Friday, June 15, 2012

So about those other 38 people....

MSNBC:
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that U.N. monitors were shot at trying to get to the scene of the latest Syrian massacre in which at least 78 villagers were allegedly slaughtered by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Opposition activists said up to 40 women and children were among the dead in Mazraat al-Qubeir, near Hama, on Wednesday, posting film on the Internet of bloodied or charred bodies.
CNN:
Among the dead were 40 women and children. Again, as in Houla, the images are chilling
Reuters:
Opposition activists said up to 40 women and children were among those killed in the Sunni Muslim village of Mazraat al-Qubeir on Wednesday, posting film on the Internet of bloodied or charred bodies.
So as we can see from some of the larger media outlets out of the approximately 78 people that were killed only about half of them were worth pointing out specifically. Which half? The women and children of course.

This is an appeal to emotion. The deaths of women and children are supposed to pull an extra heart string or two and that pulling has become a Pavlovian bell. Talk about the women and children being hurt and you're sure to really get your point across. Of course that comes at the cost of basically saying that the lives of men, even civilian men, don't matter.

And I'm not the first person to notice this.

Oh what's this? The Obama Administration classifies all military aged males as combatants and targets them for death as such?

Valuing one sort of life over another (whether that sort is cut along gender, religion, or whatever) is f'd up to say the least. You want to know why men feel like they don't matter? A lot of it has to do with stuff like this. Seeing men targeted for death based on nothing more than being a male of a certain age and/or having your death just left as a number because you're male isn't not a good feeling.

But I'm sure this won't stop people from pretending this stuff doesn't happen and that men really don't have it that bad.
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