Thursday, November 12, 2009

MARC LEPINE AND JESSE JAMES


Canadian feminists might have created a real hero out of a piece of news that is already 20 years old. Why did they do it? Simply because they needed a boogey man, someone to hate, maybe someone to love (since normal men love them less and less), or maybe someone they might love to hate? Probably all of that, since being a feminist is a very lonely life these days. And how did they want their romantic hero to look like? They will never admit it, but they grow tired of modern day manginas and of nice, pink, remorseful men. They want real men instead, unspoiled by feminism; they want them to be unapologetic and defiant, and a ''bad ass'' too, just like Marc.


They want a Social bandit and a Robin Hood, just like Jessie James: a lovable character and memory but also an effective bandit. It might surprise you to know that when it comes to romance, certain thrill seeking women could wish to destroy society ''just for the kick of it''. This is their dark side. But is not celebrating a criminal at cross-purpose with the aims of real feminism? Not for some women who need the mythologizing so badly to escape the dullness of their life, and anyway there is perhaps no such thing as ''real feminism''. How long before Marc Lepine becomes the subject of romantic novels after having been already courted by videogame designers? As things stand, his name might become a focal point in the future, hailed by the most unlikely allies and admirers.


He might become a symbol for everybody, a kind of multipurpose icon: the arch-enemy for hardcore feminists, a lovable ''bad ass'' for some real women, a hero and a patriot for masculist extremists, an embarrassment for moderate MRA activists, and a huge phenomenon for all students of social science and psychologists. No one remains indifferent: a public figure awaiting his statue? Very fitting description. But what kind of a hero, what kind of a legend? A Robin Hood of some sort who defended the small guy maltreated by the system? Yes, a social rebel perhaps. A psychologically troubled individual who made it to fame and glory through his daring? Certainly, he shows us the way: dare! A controversial symbol, just like Jesse James, one who can be interpreted in various ways according to cultural tensions and needs? Yes, an "heroic outlaw" for some, a self-aware vigilante for historians, a terrorist who used feminism to create his own myth. Undoubtably, the man from Polytechnique is many things for many people, and will remain so for a long time. He may even inspire other deeds or copycats in the future: an insurgent guerrilla, a vigilante movement, there is no telling what he may inspire next!

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