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Ehor Boyanowsky

Vanishing Man: The Flip Side of the Traditional Male

The murders committed by Elliot Rodger in a California college town have once again inspired comments regarding misogynistic society’s role in such crimes, overlooking the fact he killed both women and men. Statistics show that males are most often both the killers and the victims. Women, though demonstrably capable of intense anger and aggressive behaviour, seldom commit homicide, much less mass murder. Why? Margaret Atwood said that what women feared most was being killed by a man, whereas men most feared being humiliated. Some women have pointed out this apparent injustice to women, given the differing consequences, but perhaps men are the more to be pitied. The chance of being killed is minuscule, but the chance of being humiliated is always imminent: in work, play, sex, family, ad infinitum. If men would rather die than be humiliated, the potential consequences for society are grave. It makes clear the similarities among Marc Lepine, Thomas Hamilton and Mark Chahal – demonized ostensible members of three cultures not characterized by homicidal mania. Lepine hated the father who brutalized him, even changing his name entirely to his mother’s family name. He had become extremely reclusive. Failure after failure made it clear that he would not become an engineer. He then scapegoated the female engineering students of the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal who, given the emerging meritocracy extant in Canadian society, were intruding upon a traditionally male domain. Thomas Hamilton of Stirling, Scotland loved children, especially young boys. Without any evidence of molestation, suspicious townspeople, perceiving him as “creepy,” forced the shutdown of his gymnastics club and drummed him out of the local gun club. He was made a pariah, an outcast, with no legitimate role within his home community. He ended by shooting 16 innocent children in a Dunblane school, the very objects of… Read More