A Canadian Border Guard was shot today. Around 2 pm, I heard a story on the radio. I thought at first it was maybe someone trying to get across the border illegally, I don’t know, maybe someone angry about having to pay duty–but then I heard that the victim was a woman, and that the attacker then shot himself.
“This highlights the dangers that Canadian Border Services Employees face every day” said a somber official for the CBS.
No it doesn’t.
It highlights the dangers that women face every day. Especially women who are in relationships with men.
Which is pretty much all of us.
I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that the guy who shot that woman was her current or ex lover or husband. Maybe a pissed-off co-worker, former boss, or subordinate of hers.
they always do this, the news people and official spokespeople. They always try to tell us that an attack motivated by sexism is NOT THAT AT ALL. It was the individual act of an unhinged person. It was a ‘crime of passion’. Oh, maybe it was violence against women, but it was cultural.
Sure, yea. Patriarchal culture.
the shooters’ gun was aimed at a Canadian border guard, not a woman. He might just as easily have driven up to a booth staffed by a man.
sure. but he didn’t, because he was aiming for her.
In the hours and days to come, we’ll learn the truth. Maybe they were married. Maybe the news people will say, it was ‘domestic abuse’ — or ‘spousal assault’ . Stalking. Some other tepid vague phrase that disappears the fact of men’s hate crimes against women.
We’re not falling for it.
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