A Culture of Violent Entitlement

[Content Note: Guns; death; misogyny.]

This is what happens when we allow a culture of violent entitlement to go unchallenged; when we think it's okay for men to believe that they own women and are entitled to our time, our bodies, our attention:
Twenty-seven year old Mary "Unique" Spears was attending a family event [in Detriot] following the funeral of a relative when a stranger reportedly approached her inside the venue, asking for her name and phone number.
Spears repeatedly told the man that she was not interested, and that she was with someone else. The man continued to hit on Spears until 2am, when Spears and her family were leaving.
The stranger then allegedly approached the woman one final time, and soon a scuffle broke out between the man and Spears' fiancée.

Suddenly the stranger opened fire, shooting Spears once as she ran away and then twice in the head, WJBK reported.

The man then began to fire at other members of the family, injuring five of them. WJBK reported that four were subsequently hospitalized.

Detroit police arrested the man after he allegedly tried to flee the scene.
Spears' aunt asks: "What was on your mind that you could be so evil, because she said no to you?"

That is, of course, a rhetorical question. Because we all know the answer: What's on his mind was that he was entitled to her, and that she didn't have the right to tell him no.

My sincerest condolences to Unique Spears' family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

[Related Reading: You Don't Own Women; On Elliot Rodger.]

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