Show Less
Restricted access

Dangerous Discourses

Feminism, Gun Violence, and Civic Life

Edited By Catherine R. Squires

Dangerous Discourses brings together new work by feminist scholars who provide a multifaceted view of the ways contemporary media discourses inscribe particular understandings of gendered social identities, gun violence, and public policy.
The chapters examine multiple media locations where discourses about guns and violence against women proliferate, including social media, mainstream news, National Rifle Association-sponsored magazines, gun research, public policy debates, popular magazines, and television drama. 
Utilizing theory and empirical research, this book helps us see more clearly how gender, sexuality, and other intersecting identities must be included in analysis of media discourses of guns and gendered violence.  The authors discuss the role of patriarchal ideologies, and center feminist thought and concerns in order to get beyond the one-liners, sound bites, and truisms about bad guys, the Second Amendment, mental health, and personal freedom that currently dominate public debates about guns and violence. 
With its unique views on the ways gun violence and gender inflect each other in the United States, this book is designed for courses in media studies, women’s studies, and sociology.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Chapter 7. The Virginia Tech Tragedy and the LGBTQ Media: Responses of Normativity and Nation


· 7 ·


Responses of Normativity and Nation

Margaret Rhee

COOPER:               Dr. Morrison, what do you make—you know, in his writings, there seemed to be sort of an obsession with the debauchery, the hedonism of other people. He seemed to need to prove his masculinity a lot.

MORRISON:          Well, one of the early theories about paranoia is that it’s a defense against the person’s own urges of homosexuality. And that’s a very old theory. But, if you look at the writings he had in both of his plays, they are focused on things occurring that would generally happen only in a same-sex-type relationship. But they’re very threatening. And his response to those threats is to kill.

—CNN, Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees1

The American Psychological Association says it’s not wise to speculate about a person you have not personally examined.

—Jack Dreshner, psychiatrist, quoted in The Advocate2

On April 14, 2006, Seung-Hui Cho, a Virginia Tech undergraduate student, conducted a mass shooting on the university campus. Cho’s self-authored (and self-disseminated) images and creative writings permeated the internet and news coverage of the tragedy. Media pundits and experts scrutinized these materials, with particular interest in decoding them for clues about his identity. As the passages above demonstrate, commentators speculated on Cho’s sexu ← 145 | 146 → ality. On CNN, guest psychologist Helen Morrison argued Seung-Hui Cho’s sense of his...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.