Dundee Arts Cafe - Guns, Violence and Toxic Masculinity in the USA

University of Dundee historian, Dr Matthew Ward, will talk about how guns and violence have been depicted in culture and mass media in the USA, how these images and stories have been linked closely with ideas of masculinity, influencing men's roles, and how this can be harmful to men and society.

Frequently, the reports that reach our shores from the other side of the Atlantic tell the story of a country dealing with the aftermath of a tragic mass shooting. The USA’s complex relationship with guns can be traced back to the Empire, the fight for independence and the American constitution.

But there are many reasons why after 200 years, the number of people killed by guns in the US is larger than in any other country.

Dr Ward has studied how guns and violence were depicted in the culture and mass media of the time. These images and stories were linked closely with ideas of masculinity, influencing the way men acted and the roles they played in society. Today these traditional views on what it means to be a man are still commonplace and this toxic masculinity is harmful to men and society.

Everyone is welcome to this Dundee Arts Cafe event, which is free and non-bookable. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 5pm.

Dundee Arts Café offers a series of informal talks and conversations about the arts and social sciences over coffee. 

Tickets: Free