Melanie Judge Makes a Most Important Contribution to the Gender Debate ("Attention to Violence Must Challenge Masculinity, Not Entrench It," Cape Times Insight, February 14)

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Melanie Judge Makes a Most Important Contribution to the Gender Debate ("Attention to Violence Must Challenge Masculinity, Not Entrench It," Cape Times Insight, February 14)


Melanie Judge makes a most important contribution to the gender debate ("Attention to violence must challenge masculinity, not entrench it," Cape Times Insight, February 14).

In a rare contribution, she focuses on masculinity, and suggests some of its direst consequences are not immutable.

It is instructive that over 90 percent of prison inmates are male.

More so, 94 percent of the perpetrators of fatal accidents are male, aged between 18 and 35, and more particularly, between 18 and 25.

It interests me that while valid explanations - usually our history of racial oppression - are put forward for our high levels of violence on andoff the roads, the gender equation is largely ignored.

Why should men, coming from the same backgrounds as women, kill at a comparative rate of 10 to 1. In any event, the road killers are drawn fairly equally from all groups, previously oppressed or otherwise.

Testosterone is surely a driver, but does this imply that biological factors are unshapeable and unstoppable? …

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