December 19, 2012

Gender studies professor: mass shooting caused by “frustrated white male privilege.” [Darleen Click]

So declares Pasadena City College’s Hugo Schwyzer

Pasadena City College professor of history and gender studies Hugo Schwyzer tells National Review Online that he believes many crimes, dating back to John Hinckley’s attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, are caused in part by “frustrated white male privilege.” In recent years, according to Schwyzer, mass murders have increasingly been committed by “white males from bucolic suburban settings” who may be experiencing a form of cognitive dissonance; having been told “the world is supposed to be your oyster,” these young men are “miserable in the midst of abundance” and feel “powerless compared to everyone else around them.”

Pointing to the example of Nidal Hasan, whose interest in Islamic extremism and contact with terrorist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was cited as the motive for his attack on the Fort Hood army base, Schwyzer laments that a similar linkage between culture and violence isn’t made when white males commit mass murder. [...]

In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Schwyzer wrote, “Every killer makes his pain another’s problem. But only those who’ve marinated in privilege can conclude that their private pain is the entire world’s problem with which to deal. This is why, while men of all races and classes murder their intimate partners, it is privileged young white dudes who are by far the likeliest to shoot up schools and movie theaters.”

And Shwyzer is not alone. A 2010 paper by SUNY sociology professors Rachel Kalish and Michael Kimmel argues that “the culture of hegemonic masculinity in the U.S. creates a sense of aggrieved entitlement conducive to violence.”

So lack of melanin, testes and American capitalism are the problem.

Oky doky, then.

Thanks to David Thompson who highlights the Twitter intelligence of this Southern Californian ‘feminist’.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:48am
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  1. There is an awful lot of violence in other”nonwhite” ‘communities’ for that to be “the” cause.

    And I no longer believe that Gender Studies is much of a real field of study anyway. Throwing shit to the wall according to a theme (vagina oppression) and seeing what sticks is not a field of study. It’s advocacy. Community organizing if you will.

  2. Psychotic white males emulate the video games they watch. Psychotic black males emulate the thug life.

    Which ends up with the bigger body count?

    And which one leads to a nation discussion by the MSM/Obama, etc?

    Who is it that doesn’t care about black folks?

  3. Hugo is angry because he let the left’s dogma turn him into a giant wussy and now he can’t get women to date him.

  4. The next person who tells me they are a gender studies major, I’m going to laugh and laugh and laugh at them.

  5. The next person who tells me they are a gender studies major

    “What, you couldn’t hack the course load of a REAL field of study?”

  6. Excessive gender studies is one of the reason’s I flunked out of college.

    Born a couple decades too soon.

  7. but isn’t it mostly white on white violence what the white crazed killboys commit

    how many lives are saved by killboys who kill other latent killboys before their entitlement issues lead them to kill

    these are all very important questions

  8. These studies are so dumb. Not only is beta male culture thriving, but who the hell grows up being told that it’s a privilege to be white and male any more? My earliest memories are of Captain America and Sesame Street. Yeah, real culture marinade there. A deep shock of my childhood was realizing that most people just throw away their used batteries: I thought everyone carefully drove them to government regulated recycle plants, like Captain Planet told me.

    Is the assumption that “Birth of A Nation” is a popular crib mobile theme in “creepy red America?”

  9. Is the assumption that “Birth of A Nation” is a popular crib mobile theme in “creepy red America?”

    You mean it isn’t?

    cranky-d goes to his box of mementos and starts throwing things away

  10. Hugo is a pussy. I’ll bet he’s pussy-whipped, too. Even if he’s gay.

  11. Can you imagine anything that would make you feel more powerless and miserable than being a professor of gender studies at Pasadena City College?

    Hugo’s a ticking time bomb.

  12. Maybe someone should alert the Dean. He’s showing a lot of signs of pent-up rage, lashing out at his peer group and all.

    Worst of all, he works in a school in a very wealthy suburb.

  13. Considering his pedigree, no one in his “research” community is going to pay attention to his work.

    Which, of course, makes him even more likely to snap.

  14. You know what white male privilege is? It’s the privilege to be on the recieving end of scorn, mockery and derision, not only for your own failures and shortcomings, but for everyone else’s as well.

  15. I think someone told me that the world was my oyster, once. I laughed at how stupid and trite a comment that was, and pretty much forgot about it until now.

    What? You mean, we have some choice in believing what we’re told?

  16. His twitter followers seem to be made up of syncophantic fat girls. Probably his study group.

    You have to get up pretty early in the morning to grab a brass ring like Professor of Gender Studies at a city college. Any further down the ladder and he’d be teaching ESL at one of the prisons. Except he’s not butch enough.

  17. Do white Hispanics have privilege? Is there a unified chart of privilege somewhere that I can consult t0 make sense of this?

  18. I thought black crimes were also caused by frustration of racism.

    Everything causes crime.

  19. “You mean it isn’t?
    cranky-d goes to his box of mementos and starts throwing things away”

    Naw Cranky. It’s all about deer-skulls and dried varnished catfish heads these days and a big screen on the wall.

  20. A mangina who makes his living by denying his patriarchal privilege says the trouble all flows from the denial of patriarchal privilege. How unexpected.

    I’m reminded of a Woody Allen piece about Hitler’s barber (“The Schmeed Memoirs”).

    [...]

    “When General Guderian heard that Hitler (“in part on the advice of Goebbels”) was dealing with his “dry, unruly hair” by washing it every day], he immediately returned home from the Russian front and told the Führer he must shampoo his hair no more than three times weekly . . . the procedure followed with great success by the General Staff in two previous wars.”

    [...]

  21. Funny, you could twist this around and say that frustrated people of color in urban areas get excused for their failures and therefore don’t get as aggravated. Also, that once racial balance and prosperity for all is achieved, we can look forward to more crazy-eyed mass killers.

    Doesn’t sound as smart that way does it?

  22. People aren’t criminals because they are poor. That is rather a slander on the poor, is it not?

  23. Well, frustrated White Male Privilege certainly explains Rwanda and the Rape of Nanking.

    I’m guessing that a city college in Cali is similar to a community college elsewhere? Most of the community college professors I’ve known concentrate more on valuable job skills than Gender Studies, and do a fine job of it as a rule.

    It’s only the occasional dipshit angry because his white male privilege has been frustrated (by not giving him a tenured gig at, say, Harvard) who goes off on rants like this.

    See also: Caricature, Guitar Boy, and that other assclown who was “debating” Jeff some years ago. I’m drawing a blank on his nom de web. Something like Themistocles, but that wasn’t it.

  24. Thersites

  25. That’s it. Thanks, sdferr.

  26. Yeah. Gender studies.

    Seems like a field of endeavor one might see as emblematic of the pussification of the American male that’s a far more likely contributor to mass shootings than frustrated privilege, whatever the hell that is.

  27. Good old Thersites. Wasn’t he a professor of something more or less completely useless at Middle Tennessee State?

  28. Gender studies has to be the last refuge of the the real attention freaks. Green haired fat girls, emo scrawny dudes with their hair in their eyes. Both wearing lots of studded dog collars as fashion statements, eating greasy lunches (heavy on the fries) in the cafeteria and swearing a lot while cutting their eyes around to make sure they are ‘edgy’ as all get out.

    You know the type. They go to midnight showings of ancient cult films like “Rocky Horror Picture Show” where they dress up like the characters and know all the dialogue.

    Gah.

  29. No, he was an English teacher at a CC in upstate NY, if memory serves. If you do a search for strawberry daiquiri you’ll find some of those “debates.” Which was more me showing him how his entire worldview was built upon an incoherent linguistic lie — and that all the “scholarship” he might produce from it would be forever tainted by his now knowing it.

    It was quite the memorable ordeal.

  30. In the Iliad, he gets a bashing from Odysseus. In post-Homeric stories he was struck dead by Achilles. Shakespeare has him [Troilus and Cressida, I, iii] ‘a slave whose gall coins slanders like mint.’

  31. I love Rocky Horror, Leigh, but I promise I have never once dressed up like any of the characters. Mostly it’s just that Tim Curry cracks me up as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

  32. I remembered that he was a dumb-ass from some tiny school, Jeff. Apparently not which dumb-ass, though. After a while, they all sound alike.

  33. Jim, as long as you didn’t dress up, it’s cool. I like Rocky Horror, too but I think I’ve only seen it once.

  34. Ah, good old Thersties. I think that he’s still pretending that he owned you in that debate, Jeff. Not that I have checked in the last few years.

  35. Well, Slart, if I remember, he removed his old site and went away for a bit.

    And the debates are here still, ready to be reviewed by whomever cares to do so, in order to determine who got the better of things.

    I remember being told I eat paste. And that may have been his most effectively argued point.

  36. Do white Hispanics have privilege? Is there a unified chart of privilege somewhere that I can consult t0 make sense of this?

    Yeah, let me find it.

    …or wait I cannot be arsed enough to do that.

  37. I had some guava paste once.

    Once.

  38. Jeez, he says hegemomic masculinity like it’s a bad thing.

  39. I remember being told I eat paste. And that may have been his most effectively argued point.

    Those were the days. We didn’t see the likes of him again ’til the arrival of the genius who engineered the helium-bladder-supported anti-rocket barricade system.

  40. Wasn’t that monkeyboy? Or was it alphie?

    They all seem to run together.

  41. That was alphie.

  42. “Car in says December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am
    Psychotic white males emulate the video games they watch. ”

    I see what you’re doing with your comment but the video game thing is so bogus. Violent video games of the type we’re talking about have been around since what, Wolfenstein 3D (1992)? How then does the ‘violent video games lead to mass murders’ argument explain the mass murders of the preceding 2000 years?

    I’d also point out that violent video games and thug culture are absolutely, irrefutably different in nature. The vast majority (over 95%) of violent video games are based on either martial violence or the vanquishing of evil foes, be they demons, zombies, aliens, etc. Thug culture is the glorification of the commission of violent acts upon innocent people, be they citizens or police. Thug culture is about being cool for killing cops, raping women (eg NWA – Chin Check), selling drugs, etc.

    When was the last time you played a video game that encouraged you to sell drugs to children and murder anyone that cooperates with the police?

  43. It’s in a VERY token form but Saint’s Row 1,2, and 3 kind of go there.

    And there are games that focus on anti-heroes, where the good guys are also bad guys (Gears of War suggests that the side you fight for kill as many or more humans that the locust did in an attempt to end the Emergence Day war early) or have an amoral, depraved, or villainous premise (usually handled in a cartoonish way). God of War is pretty famous for it.

    It’s not the main focus of gaming but there is definitely a subversive nihilistic antisocial undercurrent in quite a few games both indy and big budget now.

    And then you have freaky stuff Japanese rape-sim games like ‘Rapelay’ which I don’t really know much about other than there was a big controversy that got the game removed from sales on Amazon.com at some point when someone played it and figured out what it was.

    Anyway I’m not for censoring games or media and yet I kind of like the idea i a stupid way. I am against it because I don’t trust anyone to do it. And we shouldn’t BE doing it. it’s just more social engineering experimentation that strips us of our liberties to do what we want with our free time and others of their liberty to make money from making stuff we want and like, even if it is gross.

    I am stupidly for the idea of content censorship (though I do not support it as a policy) because most of the comic books I remember liking came from the 60′s, 70′s and very early 80′s under the comics code. When they couldn’t have a woman with big boobs gutting zombies with a chainsaw all the time comics got surreal, powerful, and very creative and almost developed their won deranged language trying to avoid verboten topics while still trying to benefit from some reference to them. When the code was lifted and writers could so what they wanted to, comics went to utter shit almost immediately and now are a sad, dull, salacious, voyeuristic, gritty, glamour-violent grotesque. They are essentially Batman doing Catwoman on a rooftop as a clothes on quickie. Screw that crap. Ugggh. The code forced comic writers to be interesting because they couldn’t just jiggle and blood spurt their way into easy money.

    That’s no reason to slip a yoke on people though, even if some social scientist is convinced that it is all for our ow good.

  44. Freedom is more important than good comics books.

  45. Tipper Gore wanted labels on records and got them, too.

    Fat lot of good that did.

  46. “palaeomerus says December 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    It’s in a VERY token form but Saint’s Row 1,2, and 3 kind of go there.
    And there are games that focus on anti-heroes, where the good guys are also bad guys (Gears of War suggests that the side you fight for kill as many or more humans that the locust did in an attempt to end the Emergence Day war early) or have an amoral, depraved, or villainous premise (usually handled in a cartoonish way). God of War is pretty famous for it.”

    Definitely true, and I thought about the Saint’s Row games when I wrote my comment. Ultimately, thought, these games are played by a minority of gamers. I imagine “rapeplay” sickies represent less than 1% of gamers, perhaps less than .5%.

    As far as games like GoW leaving the player to question the motives of their faction, well, I don’t see that as a negative. You may disagree with GoW’s representation of the human player’s faction but look at games like Deus Ex where the organization you work for is basically the United Nations and it turns out they’re evil as Hell. Untold millions of people have been murdered by those who unquestioningly obeyed their governments.

    Being censored down to games of Absolute Good and Evil sounds pretty boring. I’ve seen so many commenters in the conservative blogosphere decry Euro-style socialism (which censor the Hell out of games) and turn around and opine for censorship of violent video games. The hypocrisy stinks as bad as liberal Hollywood actors clamoring to ban guns and end violence while putting out several films a year premised entirely on guns and violence. If we’re not going to censor books or music why the Hell would we censor video games, basically.

    I’m an adult, I don’t need the conservative morality police (not saying that is you) telling me that it’s bad for liberals to use government to force progressive mores upon me but I’m not a “true conservative” unless I accept the “true conservatives’” use of government to force their mores upon me.

    TL;DR:

    It’s quite saddening to see the same traits we despise about the progtards show up in conservative circles. Two faces of the same coin. Meh.

  47. “palaeomerus says December 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    Freedom is more important than good comics books.”

    Well said :)

  48. Freedom is nice. I think liberty is better, though.

    Palaeomarus hit on one of those quirks of human nature here:

    I am stupidly for the idea of content censorship (though I do not support it as a policy) because most of the comic books I remember liking came from the 60?s, 70?s and very early 80?s under the comics code. When they couldn’t have a woman with big boobs gutting zombies with a chainsaw all the time comics got surreal, powerful, and very creative and almost developed their won deranged language trying to avoid verboten topics while still trying to benefit from some reference to them. When the code was lifted and writers could so what they wanted to, comics went to utter shit almost immediately and now are a sad, dull, salacious, voyeuristic, gritty, glamour-violent grotesque. They are essentially Batman doing Catwoman on a rooftop as a clothes on quickie. Screw that crap. Ugggh. The code forced comic writers to be interesting because they couldn’t just jiggle and blood spurt their way into easy money.

    I think the same thing is true about movies under the Hayes Code. I’d rather watch Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant make eyes at each other, for example, than watch some bare chested starlette of minimal talent writhe atop the latest Hollywood leading man —and I’m a guy (which means that I’m not always opposed to writhing starlettes). And that’s in part because with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, the sex is in the viewers’ heads, not in the director’s, who cast the forgetable starlette because of her gravity-defying tits rather than her ability to personify the role, such as it is. Which isn’t much more than living set-dressing.

    The point being, it takes more talent and creativity to break the rules, when rules there are, than it does to live up to today’s single rule: more. More sex, more violence, more gore, etc. (Half-) Seriously, at the rate we’re going, sombody’s going to decide that CGI’ing some tentacle-porn into the next sci-fi, kung-fu, fantasy action mash-up is just the thing to keep pushing the boundaries.

    And that somebody will most likely be Quentin Taratino.

    So, maybe not a yoke, but a harness?

  49. “Bend,” “side-step,” either would have meant better than “break.”

    Hard to put broken rules back together again.

  50. I’ll take that over “Baby Got Back.”

  51. The New York Pro Musica Antiqua version wasn’t available on YouTube, but if you ever get to hear it, grab the chance. I think it’s the track immediately following this one.

  52. “Tipper Gore wanted labels on records and got them, too.”

    And then the same group of people supported Al for President.

  53. We need digital labels on all potentially offensive .MP3′s

    AMIRITE??!

  54. On the video game thing, most people learn to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Some people who already have trouble with reality, for whatever reasons, seem to want to live out a video-game fantasy. That was one of the points of either the Richard Fernandez piece or anothe piece Palaeomarus linked last night. (As per usual, too lazy to go look it up right now.)

    It’s also worth remembering that we’re social mimics.

    Or, monkey see, monkey do.

  55. I like what Richard Cheese (Yep!) does with modern music.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f66kEastC58

    He covers it with a four piece band, who all have stupid cheese names like Bobby Ricotta, in jazzy/swingy LasVegas lounge style (sort of like Pat Boone did with In a Metal Mood: No More Mr Nice Guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLAbAp5tbU0

    This usually shows that the music itself is lyrically and otherwise DUMB UTTER SHIT outside of its narrow recording and marketing context. And he makes it fun and he tells dirty jokes while acting like a boozy overly-faux friendly sociopathic old school douche bag the whole time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNG0_egBUq4

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