We need more men with the guts(...) to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them.

Is masculinity dead? Are all men bad? Why does it sometimes feel like all males are accused of being sexist misogynist creeps? When society and feminism started questioning the harmful roles and stereotypes assigned to women, we also began looking at masculinity – and it didn’t look great.

While feminism has highlighted many problematic male stereotypes, it is not meant to mark the end of men or even 'traditional masculinity'. In this three-part series, we present men giving their takes on what it can and should mean to be 'a good man' today...

Part 2: Jackson Katz

Why is it that, when we talk about sexual violence and domestic abuse, we talk about the women involved and erase the men from the conversation? In his TED talk, violence-prevention educator Jackson Katz explains why sentences like “Mary is a battered woman” are far more common than ones like “John beat Mary.”

The takeaway of Katz’s talk: That we have to stop thinking of violence against women as a women’s issue. He urges men to look at the various institutions in society that help produce violent behavior, and to become leaders in calling out behavior that’s entwined with violence against women.

Violence against women—it's a men's issue: Jackson Katz at TEDxFiDiWomen

An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Jackson Katz, Phd, works with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military to tackle ingrained and unhealthy attitudes and behaviours that are harming women and men. 

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