The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated every year on Nov. 25. But its campaign runs until Dec. 10, a time frame that includes the anniversary—this year the 34th—of the mass murder of 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnic on Dec. 6, 1989.

The Montreal victims’ families find solace in national and international ceremonies of remembrance. There isn’t a feminist in the West who does not to this day interpret the action of Montreal killer Gamil Gharbi (son of an Algerian father and Québécois mother; he adopted the name Marc Lepine) as a symbol of the toxic masculinity, whether active or dormant, that afflicts every man, in every generation. Which makes no sense because, while gender-indiscriminate massacres are common in history, women-only massacres are vanishingly rare.

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