Pre-thinking:

Katz has worked with many groups of men to help eliminate violence directed at women. In the talk, he develops some ideas about why this kind of violence happens, and what can be done about it. He indicates that a method called the “Bystander Approach” can cause changes in leadership.

Why you should listen:

Jackson Katz asks a very important question that gets at the root of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: What’s going on with men?

Who is he:

Jackson Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and media literacy. He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), which enlists men in the struggle to prevent men’s violence against women. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, MVP has become a widely used sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics across North America. Katz and his MVP colleagues have also worked extensively with schools, youth sports associations and community organizations, as well as with all major branches of the U.S. military.

Questions:

  1. Katz says that gender abuse is not exclusively a woman’s issue, but rather a men’s issue. Is this true? Why do you think it true or false?
  1. Katz goes through an explanation of language used to describe “John” and “Mary” In the first sentence “John” is the doer; by the last sentence he has disappeared from the description. Is this train of cognition typical?
  1. Katz says that the group that holds power is often invisible in our mental constructs because their control is assumed and does not need discussion. Should this be the case?
  1. The ”Bystander” method he explains is theoretically easy, but in practice difficult. Why does he call failure to implement a “leadership” failure?
  1. Peer-to- peer intervention can be very effective, but is not embedded in our culture. How can we change this?
  1. Changes in culture tend to be slow, because of “Cultural Lag”. How can we get men with power to be leaders in changing our culture in terms of gender abuse?

Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue with Jackson Katz

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