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Feminists Turned on by Serial Killer Ted Bundy Lash Out at ‘White Cis Manhood’

Feminists Turned on by Serial Killer Ted Bundy Lash Out at ‘White Cis Manhood’

“Ted Bundy was one of us!”

Ted Bundy was a serial killer and rapist who murdered at least 36 young women. In some cases, he performed sex acts with their dead bodies and kept their severed heads as mementos in his apartment.

But for some liberals, and particularly feminists, that’s not the most triggering thing about the man.

In response to a pair of movies about Bundy released last week, one a documentary miniseries on Netflix and the other a feature film, race- and gender-conscious commentators expressed outrage at the killer’s supposed handsomeness and “white privilege” ― deeming them proof that America is a white supremacist patriarchy.

On Monday, feminist feeding ground Refinery 29 published an essay with the headline “Ted Bundy Wasn’t Special Or Smart. He Was Just White.” Politics reporter Ashley Alese Edwards complained therein that both the new movies celebrate Bundy as “artful, handsome, and exceptionally intelligent” ― a regular “machiavellian Romeo.”

Edwards went on to make the case that the news media covered Bundy in much the same way back in the 1970s and 1980s, when he was making headlines for his gruesome acts and charming judges and reporters. She also insisted that Bundy wasn’t actually that special when it came to being smart, sexy, or good at crime.

“What Bundy did have was the power of being a white man in a society that reveres them and has implicit faith in their abilities. This privilege gave Bundy the ability to make even the most heinous of crimes take second place to his personality,” she said. “Even when convicted of the most depraved crimes, a white man’s supposed potential will supersede reality.”

That kind of deference, Edwards continued, is rarely “afforded to men of color, particularly those who are Black.”

Over at Britain’s The Independent, writer Lucy Jones offered an uncannily similar hot take Thursday under the headline “What Netflix’s ‘Ted Bundy Tapes’ and ‘You’ tell us about entitlement and privilege.” “You” is a Lifetime movie about Bundy that first aired last year and has lately found new life on Netflix.
Opining days after Netflix asked viewers to stop calling Bundy hot, Jones dwelled at more length on the issue of the killer’s “supposed” good looks. She was triggered that the first episode of the docuseries is titled “Handsome Devil” and that Bundy is described as “clean-cut and articulate and good-looking.”
Her bottom line, though, was the same as Edwards’: “Structures of power and the hierarchy of our society allow people like Bundy to get away with murder. A good-looking, white, well-dressed, educated man can’t possibly be guilty!”
The progressive-feminist id was, as usual, mostly clearly visible on Twitter, unobscured by whatever editorial constraints still exist in the mainstream media. In other words, people were screaming about hating white men.
In a tweet that got more than 2,000 likes, one woman demanded that everyone start talking about how white supremacy “paints cis manhood as ‘innocent’ by default ok!!!!!!”

In another popular post, hardcore feminist writer Sarah Marshall claimed that Bundy got away with murder for so long because he reminded “average white guys” so much of themselves.

Yet another woman (whose bio described her as “‘Not Trans but TransAtlantic,” in that her “womanhood is made of Sea and Blood”) got hundreds of retweets for calling the very idea that Bundy was handsome proof that “white supremacy is real.”

Maybe the warrior princesses of social justice are right. Maybe Bundy’s being a white man did help him charm some people.

But even if that’s the case, it wasn’t enough to prevent him from being electrocuted to death in the Florida State Prison in 1989 as hundreds of revelers, including off-duty police officers, reportedly celebrated across the street.

So why does Bundy’s life need to be supercharged with identity politics postmortem? Maybe for the same reason that Jordan Peterson and the Covington Catholic schoolboys have been branded white supremacists and misogynists.

John McWhorter has argued that both anti-racism and anti-feminism have gone from political struggles for rights to religious crusades for hearts and minds. As a liberal black linguist, he has made clear that he is all in favor social progress. His point has been that all the self-righteous preaching and attestations to white privilege these days amount to smoke and mirrors: Nobody’s mind is changed, nobody’s life is improved.

Cover image: An illustrative photo of a woman protestor./Ted Bundy. (Getty Images/Screen grab from YouTube)

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