Threat or Threatened? (the Violence of Being Born Male)

When women speak up about stopping sexual harassment and violence against women, they often encounter men who protest in one form or another, and we use words like “minimization” and “denial” and “perpetuation” when we deconstruct their behavior patterns, all of which lands flat or on deaf ears unless we’re preaching to the choir.

I’d like to take this time to appreciate the men in the choir and anyone willing to listen and help sing:

bell hooks and Kevin Powell: Black Masculinity, Threat or Threatened (a discussion about black masculinity in popular culture today presented by Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts)

Kevin Powell is an activist, public speaker and author of 12 books, including his new title The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

bell hooks is an author, activist, feminist and scholar-in-residence at The New School.

Below: When your friends and family stay silent, they consent…

Violence against women: It’s a Men’s Issue (TedTalk) by Jackson Katz is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy. Katz is the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the ‘bystander approach’ to sexual and domestic violence prevention. You’ve also seen him in the award winning documentary “MissRepresentation.”

Below are helpful links to articles and podcasts specifically dealing with recovery and healing from trauma:

On Being: “Beyond PTSD to Moral Injury”

On Being: “How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations”

On Being: “Depression and Resilience”

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