Want to know what I always find "funny" about stories like this: At Least 20 Killed in Virginia Tech Shooting
I think it's "funny" that they try to avoid pointing out that it's a male who did it. AGAIN. I mean, you can count on one hand the number of females who go on shooting sprees, but no one bothers to ask themselves why that is. Instead we just accept that guys dominate violent crime while we very pointedly avoid any attempt to acknowledge the obvious (that might mean we'd have to question gender roles, right, and we don't want any of THAT).
On the one hand, I suppose not even bothering to mention another boy/man shot up a school shows that WE ALL KNOW it's guys who do this stuff, but the problem I see is that no one is willing to ask themselves WHY it's boys and men who do it. Seriously, if you aren't "into" gender issues and looking for that kind of questioning coverage of the news, you aren't going to see or hear it mentioned at all. THAT'S A PROBLEM. Maybe *the* problem. Let's all pretend that this has nothing to do with how we raise little boys!
In my whole life I have only heard one story in what could only vaguely be considered mainstream media (on NPR) talking about gender and school shootings and trying to offer insight and solutions. I know that a lot of people "get it" and many folks reading my blog are among those getting it, but the general population? That's what I worry about.
Labels: gender issues, school shootings, sociopolitical commentary, true crime, worse than porn