31 Days of Male Stereotypes: Day 31
changing rape culture
We need to ask ourselves what else we can be doing to stop this catastrophic cycle.
Before we can begin to wage war upon rape culture, we must first acknowledge this fact.
Men, women need your bravery now. We need you to come toward us rather than to back away.
Is there something about the school or its male attendees that make them feel entitled to behave in this manner? Or, is this sort of thing going on at campuses everywhere?
For too long, the sexual misconduct of men has been thought of as strictly a woman‘s issue.
Where are the men who admit contribution to rape culture?
Men have an opportunity to participate actively in changing things for the better.
Rape culture is real. And right now it has every reason to feel emboldened. And only men can truly change its course.
Even when we use language unintentionally, it shapes our frame of reference and steers the conversation.
It is not the alpha males we must appeal to in the hopes of change, but rather those behind the scenes, those who have a conscience, those who may be strong enough to influence their peers. We need to reach out to the “middle guys.”
Rape culture justifies sexualized violence by denying or minimizing its existence, and holding victims responsible. We must all play a role in ending it.
Stacey Gill examines a culture that protects the perpetrators and perpetuates sexual assaults.
Aya de Leon examines how children create stories to get themselves through brutal times. And some children never grow up.
A list of parenting action items, created in the hope that we can raise a generation of children who have less rape and sexual assault in their lives…from toddlers to teens.