We need to talk about masculinity.
Not a day goes by, it seems, without another headline exposing the horrible behavior of powerful men. Despicable forms of male violence and abuse that were once swept under the rug - in the name of “boys will be boys” - are now being called out by powerful women who refuse to be silenced or shamed. The recent testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, revealing her sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is powerful proof that business-as-usual in America has changed forever. And we’re not going back.
As all this has unfolded, I’ve tried to ask myself some tough questions about what role men can play in the healing of these deep wounds of sexual assault and abuse. As a man, what’s the most helpful thing I can do? Do I speak out on social media? Do I call my Senator? How do I best support women? How do I best talk to other men? Even larger questions emerge: What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? What is masculinity? And perhaps the toughest question of all: Can masculinity be a force for good in this world?