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    Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Is it because males do not handle social rejection as well as females?

    Are males just more violent than females?

    Or other, an please explain;

    Thanks!
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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Actually , the first American mass murderer I've heard of was called Brenda Spencer.

    Nevertheless, men are statistically much more violent in general, and much more likely to "go nuts" as well. It appears that there was evolutionary pressure for the XX-chromosome bearers to be selected for stable, safety-oriented behavior, and for us XY-ers to be selected in favor of risk-taking and "thinking outside of the box". After all, we are more expendable, biologically speaking: producing sperm is ridiculously easy, comparing to bearing a mammal offspring.

    It appears that in most any distribution of human traits women are bunched closer to the middle of the bell curve, while men boast long tails, on both ends. For example, meta-analysis of intelligence scores (admittedly, "soft science", take everything with a lump of salt) reveals the same average IQ for both sexes, but significantly more geniuses and idiots among men.

    Sample: http://www.subjectpool.com/ed_papers...ifferences.pdf

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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    Actually , the first American mass murderer I've heard of was called Brenda Spencer.

    Nevertheless, men are statistically much more violent in general, and much more likely to "go nuts" as well. It appears that there was evolutionary pressure for the XX-chromosome bearers to be selected for stable, safety-oriented behavior, and for us XY-ers to be selected in favor of risk-taking and "thinking outside of the box". After all, we are more expendable, biologically speaking: producing sperm is ridiculously easy, comparing to bearing a mammal offspring.

    It appears that in most any distribution of human traits women are bunched closer to the middle of the bell curve, while men boast long tails, on both ends. For example, meta-analysis of intelligence scores (admittedly, "soft science", take everything with a lump of salt) reveals the same average IQ for both sexes, but significantly more geniuses and idiots among men.

    Sample: http://www.subjectpool.com/ed_papers...ifferences.pdf



    In the last 30 years of the 61 mass shootings, one has been committed by a woman.

    "What is the connection between gender and outbreaks of massive violence? A helpful way to approach the question is to look at the three main categories of mass murderers. There are "family annihilators," who, as the name suggests, turn on their families. There are "set-and-run" or "hit-and-run" killers, who usually hide and try to avoid capture. Then there are "pseudocommandos," a category that would seem to include James Holmes, the suspected shooter in the July movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and Seung-Hui Cho, who in 2007 killed 32 people during a rampage at Virginia Tech. The pseudocommando can be defined as followed, according to Joni E. Johnston at Psychology Today:


    The term "pseudocommando" was first used to describe the type of mass murderer who carefully and methodically plans his actions and who kills indiscriminately in public. This is not a person who "snaps"; he comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons, typically has no escape planned, and is pursing a highly personal and well-thought-out agenda of "payback."

    According to research, these revenge mass murderers tend to have been bullied or socially excluded as children. As adults, they tend to be highly sensitive to any slight or rejection and to spend time dwelling on past humiliations. Given the right circumstances, these obsessive thoughts turn into violent revenge fantasies to protect a fragile sometimes overly inflated ego. In fact, it is when the perpetrator is feeling most powerless that he is likely to justify acting on his fantasies and begin the transition from obsessive thought to devastating action. The meticulous plans he make not only distract him from a reality that he finds increasingly intolerable, they give him a false sense of power and omnipotence.

    The tipping point for pseudocommandos is usually a major personal loss or rejection of some kind. Holmes, an excellent student growing up, saw his grades decline in a more competitive Ph.D. atmosphere. Cho was reportedly bullied and mocked, and saw himself as an avenger for the weak. We don't know what, if anything, set off Lanza, but we do know that his parents divorced in 2009 and that he was reportedly an outcast."


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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    I selected that men are more violent. Generally speaking I think that about sums it up. It's in our nature/genetics/evolutionary biology to be.

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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Because women drive men insane!

    Actually, it is a mix of a lot of things. Men are over represented on both ends of the spectrum. Men are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. Just visit the patent office and you will notice that over 90% of patents are submitted by men.

    Men are also the overwhelming majority of those who are sent to disaster areas to clean up, provide aide and security. Men are the majority of those who are enforcers of the law and carry out the justice on those who break them.

    Men are the most generous beings on the planet, selflessly giving their lives to protect their families and communities in wars. But with that same power, can also be the most violent people on the planet as well. However, whenever there are violent men to deal with, society sends good men to take care of it.
    - There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
    - Idealistically, everything should work as you planed it to. Realistically, it depends on how idealistic you are as to the measure of success.
    - Better to be a pessimist before, and an optimist afterwords.

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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    I selected that men are more violent. Generally speaking I think that about sums it up. It's in our nature/genetics/evolutionary biology to be.
    Most mass murderers in the US are also white, is that due also to "nature/genetics/evolutionary biology"?
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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    The "sensitivity to rejection" does make sense, even in the evolutionary context I was blabbing about earlier: We males are expendable, therefore we are insecure.

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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    One of my favorite TED Talks. This guy talks about a "high risk violence" gene being sex linked.

    Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer | Video on TED.com
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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Rodeo View Post
    One of my favorite TED Talks. This guy talks about a "high risk violence" gene being sex linked.

    Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer | Video on TED.com
    Interesting!......
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    Re: Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Maternal instinct. We women are life givers. Men are life takers. This is consistent with our instinctive roles; women are gatherers, men are hunters. This is true of almost all lifeforms which differentiate by female and male; gatherers and hunters.

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