Dead Women, Angry Men, Toxic Masculinity, and Jung

If you ever wondered why there’s so much fiction about dead women and angry men (probably written almost exclusively by cisgendered heterosexual men), blaming toxic masculinity is probably a safe bet.

Every novel about a dead woman and an angry man is a confession of allegorical (or metaphorical) murder at the hands of an author who felt forced to murder the feminine aspects of his psyche to be accepted as a man by his society.

No, I’m not getting Freudian on you. I’m getting Jungian. Wikipedia offers a basic introduction to his notions of anima and animus.

On a lighter note, “Dead Women and Angry Men” is probably a rejected Volbeat album title. It fits the pattern of previous titles like Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies.

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