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Tragedies in Ohio, El Paso, Gilroy: Shooters had links to misogyny

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Recent shootings in OH, TX and CA have led to national discussions about racism, xenophobia and white supremacy. The other violent ideology animating these attacks has gotten less attention: misogyny.  Experts say sexism and toxic masculinity must also be part the conversation. Gun violence, after all, is disproportionately committed by men,  and misogyny can be a precursor to other forms of extremism. According to statements from authorities and media reports from people who knew the alleged gunmen, the three mass shooters in Dayton, OH; El Paso, TX; and Gilroy, CA, either explicitly expressed hatred for women or embraced forms of extremism connected to a disdain for them. Experts say cultural forces equate being a man with violence, and men are taught early on that violence is a more masculine alternative than seeking help.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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