Nothing Random About the Patriarchy
I read Traci Hukill's piece regarding the murder of Shannon Collins (“Random Acts,” Currents, May 16), and I strongly disagree with the people who regard this crime as "random." Shannon Collins was murdered because she was a woman, and the motive for this crime is misogyny. Bullies are not random in their selection of targets, since I have yet to hear of some large, muscular male being attacked at random without a motive by another male. Men who do get attacked at random tend to be men who appear physically and emotionally vulnerable and even "crazy" males know not to attack men bigger and stronger than themselves most of the time. Now is the time for men of conscience to stand in solidarity with women and condemn this action as an expression of the women-hating patriarchal values that still infect the world in varying degrees, from Afghanistan all the way to liberal Santa Cruz. You don't have to be a perfect model of "political correctness" to do this, just open your heart to compassion for human suffering. I also would like to thank Santa Cruz Weekly for publishing Jen Sorensen's "Slowpoke" comic mocking the patriarchal bully Mitt Romney. Our whole society is rooted in institutionalized violence, both through militarism and the economic system that profits from it, and we don't need some self-styled "Latter-Day Saint" to perpetuate this outmoded way of being.
Erich J. Holden