Friday, September 11, 2009

Gut reactions tell us how we really think

Last week the Maine State Police announced that the two bodies - a mother and her 12-year-old son - found in the burned out shell of an SUV were the result of a murder-suicide.

The response comments on the Portland Press Herald website reflect a disturbing thought trend; When a man kills, we go looking for the victim. When a woman kills, we try to find a man to blame.

Here's a typical example from the web site

"life musta been really bad at their 'home' for her to do this...makes you wonder about the husband."

A dead wife is the result of an evil man, a dead child from a suicidal wife is the result of an evil man, and a dead husband is the result of... an evil man.

Earlier this year Laureen Rugen, who stabbed her husband to death, was sentenced for manslaughter and the only jail time she received was while she awaited trial. Her defense? She said she was the victim of domestic violence, and the judged believed her without any supporting evidence, and plenty of testimonies that she was the real abuser.

What ever happened to "There's no excuse for domestic violence." When the perpetrator is a woman, it turns out there are plenty of excuses.

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