I hear women talk about feminism. I, as a woman, talk about my experiences. I am shaped by them. Feminism is a a piece of a road out that I hope I can build for my daughter.
Too rarely do I hear men talking about feminism, about the female experience. There are exceptions– my own father being one of those– where men talk about the importance of feminism in their lives and about the way men are hindered by gender roles and segregation.
On Saturday, the annual 16 days of activism against gender based violence began. Usually my posts revolve around how gender based violence effects women. And it does. Hugely! Do you know that violence kills and disables as many women around the world as cancer does? That is staggering.
This year, however, I want to start by talking about how gender roles and the way we inflict them on people negatively affects our boys and men. They may not be victims of violence in the same way— but they certainly are victimized as well.
I came across this video and wanted to share. Tony Porter is self-reflective, articulate, charismatic, and right. Please watch.