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‘What Is Going On with Men?’ TEDx Speaker Urges Fellow Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse

Jackson Katz speaks out on domestic violence at TEDx. Video still.

Who is missing from the slew of headlines this week on kidnappings, gender-based violence, and victims' paths to healing? The perpetrators themselves.

Which is why this TEDx video is a must-see.

“Gender violence issues have been seen as 'women’s issues' that some good men help out with,” Jackson Katz, PhD, Founder and Director at MVP Strategies, says in the video. “I have a problem with that frame, and I don’t accept it. It gives men an excuse to not pay attention."

“These are men’s issues, first and foremost,” Katz corrects, who challenges the audience to reframe the questions around abuse.

“What’s going on with men?” Katz asks. “Why do so many men rape women, and other men? Why do we hear over and over again about new scandals erupting in major institutions like the Catholic Church, or the Penn State football program, or the Boy Scouts of America? What is the role of the institutions that are helping to produce abusive men at pandemic rates?”

“Once we start asking those big questions, then we can start talking about how we can be transformative.”

Take a few moments to watch this dynamic talk. If you’ve seen it, watch it again and share — especially with the dudes in your life.

Catherine Woodiwiss is Associate Web Editor for Sojourners.

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