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May 30, 2014 12:00 AM

Amanda Hess: Why is it so hard for men to see misogyny?

When Santa Barbara police arrived at Elliot Rodger’s apartment last month – after Rodger’s mother alerted authorities to her son’s YouTube videos, where he expressed his resentment of women who don’t have sex with him, aired his jealousy of the men they do choose, and stated his intentions to remedy this “injustice” through a display of his own “magnificence and power” – they left with the impression that he was a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human.” Then Rodger killed six people and himself on May 23, leaving a manifesto that spelled out his virulent hatred for women in more explicit terms, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown deemed him a “madman.”

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