|Elliot Oliver Rodger|
Rodger in his video Life is so unfair because girls dont want me
July 24th, 1991|
London, England, UK
May 23rd, 2014 (age 22)|
Elliot Oliver Rodger (July 24th, 1991 - May 23rd, 2014) was an American spree killer who murdered six and injured thirteen on the night of May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista, CA, before killing himself after being cornered by police. His given motive was that he was a 22-year old virgin.
After the attack, Internet users and the media unearthed a wide online trail of Rodger expressing his distaste for women, minorities, and men who fit the "frat boy" archetype. Additionally, he authored a 137-page manifesto titled My Twisted World, in which he detailed his life and leadup to the attack. According to My Twisted World, Rodger's near-daily obsession with sex began shortly after puberty and grew in intensity steadily, culminating in the attack. His worldview was seemingly segmented into people who have had sex and people who haven't, to such an extent that he even deliberated murdering his younger brother simply because he lost his virginity at an age conventionally considered normal.
The massacre prompted much debate, both in mass media and social media, about institutional sexism and misogyny. This prompted SJWs to start the #YesAllWomen hashtag to describe their (often trivial) unfavourable encounters with other men.
- 1 Background
- 2 Online Presence
- 3 Response
- 4 See Also
Rodger was born July 24th, 1991 in London, England to Peter Rodger, a British filmmaker, and his wife "Chin". Rodger's conception was an accident, having occurred after his mother took an antibiotic while on birth control.
Rodger's parents would later divorce. Around the age of seven, a Moroccan woman named Soumaya became Rodger's step-mother. Rodger would often butt heads with Soumaya over simple rules such as household chores, finishing dinner, and talking to other children in the neighbourhood. As late as adulthood, he continued to colour her in a negative light in his manifesto for these exact reasons.
My whole world had changed. The “cool” thing to do now was to be popular with girls. I didn’t know
how to go about doing that. Skateboarding, I was able to do… dressing well, that was simple… Butattracting attention from girls? How in the blazes was I going to do that?—My Twisted World, p. 28
The origin of Rodger's sex obsession is not particularly clear, but it is clear from his manifesto that he had began to suffer from low self-esteem and confidence as early as his teen years. Asperger Syndrome, a now-deprecated autism classification associated with a lack of "social instinct", likely played a major part in his failings with women. Rodger angrily described his utter bewilderment at how to attract female attention, all while the act of attraction appeared frustratingly natural to other boys. Lacking any natural perspective on dating, Rodger would later develop a revolving set of theories dealing with female attraction; many of them centering on the simplistic premise that one requires extraordinarily looks, wealth, or power just to be eligible to date. Curiously, Asperger Syndrome receives no mention within Rodger's 137-page manifesto, although news reports confirm he had been diagnosed with the disorder.
Before he had even entered high school, Rodger's fear of women was firmly cemented. In fear of having to deal with other girls, the prospect of dating, or other boys detailing their sexual encounters, Rodger requested placement in Crespi Carmelite High School, a boys-only Catholic academy. From the start, his plan had encountered its flaws; upon seeing all the "huge highschool boys" on the first day of school, Rodger cried and refused to leave his father's car. He had failed to make any friends in school and took extreme umbrage at the popular, well-liked students. To his consternation, the other boys had also discussed girls and sex frequently, provoking his "hatred and envy." His time at Crespi would end after the last day of ninth grade, when during P.E., Rodger had witnessed another boy playing a tape recording of he and his girlfriend having sex. This incident caused Rodger to cry so profusely that he was called into the office for his mother to bring him home.
This is how girls are, and I was starting to realize it. This was what truly opened my eyes to
how brutal the world is. The most meanest and depraved of men come out on top, and women flock to these men. Their evil acts are rewarded by women; while the good, decent men are laughed at. It is sick,twisted, and wrong in every way. I hated the girls even more than the bullies because of this.—My Twisted World, p. 48
Rodger was later enrolled in Taft High School, an experience he described as "toxic". Because of his unusual demeanor and "nerdy" fashion sense, Rodger was bullied his first and only week at Taft. According to his manifesto, this week solidified his hatred for women, after witnessing them to be apparently apathetic to his bullying at the hands of a "tall" and "blonde-haired" boy. Because of this, Rodger was withdrawn from Taft before his second week, but not before crying profusely once again.
Obsession with Others' Sex Lives
changed a lot. He was now Fourteen, and he told me he had a girlfriend. I was shocked, amazed, and envious. I wondered how an immature brat like Jeffrey could have a girlfriend at such a young age. I hadthe dreaded suspicion that he had already had sex with her, and I tried not to think about it.—My Twisted World, p. 51
Rodger had a pathological obsession with the sex lives of others, often comparing his own failures to others' successes. At various points in his manifesto, Rodger tells of not wanting to learn of one's sex life, for it would serve as another stark reminder of everything he was obsessed with and seemingly incapable of doing. Rodger had viewed people in two categories of who had sex, and who didn't, preferring the company of those who didn't and feeling betrayed when they had "made it out". This obsession had gripped him so much that, near the end of his manifesto, Rodger describes a plan to kill his younger brother Jazz, solely because he had more social prowess than he does and by extension would be good with girls: thus making him his "one of [his] enemies".
I never thought nor cared about money before I turned 18...the more older I grew, the
more I realized how important money was, and the more obsessed I would become about getting rich. This obsession, which was barely taking root at the time, sparked a long relationship the Lottery thatwould only end in disappointment and despair.—My Twisted World, p. 61
Rodger describes episodes of near-fanatical obsession with winning the lottery in his manifesto. In lock-step with his constant undertone of sex obsession, Rodger wanted to win the lottery as a way to attain enough prestige and privilege he felt would be necessary to finally have sex with a single woman. His gambling addiction was marked by highly unusual beliefs, such as the fact that he could "will" the universe into selecting the numbers on his ticket at drawing. At one point, Rodger spends over $700 in lottery tickets, and even drives from California into Arizona solely to purchase them. Rodger's continual failure to win the lottery is cited as one of his final moments that led him to plan his "Day of Retribution".
Despite his long string of failures with women and his obsession with winning the lottery, Elliot Rodger came from a relatively privileged background. His mother had prestigious connections with high-profile figures in the film industry such as George Lucas and he describes frequent travel in his formative years.
This privilege enabled Rodger's mother to purchase him a BMW 3-Series coupe at his mere request. Like winning the lottery, Rodger believed that a luxury car would improve his chances with women; this had served as the single reason he wanted one. His online profiles were littered with pictures of him standing around or sitting inside the car, in a seemingly ostentatious display of sex appeal. This BMW would later be used in the perpetration of the shooting and his eventual suicide.
Like many of his generation, Rodger left behind an extensive online trail of activities pertaining to his interests. By far, the majority of these were found on either PUA sites, or communities designed primarily around improving one's sex appeal (such as Bodybuilding.com).
Both the locations themselves and the posts within provide an insightful look at Elliot Rodger's day-to-day life. Almost all of the posts center around his sex obsession and finding some easy way to have sex with women.
Google Plus Profile
Rodger's shooting provoked a wide range of responses, ranging from sympathy to revulsion.
Response from Love-Shy/Wizard/PUA Community
Disillusioned with their own lack of sexual success, a significant number of "red-pillers" and Love-shy individuals sympathised with Rodger's actions. Blogger Roosh V, however, denounced Rodger on a post on his Return of Kings website.