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originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
The alpha male syndrome has existed since caveman days. It would exist without tv, ads, etc. I think most every man is born with a natural urge to compete and one up each other. I don't think it's realistic to expect it to stop any time soon.
In covering Elliot Rodger, writers aren’t shy about blaming misogyny and the groups that perpetuate it
originally posted by: aboutface
Who is to say what influence popular culture had on him?
originally posted by: Willtell
I don’t know…it seems angry white males are doing a lot of killing these days.
According to the US Department of Justice, blacks accounted for 52.5% of homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008, with whites 45.3% and Native Americans and Asians 2.2%. The offending rate for blacks was almost 8 times higher than whites, and the victim rate 6 times higher. Most murders were intraracial, with 84% of white homicide victims murdered by whites, and 93% of black victims murdered by blacks.
While the majority of all violent crimes are perpetuated by men, American mass murders in particular seem to be the territory of white men. The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime writes that, “Compared with assailants who kill but one victim, mass murderers are overwhelmingly likely to be male, [and] are far more likely to be white,” and the numbers prove it. According to Wikipedia, 75% of the rampage killings on US record were perpetrated by white males, as were 71% of massacres in schools, and 60% of workplace rampages – a seriously disproportionate number for the number of white males that make up the general population. Clearly, there is more at play here than the advantage of opportunity. Historically, the focus on serial killers and mass murderers has been on the individual motives for the crimes, and little on the overarching trend. It’s plausible that the elevated social status of white males combined with isolation, desperation, opportunity, and mental illness has led the white men who have gone on rampages to make their pain felt by those around them in a very violent way. Of course, it isn’t just male privilege that makes men more prone to violent crime than their female counterparts. From the time they are toddlers, men are socialized to express their emotions through violence. Western culture – and especially American culture – teaches boys that emotional intelligence and expression is worthless and effeminate, and that the acceptable masculine response to anger, sadness, and/or frustration is to act out physically. If this mentality is particularly deeply rooted in an individual man, he may find it incredibly difficult to form an emotional support system, leading to more self-inflicted and outwardly motivated violence among men. - See more at: bossip.com... 8NOi.dpuf
originally posted by: aboutface
The shooter had mental health issues. When someone feels /or really is rejected, they may find escape into fantasies in which he is in control. That may take the form of violence or sexual fantasies. From there it may grow until the opportunity comes for him to act it out.
Who is to say what influence popular culture had on him? What set it off, and what opportunities could there have been to offset his growing determination to stop his inner pain? If the culture of one-upmanship or male entitlement is a contributing factor, it should be examined. At least the piece has initiated discussion and debate, and that should not be seen as a bad thing, imo.