In Tennessee an 11-year-old boy shot and killed an 8-year-old girl because she said no when he asked to play with her new puppy. In Idaho a 15-year-old boy threatened to murder all the girls at his school because some of the school’s cheerleaders refused to send him nude photographs of themselves.
Dr. Nerdlove talks toxic masculinity:
We need to recognize just how damaging it is to sell the idea of men at their worst—brutish, violent and barely in control of themselves—is the only way to be a “real” man. We’ve stuck ourselves with a toxic idea of masculinity where you continually have to prove you’re a man—being willing to hurt others in order to do so—instead of manhood being something inherent.
And I’m done for the day. I may need to take a break from serious news for the next little while.