"If it would destroy him (a 12 year old boy) to be called a girl,
then what are we then teaching him about girls?"
Breaking Free of the Man Box
New TED video below
"At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the 'man box.' "
Did you know that according the Center for Disease Control that violence against women is at epidemic proportions - the #1 health concern for women domestically and internationally? Plus, one can't help but see the overt connection of this mindset to the most recent spate of bullying headlines.
"Tony Porter is the visionary and co-founder behind the nonprofit, A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. Porter's message of engagement and self-examination has connected powerfully with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs for such high-profile groups as the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, and colleges and universities around the country, including the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Porter is also an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having done extensive work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. . .
Related: Why Can't a Man Be More Like a Girl? "Indirectly, that's what she (the teacher) tells them (boys): 'Be a Girl' "