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Hot Topics: Understanding Mass Murder as Male Aggrieved Entitlement

  • Mar 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

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.”

Suggested Readings:

Why We Won't Talk About Gun 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

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  • Mary L.

    What an interesting topic and we had such a range of opinions. We could have talked a few more hours!

    March 30, 2013

  • Mary H.

    This 4-6 pm meeting time is really tough for me. Can't make it this month. Sorry!

    March 20, 2013

  • Dorothy M.

    Maybe next time!

    March 19, 2013

  • Lori L.

    I totally agree with this assessment. I would go a step further and say that the masculine culture of today is based on mysoginy. Men are so afraid of the power of women that they rage against us,want to dominate us and will kill us to keep us under their control.they look upon us as their sacred entitlement. I would love to come but have to go to a WSNA picketing event that is at the same time.

    March 18, 2013

  • Phyllis

    Can't attend but LOVE the title of this meeting!

    March 14, 2013

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