Our important and profound theme of Women, Water & Peace is a core expression of the work of the World Ancestor Concert. And though women have always held fundamental and primary roles in the growth and nurturance and guidance of culture the world over, the role, presence and behavior of men has been complimentary, but also challenging, frustrating and fatally dangerous for the lives of women, the LGBTQ community, children and other men. Sexism, misogynoir/misogyny, toxic masculinity and patriarchy represent historical patterns, systems and structures that women and the LGBTQ communities everywhere are engaging, resisting and healing from.
♦ moja mediaworks and the World Ancestor Concert Team has developed workshops and presentations to raise awareness, inform and motivate men and others to take initiative in changing their behaviors and stepping up to challenge toxic masculinity, misogynoir/misogyny, men's violence, rape culture and the systems and structures of patriarchy that destabilize lives and culture all over the world.
Connect with us to address questions or find out more about us . Email us to set up presentations, workshops, organizational trainings and events at mojamediaworks [at] gmail [dot] com.
Men must step up our role in being advocates, for teaching boys and men not to assault women and others, to dismantle the systems and structures, along with the private and social behaviors that oppress women and the LGBTQ community. We must constantly strive to be more aware, listening to and respecting the voices of women and be about the work of men healing men from these toxic, abusive and dangerous ways of being.
Join us in our Facebook group, Men’s Work: an Initiative of the World Ancestor Concert Team, for topical, educational and important posts and an opportunity to connect and discuss these important issues.
Please explore the hashtags below on social media:
#MensWork #MenTakeNotice #MenHealingMen
Tony Porter - A Call To Men (TEDwomen Talk) (11:46)
"At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."" http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_porter_a_call_to_men
Jackson Katz - Violence Against Women - It's A Men's Issue (TED Talk) (17:41)
"Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change." http://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=global-social
Duane De Four - Educator, Media Critic, Activist
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"I specialize in delivering quality, discussion based trainings; entertaining, media-rich keynotes; and designing innovative curricula. I focus on topics of gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, consent, redefining masculinity and sexual health.
Additionally, you can find my published work in SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence, APEX Magazine and my blog HowManly.com. Or watch my videos critiquing advertising, video games and other forms of media on YouTube. If you find any of my videos useful, please let me know and feel free use them in your classrooms and other settings."
"Engaging Men, Unlearning Toxic Masculinity" from live Facebook stream, October 26, 2017 (1:52:38) - moderated by Dallas Goldtooth, featuring: Aldo Seoane - Greg Grey Cloud - Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell #NativeMenRemade #IndigenousRising
Men's Work illuminates some of the work necessary for men in interrogating our roles and responsibilities with regard to men’s relationships with women, the LGBTQ community, children, others and the Earth Herself.
Websites and Resources:
♦ Men's Work - Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1141529595977197/learning_content/
♦ Women of Color and Sexual Assault: Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Racism and Sexual Assault, Facts & Figures - https://endsexualviolencect.org/resources/get-the-facts/woc-stats/
MERGE for Equality, Inc. works to advance the beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that allow men and boys to be their authentic selves and embrace their role in ensuring gender equality. We do this in partnership with individuals, groups, and communities across the globe, including alliances that ensure fairness for women and children. http://www.mergeforequality.org/
♦ "5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape" - Zerlina Maxwell offers ways to prevent rape without making women responsible for the crimes committed against them. http://www.ebony.com/news-views/5-ways-we-can-teach-men-not-to-rape-456
100 Black Men: http://www.100blackmen.org
"Masculinity is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma" - http://www.alternet.org/gender/masculinity-killing-men-roots-men-and-trauma
♦ "9 Ways Native Men Can Heal Historical Trauma" - http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/08/26/9-ways-native-men-can-heal-historical-trauma-161419
"The Thing Women Do That You Don't Know About" - http://driftingthrough.com/2015/11/20/the-thing-all-women-do-that-you-dont-know-about/
What Happened To Farkhunda Malikzada - "The New York Times reports: The tormented final hours of Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old aspiring student of Islam who was accused of burning a Quran in a Muslim shrine shocked Afghans across the country […] For Farkhunda had not burned a Quran. Instead, an investigation found, she had confronted men who were themselves dishonoring the shrine by trafficking in amulets and, more clandestinely, Viagra and condoms." http://reverbpress.com/world/farkhunda-malikzada-radical-islam-women/
Men Stopping Violence: Working Together for a Change - Men Stopping Violence organizes men to end male violence against women and girls through innovative trainings, programs and advocacy. We look to the violence against women’s movement to keep the reality of the problem and the vision of the solution before us. We believe that all forms of oppression are interconnected. Social justice work in the areas of race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation are all critical to ending violence against women. http://menstoppingviolence.org/learn-more/resources/
♦ Checking My Male Privilege: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/29/opinion/checking-my-male-privilege.html?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
♦ What Men Fear Most - Poetic License (5:36) -
♦ A Thousand Men In Ecuador Read Letters Of Women Touched By Violence - "In 2011, a campaign by UN Women attempted to transform black-and-white stats like the ones above into robust, personal stories by calling for women to submit real testimonies about their experience with violence. In just three months, the project, dubbed Cartas de Mujeres, collected a total of more than 10,000 letters from women across the country. Nearly half of those letters detailed instances of family and domestic violence. In response, the city of Quito decided to criminalize the sexual harassment of women in public places." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/violence-against-women_56537a91e4b0879a5b0c096f?utm_hp_ref=arts
6 Stories From Sexual Assault Survivors, Read Aloud By Men - In a video (which has the option to display English subtitles) from Lithuanian organization Moterys Kalba (Women Speak), six men read six different stories from women who survived sexual assault. Titled #Musudaug (#ManyOfUs), the video is part of a campaign of the same name dedicated to ending violence against women.
According to the video’s description, Moterys Kalba asked women to share their sexual assault stories on Facebook and received 25 submissions, 19 of which described situations where the sexual assault occurred in "a domestic environment." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stories-from-sexual-assault-survivors-read-aloud-by-men_565c62e2e4b079b2818adc94?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046
Engaging Men As Allies and Partners - http://www.womenforwomen.org/campaigns/engaging-men-allies-and-partners
♦ Working as a receptionist in a legal brothel proved to me that prostitution is anything but a normal job -
"The media glamorises prostitution and presents the illusion that it’s sexually liberating for women, and sex industry lobbyists claim that it’s just regular work. For a long time I accepted this without question.
I was a receptionist in a legal brothel in Melbourne, Australia, for two years and I’d say things like: these women choose to do this work; the men are nice guys; it’s a just a job; it’s no different from doing massage; and it’s a lot better than flipping burgers in a hot, greasy kitchen.
This was my survival instinct speaking and this is how women in the industry make it through the night. You tell yourself it’s OK and think of the money. It’s what you do to make the best of a bad situation, and to stop feeling too awful about yourself.
In fact there’s nothing normal or empowering about prostitution. But I wasn’t able to say that until I’d been out of the industry for two whole years."
[This article describes men's sexual/ized violence against women often in graphic detail. It is suggested that men would do well to read this fully and sit with the ramifications of what it means for women and how it calls men to become active in the work, men's work, to dismantle patriarchy and the structures and culture that supports this kind of consistent and brutal violence against women] https://nordicmodelnow.org/2018/07/01/working-as-a-receptionist-in-a-legal-brothel-prostitution-is-anything-but-a-normal-job/
♦ How to Be an Ally 101 for Men Ready to Get Their Feminism On - http://thefeminismproject.com/harder-stuff/how-to-be-an-ally-101-for-men-ready-to-get-their-feminism-on/?fb_action_ids=10153113116045633&fb_action_types=og.likes
♦ 100 Easy Ways to Make Women's Lives More Bearable - https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/bj5ex8/how-to-help-gender-equality-international-womens-day?utm_campaign=sharebutton
Men must step up our role in being allies, advocates, for teaching boys and men not to assault women and others, to be about dismantling the systems and structures, along with the private and social behaviors that oppress women and the LGBTQ community.
We can make positive, progressive and necessary change in our lives and in our cultures across the Global Village.
26 points for allyship, dismantling patriarchy and misogynoir/y