Why violence is not natural to men

Questions about the relationship of violence and men are being asked in the aftermath of mass shootings in Texas, Wisconsin, and Colorado. A Time.com article points out that the vast majority of violence is perpetrated by men and that more needs to be done to address this condition. It reports that “men are nine to ten times more likely to commit homicide and more likely to be its victims” (Erika Christakis, “The Overwhelming Maleness of Mass Homicide,” July 24, 2012). 

Such statistics are a sharp rebuke for us to rethink our expectations, education, and biases about manhood. Violence is about extreme fear, but is not a defining element of true manhood. True manhood counters violence. 

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