“Imagine if 61 out of 62 mass killings were done by women? Would that be seen as merely incidental and relegated to the margins of discourse? No. It would be the first thing people talked about.” -Jackson Katz
So, this conversation has been going on for a long time. This article in French is from 2012: “Why do not we talk about violence and masculinity?” or in French, “Pourquoi ne parlerions nous pas de violence et de masculinité?” [open in Google translate here].
The first thing cited is Megan Murphy’s article, “But what about the men? On masculinity and mass shootings“, available in French as «Et les hommes, eux ? » Propos sur la masculinité et les tueries de masse. This is worth quoting extensively:
When men commit violence, they’re fulfilling expectations of their gender.
“Caring, compassion, and empathy aren’t innately feminine characteristics. Those are human characteristics,” Katz says. Yet men learn the opposite. They learn to shut up and take it like a man. They also learn that they are entitled to certain things in this world: financial success, access to women, power – when they can’t acquire these things, what happens? Well, sometimes, apparently, they seethe. And without any other tools to deal with their anger and resentment, some men resort to violence.
“As a white man, the assumption is that you are the center of the world. Your needs should be met. You should be successful,” Katz says. When that doesn’t pan out men will often end up seeing themselves as victims. “This explains the cultural energy on the right in this past generation – so many of these men see themselves as victims of multiculturalism and of feminism,” he adds. “It’s undermining the cultural centrality of male authority.” Katz points out that we can see this worldview manifesting itself in the Men’s Rights Movement. “They are at the front line making the argument that men are the true victims.”
More sources from the article:
- “Why Won’t We Talk About Violence and Masculinity in America?“, Soraya Chemaly, December 17, 2012
- “A Guide to Mass Shootings in America“, Mother Jones open-source database, documenting mass shootings in the United States, 97 mass killings in the last 35 years, including weapons types and mental health profiles.
- “Suicide by mass murder: Masculinity, aggrieved entitlement, and rampage school shootings”, Rachel Kalish & Michael Kimmel. |Text|.