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Break free of the “Man Box”

I love this video so much.  First of all, because this semester I’ve read a hell of a lot about men – I’ve been researching the mid-seventies profeminist men’s movement in Rolling Stone.  And it’s really exciting to see many of the same discussions about masculinity more than thirty years later.  In the words of then associate editor of Rolling Stone, Michael Rogers, it’s as if men still feel as if they are an “overclass that ha[s] suddenly sailed dead into a powerful egalitarian movement.”

“While women in the past decade have developed a whole new series of devices to deal with sociosexual pressures, men have not.  Simply to mimic the techniques that work for women is to ignore the obvious fact that men approach the whole problem from precisely the other side.”

I’m here to tell you that Tony Porter is speaking truth to power.  Listen up, men!

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.”

I would also like to encourage you to check out TED where this video is from.  This site has a wide range of speakers presenting on important global issues, WITH translations!  Here are some big names: Isabel Allende, Julian Assange, Bono, Richard Branson, Richard Dawkins, Eve Ensler, Jane Goodall, and toonnnss more!

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