A few days ago, the young 22 years old Elliot Rodger murdered seven people in the city of Santa Barbara in California. The man, as part of that disturbed wave of public and spontaneous murders in the United States, took a gun and a knife and attacked innocent civilians in the city, committing suicide later. Rodger, who suffered from Asperger’s, sent a deranged manifesto by email in which he explained why he committed the act: women should be punished.
Delirious, he explained the reasons for his sickly mass murder. He had chosen the University of Santa Barbara for the parties and sex he never got and because of this he hated women and blamed them for his unhappiness due to being rejected many times in the sexual field. Rodger felt that women were semi-human bestial animals that didn’t deserve rights and that should be eliminated in a holocaust. He also hated to see happy couples or young people enjoying life and for this he attacked many strangers with hot drinks long before the killings. In addition, the young man was racist.
Many people blamed Asperger’s, a type of autism that he had, as being behind the murder. Asperger’s is not a personality disorder and much less a disease that makes people commit such inhumane acts. To say that this syndrome was the cause of the brutal act is a backward bias of pre-Civil Rights days. The real plague behind this murder is hedonism and the objectification of the body in modern culture.
Why did Rodger picked that university in the first place? He sought sex and partying. He is one of the results of what the media sell us (He decided that university after seeing a film about college sex). We have become a culture that does not respect human dignity and objectifies women and men. Rodger had those sexist points of view loaded with misogyny because of what the media has made of omen: men’s sexual prizes won by strength and sensuality. Our culture sells us sex as a mere hedonistic adventure in which the other member is a mere object of pleasure, a mere toy. It has lost all perception of love and depth in the personality and spirit of the person who commits the sexual act. Our outrageously promiscuous culture, that through this superficial hedonism transformed the promiscuous person into a sex toy shared by many people who only earn pleasure with the warm body of the other person, has turned us all into prizes and objects without personality or feelings. We are becoming more like Don Draper and less like Romeo and Juliet.
Here I am not talking about abstinence but about respect to the body (People are entitled to have sex when there is love and respect for the persona of the other). Rodger drowned himself in a culture where only pleasure and not the person matters. It is a total return to matter and not to the mind. We are people with bags over our faces.
Our culture teaches us that a sentimental bond isn’t required with a sexual partner, that only those with physical qualities can get "love ", and that in human relationships only matter matters. Many " feminists" even support this wild promiscuity, which really turn women into reused toys and hunting loots. These vain and superficial teachings and bestial, sexist and barbaric hedonism have created monsters like Rodger. We live in a culture that does not respect women, the body, and the sentimental bond in human couples and while we live in a world of people with bags over their faces, monsters will continue to be born.