There has been a lot of buzz lately about “fake news”.
It’s more than just an annoyance—we are seeing examples where people are acting on fake news in a way that is harmful and potentially catastrophic. A man going to a pizza parlor with an assault rifle because of a conspiracy theory he read about on the internet is not normal. And we need to understand why this is important.
It’s not enough to simply remove fake news—here at The Good Men Project, for example, we are trying to replace it with different POV’s that people care about. We are not just trying to force men to respect women, we are really working to understand the social and cultural pressures men have to NOT respect women and working to usurp those. We don’t just say the words “more education” and then walk away—we think about what that means, and ask the following questions:
- How does that change the way you have conversations with people?
- How do we do a better job with children?
- How do we create better economic incentives for our schools?
- How to we get men to realize that not being superior is not “bad”?
- How de we pressure Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit to moderate, ban, and block news that is false is a good start.There are a million questions about how to enforce it. It sure ure doesn’t help when folks being appointed to CABINET POSITIONS IN THE GOVERNMENT are the same folks spreading the fake news https://twitter.com/GenFlynn/status/794000841518776320…
- How do we talk about guns in a way that can simply reduce the amount of gun violence?
- How do we work towards a more open-minded, tolerant society, where people can feel as safe taking their family out for pizza as they can marrying whoever it is that they love?
It has to be all of that. Everything matters.
Toxic zero sum thinking that underlies it all. No your life is as a man is not worse because institutionally oppressed people are in executive leadership positions. It’s WAY better.
We would like to hear what you have to say about these issues and the intersectionality of all of the above.
The conversation about the changing roles of men in the 21st century has never been more important.
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