The amount of force used on civilians by cops is said to increase and decrease as the crime rates spike and decline. CNN states that the public is just more aware of police brutality due to an increase in media coverage and updated portable technology. Since actual statistics for this phenomenon do not exist, we have to believe that the fact that most of the “justifiable homicides,” having killed young African American men, are purely coincidental.
In the Huffington Post article “Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity” Soraya Chemaly responds to the recent American mass shootings like Sandy Hook and the Oregon school shooting, by suggesting that American shootings are primarily caused by misogynistic males, and therefore in order to reduce and prevent violence in America, the public should address the relationship between masculinity and societies constructed biases about what it takes to be manly.
This article explains that there might be a correlation between being bearded and the occurrence of violent behaviour. It interprets data that was not correctly collected and claiming it as a rightful study. Furthermore, it invokes that bearded men are more unfaithful and states: “[i]t’s possible that men with more negative attitudes towards women are more likely to choose to wear facial hair because it accentuates their apparent masculinity and dominance” (Mini Malabanan).
In a CBC News report, published on the 24th of February 2016, a mass shooting threat had been reported in a school in Manitoba. A 12-year-old boy, while playing Call of Duty, a war game, told his teammates that he was going to execute a school shooting at his school. His reason was that “he is sick of the bullies of his school, and that he would make the school pay.” (“Manitoba boy accused of threatening school shooting while playing online video game”)
Papi Edwards; a young 20-year-old was shot in a parking lot after disclosing her gender identity to a man she was meeting for the first time at the Fern Valley Hotel. Another story that was covered by CBS said that Zella Ziona was flirting with her 20-year-old boyfriend who then later shot her to death in an alley back in October and according to the reports it was because he was embarrassed that Ziona showed up while his friends were present.
Submitted by Dragon_xox on March 20, 2016 - 4:41pm
We've all heard it before, domestic violence is a very real and present issue in many cultures today, and celebrities are no exception. A recent BBC article interviewed Rihanna about the very exposed abusive relationship she endured with her now ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Rihanna points out interesting things related to her specific case of domestic abuse and how she managed to thrive for a change by trying to reform her ex-boyfriend, even though the violence was still pursuing in her life.
Radric Davis, also known as Gucci Mane, is a rapper from Alabama and was sentenced to jail in 2013 for aggravated assault and battery while he was on probation; Gucci was sentenced to thirty-nine months in a Georgia jail. MTV news published an article on April 17th, 2013 relating to Gucci Mane’s sentencing.
The article “What the Expendables tells us about the state of masculinity” written by Tom Fordy states that masculinity has changed in recent years and that the image of being a hulky, testosterone-filled man is not what makes you a real man. It attempts at arguing that the men in the movie and its portrayal of masculinity are being ridiculed and not taken seriously, as “now when [men] look in the mirror, [they] don’t just flex [their] muscles, [they] ask what it actually means to be a man” (Fordy).