For all its association with power and strength, manhood is a fragile veneer. It is not a status conferred simply by sex or age but is instead based on a man’s ability to fulfill societal expectations, which in many cultures require that men be stoic breadwinners and protectors. Failure to do so undermines men’s self-worth. With emotional communication constrained and distorted by masculine code, anger and volatility often prevail over measured emotional expression. Under these circumstances, some men go to horrific lengths to reassert their wounded manhood, a quest in which violence can emerge as a tool.