At Blunty. Always a tricky one to write when there's a live legal case:
The psychology of random sneak attacks is the psychopathology of manhood gone wrong and Green is the sort of man who can show others that Simone de Beauvoir was mistaken, that men don't need to find self-affirmation in their fists. It doesn't mean renouncing his professional history as a boxer, but rather foregrounding it. There is a lot of unhinged bullshit floating around the construction of modern masculinity; from the high-pitched whine and special pleading of the Men's Rights movement to the paleo-intellectualism of repackaged red meat and rape fantasies of that sad little movement's daffier micro-celebrities. Hard men like Green are uniquely placed to undermine that crap.
As long as some men feel masculine worth can only be found in aggression and dominance they will walk the streets to deliver on their belief, feeling in their fists the reassurance of their sovereignty. They will prey on the weak, because they are weak.
Of all the things we will talk about when we talk about the death of Cole Miller few will get to the heart of why men do this, to each other, to women and children, to anyone they think they can beat down. Lockouts, licensing restrictions, the criminal code and punishment regimes, they all have their part to play. But until men change, nothing will.
Had me a small taste of the Men Rights movement's special brand o' online love last week, after writng about Chris Gayle, Jamie Briggs et al. They really do live on red meat and rape fantasies.