Against the Grain

Alissa Ackerman on sex crimes and “masculinities”

Why do men commit rape, child sexual abuse, and other sex crimes? Does the answer lie in the way males are brought up, in the traits they’re encouraged and expected to develop? Alissa Ackerman contends that while certain aspects of masculinities — the socially constructed ways in which men perform their manhood — can be factors contributing to sexual violence, others can help men refrain from it.

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