform, etc. I want you to pay special attention to the things they say. You will notice a theme.
The theme is: controlling women. MRAs don’t really want improved parental rights. What they want is another way to control and victimize women. I have seen these discussions over and over again.
Every time some bro whines because “What if I want to be a dad and she wants an abortion? I should be able to have a say!” What this translates to is, “I don’t care what she wants. I don’t care about her body, health, or life. I care about being able to force my wants on her.”
Then there are those that will say, “Well, I’ll take her to court if she won’t let me X, Y, Z when it comes to my kid!” What this translates to is, “I can’t be a mature adult and suggest we try to settle this dispute amicably. Instead, I will threaten her with expensive legal action that will take time away from her job and life.”
All of this talk about how it’s so unfair that a woman ( sorry that this is ciscentric. Not only women can have children. ) can decide to abort or that a woman is receiving child support payments. All of it is really buttfrustrated sexist, misogynistic little assholes upset over the fact that they can’t control a woman’s choices. So they use threats, emotional blackmail, unnecessary legal action, and other means to desperately try and control these women who DARE to try have some control over their own lives and the lives of their children.
Rarely do I see MRAs talking about the kids in these situations. It’s ALWAYS about how unfair things are for men and what horrible, trickster, lying bitches women are.
That’s how you can tell that MRAs don’t really care about this shit. Because they don’t even address the real issue: Being a parent means making the best decision for your child, even if it’s something that you don’t want to do. And threatening to use your children to hurt the other parent is always shitty and always the sign of someone who doesn’t really give a shit about their children’s quality of life.
Shevil fempire contributors/inspirations/friends appeared on Al Jazeera English earlier this week! Rebecca Watson and David Futrelle discuss online misogyny.
TRIGGER WARNING for discussion of recent threads regarding rape on reddit.