Violence & Silence: Jackson Katz, Ph.D at TEDxFiDiWomen

JACKSON KATZ, Ph.D., is one of USA's leading anti-sexist male activists, an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist. He is internationally recognized in the field of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He co-founded the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He directs the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He created and co-created educational videos for college and high school students: Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000); Wrestling With Manhood (2002); and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol (2004). His first book, "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help," published by Sourcebooks in 2006. Katz's second book, "Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood," published by Interlink Publishing in 2012.

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In the end, what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

That ... is one incredible quote. Indeed, that and the bystander approach which Dr. Katz promotes in his talk may be one very powerful counter to a great number of social issues which are faced not just in the United States but Anywhere in the world.

What he doesn't mention though is that the second someone challenges a sexist or racist or homophobic remark, there may be a reaction on the part of the sexist/racist/homophobe, and that reaction may very likely be problematic. I suspect that Dr. Katz has a technique or techniques to teach on how to approach the matter in a positive manner which does not or at least MAY NOT provoke the one who brought it up. I see that as being of vital importance, because one's awareness of the problem is important, but HOW one attempts to solve it is at least as important if not far more so.

Yes, "one's awareness of the problem is important, but HOW one attempts to solve it is at least as important if not far more so."

Just as making a knife requires good raw material, it has to have heat and then sharpening. Why? I don't know, but it does what other processes cannot do. So, using heat in the process of increasing awareness of violence in our society and then in taking action needs to be honed to a fine edge. 

Your comments prove invaluable to me and my purposes. 

MLK,Jr's comment deserves repeating: 

"In the end, what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

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