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A Call to Men: Respect Women!

"My liberation as a man is tied to your liberation as a woman." In his TED talk, Tony Porter makes a call to all men to respect women. He started a non-profit organization called A CALL TO MEN to help men recognize that they are a part of the problem, and that it is their responsibility to be educated, to prevent abuse, and to shift societal norms around manhood.

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A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. Our aim is to shift social norms that negatively impact our culture and promote a more healthy and respectful definition of manhood. 

A CALL TO MEN recognizes that the underlying causes of violence and discrimination against women are rooted in the ways women and girls have been traditionally viewed and treated in our society. We provide men and boys with tools, practical methods and strategies to understand this connection and how to positively address these social issues. We partner with schools, universities, corporations, government, social service agencies and communities to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. A CALL TO MEN invites men to join us and become the solution by creating a better world for our daughters, our sons, our sisters, our mothers and ultimately ourselves!

A CALL TO MEN Programs:
  • Keynote Presentations, Training and Consultation for individuals or groups
  • Training Institute
  • Community Engagement Training Academy
  • Consultation/Technical Support 
  • Adopt-A-City / Community Engagement Model 

From their website, here are 5 things men can do to promote gender equality: 
  1. Challenge other men when they say or do disrespectful things toward women and girls (like tell a sexist joke at the water cooler or only make eye contact with men when they are talking)
  2. Re-learn your history: Find out about powerful women who have shaped our society and teach your children and other youth about their contributions.
  3. Support women in society - see movies produced by women, read books written by women, buy art made by women.
  4. Ask women in your life about violence or disrespect that they have experienced and believe what they have to say.
  5. Speak out against gender discrimination and violence - and explain why it is offensive to you!

For more information, visit:  http://www.acalltomen.org/

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That's a great list, Tim. As we move on to the Ideas phase for this challenge, folks might like to think about what would incentivise and motivate men to take up these suggestions en mass.

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DeletedUser

It would be nice if parents and society would instill in people that the core values from which many men were raised would be enough incentive to treat a woman properly, unfortunately in today's world and society people only care about themselves and do not worry about who they trample over - man or woman - to achieve their goals. People should not have to be given an incentive to treat others properly, but that is the sad world we live in today.

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DeletedUser

I love this post because it is so true. There are so many men out there who treat women like second class citizens or like they don't even exist. Men also do this to other men as well. There are so many times at work or while out in public where I ask myself how a woman puts up with a certain man because he publicly treats her like garbage. In return, it almost seems like it raises the testosterone in the room and other men become aggressive as well. What happened to people's core values and treating all people, but women most of all, with respect. Just because one person is doing it does not make it okay for others to do so.

This approach really holds people accountable for their poor behavior and I wish more people would be willing to speak up for others who are being treated poorly.