Not everyone hates Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — in fact … and disgustingly … there’s an ever-growing legion of teen girls who think&
There is fanfiction…of the guy who set off bombs in my city and then shot at people in the town next to mine.
I have so many feelings about this: I’m morbidly curious about the fanfiction, I’m oddly tickled in a darkly humorous way that it exists, I actually think it makes a lot of sense as a coping mechanism, in that it subverts his power to engender terror in so many people…
But mostly I feel sorry for these kids. This is a weird, scary, and upsetting way to cope with this tragedy, but for most of them it probably comes from a place of innocence. But I would bet my left arm that 99% of the responses to this will be horrendously sexist. I’m afraid to read the comments. I don’t know why anyone is surprised that this happens in a society that brainwashes women from an early age (you’ve seen Beauty and the Beast, right?) to buy into the myth that they can change bad boys into good boys with the power of their love.
It’s the same myth that lets people in domestic violence situations rationalize staying. And blaming it on the women and girls themselves does NOT HELP.