Is it just me, or does this appear to imply that forensic psychologist Dr. Brian Russell said that girls, as a function of their gender, are more likely to have hateful little minds than non-girls (AKA boys)?
I was all set to flay Dr. Russell for his sexist, misogynistic, inaccurate, unfounded accusations about little girls when mine eyes beheld the entirety of his quote and I stopped yearning to kick him in the … knees. What Dr. Russell actually said was:
“I think this is much more probably about immature [sic], hatred, jealousy, narcissism, and probably coupled with in sufficient parenting — probably what we have here are a couple morally underdeveloped, hateful, jealous, little minds with insufficient supervision and parenting. It’s probably a more run-of-the-mill attempted murder really.”
It turns out that Dr. Russell was talking about the event in Waukesha, Wisconsin, wherein two twelve-year-old girls named Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed a classmate at least 19 times in an attempt to sacrifice her to the “Slender Man”, a run-of-the-mill horror meme the assailants chose to fixate on. (Thankfully, their victim survived.) Dr. Russell was explaining that NO there was not some satanic Slender Man forcing kids to commit murder and that parents should NOT panic; it was just a murder attempt by two garden-variety homicidal psychopaths who just happened to be very young.
The chyron should have read, “DR RUSSELL: NOTHING TO FEAR FROM SLENDER MAN”. That would have been accurate.
I’m starting to think that I could devote this whole blog to calling out sensationalistic reporting misrepresenting science/scientists/medicine.
*stalks away in a didactic huff*