Girls Going Postal

A spate of killings in the late 80s and early 90s led to the invention of the term "going postal." And then barely a shooting. I was growing nostalgic for headlines like "Ex-Postal Worker Kills Five, Then Self." But for the first time the person going crazy and letting loose with a nine caliber pistol killing five former co-postsal workers blocks from the University of Santa Barbara is a w-o-m-a-n. Congratrulations. Previously only men workers had felt compelled to leash out this way.

"James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, said men's tendency to identify more with their work can lead them to be more devastated by the loss of a job than a woman would be in the same situation. Furthermore, he said, women tend to use violence to defend themselves, while men are more likely to use violence as an offensive strategy."

Now is it a good thing that a woman can be as devestated as a man about losing a job?

via washingtonpost


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