Indeed part of the injustice of patriarchy, something unnoticed by incels and other ‘men’s rights activists’, is the way it makes even supposedly unattractive categories of men attractive: geeks, nerds, effete men, old men, men with ‘dad bods’.Meanwhile there are sexy schoolgirls and sexy teachers, manic pixie dreamgirls and Milfs, but they’re all taut-bodied and hot, minor variations on the same normative paradigm.
Had one of those ‘wicked bitches’ just fucked Elliot Rodger he wouldn’t have had to kill anyone.
It’s also true that this has something to do with the rigid gender norms enforced by patriarchy: alpha females want alpha males.
And it’s true that Rodger’s desires – his erotic fixation on the ‘spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut’– are themselves a function of patriarchy, as is the way the ‘hot blonde slut’ becomes a metonym for all women.
For the radical feminists who shared Mac Kinnon’s view, the terms and texture of sex were set by patriarchal domination – and embodied in, and sustained by, pornography.
(In Robin Morgan’s words, ‘Pornography is the theory, rape is the practice.’) That there were women who seemed capable of achieving pleasure under these conditions was a sign of how bad things were.