Nate Parker is not an outlier but a reflection of how the logic of masculinity works. Parker himself already reveals these logics to us in his recent “candid”interview. He details how manhood is defined through sexual conquest where a man does not ask if a woman is down for sex, but rather invades by going up her shirt and skirts. Invades by guessing “how many drinks” it will take before her ability to say no is gone and then he can easily trick (read: force) her into his fantasies.

Parker used the term “toxic masculinity” to label the logics of masculinity. Toxic masculinity captures all the ways men use women as sexual medals on their fragile masculine armor. For Parker, toxic masculinity caused him to reduce women to mere vaginas, define himself by how many women he had sex with, and be celebrated amongst his male peers.