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Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

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  • We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.
  • Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

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04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

Linda A. Seabrook, General Counsel, Futures Without Violence
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT-NYC

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http://cdn.mamamia.com.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/31132854/kim-kardashian-empowerment-jackie-600x315.jpg “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” Jacqueline Lunn, Mama Mia

That’s not empowerment. That’s two, very privileged, mean girls in a bathroom taking pictures of themselves and giving the world the finger.

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