Toxic masculinity dictates that men dominate and control women in ways that often involve violence. This virulent form of social control constructs manhood and masculinity as inextricably tied to shows of strength and aggression. Psychologist and author Terry Real, perhaps the most informed voice on men’s issues and trauma, has said a gun is the most extreme version of toxic masculinity. The troubling reality of that statement is borne out by a new study finding that more than “1,600 women were murdered by men in 2015 and the most common weapon used was a gun.”
Disturbing findings detailed by study authors also include, per the report:
- For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims (1,450 out of 1,551) were murdered by a male they knew.
- Fourteen times as many females were murdered by a male they knew (1,450 victims) than were killed by male strangers (101 victims).
- For victims who knew their offenders, 64 percent (928) of female homicide victims were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.
- There were 266 women shot and killed by either their husband or intimate acquaintance during the course of an argument.
- Nationwide, for homicides in which the weapon could be determined (1,522), more female homicides were committed with firearms (55 percent) than with any other weapon. Knives and other cutting instruments accounted for 20 percent of all female murders, bodily force 11 percent, and murder by blunt object six percent. Of the homicides committed with firearms, 69 percent were committed with handguns.
- In 84 percent of all incidents where the circumstances could be determined, homicides were not related to the commission of any other felony, such as rape or robbery.
Source/ rest: msmagazine.com