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What Can Men Do?

If we want a culture that does not tolerate sexual assault, men need to be part of the solution!

  • Do our homework. Listen to women and learn from their experiences. Read women’s literature. Read articles and books about masculinity and the root causes of violence. Educate ourselves to see the connection between how men are conditioned in this culture and how that conditioning results in abusive behavior toward women.
  • Reflect. How can we change our abusive and controlling behavior?
  • Use inclusive, non-sexist language.
  • Confront sexist, racist, homophobic, and any other bigoted remarks or jokes.
  • Don’t fund sexism. Don’t purchase magazines, rent movies, or buy music that portray women in sexually degrading or violent ways. Write to publishers and editors when we find sexism in newspapers and magazines. Protest the gratuitous use of violence against women in television and film by writing TV and movie executives.
  • Challenge candidates for political office at every level, from student government to the President. Ask them to be committed to the full social, economic, and political equality of women; oppose those who are not so committed.
  • Support and advocate for increased government funding for battered women’s shelters, rape crisis centers and organizations that promote gender equality.
  • Support and volunteer to assist programs that counsel men who abuse women.
  • Propose and/or support curriculum changes, at every level of the educational system, that mandate courses and programs to eliminate sexism and sexual violence.
  • Organize a group of men—in school, at work, or among a circle of friends—to meet regularly and reflect on changing our behavior and being positive agents of change.
  • Invite other men to see the advantages for all of us if we support women’s issues and work for gender equality.

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