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This is an advertisement for the gun Adam Lanza used to murder 20 children and 6 adults. We need to talk about gun control and mental health - but we also desperately need a conversation about American masculinity. 
For more on masculinity and mass shootings, this 1999 article from Jackson Katz and Sut Jhally is a must-read.

This is an advertisement for the gun Adam Lanza used to murder 20 children and 6 adults. We need to talk about gun control and mental health - but we also desperately need a conversation about American masculinity. 

For more on masculinity and mass shootings, this 1999 article from Jackson Katz and Sut Jhally is a must-read.

Masculinity’s central tenet is control—and perhaps most importantly, control of the body. Nothing contradicts that edict like erections. It unmans you, it compels you through sensations you scarcely understand. And it threatens to expose you, to humiliates you, in front of everyone. Laugh now at the boy at the middle school dance, who gets an erection on the slow number (God help him if he has orgasm.) But he does not forget that laughter, nor does he forget what prompted it. That boy is going to be a rapper. Or a painter. Or an author of fictions where men are men and somehow are invulnerable to the humiliating effects of the female form.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on writer Raymond Chandler.

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