I'm happy to find there are men, like Dr. Katz, so passionately addressing the issue of male violence and gender imbalance (to use a nice term for a great worldwide injustice).
Sociology 101, First Night of Class
I wanted to like him
This twenty-something ex-Marine
Young enough to be my son
Too young for the things he's seen.
His cragged smile creased his face
Reflecting back the horror
Buried deep in his eyes
His giggle belying his past.
What broken scene makes a man
glorify murder? Causes him to gloat
As he recounts his fun--shooting turtles
On a friend's twenty acre ranch.
What makes him wish he was an infantryman
Because they get away with
Bursting through doors
And killing whatever moves?
What mother ever raised her son
To be this monster?
Laughing as he talks of killing,
As though it's a picnic in the park.
And I, his Jewish sociology teacher
Who takes her sacred obligation
"Thou shalt not murder" seriously,
Pray for a resocialization miracle.
Debra L. Winegarten
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Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity
While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. http://youtu.be/KTvSfeCRxe8
** For a powerful interview with Amy Goodman on Domestic Violence - the subject is an HBO Film "Private Violence: Survivors & Advocates Confront Victim Blaming & the Epidemic of Domestic Abuse" currently at the Sundance Film Festival.
Another statistic: Since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, CT, there have been at least 35 school shootings in America - here they are. Every one was instigated by a (young) male.
|1.||1/08/2013||Fort Myers||FL||Apostolic Revival Center Christian School|
|2.||1/10/2013||Taft||CA||Taft Union High School|
|3.||1/15/2013||St. Louis||MO||Stevens Institute of Business & Arts|
|4.||1/15/2013||Hazard||KY||Hazard Community and Technical College|
|5.||1/16/2013||Chicago||IL||Chicago State University|
||Houston||TX||Lone Star College North Harris Campus|
|7.||1/31/2013||Atlanta||GA||Price Middle School|
|8.||2/13/2013||San Leandro||CA||Hillside Elementary School|
|9.||2/27/2013||Atlanta||GA||Henry W. Grady HS|
|10.||3/18/2013||Orlando||FL||University of Central Florida|
|11.||3/21/2013||Southgate||MI||Davidson Middle School|
|12.||4/19/2013||Cambridge||MA||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|13.||4/29/2013||Cincinnati||OH||La Salle High School|
|14.||6/7/2013||Santa Monica||CA||Santa Monica College|
|15.||6/19/2013||W. Palm Beach||FL||Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts|
|16.||8/15/2013||Clarksville||TN||Northwest High School|
|17.||8/20/2013||Decatur||GA||Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy|
|18.||8/23/2013||Sardis||MS||North Panola High School|
|19.||8/30/2013||Winston-Salem||NC||Carver High School|
|20.||9/28/2013||Gray||ME||New Gloucester High School|
|21.||10/4/2013||Pine Hills||FL||Agape Christian Academy|
|22.||10/15/2013||Austin||TX||Lanier High School|
|23.||10/21/2013||Sparks||NV||Sparks Middle School|
|24.||11/1/2013||Algona||IA||Algona High/Middle School|
|25.||11/2/2013||Greensboro||NC||North Carolina A&T State University|
|26.||11/3/2013||Stone Mountain||GA||Stephenson High School|
|27.||11/21/2013||Rapid City||SD||South Dakota School of Mines & Technology|
|28.||12/4/2013||Winter Garden||FL||West Orange High School|
|29.||12/13/2013||Arapahoe County||CO||Arapahoe High School|
|30.||1/9/2014||Jackson||TN||Liberty Technology Magnet HS|
|31.||1/14/2014||Roswell||NM||Berrendo Middle School|
|32.||1/15/2014||Lancaster||PA||Martin Luther King Jr. ES|
|33.||1/17/2014||Philadelphia||PA||Delaware Valley Charter HS|
|35.||1/21/2014||West Lafayette||IN||Purdue University|
Data: These are incidents in which a firearm was fired or brandished on school property, including colleges and universities. Incidents were identified through media reports, so this is likely an undercount of the true total.
Last updated: 01/21/2014