WHITE MAN'S BURDEN  2:50 pm December 18, 2012

New York Times Op-Ed: Young Men Shoot Children Because Women, Coloreds, Not Sufficiently Deferent

by Kris E. Benson

white man's burden As you may or may not know, the New York Times is publishing a series of essays this week that purport to “examine the ethical, social and humanitarian implications of the use, possession and regulation of weapons.” It is only Tuesday, so the tide could turn, but let us note that we are not off to a great start. Yesterday’s essay was by Christy Wampole, an associate professor at Princeton whose interests include (among other things)the extent to which the root metaphor becomes erroneously literalized and used as a justification for everything from ultra-conservative nationalism to claims of hereditary inferiority of certain class and ethnic groups.” (In other words, image or narrative that shapes a person’s worldview and how it is used to justify racism and classism.)

So it’s kind of surprising that her essay is SO TOTALLY STUPID, given that she supposedly has thought about ultra-right wing nationalism a lot, and written about it in academic publications, and got a job at Princeton for it.

And also, you’ll notice that the essay has nothing to do with the ethical implications of unrestrained access to firearms. Nothing. Her essay is on the “decline of white men,” and she argues that white men commit mass murder with automatic weapons because—seriously—women and people of color are insufficiently deferent to white men these days, and also too because white men now have to actually work for stuff they used to just get for free by virtue of being white men. Here, watch as we show you how easy it is, apparently, to get a tenured position at Princeton and get published in the New York Times.

There is something about life in the United States, it seems, that is conducive to young men planning and executing large-scale massacres. But the reasons elude us.

The first reaction to the horror and bloodshed of a mass killing like the one in Newtown, Conn., is a rekindling of the gun control debate. I happen to believe, along with many others, that the repeated mandate we give to the National Rifle Association and its lobby, and the complacency with which we allow our politicians to be subject to the will of gun manufacturers is odious.

OK, so far so good, right? But wait for it:

In the United States, the angry white man has usurped the angry black man.

We thought that the “angry black man” was a racist caricature unsupported by any evidence that black men were any more or less angry than non-black men, but no, apparently there really ARE black men who are angry, and the thing is, their anger is cute and all? But they’re just not doing a very good job of SHOWING how angry they are these days. White men are doing it MUCH MUCH better and more effectively, so we have the “angry white man.” So what happens if we limit their access to automatic weapons? Nothing, because they are so very very depressed, these white men.

Limiting access to weapons is certainly a pragmatic albeit incomplete solution to the United States’ propensity for murder. However, were the guns to vanish instantaneously, the specter that haunts our young men would still hover in silence, darkly.

What is it that touches them?

YOUR MOM!

Sorry. Anyway, the premise of her argument is that white men are just so angry and messed up that taking away their guns isn’t going to solve the problem due to this dark specter that touches them in silence. Christy Wampole has a lot of credibility when it comes to assessing the anger specific to white men because she is from Texas, this is her source of authority on the matter. She is from Texas, and she can extrapolate from her experiences there that the white man as a social category is “having a hard time of it.”

I come from a small town near Fort Worth, Texas. In this region, like many others across the United States, young men are having a very hard time of it. When I consider how all of the people I knew there are faring, including my own family members, the women have come out considerably better than the men. While many of the women were pregnant in high school and have struggled with abusive relationships, financial hardships and addictions, they’ve often found ways to make their lives work, at least provisionally, and to live with their children if not provide for them in more substantial ways.

The same cannot be said for many young men in the region, who are often absent fathers of multiple children by multiple women, unemployed or underemployed, sullen and full of rage. While every woman in my family has done O.K. in the end, every man on one side of my family except for my grandfather has spent time in jail, abused drugs or alcohol, suffered from acute depression, or all of the above. Furthermore, pervasive methamphetamine use, alcoholism, physical and psychological abuse and severe depression have swept not only my hometown and my region but large segments of the United States. If this pattern is not familiar to you personally, I am certain it is the lived experience of someone you know.

And if this is the lived experience of someone you know that’s non-white or non-male, it doesn’t count, OK?

Also, where did she get this idea that women are any less likely than men to suffer from drug addiction, or that black men are any less likely than white men to “spend time in jail, abuse drugs or alcohol, suffer from acute depression, or all of the above”? We don’t know, probably from anecdotal experiences, which is not a substitute for data. She admits this in the next paragraph but decides that it is still a “root metaphor” (ahem) that should shape her worldview, and also ours.

This is merely anecdotal evidence, not social science, but I believe that it is indicative of a sort of infection spreading in our collective brain, one that whispers to the American subconscious: “The young men are in decline.” They were once our heroes, our young and shining fathers, our sweet brothers, our tireless athletes, our fearless warriors, the brains of our institutions, the makers of our wares, the movers of our world. In the Western imagination, the valiance of symbolically charged figures like Homer’s Ulysses or the Knights of the Round Table remained unquestioned since their conception. However, as centuries progressed and stable categories faltered, the hero figure faces increasing precarity. Even if we consider the 20th century alone, we see this shift from World War II, when the categories of good and evil were firm, to later conflicts like the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, involving a disparity between what the government believed to be right and what much of the civilian population did.

What the fuck is a “shining father”? Also, translation: “those dirty hippies ruined EVERYTHING for EVERYONE because they didn’t want to go to Viet Nam to be cannon fodder, how DARE they destabilize the notion that ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are absolute categories?” This, ladies and gentleman, is from someone who is alleged to have read a lot of French philosophy and claims to write about nationalism, racism, and classism.

There are more paragraphs that are really stupid, let’s skip ahead to the most stupid paragraphs.

I would argue that maleness and whiteness are commodities in decline. And while those of us who are not male or white have enjoyed some benefits from their decline, the sort of violence and murder that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary will continue to occur if we do not find a way to carry them along with us in our successes rather than leaving them behind.

For women, things are looking up. We can vote, we can make more choices about our bodies than in decades past, we’ve made significant progress regarding fair pay, and more women are involved in American politics than ever before. The same can be said for minorities. However, because resources are limited, gains for women and minorities necessarily equal losses for white males. Even if this feels intuitively fair to many, including those white males who are happy to share resources for the greater benefit of the nation as a whole, it must feel absolutely distressing for those who are uncomfortable with change and who have a difficult time adjusting to the inevitable reordering of society.

The white man is in DECLINE, everyone. Pay no attention to the fact that women are less than 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs, that roughly 20% of tenured professors at four year universities are women, and that there are only 11 women of color serving as active Federal judges across the country. Also too, pay no mind to the fact that we have only had six black senators in the entire history of our country, and that mothers earn 14% less than other working women. Don’t worry about ANY of that stuff, because her family? In Texas? Is full of fuck-ups, but only the men are fuck-ups, so this means that all white men are in decline.

From the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s and onward, young men – and young white men in particular – have increasingly been asked to yield what they’d believed was securely theirs. This underlying fact, compounded by the backdrop of violent entertainment and easy access to weapons, creates the conditions for thousands of young men to consider their future prospects and decide they would rather destroy than create.

Can you imagine being in the shoes of the one who feels his power slipping away? Who can find nothing stable to believe in? Who feels himself becoming unnecessary? That powerlessness and fear ties a dark knot in his stomach. As this knot thickens, a centripetal hatred moves inward toward the self as a centrifugal hatred is cast outward at others: his parents, his girlfriend, his boss, his classmates, society, life.

CAN YOU IMAGINE?? Also this is really terrible writing: what is centripetal hatred? Who knows, but basically, the fact that one in four women will experience “severe” intimate partner violence can be attributed to the fact that white men are so very SAD that they have to share their toys with women and black people. But it’s cool, there’s a solution, and it is to engage in a “coordinated cultivation” of an “empathic habit.”

A partial solution to these toxic circumstances could be a coordinated cultivation of what might be called an empathic habit. Most people surely felt an impulsive empathy for the parents and survivors involved in the Sandy Hook massacre, as shown by the countless memorial services and candlelight vigils that took place after the murders. But empathy could help best if exercised before rather than after such tragedies.

Empathy could serve many of us: those who have not yet put themselves in the position of a person who is losing their power and those who can aim a gun at someone without imagining themselves on the other end of the barrel. For those of us who belong to a demographic that is doing increasingly better, a trained empathic reflex toward those we know to be losing for our gains could lead to a more deferential attitude on our part and could constitute an invitation for them to stay with us. To delight in their losses and aim at them the question, “How does it feel?” will only trigger a cycle of resentment and plant the seeds for vengeance. It is crucial to accommodate the pain of others….If students have no access to an empathic model at home, they would at least be exposed to it in the classroom. In the workplace, the C.E.O. must be able to put herself in the position of the lowest ranked employee and vice versa. Victims and victors must engage in the hypothetical practice that forces each to acknowledge the others’ fortunes and misfortunes.

What is this “misfortune” that afflicts white men but not women or people of color? Well, people are not sufficiently deferent to white men anymore. And we can fix these school massacres not by limiting access to guns or increasing the availability of mental health care, but by being a LITTLE MORE SENSITIVE to the plight of white men.

Can I remind you once again that this person is an ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR at Princeton? And has apparently thought a lot about nationalism, racism, classism, and fascism, given that it is on her faculty page as a core interest? And THIS is what she came up with.  So aim higher guys, it’s apparently not that hard to be a professor at Princeton and to publish in the New York Times.

[New York Times]

 

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{ 268 comments }

Allmighty_Manos December 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

You know who else was a young, white man once

Tequila Mockingbird December 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Michael Jackson?

SorosBot December 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Not Steve Martin; he was born a poor black child.

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Jesus? Before he wrote the Constitution, of course.

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Bob Dole

bikerlaureate December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Roberta Muldoon.

BlueMonkeh December 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

john boehner?

JustPixelz December 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Anatole Broyard

RadioBitchFace December 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Pope Ratzi?

iburl December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Eddie Murphy

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Lana Wachowski?

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Nice!

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

As an aside, I love seeing her in stories cause she looks so happy.

Good for her!

sundaytrucker December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The Fonz? It's gotta be the Fonz this time.

ProgressiveInga December 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Hedda Lettuce?

trampndirtdown December 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Ann Coulter?

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

John Wayne Gacy?

delaney_blom December 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Chaz Bono?

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Keith Richards?

Biff December 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Barack Hussein Obama's maternal grandfather?

unclejeems December 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Um, Francisco Franco?

Callyson December 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Ann Coulter?

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

Jesus before he learned he was Jew?

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Lindsey Graham

StillGoinGreen December 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

It's about time SOMEONE understood the plight of us poor, underappreciated white men. You have no idea how trying my life at the top has been!!

ButthurtWingers2012 December 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

No shit…all that pressure to be rich and privileged with your hand on every single lever of power save one (and Barry is half white guy to boot). I mean…it's hard for white guys to even consider ourselves ubermensch anymore what with the same near total control over this country that we had 30 years ago….man, they sure do hire dumb ones at Princeton, don't they? I mean…I went to a state school and I could EASILY write a more impressive essay than this piece of shit; I can haz Princeton now?

AlterNewt December 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

"I come from a small town near Fort Worth, Texas."

Well, there you go.

Oblios_Cap December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Must be talking about that hole-in-the wall called Dallas.

StillGoinGreen December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I actually wrote the article, but NYT messed up my nom de plume… it was supposed to be "Pissy Swamphole". Goddamned liberal New Yorkers!

Jus_Wonderin December 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This is the first stage, isn't it?

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Now, if only we could get her to go back there…

PinkoPopulist December 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Can take the girl out of the country…

hagajim December 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I now remember why I chose not to become a college professor. Pompous jackasses, each and every one – or almost each and every one anyway. But, because I chose not to become a professor I am now an angry white man – not.

ButthurtWingers2012 December 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Well now I did have a professor who was/is geek sexy….she sported the glasses and nerd girl obsession with European history. Maybe I'm just lucky but my experience with insufferable, pompous asshole professors has been incredibly limited…I had a geology professor who was/is a rude, condescending asshole. Mostly I just chalked that up to the whole "scientists aren't into public relations" thing…I guess I'd have to head over to Berkley, the Ivy League and especially Illinios-Chicago to find the real douchebags…Harvard for certain, their economists seem to all be wingnuts.

BaldarTFlagass December 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

♫ Y'all don't know what it's like,
Bein' male, middle class and white.
Makes me wanna say
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK! ♪

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

It's alright though, you got Jackson Cannery.

SorosBot December 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

So wait, since a lot of white men are racist, misogynist violent asswipes, are we supposed to just go back to saying "sucks to be you!" to all women and minorities?

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I think she is saying I'm supposed to rub your head patronizingly after you accept my proffered dollar with your grimy, white hands.

ButthurtWingers2012 December 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

well no…the best I can gather from the mountain of bullshit that spewed from this woman is apparently white guys just need compassion and understanding when they are angry/violent racist, misogynist asswipes. Essentially the best I can gather is she is advocating everyone else play concern troll or something. I dunno…I just downloaded the column for use as lawn fertilizer because in the PacNW winter= grass groin' time!

Tequila Mockingbird December 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

The obvious solution here is for mothers to just stop throwing their male babies into rivers.

Oblios_Cap December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Or take your hand off their fucking ankles before you dip them in the River Styx.

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

Real deep thoughts, tequila ….

BaldarTFlagass December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Today, we are all Mickey Knox.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

One man's shooting spree is another man's scorched-earth policy.

snowpointsecret December 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

By her logic, she shouldn't have a job because she's a woman, in order to save the country. Nice thinking you've got going there.

HouseOfTheBlueLights December 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Her job is to make the coffee for the 80% of the faculty who are white men.

tabouley December 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

It's the same ole' crap, if women and minorities gain certain rights that white men have had for thousands of years, men, and then society as a whole, will suffer.
It's similar to trickle down theory: "Please give those in power what they want, when they want it, and do not complain, ever. They will then throw you an occasional bone, for which you should be grateful". Oh, you want more than a dry crust? You are upsetting the social order, which inevitabily leads to low sperm count, (along with loss of POE), anarchy, and now, massacres.
This stuff has been out there for years, recycled by anxious, 3rd rate academics like this young lady above.

BaldarTFlagass December 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I'm white, but not so much angry as mildly annoyed (for the most part).

Oblios_Cap December 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I'm tanned, so I'm a little off-white. And grouchy.

Blueb4sinrise December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This gets me miffed, bordering on petulant.

elviouslyqueer December 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I'm snarky, with just a soupçon of bitchy.

Mumbletypeg December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

soupçon

"fap fap fap fap fap fap…" Richard Cohen, Washington Post

FraAnima December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I'm pinkish, with a splitting headache, which this academic idiot did nothing to alleviate.

emmelemm December 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hey, me too! (On both counts.)

Fare la Volpe December 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I'm vampire pale and gassy.

SOMEONE LOVE ME, DAMMIT.

Chichikovovich December 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

every man on one side of my family except for my grandfather has spent time in jail, abused drugs or alcohol, suffered from acute depression, or all of the above.

When I read this I thought "Baldar's from those parts, but that doesn't sound like him at all, except maybe for the alcohol part". But then I realized you must be the grandfather she's speaking of.

docterry6973 December 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

The specter that haunts me and still hovers in silence, darkly, is that I had to make my own sammich for lunch and then my wife came home and made a sammich for herself, but not another for me.

However, this does not make me feel at all shooty. Strange.

cheetojeebus December 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

give it some time.

BoroPrimorac December 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Have a twelve pack while you let it sink in.

WhatTheHolyHeck December 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

And play something violent on the Ex-boxes, so you can be inculcated into punching real hookers and using real laser cannons to blow up real alien monsters.

ButthurtWingers2012 December 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Just mark it down in your head so each non "get in the kichin' wominz!" moment builds into a cascade of rage and one day you're shooting up a drive-thru at Wendys after killing your wife. According to this woman we could consider your epic level douchebag snappery to be symptomatic of white guy rage. Didn't we already deal with debunking this bullshit when the media was nattering about "black rage" in the 90's?

Mumbletypeg December 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hard to decide which I find more disturbing:
this utter sycophantic, baseless crap posing as reflective essay material, signed-off with a shrug by the Times,
or the reckless speed with which they feel pressured to publish it.

ButthurtWingers2012 December 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Well…as to that and I'm sure you're right…but I don't think anyone was really jockeying to purchase an issue of the Times that had this kind of stupid-as-shit "reflective essay" in it…they could have just cancelled it and moved on to the next guest essay rather than lowering themselves to publish a piece which babbles about white guy rage…..I'm just spitballing but EA did cancel it's NBA Live 13 game which potentially cost them millions in revenue because it was a complete pile of shit…there is precedent.

Antispandex December 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

OK, I'm one of those angry white guys, See, I went out to the kitchen this morning, and the wife had used the last of the milk, so, dry cereal! W.T.F! I'm OK now, I was at least able to stop myself from planning mass murder…barely. But, I am still pissed!

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I feel your pain, brother.

♪♫ We shall overcome ♪♫

Oblios_Cap December 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I was young once, and white…

This is merely anecdotal evidence, not social science,

Should have stopped writing right there.

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I don't know, think you still need:

I come from a small town near Fort Worth, Texas.

for the full effect.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

No, I'd say she had us from "anecdotal evidence". The Fort Worth part is merely ending a sentence with a preposition, really.

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

But Fort Worth, Texas is totally a position, no "pre" about it!

SexySmurf December 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Maybe young, white males should stop blaming other people and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Sorry, that's for blahs and wimmenz only.

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

Go post that on Yahoo! and see what happens.

SayItWithWookies December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I'mma gonna have to get a lot higher before I start to finish the review of this article.

Zango Crudmonger December 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

You're gonna need a bigger boat full of intoxicants.

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

So instead of charging the shooter, the school principle should have thrown her empathy? Before or after the school children pile on?

SmutBoffin December 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

No! The Principal should have returned the shooter's white privilege to him, no doubt locked away in her desk with contraband MAD magazines.

PinkoPopulist December 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Yes, this is the proper response. It is obvious the proper way to diffuse the angry white male is to give him his privilege back. She probably should have offered him a teaching job or something.

CrunchyKnee December 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Texas pretty much sums it up, y'all.

SmutBoffin December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

“Angry black man”? I wonder if Prof. Wampole mistook a Chris Rock "Nat X" sketch for a real show, once upon a time.

editor December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

if i were a white man, i would find this insulting. as it is, i am amused–yet seriously concerned about the future of higher education.

Dudleydidwrong December 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I had thought about attending Princeton years ago, but decided that it didn't provide me with enough deference.

SorosBot December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I just did my girlfriends' laundry along with my own, and put them away, but that didn't make me angry or less of a man in any way. I suppose I'm doing the whole being-a-white-man thing wrong.

MissTaken December 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

thank you!

SorosBot December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Aw, you're welcome.

Exhausted66 December 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

It's the only time I get my hands on her underwear anymore.

JustPixelz December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Mrs Pixelz has banished me from doing laundry. Call it creative differences. She has some kind of pseudo-scientific method involving colors, fabrics, drying characteristics, load balancing. It's feels like "creationism", but for laundry.

I wash clothes by the part of the body they cover. All shirts go together. All pants go together. Towels and sheets cover the entire body, so they go together. This makes TOTAL SENSE to me. But, like I said, she's banished me.

ProgressiveInga December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

My wife put the ban-hammer on me doing laundry, too. I separated by function: workout clothes, work clothes, casual clothes….

Jus_Wonderin December 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Way back when I was a married dude, I mowed the lawn to less than exceptable wifey standards. Hell, we used a Bush Hog on the farm.

I kicked back, wiped my hands of the lawn and told her "Honey, Sweetie Pie, have at it!"

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Haw haw! The boys and I will be out in the alley next to the beer cooler when she's done with yer white-glove bunghole inspection.

bikerlaureate December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I'm white, male and unsuccessful.

Defer to me, dammit.

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Respect mah authoritay!!!

Roger_of_Arabia December 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I'm white, male and I masterbate when my wife isn't around.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

That is uncanny! See, we can extend our hands across the racial divide in Brotherhood, but only if we wash our hands first, eww!!

PinkoPopulist December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Only when she isn't around? Shit…

BlueMonkeh December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

what.the.fuck.

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

You know, the surplus of young white men with nothing to focus their aggression on is one of the reasons Pope Urban called for a crusade to the Holy Land.

What I'm saying is that they should take up basket weaving.

Goonemeritus December 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Well I am weaving new seats on a set of Danish Modern dining chairs in the evenings and I haven’t had the desire to shoot anyone so this clearly works.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Clearly, the George Bushes were students of history.

Goonemeritus December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

In other news Ted Nugent‘s contract for the show “American Gun” will not be picked up by the Discovery Channel. This tragedy just keeps on claiming victims.

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

He's mighty shooty already, are they sure they want to take that chance?

sundaytrucker December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

The 3468 weekly viewers are the real victims.

Jus_Wonderin December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I'll be right back. Off to get the Cliff Notes for this posting.

Kris E. Benson December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

OK it’s long but that’s because the essay was so. totally. stupid. there was a lot to make fun of!

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

"I'm desperate and haven't been published in three years. This better get me some notoriety."

boobookitteh December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Are they handing out a Reverse Pulitzer this year for the stupidest, most assinine piece of writing? Is that why people are writing this kind of crap? Or is it just an insatiable need for people to insert themselves into a national tragedy and make it about them?

I thought today would be safe to poke my head back into the interwebs. I was wrong.

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

My fellow angry white men:

STOP SHOOTING HOLES IN HER THESIS!!!1!11!

fuflans December 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

very nice.

FNMA December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

So, let's see, generally, the notion is that daddy will stop beating mommy if she stops making him so angry.
Christ, I should be chair of her fucking department.

flipdraw December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

It was the last quoted paragraph that was the most hilarious. More deferential? Bwahahaha… yeah, it's totes the lack of deference that's the source for the malaise.

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I do see where she is going there – it has been days since and bitches or blahs bowed down in my presence. *shaking head* It ain't like it used to be….

NYNYNYjr December 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I want more deference!!!!!! You hear me women! And you too blacks! Be more like these delightful asian women! Deference!!!

SexySmurf December 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

There needs to be a mandatory 30 day waiting period on bloviating about mass murders. Give the government time to run an IQ check on these idiots.

PinkoPopulist December 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

We can't even get mandatory waiting periods on guns…

Dr_Zoidberg December 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Ok, seriously, Wonkette, post some kitten pictures or ponies or something – I can't take much more unmitigated stupidity today.

Oblios_Cap December 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

However, because resources are limited, gains for women and minorities necessarily equal losses for white males.

Why must some people always view life as a zero-sum game? If you do it right, it can actually be a win-win for all involved.

Zango Crudmonger December 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

This. Much like the concept of finite wealth, where one thinks the only way to become rich is to have someone else become poor. Even hobo beans are a value added product, so I've heard.

elviouslyqueer December 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Dear Dr. Wampole:

Might I suggest that all your troubled male family members kindly sack the fuck up. For the record, I am a HUGE FAGGOT who was teased unmercifully during high school and part of college and made to feel totally subhuman by these same motherfuckers you so charitably call "empathetically disempowered" (or whatever the fuck you termed it). Guess you, sweetcakes? I survived. And did pretty well for myself. And did it without turning a gun on myself or on those motherfuckers who made my life a living hell.

I could go on and do a point-by-point takedown of your ridiculous, totally unsubstantiated assertions, but it's so much easier just to tell you to kiss my gay white ass and go fuck yourself, hard, with a running rusted chainsaw.

No love,

EQ

Exhausted66 December 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Chainsaw of votes, you mean.

unclejeems December 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Comment of the day.

docterry6973 December 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Wait a minute. You're gay?

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

Deserves even more upfists.

If hurt feelings justified this, minorities should have been at literal armed warfare with the great society for the entirety of our history.

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

Just guessing but that is what they have been afraid of the whole time.

dr_giraud December 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Reading this, it's clear why Megan McArdle felt her "stupidist person on the interwebs" distinction was threatened, and she upped her game today with the "rush the shooter" brainstorm.

memzilla December 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Actually, I think she aggregates a lot of valid points.

It's the putting-'em-all-in-a-blender, hitting purée, slopping the resultant word-gobbery onto foccacia bread, and proclaiming it a culinary masterpiece that I have a problem with.

Using foccacia bread to make a s**t sandwich only makes it a fancier s**t sandwich. They would never serve this at the Strunk & White Deli.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I found a lot of her points full of shit.

memzilla December 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

We at least agree that it's a brown sammich.

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Yeah, Strunk and White just don't carry "random words I dimly remember from physics class and produce in a seriously contrived fashion as part of a poorly disguised effort to distract from the fundamental inanity of the point I'm trying to make" sausage. Because it doesn't taste good.

PubOption December 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

She must be a sociologist, by the way she hides her point (or lack of) behind long words.

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I know right? I can't understand half of what she's saying.

Jus_Wonderin December 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Can I just say I am merely miffed. Not angry. I hardly ever get angry. There was that time I was roofing and pounded my thumb. But, is that really anger?

Mumbletypeg December 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

So according to Dame Wampole, if we're gonna reverse the trend of the tender male ego bruising so easily, we're gonna try and be more "empathetic" to how readily butthurt they can be. Got it.

BarackMyWorld December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I believe the correct response to the cited essay is "kewl story bro" followed by the emoticon with the rolling eyes.

Rebootably_Joe December 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

tl;dr

Goonemeritus December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I was way angrier when I was going through my black militant phase then I am now as just a middle aged white guy. Maybe I’m not getting enough B12 in my diet these days.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Ali G, is that you? Respek.

Exhausted66 December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

What a relief for those little white boys who were gunned down to not have to grow up in this new world.

P.S. How does this apply to Virginia Tech, then?

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

(unfolds handy racist taxonomy chart) Says here Asians are practically white nowadays.

SorosBot December 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

And how about the DC Snipers, or the Ft. Hood Shooter?

(Oh wait, for that second one being Muslim makes him a terrist instead of a crazed mass murderer, facts be damned).

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

(flips chart over) Yep, sez here if they got Arab-y sounding names, it's terrism and doesn't count. But it does count as a reason to sell more guns to young angry white men.

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

The first one was a Mooslamic, too, remember.

HouseOfTheBlueLights December 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Or, as a friend of mine put it, we're not Asian, we're "normal"

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Also, too, those blah dudes who sniped at victims in the DC area.

Roger_of_Arabia December 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Yeah, I forgot. That dude was Korean, and that was even before Gangnam Style. With him it was probably because all the Asian girls were going out with the white and black guys in school

ingloriousbytch December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

"While every woman in my family has done O.K. in the end, every man on one side of my family except for my grandfather has spent time in jail, abused drugs or alcohol, suffered from acute depression, or all of the above.

Could that be because they were related to this fucktard?

bobbert December 19, 2012 at 3:20 am

Or maybe just because they knew her.

MissTaken December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Next year tv will be filled with commercials showing pictures of Sad White Men while Sarah McLachlan music plays. In the arms of an angel, indeed.

ingloriousbytch December 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

With an Ann Coulter voiceover, "You could be the hero these poor abused white men need. Please give to the KKK."

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

That is all kinds of brilliant.

shelwood46 December 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Sarah kinda sorta already made that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqps9ZdMxs0

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:30 am

WIN

malsperanza December 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

In the United States, the angry white man has usurped the angry black man.

This means that we can look forward to the Magical Whitey in movies next year. Someone please let Spielberg know so he can adjust the script of his highly accurate and not at all shallow forthcoming movie version of the Adam Lanza Story.

CleverSobriquet December 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm
JustPixelz December 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Then there are the angry white women: Sarah Palin™, Michele Bachmann, Ann ("shut up! this is hard") Romney , Ann Coulter and Lindsey Graham.

iburl December 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

the sort of violence and murder that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary will continue to occur if we do not find a way to carry them along with us in our successes rather than leaving them behind.

In other words, those kids had to die because we didn't elect Mitt Romney.

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Who?

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

An angry white guy who got left behind.

Say…. you know who ELSE got left behind?

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

That guy in Platoon?

snowpointsecret December 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

No Child?

SorosBot December 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Kirk Cameron?

Fare la Volpe December 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

NO.

That sumbitch is getting raptured if I have to catapult him up to heaven.

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Nicolae Carpathia?

delaney_blom December 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm
sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Ms. Wampole's hypothesis: the decline of white males causes violence.

Statistical evidence easily available: while this year has been a terrible year for mass killings, the total rates for culpable homicide and violent crime in general have been steadily declining for the past 20 years, even as the domination of American society by white males has finally, slowly started to ebb.

Conclusion: Ms. Wampole's spouting complete and utter nonsense.

Also too, Ms. Wampole, if you truly believe that white males feel increasingly desperate at the belief that the advances of people who aren't white and male are being made at their own expense, maybe you could help by pointing at that this belief is in fact also complete and utter nonsense. When a society makes best use of the potential of all its members, without discriminating based on irrational superstition and anachronistic fictions, everyone benefits.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Yes, it seems that The Old Gray Lady may be turning tricks with some odd characters.

p.s. *highfives* on the "Also, too"

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

Consigned.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

There's more "anecdotal evidence" to suggest that men think buying things will cure their ills, honey.

Beowoof December 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

So she is saying white man can't compete in the free market; as they have lost all of their de facto preferences. Oh well the invisible hand is slapping the shit out of them for a change, enjoy.

Nesnora December 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Empathetic habit = moar blow jobs for whitey?

SuspectedDemocrat December 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I concur with my colleague on this matter.

SayItWithWookies December 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I was perfectly calm and levelheaded until I came across the word "precarity." What the fuck?! Now I am confusinated and angrified.

OddAssCity December 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Also "valiance."

starfanglednut December 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I don't think that's even a word. Wouldn't it be "precariousness? "

mavenmaven December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Empaths? Capt Kirk knows that they are women and can't talk.

CrunchyKnee December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

My darling Christy, I'm sure that there is a place for you over at the Daily Caller.

Terry December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

"Her essay is on the “decline of white men,” and she argues that white men commit mass murder with automatic weapons because—seriously—women and people of color are insufficiently deferent to white men these days, and also too because white men now have to actually work for stuff they used to just get for free by virtue of being white men. "

Most white men seem to be dealing with the supposed situation quite well and aren't shooting up places.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

While every woman in my family has done O.K. in the end, every man on one side of my family except for my grandfather has spent time in jail, abused drugs or alcohol, suffered from acute depression, or all of the above.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Wampole, but that sounds like a very personal problem.

Also, too: in your erudite writings that find space in the NYT, please abstain from using "O.K.". Makes us think you stiffed the English major who did your paper.

chicken_thief December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Christie Wampole licked the santorum off Rick Perry's junk during the Republican primaries. This is merely anecdotal evidence, not social science, but I believe that it is indicative of a sort of infection spreading in our collective brain, one that whispers to the American subconscious: “The young (wo)men are in decline.”

Baconzgood December 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Prinston is a clown college.

shelwood46 December 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I live in Princeton (no connection with the school, phew). I need to dig up a photo of this erudite idiot in case I should run into about the town so I can tell her… stuff. I'd start off, "Wow, I saw your oped in the NY Times" and she'd get all glowy, then I'd explain to her all the reasons she's an idiot and does not deserve employment anywhere.

I just need to figure out where stupid people are most likely to congregate in Princeton. Is it Hoagie Haven?

Baconzgood December 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I didn't go to an IV school. I went to a place for smart makin' and not how to tie a 2X Windsor tie when you are wearing a lime green blazer.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Bacon A&M?

Baconzgood December 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Baconz CMU. I went for logistics but the robot nerds would say "no I wanna do robots and make shit. MIT does theory. If ididnt get into CMU I would have gon to MIT or Cal Tech."

That's when baconz would say at rhe party "I'm a logistics supply chain management major…can you get me a "modom" like War Games?"

TootsStansbury December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

What the hell was all that verbal vomit I just put myself through?

Shorter: 'Derp'.

DahBoner December 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

"it’s apparently not that hard to be a professor at Princeton…"

So easy even Einstein could do it?

"Someone once called the dean's office for directions. "How do I get to Albert Einstein's home?" the caller asked. When the man at the dean's office said he couldn't give out those directions, there was a pause on the other end. Then, a sigh, and a response: "This is Albert Einstein. I got lost walking home from the campus."

shelwood46 December 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

To be fair, to get to Einstein's house you have to go through a weird intersection and it's easy to end up on the wrong street.

HouseOfTheBlueLights December 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

We took care of the "angry black man" problem by incarcerating them at 5 times the rate we incarcerate white men.

docterry6973 December 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

We could turn that ratio around, if it would help those angry white men feel better.

BornInATrailer December 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

As a CC permitted and gun owning white male from a meager background flush with both mental health issues and alcoholism, I've never felt the need to go on a shooting rampage nor have I ever felt equality was a zero-sum game. But then, one opposing example does not refute a theory. However, it also does not refute my theory that Christy is a dumb cunt.

fredbell December 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

University of North Texas for her B.A. and M.A., then on to….Stanford and Princeton…

christianmuslin December 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Isn't North Texas State a small (minded) church sponsored school in Denton?

unclejeems December 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

If it's in Texas, and it's a state school, it's a church/state sponsored school. It's where you go if you can't get into Texas A and M.

RedneckMuslin December 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

As a male white caucasian man, I'm sorry.

GarretLawrence December 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I think we should give the Professor a pass. Her comments are the browser equivalent of a "page cannot be found" error. Academicians attempt to cope with the incomprehensible by getting their heads around it. This tragedy is so wide you can't get around it. Can't get under it. And we certainly won't get over it.

BigSkullF*ckingDog December 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Is she implying that white men have become more violent? Because I call bullshit on that one. They just have more efficient means of killing now. Mass murders were much less successful when every man was wearing a sharp, steel version of his penis on his hip and guns didn't exist. White men, and men in general have always been violent and will probably always be violent. Except for the fine examples here among the Wonkeratti, of course.

elviouslyqueer December 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Oh, FYI Kris, she's not tenured. Wampole's a new hire who just got her doctorate last year.

And if she keeps writing drivel like this, she may be looking for work elsewhere, and soon.

SayItWithWookies December 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

PhD in — Psychology? Sociology? Human behavior?

Nope — French and Italian.

Kris E. Benson December 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I thought she was an associate professor, which at my university is a tenured position. My bad. But yeah, if she keeps writing crappy thoughts in a crappy style, she will not be at princeton for long.

delaney_blom December 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Of course she'st not tenured!
In the general population, womenfolk's got to do four thirds the amount of work as menfolk just to get even pay.

NYNYNYjr December 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Jeez– this lady sounds like she knows the shittiest guys. Sullen ex-con drug addict absent fathers full of centripetal hatred?

She needs to meet a nice guy like me and we can uh Wampole.

Botlrokit December 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I thought someone just said the fucking Hasbro Unisex Easy-Bake oven indicated otherwise!!

not that Dewey December 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

"centripetal hatred" = I'm dizzy from reading even the excerpts of this article, and I hate myself for having done so.

Wilcoxyz December 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I am suddenly less clear on why an angry, insecure, resentful white man might choose Sandy Hook over a school like Princeton.

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Wait….didn't Glen Beck say that empathy is what led to the holocaust?

miss_grundy December 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

There is something about life in the United States, it seems, that is conducive to young men planning and executing large-scale massacres. But the reasons elude us.

Let me start off: That we continue our romance with guns, even though we have a sixty-year history demonstrating that people use guns to solve their problems in modern America, beginning with the Watchtower Sniper at the University of Texas-Austin. Wonketters, kindly chime in with your reasons. Perhaps if we accumulate a whole bunch of reasons we can send them to Prof. Whatshername at Princeton.

Lizzietish81 December 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Ronald Reagan closed all the asylums and turned a bunch of crazy people onto the street and the Right fed a meme that said that mental illness was a sign of weakness that must be over come with bootstraps.

sundaytrucker December 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Makes sense, any race-gender that nearly goes postal over the Sunday night game being interrupted for 15mins is usually part of the problem.

BlueStateLibel December 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I read this yesterday, and was so extremely irritated, and then presto!, Wonkette also finds it extremely irritating. Do we have ESP???

ifthethunderdontgetya December 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I would argue that maleness and whiteness are commodities in decline.

You IDIOT! Get back in there at once and SELL! SELL!
~

jtinks December 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

As an angry, young(ish) white man, I would much rather hang out with angry black men than my low-melanin compatriots. We could listen to Public Enemy and kill whitey together, it'd be swell.

YasserArraFeck December 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I'm a white man, and I haz a sad………………………I can haz machine gun now?

Roger_of_Arabia December 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I have anger issues but not ever enough to even hit anyone. Maybe it is the 1/32 Native American in me that tempers the angry white man side.

If I understand her argument, everthin' was jus' fine until them yankee jew agitators from New York came down and started rousin' up the darkies and our women folk.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

This article is turning me into an angry black guy. (Hey Angry Black Guy, let's form the New New Black Panthers!! All you need is two!)

sullivanst December 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Don't forget the billy club.

emmelemm December 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

"I got a right to be hostile, man, my people's being persecuted!"

mrblifil December 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

If the Black Panthers had caused 1/1000th of the killings white spree shooters have caused, The 13th Amendment would have been repealed.

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

This.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Wow, it's as if people were so upset and dismayed by this shooting that they just started pulling out everything that disturbs them about American society, whether it has anything to do with the specifics of Newtown or not, or whether it's stupid and thoughtless or not. There was even an idiot around here yesterday trying to blame it on shoot-em-up video games!

Zango Crudmonger December 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

^^^^pew pew pew! I was knee deep into the drink when I read that exchange yesterday. My mind keeps returning to single-payer type Medicare for everyone as a must towards reducing these events, addressing mental illness with the resources similar to those we attach to our war toys. I'm stumped about the efficacy of gun control, considering the millions out there in circulation.

OneYieldRegular December 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

"In the workplace, the C.E.O. must be able to put herself in the position of the lowest ranked employee and vice versa."

Up until this point in the editorial, I thought there might still be a slim chance that she'd pull a dramatic U-turn rather than drive directly into Cloud Cuckoo Land.

shelwood46 December 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Yeah, 'cuz white male CEOs always do that, all the time. That's why the CEO of McDonalds is working a fryer on Christmas.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Yes all 12 out of 500 Fortune CEO ladies must think of the lowest man on the totem pole, perhaps lowering her lady-salary to the same level and providing him with a soothing shoulder rub.

archikvetch December 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Uh… all of the above and did you note the use of "valiance?"
Just ugh.

OddAssCity December 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Probably the real problem is that our children at Princeton are being led to believe that this crap has something to do with educated thought.

But… we should be careful, because if we ridicule her too much she may feel that we are insufficiently deferent and come for us. And then write about it.

Rebootably_Joe December 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

There is something about life in the United States, it seems, that is conducive to young men planning and executing large-scale massacres. But the reasons elude us.

Do they? America is the world's largest single arms manufacturer and domestically the number of per capita guns (88 per 100 people) vastly outstrips any other nation, even "high-gun-owner" countries like, Serbia (#2 with 55 per 100), Yemen, and Switzerland, and concurrently has a negligable public health infrastructure, and even less when it comes to mental health.

That's not exactly Fermat's Last Theorum, fuckass.

SaintRond December 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Just thinking about angry white men makes my stomach hurt, to the point where I couldn't even read the post. It's like watching Ren & Stimpy with a hangover. Just makes me sick.

I knew I should have gone straight for the porn this morning.

finallyhappy December 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm

nope, the reason these lovely small children were brutally murdered according to a fuckwit I used to work with is that Jesus wanted the children to be with him. I think there are probably more than one of these "comforting" stories being passed around on the internet. This woman has no children and always struck me(and others) as dumb. That is not to say other people who might not strike you as dumb could say this. I told her that she should know that her personal religious beliefs are not shared by everyone including the families of the children who were no Christian(and probably not the Christian families either). Don't enough kids die everyday for Jesus? DId 20 little kids have to be murdered so he could have the in Heaven??? Who buys this crap?? IS there someone who actually finds this comforting? I am not Christian and I do not believe in Heaven but I can certainly see that someone who does finds heaven and God comforting- but a God who "wants" to have certain people with him so they have to die. If I ever believed anything like this, and my kids died, I would convert or become an atheist. According to a friend who had a small child die- one person did say God wanted the innocent soul with him(I think for me- that would be when I graciously punched the person and pushed them physically from my house) and that it is said not infrequently to others in his situation. What the hell is wrong with people-I am so angry at this shit. I hate the Internet now

Biff December 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

It's like when a musician dies, and people say they're in god's band now. Nobody says shit like that about dead cops, or soldiers, do they?

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

If it helps, I will stop mentioning how I'd love to own a family of crackers.

Rebootably_Joe December 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Ha! The joke's on her! There is no such thing as the centrifugal hatred! There's actually only centripetal hatred and the normal hatred!

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

You're forgetting Quantum Hatred and Chaos Hatred, which are on the cutting edge of Hate Research!

Zango Crudmonger December 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Let's not forget our recently angry white guy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDGalHcshQI

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I don't understand. Hank Hill was from around Ft. Worth, Texas, and he was always threatening to kick someone's ass, but he never shot up Tom Landry Middle School.

Q_R_DeNameland December 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I really should have gotten my degree from the Humanities Center instead of the Philosophy Department. Damn.

damanoid December 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

See? SEE?! Affirmative action DOESN'T WORK, people. Here we've spent over four hundred years giving black men unlimited ironclad reasons to be as angry as possible, yet they STILL cannot compete with the white man.

Why the lack of anger, black men? Too lazy? Or are you failing to be as lazy as white men, as well? You know white men wouldn't slaughter nearly as many people if they had to work harder at it. That's the advantage of automatic weaponry!

So how come we don't ever hear about black men going berserk and slaughtering dozens of innocent people at random? I suppose you can't be bothered to go crazy, either.

You suck at serial killing, too. I'm not trying to be racist here, but facts is facts.

Severen13 December 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

So…..a middle class white boy mows down 20 kids because he isn't handed everything that is rightfully "his" (i.e. everything he wants) on a silver platter. Is that what I'm reading here, and is it wrong that I'd really love to see what explanation Wampole would have pulled out of her ass if Adam Lanka had been black.

TrotsHat December 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I know the difference between anecdotal evidence and data. AND I know which one makes for an actual sociological conclusion that might have a lasting impact on culture.

I can haz Ivy League Professorship now?

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Apparently, no.

SayItWithWookies December 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I agree one hundred percent — it's sad and disheartening as well as disgusting to see the infantile rationalizations some adults will stoop to when they have to deal with death. Unfortunately they get this shit from the clergy, who apparently have no shame whatsoever.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

In response to this, the NFL Players Association has vowed to cut down on the showboating in the end zone.

PinkoPopulist December 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This made me laugh out loud. You know it's true cause I took the time to spell it out.

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

It sounds like she's saying angry white boys are one in a million.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5rejzm3PhQ

PinkoPopulist December 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Hey Angry Black Men,

Killing each other one at a time? And not killing innocent children?!?! YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!!!

Sincerely,

Angry White Men

Chet Kincaid_ December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I know, and we always burn our own neighborhoods over the bullshit you guys pull. Dumb.

Trinket December 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

/SPUTTER

Slim_Pickins December 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Isn't there any adult supervision at Princeton?

Slim_Pickins December 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Who knew white, high school dropouts would have trouble making a living in 21st Century Amurca,

starfanglednut December 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

The paper of record stupidity.

Fare la Volpe December 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Shorter Wampole:

"Hey, Rape Victims, why you gotta be so mean to all those poor rapists?"

Thedongsofwar December 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Yes, because respect and civil rights are a zero sum commodity like oil or amusing pony pictures with silly text. Every time an identity is welcomed and validated all the others are diminished. White men like me are extra sensitive and feel pain every time a black family buys a nice home or a woman earns a promotion.

Not_So_Much December 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I think I just pooped out my own brain after reading this…

MrsConclusion December 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Wait just a doggone minute. If they're "young men," then they haven't experienced "change." They just got here. They haven't been here "since the 1960s" and seen the power and influence they took for granted erode away. This is the only world they've ever known. Lanza was 20. He was born three years before Windows 95. What "change"?

This is nutz.

chascates December 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I think we can accept that black men had and have a lot of things to be angry about. White men not so much. Not so much slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow, racial profiling, poor healthcare access, etc., etc., etc.

But angry because you might believe the President of your country is a foreign born Muslim who wants to take away your assault weapons, force you to gay marry a socialist lesbian union schoolteacher, and make you recycle your empty whiskey bottles instead of hurling them at the mail carrier? Actually mental illnesses are a dangerous and very prevalent danger. Most of the rightwing and all of the tea party suffer from them.

Lazy Media December 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Do underemployed, meth-abusing young men with multiple kids by multiple women nut up and shoot down dozens of people? No, they do not. Frustrated losers who live in their mom's basements and have ZERO kids by ZERO women do it, because of lack of pussy. We don't have so much a problem of too much access to guns, we have a problem of too little access to pussy. A nut-busting paranoid video-gamer is a happy paranoid video-gamer. Women of America, your mission lies before you. Do a depressed weirdo, for the children.

Biel_ze_Bubba December 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Mistake #1: Thinking that the shit that goes down in a dysfunctional Texas town has any larger significance. If Texas wasn't so fucked up, maybe the people wouldn't be so fucked up.

CivicHoliday December 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Seriously, white men need more coddling to prevent them from having major hissy fits and shooting people? What in the ever loving fuck is she smoking?! Also, too, as an adjunct professor at a community college (where I, along with many other PhDs are stuck because of fuck wads like this lady who somehow get hired at the 'good' schools), I have to say that this kind of shoddy scholarship is a disgrace. I am pretty sure my 3 year old could write a more convincing analysis of violence in modern day America.

deanbooth December 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

She'd better cross the street if she sees the angry white male Paul Krugman walking toward her.

MadBrahms December 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I really wish she had done a better job contextualizing, because she's not saying what it seems many people think she's saying. She works with representations and symbolic systems, so when she talks about the "angry black man" and "angry white man", she's talking about tropes, not actual black men. Her use of words like "specter" is a clue here, as is her sentence about an idea "infecting the collective subconscious" (a dubious concept, but whatever).

It's less that men are under threat than that there's a threat to the idea of a man as in control of the family, others' lives, and resources. There's obvious resentment here, as seen in the Men's Rights Advocacy articles the good Doktor keeps posting.

I don't like her use of the word "empathy", since here it seems to imply "sorry for your loss". Good riddance to domination. But we do need to think about and validate ways of "being a man" that aren't about control. Sure, most white men don't shoot up schools, and that's where she gets sloppy and fails to deliver. But I think there's a reason school shooters are overwhelmingly male. It's worth asking why violence is a go-to place for asserting one's masculinity. It's not simply "natural".

Fuck Toad December 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I read it as a pretty inept version of Susan Faludi's thesis in Stiffed, which is an amazing book. But it's also a very, very large book, and it's hard to fit that nuanced argument into an editorial.

ETA: That thesis, in (very) brief, is that a substantial part of the '80s (and later) right-wing shift among men can be attributed to the collapse of the temporary post-war economic stability of the male-led nuclear family. The later Boomers inherited a less prosperous nation than the one they were raised in, and they directed blame for this against women (and also blacks, furriners, immigrants, &c.). Also, right-wing crusades (against abortion or whatever) allow these supposedly disinherited men to make Men out of themselves in noble battle.

It's a good book. I recommend it to anyone still reading. Also, read Backlash, which is in a sense both more dated and more timeless.

MadBrahms December 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

Faludi's book is solid and opened up some public debates, at least for a time. Stephen Ducat's "The Wimp Factor" is also great, and given its analysis of W's tenure seems like something that would be enjoyed here.

I see the hand of Michael Kimmel ("Guyland", "Misframing Men", etc) in that there editorial, personally. But the way she wrote was, yeah… inept. Her incredibly half-hearted attempt to shoehorn the school shootings bit in certainly didn't help. Still there's enough value there I didn't want to see it ragged on so badly, especially since nobody seems to talk about masculinity after violent attacks like this.

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:41 am

It's worth asking why violence is a go-to place for asserting one's masculinity.

I'm sure it is. She just hit and missed in the worst way. Not sure anyone even so much as implied that asking questions at this moment was a bad thing, but that she veered off from hitting upon an actual answer very early in the piece.

Guppy December 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

So Fox News was right about college professors after all. Who knew?

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:13 am

Can you imagine being in the shoes of the one who feels his power slipping away?

Yes, yes I can, since you asked. Sit an imagine an entire people being born believing they are equal humans, and then generation after generation and every progressing year of their life realizng that they aren't. Yes, yes I most certainly can imagine, and so can a lot of my ancestors.

But, whoa to the white male, right? Truly, they've been the biggest victims of all. Whoa to the man that owned all of the pie having to share some of the pie. Such a travesty that America has come to this where a man is forced to play in an increasingly fairer social game. My how the mighty have fallen that they can no longer commmand the incessant stroking of their fragil egos.

Negropolis December 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

Shorter Christy Wampole: "Remember that time when people knew their places…?"

dennis1943 December 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

I think I'm giving up wanting to be young again…………………..

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

What happened to Wonkville???

Redgyal December 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

Sorry, karma is a bitch. Sometimes the empathy we desire is the empathy that we should have given to others when we had the ability to do so.

ttommyunger December 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

"A totally compelling, insightful and illuminating article." – Professor Newt Gingrich.

bluto1 December 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

she is a lovely singer. leaver her alone.
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