As the #metoo and the tsunami of personal stories of sexual abuse still fills social media in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, men are speaking out on the issue of sexual harassment too.
Author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Jackson Katz, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. He has worked in gender violence prevention with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy. Katz is also the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program. He is a powerful advocate for a change in the language, social constructs that perpetuate violence against women. This Ted talk is filled with powerful perspectives on sexual violence and abuse and how men can change this.
“We talk about how many women were raped last year, not how many men raped women. We talk about how many girls in a school district were harassed last year, not about how many boys harassed girls. We talk about how many teenage girls got pregnant…last year, rather than how many men and boys impregnated teenage girls.”
Jackson Katz says this use of the passive voice takes the focus off men and boys and onto women and girls.
“Even the term ‘violence against women’ is problematic. It’s a passive construction, there’s no active agent in the sentence…nobody is doing it to them. It just happens to them, men aren’t even a part of it.”