Why are there more MEN in prison?

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    Jul 19, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    I wondered about this when I heard on TV that 97% of the prison population in the U.S. was male. Do you think that men not being able to be free to have close intimate relationships with other men may somehow cause a lack of connection with society, and lead them to commit more crimes?
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    I think it's because males are traditionally the aggressors. And females are not.
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:29 PM GMT


    NO, I think that men are raised to be aggressive and unemotional. At times aggression tends to lead to irrational behavior. Combine that w/ poverty, no ed-u-ma-cation,despair and the lack to value life and personal space and you have pot filled w/ shit waiting to BURST! I'm sure that 1 or 2 cases can be related to your original question but the bottom line is anyone who appreciates FREEDOM on any level will not jeopardize it to be INCARSIRATED that's just out right CRAZY
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    It's called testosterone. FTM transsexuals are surprised by the aggression they feel when they start hormone therapy. I think Caslon said he had a couple months of serene calm when cancer treatments shut down his testosterone production. (That may have been a different cancer survivor.)
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    I do think it's a combination of nature and nurture. Men do have testosterone, which is linked to aggression, but they're also taught to suppression "feminine" emotions like fear, sadness, and, even love. At the same time, men are taught that they have to compete with others, fight, and provide hell or high water. Since America has rather draconian drug laws, a primary reason for the explosion in the prison population, and so many young men of color don't have access to quality education and employment opportunities, they end up selling drugs, getting busted and spending 10 years in prison for possession with intent. It's utter bullshit. And, since prisons - like everything else in the US - have been put in the hands of corporations, they need big populations to earn their bucks from the government.
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    Jul 19, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    wyrln saidIt's called testosterone. FTM transsexuals are surprised by the aggression they feel when they start hormone therapy. I think Caslon said he had a couple months of serene calm when cancer treatments shut down his testosterone production. (That may have been a different cancer survivor.)

    No, It was I.

    I am probably one of only a very few on here that can testify to life with and without testosterone. Without testosterone, life is amazingly calm. I didnt feel any aggression, assertiveness,or irritability. However, when the testosterone-blocking medication was withdrawn, the body began to regenerate its ability to produce testosterone. With the rise in my testosterone levels, I could feel the old aggression of a male return.

    In truth, I liked that non-aggressive feeling, but not the loss of muscle mass, bone density, and body hair that went with it. ... icon_lol.gif ... and the depression, oh that joy-killing depression!

    In fact, tomorrow I return to work in an office for the first time in nearly 3 years.
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    Jul 20, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
    guys are guys, we aren't exactly built to be at home raising children, not to say we can't, but, biologically we were built to hunt, fight, kill, protect and do it rough..

    just watch a bunch of guys, they handle each other roughly, they mess about, they aren't concerned with hurting each other (generally they don't try to though) and what have you.

    stick me with a bunch of guys and i'm the same way, thats how guys generally bond with each other, stick me with a bunch of women and it's all that touchy feeling bullshit like hugs and kind sympathetic looks and crap like that, I do that too of course, but usually thats reserved for a guy I'm with.

    Some guys have it big time, some don't, some have been raised to be more so and what not and what have you.

    Unfortunately you stick laws in, make things dangerous, segregate, step upon and generally treat some people poorly and they are going to fall back onto what happens mostly naturally, they start to become violent, there urge to eat, provide, protect, what ever is still strong, men get violent and do what ever happens.

    Women, aren't like that usually, they are much more gentle, quiet, ferociously protective of her children, but, women love and nurture and men protect and provide..
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    Jul 20, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    Where as I am one of the first to speak out against the lack of male intimacy that our nation seems to face. I'm going to say maybe other factors play into these statistics.

    You'd find that many of the people in there are very personable and very accepting of the bonds that they make with other men, gay or straight.

    Many people make life long friends from being locked up.

    Honestly, theres like a personality type that makes people felons. I don't care what anyone says I've seen it. That desperate need to break the rules. You'd be surprised some of the eleborate schemes they can come up with to fight, to tattoo, everything.

    Its something very deviant about them. and there are so cocky and manly. Testosterone definitely plays a big part also.

    My cousin has a really bad temper. He recently was arrested for fracturing guys jaw and pulling his arm out of the socket at a bowling alley. He decided to go into mixed martial arts and he says its so relaxing for him to go and train and relieve all that stress and frustration he normally has built up.
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    Jul 20, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    I believe the answer is Testosterone and the financial pressures of being the primary provider in most relationships.
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    Jul 20, 2009 1:37 PM GMT
    Its because of the way society has become sad to say. And most males don't have a positive male role model in their lives, and then don't know how to be good men, and then some idolize too much the street culture.

    Most males have that whole aggression thing, which is very normal. Those men have always been, the best soldiers, the best warriors, the best fighters, the best athletes. But most in society today will say that's a bad thing, and most boys are raised being told its bad, which is wrong, its not bad, its just bad when its not properly directed, which again a positive male role model can do. A discipline, and spirituality, are huge parts of directing the aggression in the right way, which ultimately leads to the boy becoming a good, strong man.

    Does being a good strong man, mean you need to be all buffed up, macho, and being able to smash people's head in? Nope, because not all men have that kind of aggression. And I've seen guys who are all buffed up, macho, and able to break heads. But just didn't know how to be good men, and they are weak. There are plenty of men out there who don't have that aggression, (not everyone is made to be a fighter/warrior/soldier) but were raised right, again having that positive influence. Its just that the men with that aggression, or warrior spirit, or mentality as its called among the people I'm mostly around, it has to be honed right, if not then you have problems, and man have I seen it, and every guy I've encountered with such problems, are always lacking, the things I've mentioned, and not all of em are bad guys. Except the ones who continue to do the very same things that got them in a world of trouble, they don't choose to learn from the mistakes, continue to hurt people, and don't even try to better themselves, in any kind of way. The bible calls men like that "good for nothing men".
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    Yep ... It's the "T"

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    Jul 20, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    There's been some evolutionary theory to suggest that men act in more radical and risky ways than women, because the safe behavior of women gaurentees their availability to produce offspring. The main line of logic is:

    If 1/2 of the male population is killed, then the next generation will more or less be the same size, however if 1/2 of the female population is killed, the size of next generation will likely be halved.


    So, men are naturally predisposed to risk/reward behaviors (leading to jail, scarface, or fabulous dinner parties) because their success or failure does not affect the next generation as would such female behavior.