Who’s Infringing Upon Men’s Rights?

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 Unmasked

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

The Powerful Need to Invalidate Social Movements

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

Liberté, égalité, fraternité pour qui?

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?

Cultures of Sexual Violence

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

The Art of ‘Humble Inquiry’

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’