Jackson Katz talk at TEDxFiDiWomen

01 Jun


From “Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue
“Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Jackson Katz asks a very important question that gets at the root of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: What’s going on with men?”

Many thoughts came to mind while listening to his talk.  About being leaders, saying something isn’t okay, standing up when something is wrong and shifting the mindsets to recognise the bystander effect is a real problem and can’t continue.

What did you think of the talk?  Can his goal and strategy work, or is it working?


Random off the top of my head thought: I also thought how relevant the talk was about all types of abuse, and specifically, the abuses that happen in adoption, and the power dynamics within adoption.  That the dominant voices that have been able to “tune out” or “shut down” the conversations saying it is a problem and needs fixing.  Is the on-line community showing leadership strong enough to create lasting change?

How can we all do better?

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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in Adoption, Ethics


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