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gender violence sociology of gender conference

Gender & Violence Sociology of Gender Conference

Andrew Carvajal

All cartoons taken from

rapist what typically comes to mind
Rapist: what typically comes to mind...
  • Who is the stereotypical rapist?
the sexual victimization of college women
The Sexual Victimization of College Women

A collaboration of the National Institute of Justice (NJS) and Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJN)

Authors: Bonnie S. Fisher, Francis T. Cullen, Michael G. Turner

U.S. Department of Justice – December 2000

general information
General Information
  • College women face a greater risk of rape and other forms of sexual assault than women in the general population, and women in a comparable age group
  • Results based on a phone surveys with a random sample of 4,446 college women from all over the U.S.
  • Sexual victimization measured as respondents’ answers to whether they had experienced a variety of situations during their college experience
the findings
The Findings
  • 2.8 % of the sample had experienced either a completed rape (1.7%) or an attempted rape incident (1.1%) during the survey period
    • 1.8 % for rape and 1.3 % for attempted rape in undergraduates
    • 0.8% and 0% for non-undergraduates
  • However, projecting these numbers to a whole academic year, the estimated % of college girls who suffer full rape or attempted rape is 5%
    • Over the course of a degree (4 or 5 years) the % of completed or attempted rapes among women can climb to 20-25%
more findings
More Findings
  • Most women don’t define the incidents construed as rape by the researchers, as rape themselves
    • Are researchers overstating the problem, or students understating it?
  • 15.5% of the women were sexually victimized during the academic year
    • Either through rape, attempted rape, or threat of rape
when and where does victimization occur
When and where does victimization occur?
  • The vast majority of sexual victimizations occurred in the evening (after 6 p.m.)
  • 60% of on-campus rapes occurred in residences, 31% in other living quarters on-campus, and 10.3% in fraternities
relation with the offender
Relation with the Offender
  • 90% of the victims knew their offender
protective action
Protective action
  • In both completed rape and sexual coercion, victims were less likely to take protective action
    • Using protective action might lead attempts to rape or coerce sex to fail
  • Fewer than 5% of full or attempted rapes were reported to law enforcement officials
    • Amongst the reasons cited were fear of receiving hostility from the police and the judicial system
  • 13.1 % of victims had been stalked since the start of the school year
varied risks
Varied Risks
  • 4 main factors consistently increased the risk of sexual victimization:
    • frequently drinking enough to get drunk
    • being unmarried
    • having been a victim of a sexual assault before the start of the school year
    • living on campus
school shootings a gender issue
School shootings: A Gender Issue?
  • Is gender the most critical factor in the latest wave of school shootings?
a school shooter profile
A School Shooter Profile
  • Following the shooting at Columbine the US Secret Service (2000) offered a report in which they said that there “is no profile” for school shooters
  • No profile???
barry loukaitis feb 2 1996
Barry Loukaitis; Feb 2 1996

White Boy

luke woodham oct 1 1997
Luke Woodham; Oct 1 1997

White Boy

michael carneal dec 1 st 1997
Michael Carneal; Dec 1st 1997

White Boy


mitchell johnson andrew golden march 24 1998
Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden; March 24 1998

White Boys

kip kinkel may 21 1998
Kip Kinkel; May 21 1998

White Boy

eric harris dylan klebold april 20 1999
Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold; April 20 1999

White Boys

andrew williams march 5 2001
Andrew Williams; March 5 2001

White Boy

john jason mclaughlin sept 24 2003
John Jason McLaughlin; Sept 24 2003

White Boy

eric hainstock sept 29 2006
Eric Hainstock; Sept 29 2006

White Boy

no profile
No Profile?
  • Maybe it is harder to identify a profile when it is the “norm”
    • The white, heterosexual, male is often the trait that most often goes unnoticed in our analyses of social problems
    • It is invisible (see Kimmel’s “What about the Boys”)
no profile1
No Profile?
  • What would have happened if the perpetrators of these shootings had been mainly women, or black males instead?
school shootings a surrogate debate
School shootings: A Surrogate Debate
  • Family changes, women in the workforce
  • Bad parenting
  • Depression/mental illness
  • Goth subculture
  • Gun control
  • Importance of religion, prayer, faith
  • Disrespectful youth/rebelliousness – absence of traditional values
school shootings a surrogate debate1
School shootings: A Surrogate Debate
  • Media, music, videogames, the internet
  • Maybe its time to bring gender into the picture!
more answers yes michael kimmel snips and snails and violent urges
More AnswersYes: Michael Kimmel“Snips and Snails… and Violent Urges”
  • Gender as single most obvious and intractable difference in violence in the US
  • We often talk about school shootings as “youth” and “teen” violence
    • But the majority of these teens are boys
    • Men and boys are responsible for 95% of violent crimes in the US
  • From early age boys learn that violence is an acceptable and admirable way of conflict resolution
yes michael kimmel snips and snails and violent urges
Yes: Michael Kimmel“Snips and Snails… and Violent Urges”
  • Most school shooters subject to teasing, bashing and questioning of their masculinity
    • Some turn inward: depression, drug-abuse, isolation, suicide
    • Some turn outward: rage, violence
  • Violence not in male brain or testosterone: boys learn it
    • Media, sports, culture that glorifies heroic and redemptive violence
    • Fathers; 50% own guns
  • We need to look at how ideals of manhood became so entangled with violence
    • School shooters are “real boys” and want to prove it
no alvin poussaint
No: Alvin Poussaint
  • Major role of depression
    • Individuals trying to cope with internal anger and rage
  • Not everyone turns into violence, so those at risk should be referred to psychological counseling
    • Students should feel comfortable and encouraged to tell teachers about peers carrying weapons and making violent threats
    • Parents should see alienation, anger, making threats and getting into fights as warning signs
    • As a neighbour/observer, you should report parents who neglect or abuse their children to social service agencies
no alvin poussaint1
No: Alvin Poussaint
  • Offer alternative outlets to channel aggression
    • Sports, communications with family and friends, anger management
  • Youth tends to normalize the violence they see in the media, videogames
    • They don’t see that death is real
  • Institute programs that combat prejudice and promote tolerance
  • Schools should pay more attention to warning signs and the need for more moral education