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Masculinity Kills May 24, 2014

Posted by Summerspeaker in Feminism, Queer politics.

Today’s shooting in Santa Barbara puts this dynamic in stark relief. The shooter, Elliot Rodger, justified the shooting based on sexual and social frustration. “‘I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you,” ey said in video made just before the deadly rampage. “You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one – the true alpha male.” This isn’t an isolated incident but a consistent and logical outcome of a culture that fixates on social status and glorifies violence. It’s enough to make Cathy Brennan’s focus on male violence seem wise. Rodger was influenced by and part of the Men’s Rights movement.



1. James Miller (@JimDMiller) - May 24, 2014

From an evolutionary viewpoint a necessary condition of masculinity is that it attracts women. This was anti-masculinity.

Summerspeaker - May 24, 2014

I’ve little sympathy for evolutionary psychology. Cultural tropes of masculinity vary dramatically, but killing a bunch of people certainly fulfills some of them. The iconic man in contemporary popular culture typically kills tons bad guys and has lots of sex with women, so based on that you could describe this as failed masculinity. But it’s all within masculinity’s logic.

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