Title: Kill all feminist bitches [this title is the one to be used in the Western News, thanks]




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Letter to the editor, Western News, UWO. submitted 19 Oct 07 (not published)

Title: Kill all feminist bitches

[this title is the one to be used in the Western News, thanks]

In her letter of Sept 24 (Feminism, letter writer misrepresented) Jenna Owsianik says that I had no reason to be critical of her comments about Marc Lépine. But in her original letter she had referred to “the normalization and acceptance of gender violence” [in the infamous Gazette’s spoof article] “reminiscent,” she claims, “of Mark Lépine's desire to 'kill all feminist bitches’.” I think she erred on this one. As I understand it, it wasn’t Marc Lépine who spoke those words; nor did he write them. Graffiti with those words appeared on Western’s campus, apparently, soon after news of the killings broke, However, as Owsanik suggests elsewhere, it may not always be clear whether such pranksters are male or female.

Owsianik also questions whether the women killed by Mark Lépine saw themselves as feminists. The answer to that is no, they didn’t appear to, but all of them – the 12 engineering students, the female data processor and the nursing student – have been granted the status of ‘feminist’ in some writings I have read. “Does that even matter?” Owsianik asks, of how the women saw themselves. Yes. I don’t believe ‘feminist’ should be used as a label for women who happened to be caught in the line of fire while pursuing non-traditional occupations. Surely to be a feminist requires that one have some knowledge of feminist theory, its history, and ideally an awareness of how this movement and ways of thinking have impacted on society. Owsianik argues that she originally brought up Marc Lépine because he had blamed feminists for ruining his life. I don’t know what that’s got to do with this issue of sexism and violence, but is that any different than women/feminists blaming men for ruining their lives? Is she trying to suggest feminists hadn’t ruined his life, or that if they had, that he should have tried harder in other ways to reach them, or find a different path in life, even if it would mean he would remain unfulfilled?
I understand how Marc Lépine must have felt, and how easy it is for people to manipulate and destroy people’s reputations. A few months ago, when I first applied to the local university to teach, I made contact with a professor in the department, someone whose name I was familiar with from hearing about him at Western many years ago. It wasn’t long before the police were on my doorstep. The prof had apparently felt threatened by my reference to my website, The Montreal Massacre, and forwarded my emails to a couple of female colleagues. Naturally, any chance I had to make use of my education by teaching there disappeared with that one misunderstanding.
I know the type of women Owsianik refers to, who seem to have lost a sense of themselves as women. And it seems to me that women must quite often have to be pressured into heterosexual activity, and not just by men but by women too. It must sometimes be difficult under such circumstances to maintain a sense of oneself that reflects one worth both as a human being and a woman. I should add that the further complexity of age and marital status also add to the difficulty. But I’m not as sure as she is that patriarchal influence on heterosexuality is the main problem. It’s more likely that when the thoughts of work or careers are introduced, one’s sexuality, of whatever form, stands the risk of losing its original meaning and significance.
Sue McPherson HBA Western ’93; MA Windsor ’02

Oshawa, ON


See also, ‘Titles on Western News Articles’: http://www.samcpherson.net/files/LetterstoEditors/2007TitlesWesternNews.doc
This page is being made available through Sue McPherson's website: http://www.SAMcPherson.net

Date posted: 28 May 2008


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