I am 62 years old. I know well, this dangerous and frighteningly life-changing frame of mind that has demanded that men, women and children run and hide: hide from the possibility of it, that they might not be harmed and hide themselves from the world when they have been.
As a woman, I have known, personally, the risks spoken of in this video; and for more than 25 years, I have been working with women who have been claimed in body by a wide-ranging expression of these.. and yet, have forged in mind and Spirit a new path for themselves, despite it all.
THIS is the first time… in more than 40 years of living in this paradigm of mindless brutality and violence… that I have ever heard a man claim: this is a man’s issue; and men must take the lead. Personally? I KNOW THAT TO BE TRUE!
I found this video through a Facebook feed from CA James – Founder at Humanitarian Alliance Against Trafficking. I was stunned to see that this page has 94 ‘Likes’. In our Justin Bieber-esq world, this number was, for me, irrefutable evidence of the degree to which we do NOT want to know; the degree to which we try so desperately to look away and, in doing so, hope that we will not become one of its victims.
I am grateful to CA James for this link. After watching this video, for the first time in my many years, I felt hope. Hope that men would wake up. Hope that men would choose to take a stand for themselves; and take responsibility for ensuring that the deep slumber of brutality is shaken to its core. Hope that the many hundreds of thousands of men who know, will find the courage to become visible and audible… in the presence of others… stand and say: ENOUGH!
It is the men who must teach theirs sons. It is the men who must model an alternative to each other. It is the men who must provide the leadership that redefines what power and leverage and control represent in an awakened world.
It is the men who must lead.
Today, in this moment, I am grateful. I am hopeful. I am deeply appreciative of the willingness of Jackson Katz,PhD and his colleagues to carve out a trail that others may choose to walk with him. I am encouraged that other men will find their own voices. It is not just women who have been silenced… and who have silenced themselves.
Please, share this video with the men and women in your lives. It takes less than 20 minutes to watch it.
Visit Dr. Katz’ website. Follow him on his Facebook page.
Engage in whatever way is meaningful to you but make yourself visible. It takes courage to come out of the shadows. Voice will take you there….
Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy.Katz is the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the ‘bystander approach’ to sexual and domestic violence prevention. You’ve also seen him in the award winning documentary “MissRepresentation.”
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