We need more men with the guts, with the courage, with the strength, with the moral integrity to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them.
The argument that 'boys will be boys' actually carries the profoundly anti-male implication that we should expect bad behavior from boys and men. The assumption is that they are somehow not capable of acting appropriately, or treating girls and women with respect.
We need to redefine strength in men, not as the power over other people, but as forces for justice.
Calling gender violence a women's issue is part of the problem. It gives a lot of men an excuse not to pay attention.
It's a bad thing that happens to women, but when you look at that term 'violence against women,' nobody is doing it to them. It just happens to them. Men aren't even a part of it.
There's been an awful lot of silence in make culture about this ongoing tragedy of men's violence against women and children... we need to break that silence, and we need more men to do that.
Media play a powerful role in establishing and perpetuating social norms.
We talk about how many women were raped last year, not about how many men raped women.
Ben Roethlisberger is a proven winner in athletic competition. But the measure of a true leader is how they conduct themselves 24/7, not just during a winning touchdown drive or a goal-line stance. Leadership isn't something that gets switched off because the game clock expires.
In real life, women dont enjoy being degraded and treated like objects/receptacles.
Men are every bit as gendered as women.
Sociopathy is the extreme manifestation of the way we socialize boys in our society.
In corporate culture, in sports culture, in the media, we honor those who win at all costs.
Many young men in the 1960s and 1970s came to reject some of the traditional ideas about manhood that many of their fathers tried to pass down - like unquestioning respect for authority even when that might mean killing and dying for questionable or unjust causes such as the Vietnam War.
Elite athletes learn entitlement. They believe they are entitled to have women serve their needs. It's part of being a man. It's the cultural construction of masculinity.
When media coverage sets up a binary opposition between 'the accuser' and 'the accused,' there is no longer a victim or even an alleged victim - a flesh and blood person who was harmed by the violent act of another.
If the KKK was smart enough, they would've created gangsta rap because it's such a caricature of black culture and black masculinity.
Typical news accounts and commentaries about school shootings and rampage killings rarely mention gender.
Language usage always has a political context.
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