Wednesday, May 28, 2014

50 First Dates: Nice Guys Need to Finish

There was shooting over the weekend in Isla Vista, CA. You may not have noticed, since there are about 30 gun deaths a day in the US, and one mass shooting a month since this year, 187 total since 2006. That’s an average of two per month. All this math would be fun to do, were it not for that fact that every number represents someone’s life.
Morpheus knows what's up.

In Isla Vista, 13 were injured, and six people, George Chen, Katie Cooper, Chen Yuan Hong, Christopher Michael-Martinez, Weihan Wang, and  Veronika Weiss, were killed. The shooter apparently shot himself. This would be about the time I rag on the NRA and talk about arming every citizen to make the US “safer”. I’ll just say this: I never heard a fireman say that the best way to prevent more fire deaths is to give absolutely everyone over the age of 5 a flamethrower.

There was a groundswell of outrage, not as much about flimsy gun laws than about the shooter’s basis for attacking. He wrote a 140-page manifesto full of rage and angst. He even released a video mapping out his plan. If you don’t want to read the rantings of a murderer, He was livid over the fact that he was still a virgin at the age of 22, how he’d never so much as held a girl’s hand. Most of all, he was enraged over the fact that such beautiful girls were repulsed by him, the “supreme gentlemen”, yet so attracted to obnoxious douchebags. In short, he was the ultimate Nice Guy™.

-_- Such a peach.
Nice Guys™ are “men” who feel they deserve the affection of women with whom they interact because they were respectful to them and didn’t act sexually aggressive to them. They always blame everyone else (mostly “heartless bitches” and “alpha douchebags”) for their own loneliness instead of their inflated sense of entitlement for doing acts of kindness that they should have been doing in the first place. In general, men ARE entitled. It’s a matter of whether and individual man is aware or actually thinks that entitlement is justified. If you think that is bull, if you are a man reading this, think about the last time you felt the need give a fake number to a woman because you feared that she might act physically aggressively if you just said, “Sorry, I’m not interested”. For that matter, when was the last time you felt the need to apologise for not being interested in someone?  Men are privileged to wear what they want without getting cat-called or shamed. We’re not that funny, but women will laugh anyway, because they don’t and to be called “bitch” for not. Nice Guys™ specifically have the delusion that nice acts and respect for a woman should yield sex, not companionship (which also isn’t deserved for just being Nice™), but sex. They believe that a women who DON’T choose them are not “virtuous”, since they didn't pick the “obvious” right choice: them. The Nice Guy™ is part of the reason why women feel the need to let men down easily, in order to preserve their egos and feelings...and also to avoid being beaten up or worse. Nice Guys™ are the reason why, as annoying as it can be to experience, the Fadeaway is a regular and necessary tool women use to break it off with men in which they are just not interested after a few dates. A common Nice Guy™ trope is, “I took care of you when you were drunk, and you still aren’t into me? WOE IS ME!” Translation: “I didn’t rape you when you were most vulnerable. I deserve sex for that! WOE IS ME!” “WOE IS ME” is the primary call of the Nice Guy™. It’s not really English. It’s just what “WAAHHHHH!” sounds like enunciated. Nice Guys™ are the ones who create a meme like #NotAllMen to respond to a meme like #YesAllWomen, because Nice Guys™ are too myopic and "sensitive" to realise that #YesAllWomen is NOT a personal attack on them, but a rather a way for people to vent because SIX PEOPLE WERE MURDERED by the type of asshole who would likely create a meme like #NotAllMen. The problem with Nice Guys™ is that they are VERY nice, until you turn them down. That’s when you realise they are not nice gentlemen, nor are they really friends. They are just dicks with chips on their shoulders and no talent for truly engaging someone.

Things go downhill so fast...
I mock Nice Guys™. Like Pick Up Artists, on the evolutionary scale, they are somewhere between troglodyte and 5-year old gum on the bottom of a desk when it comes to maturity development. “Men” like that are the reason why there is a House of Ruth, why someone made a video called It’s Your Fault, a SlutWalk and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, among other things. The need for feminism is proven by these people. It's not just about equal rights in voting and employment. It's about being able to interact socially without the fear of being slandered or harmed based on what they say or do. Now, people died because of an extreme case Nice Guy™ Syndrome. I’m sure people will blame Aspergers Syndrome, or a devastating divorce, or an early introduction to pornography for this Nice Guy’s™ rampage that left six people dead. I refuse to feel sorry for him. This is not anyone’s fault but his own. I was a virgin until I was 22. It never dawned on me to go on a shooting/stabbing spree prior to that! I knew I wasn't getting laid because I was socially inept. This did not work in my favour, so I fixed it...I still kept my Lego Death Star in my bedroom, so that was also the last time I got laid...BUT STILL!

This killer* blamed everyone else but himself for his social failings, but I’m pretty sure dousing seemingly happy people with coffee didn't really enamour himself with anyone. If only he’d been armed with lattes this weekend, we’d just have some angry students, and not candlelight vigils for George Chen, Katie Cooper, Chen Yuan Hong, Christopher Michael-Martinez, Weihan Wang, and  Veronika Weiss, all thanks to a Nice Guy™. If only there were a vaccine to fight against Nice Guy™ Syndrome. In the mean time, we have to endure Nice Guys™ going online to lament about how they are not loved while they masturbate in a pool of their own tearful self-pity and hypocrisy. Sadly, awareness of male privilege is the only cure, and that is a few thousand years overdue.

*You’ll notice that I didn't mention the Nice Guy’s™ name throughout this piece. That’s because I’m sick of mass murderers being recognised in the news. Notoriety is still a form a fame.

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