March 20, 2013 · 4:00 PM
The response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut has focused on new laws to regulate guns, the mentally ill and violent video games. “But these three factors are simply not enough,” says Michael Kimmel. “There are at least two more elements of this equation of what can only be described as ‘suicide by mass murder’ that have to be weighed judiciously alongside guns, mental illess and violence in media. These often unspoken elements are gender and race” (Kimmell and Cliff Leek at Huffingtonpost.com).
In March, we’ll examine the assertions of Michael Kimmel and his various co authors that rampage school shootings—Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech—are part of the culture of masculinity in the US that creases a sense of “aggrieved entitlement” conducive to violence. He argues that we must question the acceptance of using violence against any perceived slight or threat as a basic tenet of masculinity. “American men don’t get mad, they get even.”
Why We Won't Talk About Gun Violence and Masculinity in America http://msmagazine.com/blog/2012/12/17/why-wont-we-talk-about-violence-and-masculinity-in-america/
Suicide by mass murder: Masculinity, aggrieved entitlement, and rampage school shootings
Naming the Obvious
Connecticut Shooting, white males, and mass murder