Wednesday, December 19, 2012


I just wanted to add to Monday's post about the mainstream media's lack of attention to masculinity, in particular white masculinity, and Friday's Sandy Hook shootings. Since Sunday, when I actually wrote most of that post, there have been quite a few mainstream news outlets that are, at least, entertaining the thought that the two are correlated, notably, David Sirota with his appearance  on Up With Chris Hayes.
“The issue with it will be, politically, I think; the profile is white men,” Sirota said. “That’s a profile that’s not, essentially, in America allowed to be profiled. That’s the one profile in America that’s not allowed to be profiled.”
Sirota also wrote a great companion piece for :
Yet, because the the perpetrators in question in these shootings are white men and not ethnic or religious minorities, nobody is talking about demographic profiling them as a group. The discussion, instead, revolves around everything from gun control, to mental health services, to violence in entertainment — everything, that is, except trying to understanding why the composite of these killers is so similar across so many different massacres. This, even though there are plenty of reasons for that topic to be at least a part of the conversation. Recounting the truth of these double standards is, of course, boringly mundane, which means my comment on television summarizing them is an equally boring and mundane statement of the obvious. However, as evidenced by the aggressive attempt to turn those comments into controversial headline-grabbing news over the weekend, the conservative movement has exposed its desperation — specifically, its desperation to preserve its White Victimization Mythology.
Surprisingly -- because I never expected an article like this to come from within the walls of feminist blogland -- Feministing's Amy Choi countered  with this post about women and gun violence, though mass murders and spree shooters are still overwhelmingly male and mostly white. Her lone example doesn't nullify what many journalists and bloggers have been saying all week.

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