There's another element that so many are loathe to admit... or discuss.
It's the purposeful equating of masculinity TO violence.
I recently watched an interview with the mother of one of the boys who shot down classmates at Columbine. He specifically mentioned how manly he felt having all those guns.
Helen Caldicott, George Carlan, and yours truly have long seen a relationship between the gun (and other phallic symbols ranging from missiles to bombs) with a pumped up version of masculinity. In fact, some years back when I attended workshops on Shamanism in Peru, one of the first things stated by the spiritually astute shamans was that the U.S. was OVERLY identified with the masculine side of The Creator/Source.
How many young boys join the military to prove that they are "real men" to their cousins, brothers, uncles, and fathers?
How many get their knees and heads broken on football fields... with football serving as the MAIN segue way into "theaters of war"?
Hollywood sexes up the image of the soldier. Note Tom Cruise in "Top Gun."
The militarization of culture also gets far too much support from the Fundamentalist Christians and their huge network of churches.
By setting up a frame that Islam is a "false religion" that worships a "false god," countless young men (and currently, women) are "called to the armed services" to show fealty to their god.
I can back up the above statement, although when people hear General Boykin state publicly that "he knew his god was a real god, and theirs was not," or that a hired assassin like Eric Prince could profess religious bona fides... or that the U.S. air force is absolutely full of Christian Chaplains whose purpose is to override the consciences of young drone pilots so that they WILL kill on command... one has to recognize that religious institutions have taken a distinct turn to the Dark Side.
Hollywood's narrow "good guys/bad guys" frames and how these condition the beliefs of the masses
Financially tough times acting as a back-door to the draft
Lies told often by a captured corporate media
The now fully established power of the Military Industrial Complex
There are MANY factors. But what's remarkable is how so many strain to make gender irrelevant when it's a KEY component of how this programming (for war and soldiering) works!