A month or so ago, Virginia Tech went through a very devastating experience that affected the whole nation. In the wake of the massacre, Channel 5 news (KSTP) did an interview with a Sociology professor at the University of Minnesota that focused on the killer in the massacre, a male student. The reporter asked many questions regarding the gender of the killer. Majority of serial killers, mass murderers, etc. have been males. There is always an exception to the rule but why do men kill more then women? In society, we place a huge importance on making sure men are manly. As little boys, they are given GI- Joes, cars, trains, weapons, whereas women are given dolls, Barbies, dresses, make-up. We tell boys that they have to suck up whatever they have wrong with them and fight their own battles. They are taught to be tough and that they should not cry. Boys eventually grow up to be men and as they grow up, they typically turn into these harden people that do not like to show emotion and who take care of themselves like they were told many years before. With this harden attitude, men create this idea that if trouble comes around, they need to take care of it themselves. Men also believe that they have to be powerful in every aspect of what they do: relationships, teamwork, work, etc. This idea of power sometimes over takes some men in society and they end up becoming a murderer, mass murderer, serial killer.
This interview relates to the course because we talked about how social construction affects society. We discussed how men and women differ throughout society and within this realm, men and women do differ. I discussed how boys and girls are treated when they grow up which is a social construction that society places on every girl and boy born.