Wednesday, August 05, 2009

What's Wrong with Men?

Yet another act of violence against women perpetrated by a weak and insecure man:

The man who opened fire in a busy fitness center Tuesday evening, killing three women before committing suicide, had planned the attack for months because of frustration over his inability to find a girlfriend, according to a diary he posted online.

Two law enforcement officials confirmed reports that the gunman was George Sodini, 48, and they said the diary appeared to be legitimate, based on its contents.

In the diary, Mr. Sodini said that he had not had a girlfriend since 1984, and had not had sex since July 1990, when he was 29.

“I actually look good,” Mr. Sodini wrote in an entry dated Dec. 29, 2008. “I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne — yet 30 million women rejected me — over an 18 or 25-year period. That is how I see it. Thirty million is my rough guesstimate of how many desirable single women there are.

“A man needs a woman for confidence. He gets a boost on the job, career, with other men, and everywhere else when he knows inside he has someone to spend the night with and who is also a friend.”

Anybody who hasn't found somebody who would date them in 25 years has some serious issues, but Sodini apparently thought that the most logical conclusion was that all women everywhere were to blame for his woes. I read stories like this and find myself wondering what percentage of problems in the world are caused by weak and insecure men who have serious problems with women.


Nat-Wu said...

Uh, you know, somebody should have told him you don't need a girlfriend to have sex.

Nat-Wu said...

Bob Herbert's take on that.

Xanthippas said...

That's a good article. Though someone like Glenn Sacks might think the real problem is how men are depicted as buffoonish in sitcoms.