Men's Issues - A Vicious Circle
by 94line-Cecilia on March 20, 2016 - 11:01pm
This is an article that describes the school shootings at Columbine High School, in Littleton, on April 20, 1999. On that day, two teenagers, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, intended to bomb their school. After the bomb failed to explode, these two boys went into the school, and they killed 13 people and wounded more than 20 people. Finally, they turned the guns to themselves. The investigators found out that these two teens were bullied in a social group in which they joined, and they were also influenced by some violent video games.
Half of the article is the description of the event, and the second half is the investigation. In addition, because it is a news report, the unknown author does not leave any comments or thesis statements. However, the investigation part tells us that these young killers were negatively influenced by their culture and video games, and that maybe explains why they did the massacre since “none of these theories was ever proven” (“Columbine High School Shootings”).
The article is making assumptions that reflect a destructive form of masculinity. People in their social group can bully them because they are boys, and these bullies make them want to revenge the society. In addition, the extreme violence in video games teaches them that being violent is good, acceptable and reasonable as Arthur Chu says, “… [t]here will always be some guy who crosses the line into committing a violent crime to get what he ‘deserves…’” (Chu)
The media usually overlook men’s issues when it talks about masculinity; it does not mention the gender issues such as the culture tells boys and men that being violent is necessary. It focuses on the descriptions of the events and the consequences. However, it is not exactly the same for this article. Since the beginning of the text, the author mentions the negative influences brought by bullies of that social group and by video games lead them to kill. Apparently, the article is not hiding the truth that violence do make some boys become insane. It implies that the violence in these teenagers’ daily life and in video games is the main cause of the tragedy.
On the other hand, the article needs to explore further. For example, the investigators find out that Klebold was “quivering depressive,” but the author says nothing after; the paragraph ends (“Columbine High School Shootings”). I think there is a serious problem that hides behind it. The author should mention the fact that most boys and men who have mental disorders cannot seek help because otherwise, they will be considered as weak people. Afterwards, other real men are allowed to bully them. It becomes a vicious circle for Klebold who has been already depressed because of bullies! He could never get rid of it, and that was a part of reasons for why he has become crazy.
In conclusion, this article is doing better than most other media when it talks about masculinity. However, both of them need to improve. The media should tell people that being violent and strong is not obligatory for men since it gives men a lot of pressure, and it can cause many irreversible consequences such as death.
Chu, Arthur. “Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds.” The Daily Beast, 05 May. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.
“Columbine High School Shootings.” History. A+E Networks, 2009. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.