My target audience for this blog post is men. I share my thoughts and questions so that other men can question their role in society and how to create a better world. For far too long, women have spoken out. It's time for men to listen and act. As a white man, I live a … Continue reading Who’s Infringing Upon Men’s Rights?
Masculinity is defined as the possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men. But, what type of men? In the documentary The Mask You Live In, director Jennifer Siebel Newsom explores the masculine qualities found in the United States today, asking the viewer to question the harm they are causing to boys. (The film is available online; … Continue reading Masculinity Unmasked
Four decade ago, the women of Iceland decided to call for a "day off". On 24 October 1975, 90 percent of women in Iceland, in both urban and rural communities, did not go to their paid jobs or do housework or childcare at home. They refused to work to raise awareness that women at the time … Continue reading Equal Pay for Equal Work
As a white man, I rank very high on the ladder of privilege. My skin color and my gender are just two aspects of my identity, which have been prioritized by Western society for centuries. I also benefit everyday from my sexual orientation (heterosexual), my nationality (Canadian), my level of education (two university degrees), my mother tongue (English), … Continue reading The Powerful Need to Invalidate Social Movements
In recent weeks, a series of French municipal decrees de facto banning "burkinis" and, apparently, any other skin concealing beach outfits worn by Muslim women were made in about 30 French towns. Women have received fines and armed French police have ordered some women to remove their clothing, as seen on a beach in Nice: This treatment of Muslim women in … Continue reading Liberté, égalité, fraternité pour qui?
Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. Between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the available country data. Most of this violence takes place within intimate relationships, with many women (ranging from 9 to 70 percent) reporting their husbands or partners as … Continue reading Cultures of Sexual Violence
...putting menstrual hygiene management (MHM) on the development radar. Menstruation is something I know very little about. As such, I decided to explore this taboo subject for a term paper in my MA Poverty and Development program at the Institute of Development Studies. I was tasked with thinking about: Why and how is gender important … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Menstruation
Humble Inquiry, by Edgar H. Schein, documents the type of communication that should be applied to various personal and professional relationships. Along with building relationships, people need to start “asking questions to which they do not already know the answer”. In many instances, those with power and status are reluctant to broadcast their need for … Continue reading The Art of ‘Humble Inquiry’