How do our rigid notions of what makes a “real man” contribute to unspeakable acts of violence? Could it be that we’re socially conditioned to feel like we need to defend our manhood, with violence if necessary? Could it be that mass murder is the unfortunate and rare offshoot of that same masculine defensiveness taken to its extreme end?
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When at least two football players from Steubenville, OH were found to have raped a teenage girl last August, the team’s coaches vehemently denied their players had done anything wrong, blaming the victim. Is it possible that these boys didn’t question what they were doing because of the attitudes of their role models in school and society as a whole? Furthermore, can pre-emptively teaching them not to be creepy also teach them not to commit rape?
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