Encouraging Leadership

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“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King

Watching TED talks from time to time, I have to admit, that I’ve never agreed more with anyone than with Jackson Katz, creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the ‘bystander approach’ to sexual and domestic violence prevention.

He talks about “kill the messenger” approaches to ridicule feminist activism and simultaneously keep the current power dynamics in place. He talks about the problematics of the terms gender, race and sexuality as the dominant group is by association usually taken out of the equation by many. That is gender issues concern only women, race issues only non-whites, and sexuality issues are only relevant for the LGBT community. He also about the concerns that arise from victim blaming.

He calls for leadership, specifically male leadership…

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