Men Fighting Violence Against Women

A few days ago, I discovered an amazing organization.

A Call to Men

I found this organization via this wonderful video, which features a talk by one of the co-founders of A Call to Men, Tony Porter. He started this organization to encourage, teach, and lead men to end violence against women.

After watching the video, I googled Tony and watched as many videos of his talks as I could. It was truly wonderful to see, as a woman, and as a feminist, a man so passionate about ending violence against women. So much work in this area focuses on victim advocacy, victim-focused awareness campaigns, and the like. A Call to Men is different. He seeks out “well-meaning men,” the men who do not commit any violence. He educates them on behaviors and mind sets that encourage violence. Then he encourages them to hold men accountable–not just violent men, but well meaning men who, through seemingly harmless jokes, behaviors, and the like, encourage and foster such an environment where men come to believe that committing violence against women is acceptable.

As a feminist, I sometimes despair at the lack of men who work for equality. It’s hard, knowing that things just might be easier, more efficient, more fruitful if men were to stand with us against harassment, against domestic violence, against rape, and all the other inequalities women face in the world. I cried watching the video linked above, not only because Tony was speaking about things near and dear to my heart. But also because he, a man, cares, and he cares enough to found this organization, travel all around the country, and rally other men to the cause.

I know there are many men out there who care, and even many men out there who are active allies. But sometimes they’re hard to see. And A Call to Men is a great reminder that they’re there for us.

For all our male allies, I encourage you to check out this organization. Share the videos with your friends–they’re a great 101 tool, especially for men who may be reluctant to read or watch anything with “feminist” associated. Tony is straight-forward, an “everyman” kind of speaker, and a great storyteller.

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

2 Responses to Men Fighting Violence Against Women

  1. Thefremen says:

    Yes! I really love the work that they and Men Can Stop Rape do.

    • Chris Green says:

      In the UK men wanting to engage in helping to End Violecne against Women could get active in the White Ribbon Campaign, a UK based organisation targetting men and working to achieve this .

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