Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Masculinity, Scarred and Desperate

In a way, the tats, with their acutely disparate emblems, sort of say it all: 

"He had a tattoo of a viking on his left shoulder, the Grim Reaper on his right; Jesus’ face on his right leg; and MOM on his left wrist. His newest tattoo was a gothic D inside a diamond, the logo for DiPonio’s mixed martial arts team."

A heartbreaking story about a very scared, and very violent young man who took solace in, and faced the raging abuse of, public brawls. For me, the story reaffirms my view that men don't enjoy a lavish autonomy vis-a-vis women but are, in their own way, trapped by societal expectations for who they must be and what options are available for them in their privately desperate lives.

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