Masculinity and Mass Shootings


katsudonburi:

thingspeopleasklibrarians:

Trigger Warning: Violence against Women Last Night in Santa Barbara California, a Gunman in a BMW opened fire on students near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista. Seven are dead including … He’s a “good guy”! Right. Of course, an actual good guy wouldn’t pick up a gun and decide to kill people.

The murderer called himself an Alpha Male. He wasn’t. He’s another domestic terrorist who grabbed a gun and killed people.

The money quote of all money quotes from his youtube “manifesto”:

On the day of retribution I will enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled stuck up blonde slut I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would have all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. While they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one. The true Alpha Male.

This should go without saying, but if you think violence is a suitable reaction to not getting what you want, be it an orgasm or a job or a stick of gum, you are not a good person, let alone a nice one.

Something that is seldom mentioned about these sorts of mass shootings is that the perpetrator is always male, and the victims are almost always disproportionately female. This is a pattern that’s held pretty consistently for at least the last twenty years.

Yes, mass shooters are pathological. They’re outliers. But they’re working from the same foundations as the rest of society.

If that doesn’t tell you that there’s something deep and dark at the heart of “what it means to be a man” in our society, I don’t know what will.

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