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Shortly after the Virginia Tech shootings, I wrote a diary entitled Why Gender Matters: Putting the VA Tech Shootings in Perspective. I felt this was an important perspective to analysze what happened in Blacksburg because gender and the impact of male violence is so prevelant in our society and we may be missing a crucial element here in ending mens' violence against women, children, and other men. It is my hope that someday men will look to each other, step up, and act in positive healthy ways to end this crisis.

The following is a YouTube presentation of Jackson Katz, a leading anti-sexism educator. He recently received an award from the Western Mens' Resource Center and gave the keynote speech.

I mentioned some of his work in my diary but felt you all should see & hear what he's really all about.

I hope you all find this video helpful.

- vtfinest

Originally posted to vtfinest on Thu May 10, 2007 at 11:21 AM PDT.

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  •  Necessary Work (4+ / 0-)
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    chumley, vtfinest, BachFan, CTLiberal

    Feminists (including those on this site) have been making these points for years.  Women can't help but notice (and avoid) the violence that men do every day.  It's essential that men take responsibility for alleviating the impact of male violence on all of us, whether from crime or war.

  •  I saw Jackson Katz speak live a few years ago (2+ / 0-)
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    Athena, vtfinest

    He was excellent.  Intelligent, provocative, and tough despite some whiny men in the audience who didn't like his message.

    His website is here.   Worth a look.

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln

    by chumley on Thu May 10, 2007 at 11:38:27 AM PDT

  •  Hmm... (0+ / 0-)

    Humans are creatures that evolved from primates, and thus we have all the basic instincts from those eras. I suppose this is why men would be more prone to violence, but something like the above.

    anti-sexism educator

    In my mind at least, it conjures a cliche image of a sissified male whose afraid to fight for anything. Granted that is merely a dramatization, but I think my point is made.

    Where there are humans, there will always be violence.  That is a fact for me, and I believe it with all my heart.

    I'm also curious about your tags, I assume your in favor of gun control and if I'm wrong I'm sorry. I don't see violence, and guns as a linked issue.

    Humans have been killing each other for thousands of years, and the tools for which they do it will always change with the advent of new technology.

    Conservative. noun. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. -Ambrose Bierce

    by IndepedentMachavellian on Thu May 10, 2007 at 11:39:35 AM PDT

    •  Not really into gun control (3+ / 0-)
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      But because this was a school shooting, I thought it was necessary.

      My focus is on male violence and I believe it's my responsibility to educate other men about violence against men, women, and children, how the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that over 95% of men in 2004-2005 commited homicides vs. women and many many more reasons. Violence is more prevelent in men and many of us treat it as if it's no big deal among men.

      When was the last time you saw a number of men attend a Take Back The NIght rally? When was the last time you heard a woman get killed for a sex crime and men that came out and said, "Never again will we accept mens' violence committed against women?" You don't see many at all.

      My hope is that men turn to other men talk about how and why we commit so much viollence in this country and how can we promote healthy attitudes, belief systems, and ways of conducting our behavior? How can we AS MEN stop sexism, rape, harassment and other forms of physical and sexual violence?

      If we are committing the majority of these crimes it's time for men to treat this as a gender issue. That is the goal and I'm glad there are men out there like Jackson Katz who can make us look at ourselves in meaningful ways.

      •  Hmm... (0+ / 0-)

        Don't fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any Web site, or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner. Protest sexism in the media.

        This is from err.. Mr. Katz's site, and err... I don't see men giving up their porn. I was taught not to hit a girl, and to always be respectful to women.

        I would be curious though.

        What do you define as sexism, psychologically I wonder.

        Conservative. noun. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. -Ambrose Bierce

        by IndepedentMachavellian on Thu May 10, 2007 at 12:23:35 PM PDT

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        •  So what your saying.... (1+ / 0-)
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          is just throw your hands up and say, "oh well nothing can be done?"

          As a man I see, porn exploit men and women but more so with women. It's not about love or making a healthy meaningful connection with another man or woman. It's about exploiting sex in unhealthy ways, twisting it as if it were an connectionless act, and even more disturbingly... exploiting mens' and womens' gentials for sexual arousal. Therefore it perpetuates sex in males minds in unhealthy ways whereby most men internalize objectivity and have warped views of sex. But enough about that. Therefore it is my belief that men compasionatly confront other men about what porn does to men, women, how it rottens meaningful sex, and to help men understand that porn perpetuates dehumanizing and degredation of everyone.

          I can't win over every male on this. But we need more men to take on this role for the sake of treating people with more respect. I like what his website says and I think it's very brave for a man like Katz to be challenging the way we as men are brought up to be and how we can become better men in the world.

          A psychological view of sexism to me may mean using a variety of words and actions to intenionally or unintentionally put down, demean, or harm another person based on their gender by means of power & control. Getting to the root of power and control is key and the antitode is to teach men about equality on all levels and make them internalize or live out ways that help, treat, and respect each other as equals in the world not to dominate or be dominated.... something like that.

          We need t

        •  More important, don't fund violence? (0+ / 0-)

          I have thought for some time that those of us who are disgusted by the rampant crime and violence in our society should stop funding movies and other media that glamorize it.  Our highest rated TV show glamorizes organized crime, and we have an entire genre of film dedicated to revenge fantasies, where the wronged good guy(s) (and, yep, they are almost exclusively guys) manage to prevail against the bad guys, shoot them all up, and then live happily ever after (no post-traumatic stress for our celluloid "heros".)  I think that boycotting this garbage would be more effective than picking on the pornographers.
          "Live free or die. Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark

      •  Good Diary (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks, vtfinest, for a posting on such a critical issue for women - and men.  I think we could use more diaries on this site that invite men to address these issues seriously and lend support for doing so.

  •  Is the YouTube down? (0+ / 0-)

    Are people able to view his speech? Doesn't seem to be working for me.

    If someone can give me an update that would be great. Thanks.

  •  Jackson Katz... (4+ / 0-)

    is awesome. I lead a student organization on campus that is geared specifically towards the idea of men talking to men about men's violence. We use his videos and his articles all the time to analyze violence in a gendered context.

    I read his article on the Amish school shootings and it surprised me how much the media's representation still influences how I look at things, but I couldn't agree more with what he said in this video and that article about how men's violence is always regarded as gender-neutral and as a societal problem or a gun-control problem.

    Michael Kaufman also has a lot of good stuff too on masculinity. Here's on article on the "7 P's of Men's Violence" by him.

    Its great to see this on here, I've always wanted to post something but always felt a little intimidated.

  •  What I thought was especially striking (2+ / 0-)
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    Athena, vtfinest

    was his example of how different the media would have treated these shootings if  a girl had been the perpetrator. In that case, all of the discussion would have been about gender. We have a true blind spot regarding males and violence. Gender disappears. Males are the norm. They are everyman. If men do it, it must be human nature.

  •  Tip Jar! How 'bout it! (1+ / 0-)
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