Thursday, December 1, 2011

Murder as Masculine

This post makes the very interesting point that men are more likely to be murder victims than women, except when those victims are a family member like spouse, parent, or child. But sibling victims are more likely to be male. What does that say about gender and murder?

Men also are more than 3x more likely than women to commit eldercide, and more likely to be the murderer when the victim is any family member or significant other. What does that say?


  1. Men are more predisposed to violence.

    Culture has an effect on this, men are often less able to avoid confrontation without negative social repercussions. Men are also encouraged to bottle emotions. The toy's/games/films men are exposed to more often encourage aggression and risk exposure. Men are also encouraged to care more about dominance and victory and so are more prone to feel frustration when denied/challenged.

  2. I agree with Vos. Suppressed emotions plus cultural and societal encouragement is a sure recipe for the results seen.

    So now that we know all of this... what to do about it?
    I came to understand this many years ago and have taken the stance of just trying to intervene as best I can one child at a time (via my son and his friends and my nephews). It's not much but it's a start.

  3. Tangentially, I wonder why the spikes in murders during c.1980 and the early 1990s.........