Posted on June 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Guardian today shared a chillingly thought-provoking piece that asks: Are literary classics behind the misogyny of the incel movement?

Erin Spampinato wrote the essay on May 23, the four-year anniversary of Elliot Rodger’s rampage at UC-Santa Barbara.

Rodger’s violence, of course, was followed by many more such acts also motivated by the aggressors’ hatred of women and their lack of sexual success with them.

Spampinato invites you, as she did, to think back on the canonical literature you were assigned to read throughout school and encountered afterwards — and note the number of times that the plots “are driven by a (white) male character’s frustrated desire with a remote woman.”

Read the full piece at Electric Literature, where it was originally posted, or The Guardian.

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