TED Talk Explains Why Violence Against Women Is a Men's Issue
Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often said to be "women's issues." But in this bold, honest TED Talk, educator, filmmaker, and author Jackson Katz points out that these are basically men's issues.
Katz explains how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood and says that people think gender issues are synonymous with women's issues. He raises many valid questions about why domestic violence is still a big problem in the United States and around the world. He challenges that fact that many men abuse, physically, emotionally, verbally, and it's becoming a common problem in our society.
"How can we change the socialization of boys and the definitions of manhood that lead to these current outcomes?" Katz mentions these are the kind of questions that we need to be asking and the kind of work that we need to be doing to make a change.
We know that there are many things men can say and do that women simply cannot, and it's called sexism. Katz goes on to explain how women who speak out about sexual assault and other issues are called "man-bashers" or "feminazis."
"We need more men who have the courage and the strength to start standing up and standing with women and not against them. We live in the world together," he said.
Katz ends the talk with, "I hope that, going forward, men and women, working together, can begin the change and the transformation that will happen so that future generations won't have the level of tragedy that we deal with on a daily basis."
Watch Jackson Katz's full video below:
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