This article argues that male aggression is socially encouraged based mostly on parenting. It claims that parents generally teach men to embrace aggression while teaching women to suppress it, citing how while a girl might be encouraged to walk away from someone who attacks them, a boy is told to fight back more often. Likewise, parents might be more willing to use physical punishment on boys than girls. This article denounces the argument of testosterone being a leading factor in aggression and instead fames parenting and society.
Men across the globe have staggering statistics in their widespread multiples aggressive behavior and actions in comparison to women. This is due to a combination of societal pressures, and also genetics. Genetically, men have testosterone, which induces competitive behavior and, through the evolutionary process, aggressive behavior. Socially, men are fostered through media and advertising that “manliness” is equivalent to crime and aggression. The lure of guns as young boy toys and the pattern of literature showing men as fighters increases this societal assumption of men and masculinity.
This article highlights the intense amount of pressure placed on young boys as they grow up and evolve into the men they are today. This article claims that as boys mature, they are taught not to be weak. Ultimately turning their weakness into anger and the root of psychological problems; far beyond depression and anxiety.
This New York Times article lays out the connecting and similar factors of mass shooters of which include mental illnesses, grievances, and that most are male. They link their gender to these mass shootings saying that men are more likely than women to execute this level of violence because of society putting pressure on men and look down on them if they have a mental illness. Ultimately this articles research links mass shootings to men and mental illness.
This article focuses on more so the absence of women committing mass murders. It explains that yes women are capable of doing so but don't, the US has only seen one women guilty of a mass murder in modern day compared to 62 men that are guilty. This is good counter claim evidence because it states that yes a woman has committed this tragedy but also not nearly at the rate at which men do.
The claim of this article is that some men are unaware of their unnatural emotions and therefore are difficult to convince to get help. The typical man is viewed as independent and unemotional which is incompatible with therapy. A quote used in the article provides the information that the lack of seeking help is not biological but purely out of societal pressures.
The article claims that stereotypes of men to be independent and tough coexist with mental health issues and substance abuse. A variety of men gave their personal experiences. A man in particular explains that that the pressure to be tough and “manly” cause him to avoid talking about his emotions or getting help. The reluctance of feelings to conform to society can create a build up of emotions and possibly ,in some cases, a mass shooting.
According to the author, a male is driven to commit mass shootings by their masculine sense of entitlement. The author believes that glorified violent movies are making men question their masculinity because they can no longer impress women they way the actors in movies do. It is argued that women go through similar hardships as men and struggle with the same types of mental illnesses, but do not resort to shooting up public places because they feel more empathy.