Dartmouth prof doesn’t hold back

Following the Isla Vista shooting this week, Jeff Sharlet, Dartmouth English prof (and author, Harper’s contributing editor, etc.) took to Twitter to discuss the tragic event. Like others, he linked Elliot Rodger’s shooting to the pervasive destructiveness of misogyny. Unlike others, he compared Rodger to sexual assailants at Dartmouth:

We followed up with Sharlet for further explanation of the tweet’s idea, and he went in on both Rodger and rapists.

Rape and murder are different crimes, of course, but rape and Rodger’s decision to kill women seem to me likely rooted in the same pervasive misogyny, a sense of some or all women as less than human. I’m distressed by those who’d dismiss Rodger as nothing but a monstrous outlier. The logic of hate he took to its most extreme end is the same of that of the rapist, and, yes, of that of those who apologize for rapists. 

Dartmouth’s attempts to change their culture appear to be working, at least for the professors.

Update 2:00 pm Sharlet has a little more to say:


5 Responses to “Dartmouth prof doesn’t hold back”

  1. test Says:

    Rodger, a man, killed four men and two women. How is that misogyny?

    Oh, that’s right. The men were racial minorities and the women were white and photogenic. Glad to see we cleared that up.

  2. Susy Struble Says:

    A good related paper to read is Nancy Cantalupo’s “Campus Violence: Understanding the Extraordinary Through the Ordinary”

  3. Hello Says:

    If you read Elliot Rodger manifesto, he specifically says he wants to target beautiful women in his killing spree. He even says “Women are like a plague. They don’t deserve to have any rights . . . Women are vicious, evil, barbaric animals, and they need to be treated as such.” That is the very definition of misogyny.

  4. test Says:

    So you’re saying that it’s irrelevant that he killed four men?

    Thanks for proving my point.

  5. D'14 Says:

    I hate that our administration allows certain professors to publicly drag the College’s name through the mud.

    World of difference, but I think of the severely narcissistic and sociopathic murderer, Elliot Rodger, the same way I think of Jeff Sharlet because my perception of reality is shaped by my preconceived notions of Jeffy being cognitively impaired.

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