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Feminist’s Surprising Take on New Zealand Mass Shooting: It’s Mens’ Fault

Feminist’s Surprising Take on New Zealand Mass Shooting: It’s Mens’ Fault

“Horrendous time to play the gender card.”

After the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand Friday, liberal commentators found plenty of people to blame. Among their favorite targets were Trump supporters, white people, and gun-rights advocates.

A prominent British feminist managed to stand out from the crowd by picking an especially broad target: Men, or half the people on Earth.

Sophie Walker – an activist and former leader of the UK Women’s Equality Party – tweeted that male violence “is the biggest single threat to peace.” She expressed hope that others would soon recognize this supposed truth so it could be “tackled accordingly.”

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“My heart goes out to the victims and families and everyone affected by the disgusting act of Islamophobic terrorism in #Christchurch,” she added.

Growing awareness of male mistreat of women has often shaded into vilification of men in general, as the popularization of the notion of “toxic masculinity” attests.

However, the replies to Walker’s tweet were largely negative, with a number of people saying it was no time to be playing gender politics.

Other commenters pointed out that police said they had taken a woman into custody after the shooting, along with three men.


One man spoke for many observers when pleaded Walker to pause just briefly before making the tragedy a talking point in the culture wars.

According to New Zealand police, 49 people were killed in the shootings during Friday prayers in central Christchurch. Dozens more were reported wounded.

A man in his late 20s was charged with murder and will appear in Christchurch court on Saturday morning, according to New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

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On one the shooters seemed well-versed in U.S. internet politics, and intent on inflaming them. In a gruesome Facebook livestream of one his rampage, which has since been removed, the gunman urged viewers: “Subscribe to PewDiePie” – the alias of Felix Kjellberg, a popular and provocative YouTuber.

Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, an online forum known for far-right-wing discussions. In the 87-page document, which is steeped in sarcasm and irony, he said he had chosen to carry out the attack with firearms to further divide Americans over guns.

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Cover image: Sophie Walker/A man reacts outside a mosque that was targeted in a deadly shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. (Screen grabs)



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