Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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

In an article in Huffington Post,  Linda Seabrook and Quentin Walcott say it is time to rename our discussions about issues that involve both men and women. From  sexual and domestic violence to reproductive rights to paid family leave, 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.

They say that this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

One of the first steps men can take in combating violence against women is to question and challenge traditional gender roles, and listen to the voices of women and girls. Breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.