3.9: What Did I Just Read

December 19, 2012

An article published to Slate features probably the most offensive quotes that I’ve heard or read in a long time. The featured individual (Note: Not the author of the Slate article) is Charlotte Allen, and she attempts to argue that less kids would have been killed at the Newtown, Connecticut massacre if there were more male teachers.

I don’t know where to begin. Here are a couple of excerpts:

… Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.

Remember United Flight 93 on 9/11. It was a “flight of heroes” because a bunch of guys on that plane did what they could with what they had.

Not only does Allen assert that the reason 20 kids were killed is because the teachers were female, she for whatever reason compares the massacre to 09/11/2001. Following to explain that because the reported heroes on United Flight 93 were men, the kids at the Newtown massacre would have been saved if there were a few male teachers in shining white armor.

I don’t get it.

I’m a very straight male, but I’m also very feminist, and I’ll never understand the women that push their own gender backwards. Especially in the all-encompassing manner that Charlotte Allen has.

via Twitter user @MikeTRose

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