Military macho-violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo  

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Military-macho violence is a militarized view of masculinity that associates manliness with the excessive use of aggression, force and violence. Weapons are used as status symbols and to acquire social and economic hierarchy by employing power over unarmed civilians. Soldiers who exude any qualities deemed to be feminine are seen as weak and often end up being attacked and ostracized.

Many societies, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo generally place the means of violence— military training, and weapons—in the hands of men, while promoting a direct link between the idea of a real man and the practice of dominance and violence.

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