Make the Effort

It was twenty  years ago today, December 6th, 1989, when “proven” misogynist and extraordinary needledick;

“… Marc Lépine, walked into École Polytechnique in Montréal, ‘armed with a legally obtained semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people, killing fourteen and injuring the other fourteen before killing himself.’ All the people that he managed to murder were women. And, here’s the kicker, those efforts were declared his attempts at ‘fighting feminism’…”

And as truly horrific and sadly tragic the events of that day really were, like that of last year, I’m still quite incapable of writing anything that would, even remotely, do the lessons of that day, 20 years ago,  justice. In fact, with the Canadian Government working so diligently to abolish the “federal long gun registry,” this years anniversary of the Montreal Massacre is ever more relevant. So much so, I am certain anything I would write would be nothing more than a bunch of much deserved douche bag references, directed at people who aren’t easily insulted, or, for that matter, care what people, namely me, think.

It’s an absolute exercize in futility, and I won’t be taking part in it, today…

So rather than waste your time successfully pulling some nasty language out of my ass, I’d much rather focus my attention on the struggles of a utterly inspiring individual, living in Afghanistan. Speaking of misogyny, Malalai Joya faces the most brutal implementations of such a bullshit hierarchy, each and every day.

I’m currently reading her book, A Woman Among Warlords, and I’d like to take the opportunity, today has awkwardly provided, and recommend her book to anyone who will listen. Granted, I’m not finished it, yet, but being an individual who has been through a lot himself, I’d like to think, simply by my saying, it might, hopefully, be enough to inspire anyone who might read these words, to read this book.

And if you are at all convinced the war in Afghanistan is being waged for good, you owe to to yourself, and Afghan’s, especially, to make the effort to learn the story not told by the media…