Men Fighting Violence Against Women
December 13, 2010 2 Comments
A few days ago, I discovered an amazing organization.
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.