“Men are our greatest allies”

Except, of course, for when they’re not.

I know this won’t be a popular thing for me to say. It will likely get me (re)branded as a man-hater. Because we all know that feminists hate men, right? But it needs to be said.

So, okay, yes, of the allies we have, men are the greatest of those allies, because who else would it be? Continue reading ““Men are our greatest allies””

We must raise the bar

You’ve heard it before. You’ve been discussing an incident of domestic violence or sexual assault with or in the vicinity of men and a man has piped up and said, “That’s not my problem. I don’t abuse or assault women. I respect women and treat them right.”

And that’s all well and good, but maybe we need to raise the bar of what it means to be a “good guy” a little higher than simply “I don’t abuse or assault women.”

Continue reading “We must raise the bar”

Creating an environment that engages women

This was originally written by me and published on another blog on January 6, 2015. Given some of the posts I have planned and some other projects that are in the works, it is relevant to revisit it.

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Over the last six months or so, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some of the members of the local JCI branch. Just before the holidays, I received an invitation to speak to JCI St. Catharines about creating an environment that engages women. Continue reading “Creating an environment that engages women”

Men: Use your privilege to help us

Typically, we hear about male privilege – and especially white male privilege – in the context of how it hurts everyone else. Today, I want to point out that – whilst we don’t have to like it – that male privilege can also be used to help women.

A few days ago, I shared this article on social media: What’s rape anxiety? This woman explained it to her favorite men, and they were shocked. In the article, the author shares some things she believes women would want the men in their lives to understand when they hear the women in their lives talking about harassment and violence.

I am fortunate in that the men in my life not only listen to me when I speak about my experiences with harassment and violence and how it impacts women on a daily basis, but they’ve also come around to advocating right alongside me. Continue reading “Men: Use your privilege to help us”