The Female of the Species Is More Deadly than the Male: A Restraining Order Plot Twist That Fans of Novelist Gillian Flynn Will Appreciate

Posted on May 29, 2016


cattymaliceThe previous post concerned the interpersonal and legal travails of a blogger who brought her story to my attention last week.

Jenny has twice been served (this month) with restraining orders alleging “domestic violence” that were petitioned by an ex-boyfriend with whose son she had formed a parental attachment.

The “man” resents her talking about him online and has sought to hurt her by falsely representing her as violent. After his first complaint was dismissed, he promptly petitioned a second order alleging Jenny had a gun and mandating that she attend a 52-week “Batterer Intervention Program.”

Because he could.

Intermediately, Jenny has been attacked online by an anonymous heckler-cum-terrorist:

My suspicion was that her ex was playing ventriloquist and writing in different idioms to give the effect that more than one person was outraged by Jenny’s blog (like anyone else could care).

I believe the speaker who identifies “themselves” as “Active Reader” likely is her accuser. He tries to rationally justify her ex’s being an ungallant sniveler.

Jenny says she knows who the second voice belongs to, though, and it’s not who you’d guess. “Anonymous” is the guy’s sister (the little boy’s auntie).

As Jenny’s case shows—and as I’ve presaged in posts past—men are hopping on the passive-aggressive bandwagon and abusing process to satisfy spiteful impulses. It’s there, it’s easy to exploit, and there are no consequences for lying…so why not?

As Jenny’s case also shows, however, when it comes to catty malice…men are still the lightweights.

Copyright © 2016

*Gillian Flynn, mentioned in the title of this post, is the writer of Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects, novels in which women are the villains (and all of them stellar tales). As any genuine feminist would appreciate, none of Flynn’s female characters is passive anything.