Can sexual violence be attributed to a “cult masculinity”?

Can sexual violence be attributed to a “cult masculinity”?

Can sexual violence be attributed to a "cult masculinity"?
With reference to Gloria Steinem and Lauren Wolfe’s comment piece ‘Sexual violence against women is the result of the cult of masculinity’ in the Guardian (available
here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/feb/24/sexual-violence-women-cult-masculinity),
how convincing do you find their arguments about a ‘cult of masculinity’? How can we apply understandings of masculinity from the module material and the wider gender, crime and violence literature to this piece? Are there commonalities between the values and motives behind sexual violence perpetrated by gang members and wartime rape? Can the arguments presented be applied to other forms of gender violence too? What values and norms are associated with group-perpetrated violence as compared to violent acts with solo perpetrators?

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