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If you’ve never heard of TED, (Technology, Entertainment and Design) you’re in for a treat. TED Talks, are an enlightening series of public conferences around the world that seek to educate and entertain.

The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

Recently, one particular TED talk video by American filmmaker, educator and author, Jackson Katz, was captured on the Upworthy site, and has since gone viral. I first saw the headline/title: ”A TED Talk That Might Turn Every Man Who Watches It Into A Feminist? It’s Pretty Fantastic.”

Katz:

“I’m going to share with you, a paradigm shifting perspective, on the issues of gender violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children… that whole range of issues that are referred to, in shorthand, as ‘gender violence’ issues. They’ve been seen as women’s issues – that some good men help out with. But I have a problem with that frame, and I don’t accept it.

As Katz goes on to explain in his TED Talk, he is almost out of breath as he speaks. It’s as if he wants so badly to say everything he needs to say in less that 20 minutes, while having the strongest possible impact. If so, his mission was accomplished. After I watched it, my first thought was, “If only every man, woman and teenager could see this video and hear this message.”

Here is the TED Talk Video With Jackson Katz:

Find out more about Jackson Katz on his website.

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Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:12 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate." ~ Buddha

    by Leslie Salzillo on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:15:10 PM PDT

  •  There's simply no room for defensiveness. (3+ / 0-)
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    "You feminists smear all men."

    Sir, we don't have time for it. You aren't always going to be hand-held along this path, or treated as if your voice is the most important one in the discussion.

    Please listen to the women's movement, or just go away.

    Thanks for bringing Jackson Katz to our attention. I think of myself as pretty savvy about feminism, and I'd never heard of him.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:34:10 AM PDT

    •  Karmsy, we usually agree on the issue of (4+ / 0-)
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      feminism, so I may be misunderstanding.

      I found this TED talk very refreshing. To me, Jason Katz is saying, 'women's issues/gender issues' in regards to male sexual abuse against women, children and other men --are indeed men's issues, for in these cases,  men are the perpetrators.

      It is often the case that some men simply ignore or 'move on' when they hear, 'women's issues'... as if to say "That's their problem..." But the discussion of rape and violence needs to include men, as much as women if it's going to change.

      I agree with Katz , in that the media attention should not always be about women being victims. Yes, we support the victims/survivors whole-heartedly. The attention needs to shift to the core of the problem. The men who commit the crimes  --and why... and how do we stop them. So they must be involved in the conversation.

      "In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate." ~ Buddha

      by Leslie Salzillo on Wed May 15, 2013 at 09:03:35 AM PDT

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      •  Amen to Katz's whole approach (1+ / 0-)
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        and framing on the gender-violence issue.  I guess the above comment came out as catty and abrasive as it did :) in response to people (usually men) who simply freeze up at any notion of "gender violence" being pervasive, and life-limiting, to women, particularly. With many propagandists-for-traditional-gender-roles, you would not even get as far as to suggest that "the discussion of rape...needs to include men." At "the discussion of rape," literally, they're already tuning you out.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 01:29:28 PM PDT

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  •  I view TED as the people magazine of lectures (1+ / 0-)
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    That said I'm sure it is informative to many.

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