Ms Stott Despoja told the audience that “young boys aren’t born thinking that they need to exercise power and control over others to be a real man”.
“Our society teaches them that,” she said.
“The good news is ... violence against women is preventable. While this is a complex issue, at its heart, it is simple. We must begin with gender equality and respect for all women.”
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Terang speaks out
This is a spoken word Tarang Chawla wrote and performed about masculinity and violence against women. Terang hears talk about how "real men" don't hit women, whatever that even means. That doesn't sit right with him.In this country, women keep being injured or killed because men act violently. And he's sick of it.
If Australia is being swamped by anything it's family violence. That's the real threat. One in four children are traumatised from being exposed to family violence and that's the emergency.
~ Rosie Batty
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Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues."
"Calling gender violence a women's issue is part of the problem for a number of reasons. It gives men an excuse not to pay attention."
In this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men's issues - and shows how these violent behaviours are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all - women and men - to call out unacceptable behaviour and be leaders of change.
Listen to his talk here.
Expressing yourself can be a challenge after leaving an abuser who has methodically twisted and squashed your thoughts and opinions.
Understanding the mind-set of a victim of domestic violence is almost impossible to do. Unless, like this writer, you’ve been one. One woman's story.
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Pick any article on the internet about the violence men commit against women and you can pretty much guarantee that at least one of the first five comments under it will be from a man furious that feminists are ignoring the unreported epidemic of women’s violence against men.
It’s time to stop; this is a rubbish claim. Not only is there no data that supports such a claim, but the data that we have proves the exact opposite.
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Not all men commit abuse against women. Not even most men. But all must condemn it.