What’s Current: Journalist Kim Wall stabbed 15 times on Danish inventor’s submarine

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Kim Wall
  • Kim Wall discovered to have 15 stab wounds on her body. Peter Madsen, 46, faces a murder charge over the death of the 30-year-old journalist.
  • The Las Vegas shooter allegedly used to berate his wife in public.
  • Man charged with attempted murder for tampering with his wife’s parachute.
  • Protesters storm Mexican “feminist” all-male panel.
  • Business-man Alan Sugar offers never-before-considered suggestion for closing the pay gap: Women should ask for a raise.
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Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.

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  • Kathleen Lowrey

    women should also ask not to be stabbed. TRY IT LADIES DON’T BE SHY. you go girl!

  • M. Zoidberg

    Hey, Alan Sugar: Fuck you!

    Don’t think I’d have to look far for a correlation between women who ask for more money and women who are branded troublemakers for even asking…

  • M. Zoidberg

    >>”An examination of Madsen’s computer had also uncovered material featuring women being tortured and killed.”

    Well this is pretty straight forward: another angry, white male with dreams of torturing and killing us, tortures and kills one of us. How unoriginal.

    • Morag999

      The material on his computer reportedly featured women being burned and beheaded. What Madsen watched being done to women in snuff films, is what he did to Kim Wall. For excitement. There’s no dividing line between what men do to women in pornography and what men do to women in “real” life. It’s all real life.

      • Omzig Online

        This article and your comment reminded me of this other piece on FC:

        “No woman has any reason to give a man who enjoys a picture of a woman being abused the benefit of the doubt that he would not like to experience that in person, that he would not like to cause that fear himself.”


        • Jani

          The frightening thing about pornography is the prevalence of violence, humiliation and verbal abuse. There was clear evidence of violent pornogaphy in the documentary Not A Love Story made in the early 70s, so we know it didn’t suddenly appear with 50 Shades of Gray. So called BDSM isn’t some innate characteristic that people are born with, like left-handedness or blue eyes. It’s not a game of dress up either. It’s a learned script that’s part of the lexicon of pornography. It is sexualised violence, but it’s been puffed up like it’s some sort of respectable middle class pastime. As Gail Dines says, once violence has been sexualised, it becomes invisible. So violence is euphemised away by calling it “play”, and you end up with slapping and hair-pulling as a ‘normal’ part of sex. Where are these ideas coming from? Well, we know the answer to that. Violence against women has been normalised in porn, and in our culture too. Tragedies like this may well be the consequence of a free and unlimited supply of violent pornography.

          • fragglerock

            I agree. And people are looking to pornography to learn about sex!

            I would have to say that misogyny and the accompanying violence towards women ARE “respectable middle class pastimes.” And upper class…and “lower” class. That’s one of the things about misogyny: you can be the poorest most disadvantaged man there is, and at the end of the day come home and beat/degrade your wife/girlfriend and still feel like “a man.”

            I agree with Dines and MacKinnon and others that sexualization of violence is normalization. Because sex is “good” or “natural”, we don’t question it or anything associated with it.

      • Jani

        “An examination of Madsen’s computer had also uncovered material featuring women being tortured and killed.”
        Yes, I read that and found it upsetting, not just because it’s shocking but because it was almost predictable that this man would turn out to be a violent misogynist who got off on images of torture and worse. The violence and torture that appears in these videos actually happened to someone, and then for someone to watch it, get off on it and then replicate it… I am without words. I accept that violence against women has always been a sinister presence, but this unprecedented availability of sexualised violence, torture and murder recorded on video and distributed round the world via the internet is disturbing in the extreme.

      • M. Zoidberg

        Not long before he claims depression, or perhaps diminished capacity from years of blowing up shit, inhaling shit, or who knows what else Mr. Amateur Rocket Scientist did to his brain during his years of unlicensed, umm, science-ing?

        But certainly, violent snuff films are just “fantasies.” That’s what the defence’ll call it, “harmless fantasies,” just like so many other men before him.

        Urk! Makes me want to puke!!

    • Wren

      Isn’t it telling that the discovery of the snuff porn is written almost as additional information to the case? Like, here’s evidence of numerous other murders!! Maybe investigate those too?? Once you peer into the fun house that is violence against women, it’s just murder murder every-fucking-where.

      • fragglerock

        Right? Like “oh….almost forgot…he’s into watching the same type of stuff in porn too…” sickening….

    • fragglerock

      Yes! Undoubtedly, members of the boys club will rush to his and THEIR OWN defense, saying that the porn was not connected to the murder in any way. All so they can keep getting off to seeing women humiliated, demeaned, and murdered.

    • Alienigena

      Though I am a designer of games (educational / social impact games) I find it hard to believe the claims of some researchers and gamers that violent videogames that allow male avatars to rape, murder, mutilate, and sodomize female characters have no impact on players psychologically. I don’t play first person shooter games they have no attraction for me. We receive enough encouragement from the media to think of others callously, why expose yourself to more of the same in a video game.

  • fragglerock

    The last few paragraphs of the murder story read like EVERY OTHER story of a sadistic misogynist, devoid of empathy, trying to save himself after murdering a woman.

    >>”No investigations had been carried out to substantiate Madsen’s claim that the journalist died in an accident and that her body was still intact when he disposed of it at sea, she said.”
    So….she was stabbed and dismembered by a deep-sea diver or a fish with thumbs???

    >>”Madsen told a hearing last month that the journalist died when a 70kg hatch cover fell on her head while she was climbing on to the deck of the surfaced submarine. ‘It was a terrible accident, a disaster,’ he said.”
    So he thought he’d chuck her over the side as opposed to calling the cops???

    I’m not even going to address the rest. This guy is as sick and as GUILTY as they come.