On May 28, 2014, National Public Radio’s “On Point” interviewed former American Men’s Studies Association President, Robert Heasley to discuss “Misogyny and Murder: Unpacking a Killing in California.” Heasley is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
What’s in a killer’s heart? We know in the case of the May 23, 2014 Santa Barbara massacre because the killer wrote about it at length. He despised women. His unrequited desire turned into a furious hatred. And a plan to kill. A plan he carried out. An overwhelming response followed. A Twitter flood – the #yesallwomen hashtag – women sharing their own stories. Concerns that hatred, entitlement, towards women is woven widely into our culture. Not creating killers necessarily, but haters. Is this true? Where’s the line? And what’s to be done? The program attempts to assess the damage.
Other guests included Soraya Chemaly, activist and writer, and David Futrelle, a freelance writer who tracks the “men’s rights” movement.