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Video Resources

Young Men
Men Taking Action
Allies in Action
Fathers and Fatherhood
We Are Man Enough

Young Men (back to top)

“Rethinking Sexual Assault Prevention in High School and College” (12:03)

John Kalin discusses his idea of sexual assault prevention being implemented into the environment where it is needed most: parties in high school and college where rates of sexual assault are very high. By injecting prevention and empowerment themes into these environments, Kalin thinks instances of assault can be radically lowered.

“The Hidden Meanings in Kid’s Movies” (10:42)

Colin Stokes discusses the role that the media plays in teaching young men to “defeat the bad guy and win his prize, a woman,” and the way that forms a mentality for boys that discourages working together and perpetuates violence.

Trailer the “The Mask You Live In” (03:09)

This documentary focuses on the incredible pressures put upon boys when they are young to “be a man.” It discusses how pressures to conform to masculine norms encourage boys to put on facades and aggressively posture in order to not seem vulnerable.

Men Taking Action(back to top)

“Where is Men’s Roar?” (18:12)

A talk given by Jeremy Meltzer in Australia in which he appeals to men to stand up to stop Violence Against Women by stating the blatant facts about 1 in 3 women being victims of violence. He discusses the way that everything from sex trafficking to intimate partner violence represent a misogynistic culture that many people ignore despite its pervasiveness. He argues that for this issue to change then men will have to be a fundamental part of it.

“Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue” (19:06)

Jackson Katz recounts his idea that violence against women is a men’s issue because it is an act perpetuated by men against women, yet men are largely left out of the equation. He says that men should take more ownership of this issue in order to end it. The only way to do that is for men to take a stand to speak with other men about this issue and make a public promise to end it instead of pretending men are not involved.

“A Call to Men” (11:45)

Tony Porter argues that the rigid gender roles that men and boys are restricted to encourage them to view women as sexual objects to be used, and that this foundation is built on the premise of misogyny and unhealthy masculinity for boys growing up.

Masculinity(back to top)

“Words Speak Louder than Actions” (14:47)

Jeff Perera discusses how gender norms are so pervasive in culture that it has led to many men being raised to be emotionally illiterate and then enact violence on women. Subjugation of women has become such a norm in society that it is widely expected, leading to acceptance of it. Using programs like The White Ribbon Day campaign, he hopes to change all of that.

“Man Up” (12:32)

Carlos Gomez delivers a powerful story about how men are so often socialized to subjugate their emotions and subvert them in favor of strength. He instead pushes the point that men should not be taught to “Man Up” or not cry because it separates them from others by putting emotional distance between them.

“Breaking the Boys Code of Masculinity” (17:11)

Bill Pozzobon warns about reinforcing unhealthy masculinity that encourages boys to suppress their feelings in favor of conventional masculine norms. He argues that if men come together as a whole around reworking the masculine code of norms then they can pass on a healthier masculine code to the next generation.

“Be a Man” (14:15)

In this video, Joe Ehrmann argues that current masculine models are unhealthy for boys because they encourage emotional illiteracy, violence against women, and alienation. He claims that through activities where boys can work together with other boys and with girls he can lessen the amount of violence perpetuated against women by promoting healthy gender models.

Allies in Action (back to top)

“The President and Vice President Speak About Preventing Sexual Assault” (17:31)

This video features President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden discussing how America can continuously be more active in preventing violence against women through social and cultural changes that provide an open, comfortable environment for women while encouraging men to become more involved in prevention.

“Brigham and women’s Hospital WRD PSA” (01:39)

This BWH PSA encourages men to speak up about violence against women in a very public way. This video shows how violence against women effects all different people in all different walks of life, bringing them together around this one central cause.

Poetry (back to top)

“Violence against Native Women is Not Traditional” (06:45)

This video features a poem about Native American women and the very high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault that they contend with. It goes on to invite more people to be part of the solution and stand up to oppose the way that culture has made this the norm for all of American history.

“Can Abuse Feel Good?” (10:43)

Kristin Carmichael discusses coercion in intimate partner violence and some of the things that many survivors have to go through in abusive relationships. She warns that abuse isn’t always clear and that we must stay vigilant to when we see abuse and not condone it.

“Masks Off – A Challenge to Men” (03:16)

In this articulately presented spoken-word poem, Jeremy Loveday speaks about the role of men in ending violence against women through becoming more familiar with their own humanity. He encourages men to “take off their masks” and connect to people on a more personal level that is not usually associated with masculinity.

Pages Matam – “Piñata” (03:16)

*TRIGGER WARNING* A powerful poem about rape and the false societal norms that surround much of it. Pages Matam reminds us all of our humanity and encourages the support of survivors through a constant and contagious compassion.

Guante - "Ten Responses to the Phrase 'Man Up' " (03:29)

*Profanity warning* A spoken-word poem about the societal pressures that are put upon men and boys. Guante challenges these norms by speaking out against them and encouraging all men to do so. He openly challenges the stereotypical masculine paradigm and encourages men and boys from all around to change the phrase “Man Up.”

Fathers and Fatherhood (back to top)

Daniel Beaty - Knock Knock (Official Video) (02:34)

A strong spoken-word poem about the an African American man's remembering his father as child and their game, Knock-Knock. Context of prison and a missing father are reflected upon by this grown son.

We Are Man Enough (back to top)

Man Enough is a dinner conversation series that discusses the heart of traditional masculinity in America. It is a unique space where men, no matter their background or beliefs, get together to express their thoughts and feelings freely. Man Enough invites all men to challenge the unwritten rules of traditional masculinity that often cause men to disconnect from others and creates the foundations of men’s violence against women. Each episode is 30 minutes long and is based on a specific topic, such as body image, vulnerability, and gender roles. This is perfect for a morning/evening commute!