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Death Row and the Pussy Pass

I suppose I should out myself from the beginning as being opposed to the death penalty. At the very least I’m against it till we develop a system that assures 100% certainty that we are killing the right person, and that assures that every deserving scumbag gets an equal chance at the needle.

We are nowhere near that competent, or even concerned about getting it right for that matter, so I remain at the default position of con.

That being said, in regards to the September 23rd scheduled execution of Teresa Lewis in Virginia, I have an amended position.

Let’s throw some burgers on the grill, crack open a few cold ones, and watch them ice this murdering bitch on pay-per-view. Or maybe we could tweak the date a little and do it at half time of a football game. Terry Bradshaw could do the play by play.

Teresa Lewis

We’ll put Sponge Bob on DVD in the other room for the kids.

I’m not just fascinated by the Lewis case because executions of women are rare. Though they are, exceedingly. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, there have been over 1,200 executions in the United States. A whopping 11 of them, or less than 1%, were women. Lewis will, if not saved by the Supreme Court or the Virginia Governor, be the first dead woman walking in that state in 98 years.

This stands in pretty stark contrast considering women commit, by DOJ estimates, 10% of all murders, are involved in 35% of all domestic homicides (are involved means, like Lewis, they get other people to kill for them) and nearly 30% of murders where the victim was another family member.

On death row, it seems, the vagina exemption is almost a given.

And that really is what makes this particular case so interesting. It is not just that female executions don’t keep up with female criminality, it’s why they don‘t. And that requires us to take another much needed look at that most peculiar of growing social phenomenon, the pussy pass.

From all the evidence available, Lewis used her pussy to get into this trouble and now wants to use it to avoid paying the price. For the latter she is getting a lot of help; that coming from her attorneys, but bolstered by a gynocentric media that is reaching a frothing and feverish pitch in activism on her behalf.

On the surface, it might appear that they have a case to make for her.

One of Lewis’s hired killers, 22 year old Matthew Shallenberger, is alleged to have written a letter in which he claims to have manipulated Lewis, who reportedly has a low I.Q., into the crime. Apparently, the boy had Game, but not on a level that helped him with the state. He killed himself after getting a life sentence.

Lewis’s lawyers have had trouble getting the letter admitted into evidence.

It is also the contention of her counsel, with supporting expert opinions, that Lewis has a Dependent Personality Disorder, which makes her susceptible to being manipulated by men.

That’s clinical speak for the pussy pass. It has to be the man’s fault, right? Women don’t do these things unless someone makes them, and that someone is always a man.

But there are some other inconvenient facts around the case that don’t work in Lewis’s favor. For instance, there was an earlier failed plot to kill her husband and step son, and to help seal the deal Lewis had taken her 16 year old daughter to have sex with the second gunman, 19 year old Rodney Fuller. Apparently it was all the encouragement he needed.

Also, in consideration is the fact that Lewis financed the purchase of the weapons, left the front door of the home unlocked so that the gunmen could slip in and waited over 30 minutes as her husband lay bleeding to death before calling 911. It was actually the husband, Julian, who stubbornly clung to life long enough to tell the police at the scene that his wife knew the people who shot him, that quickly put investigators onto Lewis as the culprit. When she broke under questioning, she told investigators she did it for the money.

It would be easy enough to argue that any of that could still be consistent with her attorney’s assertion that this was a simple minded woman who got drawn in by a more intelligent and manipulative mastermind.

The only problem with that is that it really doesn’t matter. Death chambers have taken the lives of many men of low intelligence and who were highly impressionable. But there is not a penis pass, so they get the needle anyway.

And as you peruse the headlines of any of about a hundred news stories currently running on Lewis’s execution, you get the real reason for wanting to save her from her debt to society.

She is, well, a she. Lack of intelligence and impressionability aside, the one thing every news agency, and her lawyers keep hammering on to the public is that we are about to kill a woman. The rest is just window dressing that can be seen on every death row appeal ever written in the last hundred years.

Low intelligence means nothing, unless it is low enough that the person cannot comprehend the nature of their acts, or tell the difference between right and wrong.

All of Lewis’s behaviors, before the murders and up to this very moment are bombastic advertising that she knew exactly what she was doing and knew that it was wrong. And all we are witnessing now is a society struggling to cling to the idea that a woman’s life, even a calculated killer, is more valuable than a man’s.

I think we should start sending female killers to death row, and keep sending them, until we finally get smart enough to give this stupid and vile form of sexism its swan song; until we execute our own bigotry.

And if you are against the death penalty, this would be the wisest strategy to pursue. If you really want to end capital punishment, start executing women every time they legally deserve it. The death chambers would shut down overnight. And if that is not a sign of a very sick society, nothing is.

About Paul Elam

Paul Elam is the founder and publisher of A Voice for Men, WhiteRibbon.org and the founder of A Voice for Men Radio, the AVfM YouTube Channel, and appears weekly on AVFM Intelligence Report, Going Mental with Dr. Tara Palmatier and weekly on MANstream Media with Warren Farrell and Tom Golden.

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  • Micky T

    Isn’t it “ironic” that the symbol of blind justice is a blindfolded WOMAN holding a balance scale. And the symbol of liberty is another WOMAN holding a torch.

    If the woman who microwaved her 9 mo old baby to death because the baby was interfering with her love life wasn’t executed, you might want to hold off picking up those cold ones.

  • Retrenched

    Maybe I shouldn’t say this… BUT….

    Does anyone think she’d be getting the needle if she looked like Jessica Alba? Hell, does anyone think she even would have been convicted in the first place?

    Just saying…

  • http://avoiceformen.com Paul Elam

    @ Retrenched

    I thought of addressing that point in the OP, but decided it was more efficient not to. I absolutely agree with you. There is the pussy pass, and then there is the good looking pussy pass. The latter explains why the 11 women executed in the U.S. since the return to capitol punishment were all butt ugly.

    That ain’t no accident.

  • keith

    Although in Canada there is no death penalty, in a case of brutal sexual serial murders by Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo in which Homolka participated in the murder of her own sister. They were so ready and wanting to give her the pussy pass that her lawyer struck a deal to testify against Bernardo while withholding video tapes of the actual crimes.

    Homolka, however, “portrayed herself as the innocent victim of a murderous monster. [In 1993], she struck a deal with prosecutors (later dubbed the “Deal with the Devil”) and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths in exchange for a 12-year prison sentence. But videotapes of the crimes, found after the plea bargain, showed her to be a more active participant. Public outrage about Homolka’s sentence had barely cooled by the time of her extremely high-profile release from prison in 2005″.

    This was the photo that was commonly used in the media. Does this answer your question?

    [img]http://avoiceformen.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/homolka.jpg[/img]

  • Bob O’Hara

    When I was a kid still living at home there was an instance where a woman in Texas was up for execution; I can’t remember who. She was in her late forties and was shown sitting in a rocking chair in her cell knitting a scarf for her grandchild. That’s right, a scarf in Texas!
    My dad looked at me and said “whenever you see a woman on Death Row being interviewed you can almost certainly count on her knitting something.”
    It’s not just the fair maiden archetype that is played up but the doting mother/grandmother archetype as well in order to protect these women from their own actions. Unfortunately for Ms. Lewis, they had a hard time pulling either one of those off so they used the Retarded Pussy pass. And when you do that you open the case to more objective scrutiny. Too bad for her.

  • http://strike-the-root.com/user/188 B.R. Merrick
  • Mickey T

    @ Kelly BS

    “Women aren’t executed as often simply because they don’t pull the trigger or do the stabbing………….”

    Did it ever occur to you that women do MORE damage LEGALLY?

    I think Paul’s point is that the law needs changing to make women’s crimes illegal and carrying the same penalties as men, as it should be.

    Sort of, equality.

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com Denis

    I live in St. Catharines, where the homolka/bernardo murders occurred. I’m thinking of using the issue to discredit local politicians, judicial training, police training and discriminatory DV supporters.

    Dr. Peter Jaffe currently sits as chairman of the Ontario Death Review Committee, which reviews and reports on a hand selected number of domestic homicides each year. The ODRC is being promoted by liberal politicians as the primary defense for discriminatory DV policies. Jaffe has spent his entire career teaching women’s studies and studying violence against women (women’s shelters only). He is also responsible for much of the training programs for judges, lawyers and police.

    Jaffe was the “expert witness” at the trial of Paul Bernardo who said that Karla Homolka could have been a “battered woman” who was not responsible for the drugging, raping, and murder of several teenage girls, including her little sister Tammy. Never mind that at the time of this incident, holiday videos showed a beaming and preening Karla, totally besotted with Bernardo and not the least bit abused.

    The defense lawyer held onto the tapes until they were able to strike a deal for Homolka. If the prosecution had the incriminating tapes, they would never have needed to make any deal with Homolka. That lawyer has never been held responsible for his illegal actions of withholding crucial evidence which showed Homolka as a willing and eager accomplice.

    Homolka is currently a free woman, with a new name.
    12 fucking years…the public is outraged!

  • http://www.CanadaCourtWatch.com Attila L. Vinczer

    @Keith Your accounting of the Carla Homolka matter is very good, but allow me to add to it.

    Consider this.

    I knew and spoke with the police officer who drove Paul Bernardo between jail and court throughout his whole trial. He spoke with Paul for hours every day. As a police officer, given discussions he had with Paul, he said that there is NO doubt in his mind that she was the mastermind and Paul her puppet! She lured the victims and had Paul do her dirty work! This woman animal was able to have supper upstairs right AFTER raping her sister and murdering her in the basement!

    A friend of mine mentioned to me just the other week that during his first divorce his lawyer was the same lawyer who failed to turn over the video tapes which lay on his desk and he saw the sticky tapes which marked them as such. My ex wife also knew this lawyer and told me how that decision haunted him knowing that he attributed to all but quashing a proper conviction of Carla Homolka. We must remember that in Canada there is the Law Society. Crown attorneys, lawyers and judges are ALL members. In my view, they secretly converse with one another and regularly decide the fate of trials! Just look at Michael Bryan, former Attorney General kills a cyclist no trial even with hard evidence. Dan Major is made to spend months in jail charged by a cop who had NO evidence, he made them up with Sherry Major who he was having an affair with. I verily believe inside deals are made all the time!

    Now here is the shocking kicker! In order for a plea bargain to be accepted in Ontario it requires the approval of the Attorney General, who is the senior most authority in law in the province! The Attorney General was no other than Marian Boyd A RADICAL FEMINIST!!!! She was bitter her bill 168 giving benefits to same sex couples failed. However, the ZERO tolerance DV laws did NOT. That law was designed by a feminist and brought into government through back doors without due process to benefit women, and harm men in order to get funding for Women’s Shelters!

    It is ironic how Marian Boyd is against polygamy but she lives in a “group marriage or Co-creative family” (what is that?) with her husband and husband’s boyfriend/gay lover! Is that not the equivalent of polygamy. I guess what is ok for women is not ok for men!

    Call it double standard, bias, sexual discrimination or “pussy pass” as Paul puts it, it seems that there are different rules for men and women with men taking the blunt of the blows nearly every time be it as a victim or otherwise! I get brutally criticized often for denouncing feminism and the ill effect it has on everyone!

  • http://strike-the-root.com/user/188 B.R. Merrick

    How’s this for a “pussy pass”? From CBS News:

    “A Somali woman charged in the deaths of two of her children allegedly locked them and three siblings inside a small closet and left to visit a friend, returning about 10 hours later to find the boy and girl dead inside…

    “On Monday, Farah was charged with two preliminary counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.” Neglect?

    That’s it. For deliberately locking children in a walk-in closet for hours on end, placing a bed against the door so they coulnd’t get out, and not calling any emergency numbers or trying to revive the kids when two “stiff and unresponsive” bodies were pulled out. She told officers she “was not in her right mind.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/22/national/main6889887.shtml

  • http://www.CanadaCourtWatch.com Attila L. Vinczer

    @B.R. Merrick “She told officers she “was not in her right mind.””

    Neither was Ted Bundy, or Charles Manson!

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com/ Denis

    4 hours to justice, scheduled 9 p.m. EDT execution.

    Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to postpone the death sentence.

    Two of the three women on the court, named Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, voted to prevent the execution.

    The court’s judgment followed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s rejection to review a mercy request, which he discarded on Friday

    She has informed prison personnel she’d like two chicken breasts, sweet peas with butter, a Dr. Pepper and either German cake or apple pie for dessert.

  • http://avoiceformen.com Paul Elam

    If that is someone’s idea of a last meal, it’s all the more reason to take her out. At least now I believe her I.Q. is 72.

  • keith

    @ Attila
    In the case of Homolka, there was no reason to second guess her motivations, fact is evidence was withheld that was crucial to understanding both perpetrators. It is the manipulation of justice behind closed doors, that is the larger crime. There is a system in place to answer such crimes. When that system is circumvented we all lose. If we end up with an approximation of a functioning system, we only have a shell for the corrupt to hide behind. The lawyer should be disbarred and serve time.

    I think what is becoming clear to me is that the law is applied based on career advantage. The severity of charges seems to be governed by whether or not it is good for the career of the person dealing with it. Which would seem to include police on all levels, legal officials representing the state, such as crown attorney’s, ministers and politicians. There is a clear pattern. No doubt a study of facts would reveal the pattern to be a much more profound level of corruption. Even in the detail cited by BR Merrick, it would be a career breaker to apply harsher charges. Justice unfortunately is not for the community, justice is only for those climbing the ladder.
    Anyone who would suggest this is a civilization we live in is just completely fucking blind by choice.

    @ Denis

    My suggestion would be German Apple Pancake, a personal favorite. However it is always enjoyed so much more in the morning!!! :)

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com Denis

    Interesting article claiming that women are also discriminated against by the justice system…for violating norms of gender correctness. Huh?

    http://www.slate.com/id/2267989/

    “For her, this meant marrying at a very young age (16) and a lifetime of being dependent on men”
    ..
    “From the moment I met her I knew she was someone who could be easily manipulated. From the moment I met her I had a plan for how I could use her to get some money.” It’s hard to imagine a man raising a similar claim about being lured into a criminal enterprise by a brilliant young woman.
    ..
    She was sentenced harshly because she used sexuality and adultery to mastermind a murder plot against loved ones, and she seeks a reprieve from death because her sexuality made her a victim in uniquely female ways.

    Victor Streib, a professor of law at Ohio Northern University and an expert on gender bias, noted in 1996 that while women comprise 13 percent of arrests for murder, they receive only 2 percent of the death sentences. “It’s like there’s something more valuable about women’s lives,” he has said. “Women are also treated differently when they’re victims.”
    ..
    Hard to imagine even the staunchest feminist insisting that if women commit 10 percent of the murders, they should compose 10 percent of those executed for it.* The better feminist response to the infrequency of capital punishment for women should probably be to fight to see that it’s equally rare for men.
    ..
    That’s because gender bias cuts both ways in the criminal justice system. While women are sentenced to death far less frequently than men, often the offenses for which they are sentenced are also rooted in antiquated gender stereotypes.
    ..
    Maybe it’s because, from the days of the Puritans, Americans have thrilled to stories of fiendish and beastly women who killed their loved ones. The culture expected white women to be “kindly, passive, virtuous caretakers,”

  • Mickey T

    My goodness, we have a bunch of “hanggin’ judges” here. But, it’s long past due, and they sure as hell asked for it, and damn well deserve it.

    It’s now 8PM EST. Even though it’s unfortunate to take a human life, I think I have enough time to run out and get a bunch of “cold ones”, and be back in time for a tiny step towards the liberation of my brothers and children.

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com Denis

    There was a publication ban for the Homolka/Bernardo trials, everything happened behind closed doors through the actions of a feminist attorney general, feminist DV expert and Bernardo’s lawyer hiding evidence. There has never been an inquiry and likely never will.

    Most of the Canadian public knows very little about the case.

  • keith

    @ Denis

    The claim at the time was that the murders were so brutal, a public inquiry would not be in the best interest of the surviving families. Although several claims regarding police mismanagement of the scarboro rapist leads suggests that an inquiry of any kind would have been counter productive to careers in the “justice” system. More police ineptitude and corruption covered up.

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com Denis

    TheNewsBlotter‎: /@cnnbrk: Teresa Lewis was executed Thurs night, becoming the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century.

    Regardless of position in capital punishment…that’s equality!

    The real victory is the national discussion on gender discrimination in life and death.

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com Denis

    WTF!?

    “Tonight, the machinery of death in Virginia extinguished the beautiful, childlike and loving human spirit of Teresa Lewis …” Rocap said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/09/23/virginia.woman.execution/index.html?hpt=T1

  • Mickey T

    @Denis

    Question:
    What’s the difference between a dead lawyer on the highway, and a dead skunk on the highway?

    Answer:
    There are skid marks near the skunk.
    (Doesn’t apply to all lawyers)

    These guys do this all day long, and still go home and look at themselves in the mirror.

    Take it for what it’s worth, and enjoy our little, as you say, “victory”.

    Besides, reading the Cun* News Network will only get you upset.

  • Jackie

    I have always been against the death penalty. First it is just plain wrong period and let’s the criminal off the hook too easy. I feel they should have to live a long miserable life and think on what they did. I recall having this battle way back with a few of you. Most were on the same page as me.

    I find it appalling that because this is a woman that was executed your position on the subject would change. Is this a one time change of heart or is it a permanent change in thinking ? Also is it only women that you support executing ? Do you feel better ? I think it is sad when anyone is killed and even worse when it is state sanctioned. It does not signify equality in society but rather barbarism and voyeurism at it’s worst.

    I know you all find her vile as do I. Just think about this for a moment. What kind of man would kill for pussy & butt ugly pussy at that.

  • rebtus

    Sisterhood is well in the Supreme Court. Two female justice, Ginsburg and Sotomayor, were only ones in favor of stopping Teresa Lewis execution which now has taken place. Link;
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/09/22/2010-09-22_supreme_court_denies_stay_of_execution_for_virginias_teresa_lewis.html

  • http://denisspaceeh.spaces.live.com/ Denis

    @Jackie,

    I don’t agree with the death penalty, but this issue is about equality under the law. Disagree with the law all you want, it must be applied equally.

    If you want to challenge the injustice of the death penalty…consider all of the innocent men who have been freed from death row by the innocence project.

  • Mickey T

    “What kind of a man would kill for pussy………”

    I guess one who has a low IQ and is also getting money for it as well. Pussy isn’t worth that much.

    Just couldn’t close without demonizing a man, could you?

    I think you are missing the point. The issue is not how and when one views the death penalty, it is the outrageous and unjust double standard surrounding it.

  • Jackie

    I disagree with the law period & will not be waiver.

    How many innocent men have been executed. If only One it is too many. I support the innocence project. They do great work.

    I am not demonizing anyone. I find her vile and him without a spine. Both worthless pounds of flesh in my opinion.

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  • unassumption

    The pussy pass isnt just on the death penalty its on all crime – not just on sentencing but on weather she’s arrested or not.
    I’m as against life imprisonment as the death penalty, an oppinion women have beat me for in the past – “you think i shouldn’t be able to kill someone for touching me in a place i don’t like?” *punch* way to respond to an argument :/
    I’m more a ‘maximize good’ than ‘retribution’ type – treating women how we should treat everyone is better than treating both like crap even if its less ‘fair.’ The BNP keep asking for whites only groups in response to blacks only ones – why not just oppose the blacks only ones, and while we’re on topic, the punishment of men?

    But back to my main point – this isn’t JUST a factor in the death penalty, it spreads throughout the justice system in a bias against men.

  • http://avoiceformen.com Paul Elam

    Damn, Un, you are on a tear today. Good to see you back.

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  • Stu

    I say hang em high

  • POD

    Quote from Pam Day (sorry for the bumping of old thread , but this woman sees throught the feminist smoke and mirrors , it seems ):

    “This is so unfair. I’m sure she’s only going to be given two-thirds of the poison that a man would get.”

  • http://rescumi.blogspot.com/ Recti

    Very interesting piece.
    Things are worse in Canada. Those who contemplate the scene north of the border might be interested in my latest article: http://rescumi.blogspot.com/2011/04/courting-female-offender.html

    • http://truthjusticeca.wordpress.com/ Denis

      Great write-up Recti