On Dec 14, 2016, The Representation Project released a new video recapping the theme of “Toxic Masculinity,” and how it has taken a hold in 2016.
Whether it was during the 2016 election, the Orlando shooting, various sexual harassment cases or police brutality, toxic masculinity seems to be the common root for all these events. The end result of the video asks for us to use our voices and demand justice and equality for all in 2017.
From the video description published on Dec 14, 2016
This has been a tumultuous year. Whether because of the high-profile campus sexual assault cases, mass shootings, or the harmful language used by the President-elect, these are all the result of a hyper-masculine culture that values traits such as dominance, aggression, and control over empathy, care, and compassion. This culture of toxic masculinity permeates our society. Whether it’s bullying others, demeaning or degrading women, or placing value on money and power above all else, these ideas and expectations are dangerous and need to be addressed at the dinner table, in our local communities, and on the national stage. That’s why this week, we’re premiering, “How Toxic Masculinity Dominated 2016,” to help spark a national conversation about toxic norms and how we as individuals and a society can do better. Please share this video as a pledge to hold individuals, communities, and media accountable in addressing toxic masculinity. Together, let’s challenge and overcome this limiting and harmful culture in the new year.