Kwame Harris is Charged With Felony Domestic Violence

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About Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma Stymie, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He lives in Boston, where he works as a public health professional. He is the Sports Editor at The Good Men Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDay7.

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  1. Like the big pink elephant in the locker room, our perception of domestic violence is shaped by gender stereotypes. Men, real men, aren’t victims; they fight back. Conversely, men who fall victim to domestic violence must be effeminate. Otherwise, they would never allow themselves to be treated that way.

    The perception of domestic violence is shaped by more than gender stereotypes themselves. I’ve come to see that even people who call themselves progressives that are fighting against gender stereotypes will actively engage in the the illusion of, “domestic violence is something that men do to women” just as badly (if not worse) that even those who are not so called progressive.

    We need to get to the point where we stop talking about taking down gender stereotypes and then turning around and invoking said stereotypes when it suits us.

  2. Domestic violence can be anywhere and can take any form. By looking at me, you would never think that I would be a victim of DV. I am what some would call a man’s man, big, tough and the kind of guy that is self reliant and resourceful. The truth is, my first wife was violent with me. It started out small, a slap when she got mad, but it escalated. The worst time was when I asked her to move from the tv during a game and she stabbed me in the shoulder with a fork. Buried it right to the hilt. I was deployed overseas shortly thereafter and she left me while I was gone. The thing is, I never told anyone. I didn’t want to appear weak. My father taught me to respect women and to treat them well and to never, ever, hurt a woman. I never even defended myself. I got lucky and eventually met a woman who appreciates me for who and what I am, so it’s all good. But, what’s a guy to do in this situation? If I were to have called the cops she probably would have lied and turned it around on me and I would have been the one in jail not her.

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