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A Review of the Elliot Rodger Shootings…

and what they mean.

All but one of the mass murders in the U.S. over the last 30 years has been committed by men. The fact that gender is often omitted from the story speaks to how we still see the masculine as the irreproachable and invisible standard. As Michael Kimmel notes in his extensive research on school shootings, if the genders were reversed and most school shootings were committed by women, you’d bet gender would be part of the analysis.

To talk about these crimes as simply rooted in mental illness is short-sighted. “Yes, of course, this is mental illness speaking: but it is mental illness speaking with a voice that has a race and a gender,” explains Kimmel.

Go read the whole thing.

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