The recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida has made some people wonder if masculinity is a culprit inciting violence by young men. On February 28, 2018, Dr. Amy Dellinger Page was a guest on National Public Radio’s 1A program, hosted by Joshua Johnson. The program was titled, “Boys To Men: Masculinity And The Next Mass Shooting,” and also included panelists Michael Thompson, clinical psychologist, and co-author of “Raising Cain,” and James Hasson, a third-year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law and former Army captain and Afghanistan veteran.
Much of the discussion explored how “toxic masculinity” matters when examining violence in America. Early in the discussion, Page explains how toxic masculinity “defines boys and men in very limited ways and doesn’t allow them to express their full range of human emotions and characteristics.”
Dr. Page’s contribution was stellar and was able to inform listeners about the current research and theory on the discussion of gender and the social construction of masculinity. To hear the full discussion, please visit 1A program through this link: NPR.
By Cameron Lippard