Twenty things that men can do to challenge sexism and men’s violence against women

  1. Read women’s writing and feminist theory.
  2. Become more aware of your male privilege and how it is manifested.
  3. Become more aware of other sources of privilege, if you are white, heterosexual and professional.
  4. Think about how your own attitudes and use of language might contribute to the problem of men’s abuse of women.
  5. Reflect on and challenge any abusive and controlling behaviours you have.
  6. Talk with women about their lives and ask them about the things that men can do to challenge violence.
  7. Listen to women when they talk about their experience.
  8. Don’t interrupt women when they are speaking.
  9. Acknowledge and apologise when you realize that you are being sexist or controlling.
  10. Do your fair share of child care and housework.
  11. Don’t use pornography.
  12. Boycott corporations that use sexist advertising.
  13. Learn how to be more loving and nurturing in your sexuality.
  14. Talk to boys and young men about the importance of respecting girls and women.
  15. Challenge other men when they make sexist comments and engage in controlling behaviour.
  16. Don’t remain silent if you discover that a male friend is abusing a woman.
  17. Express your support for gender equality and walk the walk.
  18. Write letters to the editor and opinion articles for local newspapers to express an alternative male point of view on sexism.
  19. Join or start a group of men who are challenging sexism.
  20. Become a resource person who can speak out on men’s responsibility for challenging sexism and violence.

– Compiled by Prof Bob Pease 2013, from various websites

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