In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in which 17 people died, America continues to try and understand the cause of such violence and the circumstances that make it possible. While much of the debate surrounding the United States' epidemic of gun violence has dealt with the topic of gun control, comedian Michael Ian Black highlighted the other factor each of these mass shootings has had in common in an op-ed for the New York Times:
Black believes society leaves many young men ill equipped to handle their feelings.
Twitter seemed to agree that our culture's definition of "masculinity" does more harm than good.
Some people were grateful for Black's contribution to the conversation surrounding mass shootings:
Others, however, felt Black's analysis placed too much blame on society.
Samuel Axon pointed out how feminism might help many young men.
Though we're all affected differently, a patriarchal society ultimately harms everyone.
It's time we accept a new definition of "masculine."
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