Friday, April 5, 2013

Talking Point #8: Kimmel: Masculinity, Homophobia, and Violence

It is obvious that within the past few decades that there has been a rise violence within school.  Kimmel says on page 1439
"Students report being increasingly afraid to go to school; among young people aged 12 to 24, 3 in 10 say violence has increased in their schools in the past year and nearly two-fifths have worried that a classmate was potentially violent"

After reading the article I was sitting watching Law & Order SVU with Matt and it was a pretty intense episode about a teenage boy who sociopath - an individual who feels no remorse for their actions - and he ended up beating his little sister and cutting his mother with a knife.

If anybody wants to watch the episode it is the newest episode 19 from season 14:
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Born Psychopath

When the episode was over Matt and I talked about the article and basically I asked him what his thoughts were on the perpetrators of the shootings:

"Statistically they are white middle class males."  

I asked him the same question we asked in class: why these boys and not others:

"They have a sense of superiority and feel as though they are better, they deem themselves as elevated than those they are targeting.  Sometimes they are oppressed by those they target and eliminating that target, those who have belittled and marginalized them by choosing to show their strength, force, and superiority over them allows them to feel better than their targets"

1 comment:

  1. I like how you connected it with law and order svu I actually watch tht sometimes