The “Deep Hatred” Double Standard

In this CNN story about a woman who is in prison for killing one man and has just been charged in connection with a bank robbery in which another man died, there is this rather curious paragraph:

Diehl-Armstrong, 58, was the valedictorian of her high school class, but her trial in Roden’s death showed that her life since was full of severe mental problems, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — and a deep hatred of men.

First of all, I’m not sure whether that’s meant to suggest that “a deep hatred of men” is itself a severe mental problem, or if “a deep hatred of men” is just another thing of which her life was full, in addition to severe mental problems. In either case, the proof of her “deep hatred of men” is that she’s killed several men—allegedly the one who was killed during the commission of the bank robbery, the one for whom she’s in prison for killing who was her former lover, and another one in the 1980’s of whose murder she was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense, as she claimed he had physically and sexually abused her. Well, that’s compelling evidence that she’s certainly hated a couple of men, at least one with what sounds like good reason. But it’s not exactly finding the SCUM Manifesto in her bureau drawer, either—by which I mean, nothing suggests she killed these blokes just because they were blokes. And if she killed them for greed or vengeance, that doesn’t make her a “man-hater” any more than Sammy the Bull.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to argue that she’s a good person. She’s a convicted killer. I just find it a little fucking obnoxious that she’s described as having “a deep hatred of men,” especially when male serial killers who are on trial for butchering multiple women they have targeted specifically because they are women are more likely to be described as “sexually obsessed” with women than as harboring “a deep hatred of women.” To wit: CNN wrote up this entire story in 2003 about an alleged serial killer (who has now been convicted) without once suggesting he hated women, despite the fact that he had also been previously suspected in not one but two murders. In fact, the opposite was suggested:

Derrick Todd Lee is described by those who recently encountered him as a charming man who started a Bible study class at a motel in southwest Atlanta, worked construction jobs for cash, barbecued for his neighbors and liked to court women.

“Lee also liked to invite women to his room for cognac,” we’re told, and he procured his victims by “smooth-talking” them. It was all just a wonderful romance until the stabbing began, I guess.

And let us not forget the recent story about the fashion designer who was charged with 32 counts of rape, sexual battery, lewd acts on a child, etc. against girls and women ranging in age from 14 to 23, which was headlined The Designer Who Liked Models. Yeah. Liked them so much he raped them.

Again, I’m not saying Diehl-Armstrong’s a good person. I’m not even saying she doesn’t have “a deep hatred of men.” Maybe she does, although this story doesn’t explain that. I’m just pointing out how vastly different the coverage is of women and men, and how it reinforces the disgusting narratives (beneficial to neither women nor men in either case) that women kill any man because they hate all men, but men kill lots of women because they love them so gosh dern much.

[Thanks to Peggy Sue for the link.]

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13 responses to “The “Deep Hatred” Double Standard

  1. Fritz

    This is how the media often chose to portray Eileen Wuornos — a “man hater” first and a serial killer second.

    Ted Bundy’s hatred of women is often discussed (particularly by Ann Rule, the True Crime writer).

  2. This is how the media often chose to portray Eileen Wuornos — a “man hater” first and a serial killer second.

    Yes.

    Ted Bundy’s hatred of women is often discussed (particularly by Ann Rule, the True Crime writer).

    But, again, almost always secondarily (with the exception of Rule) to how he was so charming and how easily women fell for him and blah blah blah. I can’t even imagine the number of times I’ve seen him referred to in so-called legitimate news outlets as a “ladykiller” (ho ho barf).

  3. I wonder if men secretly believe that women hate them?

    But I do find it fascinating that what you say is true. In particular, I remember the shootings that happened last year. The first in a high school where a man walked in and let all the boys go. A big deal was made about how he made sexual advances toward some of them before he started shooting like that was the real reason he went into the school with a gun.

    Then there was the Amish school incident. Clearly a hatred of women/girls going on.

  4. Fritz

    (Obviously, I’m a True Crime fan.)

    The late Darcy O’Brien, who wrote Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers, portrayed the two serial killers as “…the product of a broken family whose childhood was marked by cruelty and brutality, particularly at the hands of women.”

    I think it very disturbing when women are blamed for turning men into serial killers. (Consider the movie Psycho.)

    So, if a man is a “ladykiller” his abusive and overbearing mother must be to blame! Pretty outrageous, huh?

  5. I wonder if men secretly believe that women hate them?

    I wonder if many men hate women and so project their own hatred onto women?

  6. And they know this how, exactly?

  7. Why am I not surprised that CNN would get the whole thing wrong? Those guys could screw up a free lunch, we see that every day. If anyone were to go another step further, into academia for information about these monsters of both sexes, the data gets a bit more accurate and without the sensationalism of the MSM. Ann Rule’ right and she aught’a know, and it extrapolates that the more serious case studies of serial killers acknowledge that the killers hate either their victims directly or as a surrogate for the actual focus of the killer’s hatred. Retired FBI Agent, Bob Ressler’s books are a good place to start however, his books do mouth the Partei Line about a few cases the Bureau is dead wrong about, yet are good introductory works. Ann Rule’s first three books are pretty good on accuracy, (for the time they were written), as well. From there it’s off to the textbooks, try to get a syllabus from U of Virginia Law Enforcement/FBI courses or in NYC John Jay Coll’s. Law&Enforcement syllabus. Tons of interesting reading there.

    The MSM mis-understands, (to the degree of being juvenile), the relationship between killer and victim directly proportionate to their degree of, “Not getting it”, that rape is violence, not sex. In that arena the MSM is Non Compos Mentos, mentally out of candy.

  8. fishboots

    I believe there is a fear of retaliation. If women who are abused by (specific) men started taking their rage out on the whole man population {in the same way men are so fond of doing)… there’d be a whole lot of violence going on.

    I mean, I wouldn’t even care to contemplate it.

  9. … but men kill lots of women because they love them so gosh dern much.

    Is it wrong that I laughed at this line? Good sarcasm, Liss, and an even better post.

  10. Anne

    It’s interesting how I can’t find any mainstream news reports saying that Robert Pickton hated women….

  11. Anne

    Aaah! Why do I always have trouble with links on this site?!?
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/pickton/history.html

  12. boatboy_srq

    It’s a cliche, I know, but so much of what we read in the MSM comes from something like this:

    Man turns down woman. Woman thinks, “what’s wrong with me?”

    Woman turns down man. Man thinks, “What’s wrong with her?!”

    It goes right back to the assumption that it’s the female of the species that needs to feel / exhibit / respond to the attraction, and that any male is satisfactory – just because guys are so effing wonderful generally. Thus, if a man kills women, there’s something wrong with him, but it’s sexual and therefore comparatively harmless in itself (outside the crime). But if a woman kills men, why she’s just opposed to the opposite sex, and perhaps it’s because she isn’t properly adjusted to the MSM’s understanding of the mechanics of heterosexuality. Perhaps this is why there’s been such a rant against lesbians these days: strong emotional responses make great press, but general indifference isn’t something the neocon-fundies or the MSM can wrap their heads around, so “killer lesbian gangs” have to be invented to add that emotional reaction component.

  13. It goes right back to the assumption that it’s the female of the species that needs to feel / exhibit / respond to the attraction, and that any male is satisfactory – just because guys are so effing wonderful generally.

    That’s an excellent point, Boatboy, and it’s intimately related to the narrative that women who are dressed to indicate “they want it” are asking to be raped, because they don’t have the right to choose with whom they get it.

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