"Pack Your Heat and Work the Streets" - Weapons and the Active Construction of Violent Masculinities

Citation:

Myrttinen, Henri. 2004. “‘Pack Your Heat and Work the Streets’ - Weapons and the Active Construction of Violent Masculinities.” Women and Language 27 (2): 29–34.

Author: Henri Myrttinen

Abstract:

This article examines the links between weapons and violent enactments of masculinity. The connections operate on several levels, ranging from the actual use of weapons to the often sexualized use of language surrounding weapons, and vary depending on what messages are to be conveyed in each situation. An understanding of these various interconnections is an essential precondition to 'disarming' violent notions of masculinity.

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Violence, Weapons /Arms

Year: 2004

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