Politico: Don't Blame Mental Illness for
Mass Shootings. Blame "Toxic Masculinity"

By Robert Farago. January 18th, 2018

"As we begin a new year," UVM grad Laura Kiesel (above) writes at politico.com, "it's time to have a more nuanced discussion about what might really be to blame for the trend of mass shootings in America -- as well as the gun violence epidemic more broadly. No, it isn't mental illness. It's gender. If we want to stop the problem of mass shootings, we need to fix the problem of toxic masculinity." Specifically . . .

According to sociologist Eric Madfis, the male gender-mass shooter connection may stem from cultural standards of how men are expected to react to stress and perceived victimization as compared to women.

"Women tend to internalize blame and frustration, while men tend to externalize it through acts of aggression," says Madfis, who is an associate professor at the criminal justice department at University of Washington-Tacoma and author of a 2014 journal article exploring the intersectional identities of American mass murderers. .......

Well, here's a new slant on violence involving guns! It would seem these days that more and more the male gender is under attack and here we see 'toxic masculinity' receiving the agression award, whatever that is meant to be. There is probably little doubt that societal factors play a part and possibly more so within the gang cultures, but there is much more behind mass murders than just gender.

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