Early in the first season of “Mindhunter,” Netflix’s new show from David Fincher about criminal profiling and the invention of the serial killer, FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) finds himself trying to understand why crime doesn’t seem to make sense anymore. Beset by spree killers, men who commit grotesque acts of violence against women, and crimes that seem to lack any social or economic motivation at all, Ford is convinced that the meaninglessness of these crimes reflects something about a society that seems to have lost its moral center.
But over the course of the series, Ford and his partner, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), come to understand something they didn’t initially see. All of these crimes have an obvious root cause: The men who committed them hate women. That Ford and Tench and their FBI colleagues had a difficult time recognizing just how widespread misogyny is ultimately a disturbing reflection