By Mariane McLeod
If I told you I am tall with greying hair and a degree, would you believe me? When I tell you what I made for dinner, am I on the up-and-up? If I say I've worked at this radio station for 11 years as of this week, would you think I was telling the truth?
So why don't we believe the guy who left a note to explain why he rented a van and mowed down 24 people on a busy street in Toronto? He said why, but so many people are turning themselves into pretzels, trying to come up with some other explanation, any other explanation than the one who did it, gave.
Same thing happened in 1989 when a guy went into a school in Montreal, divided the women from the men and shot the women. He left a note saying why, and the contortionists came out again.
If Dude had been looking to start a holy war, there would be no hand-wringing and excusing. But, since it was straight up everyday normal hatred of women and frustrated privilege, it must be something other than his clearly articulated reason. Because once you see it, you can't unsee it.
And now, it's uncomfortable for a lot of guys to get a tiny glimpse into most women's every day, so, pretzels.
As Margaret Atwood famously said, Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.