Elliot Rodger and Masculinity as a Culture of Violence

Said far better than I ever could. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

Be Young & Shut Up

We waited a bit to write something on this. Every new detail that comes out of this murder is horrific. It’s upsetting to think that this could have happened on any campus, and in fact, does happen with enough regularity that it’s a confirmed problem. Maybe Elliot Rodger was mentally ill. Maybe he was just a lonely, angry college kid who snapped. But maybe this has little bearing on what happened the other day in Isla Vista.

There is a reason for why mass shooters often fit a profile. Multiple studies have shown masculinity to be a violent identity, where white middle-class men fall back into men’s rights groups, white supremacy, and other reactionary movements. We have seen examples of this as comments on our website, where men believe they are suffering abuse because their sexual “needs” aren’t being met. But they suffer because of entitlement, and because they…

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