Jackson Katz (Participation)



7 thoughts on “Jackson Katz (Participation)

  1. I totally agree with what Jackson is saying in his talk. Especially that example he gave towards the beginning of his presentation:
    Marry was beaten by John
    Marry was beaten
    Marry was battered
    Marry is a battered women
    I think that this was really good example because it even makes it really clear to us how the person who need to be talked about and who caused this, who is responsible is left out almost right at the beginning. Marry who is the victim is the only one who left at the end. And also like what Jackson stated that it always happens. If something happens to a woman a lot of questions arise. People most of the time men ask; what was she doing? What was she wearing? Why would she go with him?. All sorts of questions like those that lead to practically blaming the women which in his example is the victim to begin with. I think this happens all the time. I have personally heard from both men and women say “well it was probably their fault”, “they must have been doing something they were not supposed to”, or “they were probably provoking the man” after having a conversation of someone who was rapped.

  2. I think that Jackson makes a good point in the beginning of video 1 that there’s a confusion of gender violence. A lot of people assume that it is women. When they say “gender issues around violence”, people automatically believe that it’s a women’s issue but in reality it’s men’s issue too. The examples that he uses with the sentences and victim blaming are really relevant. In our society playing the blame game always happens and when it comes to men beating women, it always twists and is asked why that woman was beat. What did she do to make him mad? But never the questioning of the man that beat the woman just like Jackson said. I definitely agree with him that a lot of the problem is that men get stuck in a situation that they get abused themselves or a family member or friend and feel as if though don’t have the power to speak up about it or they’d lose their dominance. Being a man, because of the past you feel like you have more power than one another and you don’t want to lose this otherwise you will be looked down upon. When it comes to violence this shouldn’t even matter, if someone is hurting you, family or a friend there should be a resolution, you should try to solve it before it gets worse or you become the same perpetrator. I also think that he is completely correct of how Men’s culture talks to each other and where some of this abuse starts. My ex-boyfriend, when we started dating would make comments about my mom or my sister and when I would stay with him in his fraternity his fraternity brothers and him would joke around about sexually using each other moms. At first it really pissed me off, especially when towards my family, but I got use to it (still hated it) and I just think it’s disgusting and extremely disrespectful. I look back it now and majority of the boys who would joke around were abusive to their girlfriends so I do think that this sort of “communication” between them had a big influence on their behaviors. The way they communicate is very unacceptable but among all the other boys it seems like it’s perfectly fine. The way we joke about race, gender, homosexuality is not right. We as a society think that just because it’s a joke, that we don’t really care about what we say because we don’t actually mean it that it’s okay. But in reality, if we really didn’t mean it then we wouldn’t have said it in the first place. I agree that he sensitivity in men is nowhere to be blamed for the way men act but it is mainly within the leadership skills that they hold.

    In the second video Tough Guise, I was truly set back to see the data that abusive relationships, rape, abuse, etc., was almost always three times higher than women. I believe that it does travel through generations that if you were abused physically or emotionally by a parent figure that it will brain wash you to believe that it is acceptable in the world and that you should use it too. It will take some guts to stand up to what the culture and the media make seem okay of how we act and communicate with each other. Media (Hollywood, political figures, celebrities) make it seem perfectly fine and make it trendy and I think that is why most people abuse words and throw around sexual abuse like it is perfectly fine. When in reality they’re making big bucks off of it while others are being hurt from it. Jackson made some very valid points in his videos but I think it would take a lot more to stop the abuse within gender violence and the crisis in masculinity.

  3. I am interested in two sentences said by Jackson. ” When people heard the gender, a lot of them think about the women” and ” When people heard the race, a lot of people think about the African American”. This is very obvious show that gender and racial discrimination is exist in our daily life. At present, people with these thoughts is normal because they have deeply influenced by this idea in the past. Most of them do not find the problems from themselves, however, they just think that it is others’ fault.

  4. The second video really resonated with me in terms of the ideas of what is is to be a man and how our culture has this preconceived notion of having to be touch and big, and not a “wuss” or a wimp.” Having played many many years of sports growing up, and even just being around my friends I have heard these degrading terms used many many times. The idea behind these being that by putting down another man and showing that you’re tougher and “more of a man,” you will be higher on this social totem pole.

    Another point that was made that really struck me was on the graph when he said that 1 in 4 men will abuse their partner. 1 in 4. That number is just absolutely staggering to me. I have seen the result of a woman very close to me and what a previous abusive partner did to her, and to know that it is estimated that 25% go through that makes me absolutely sick.

    Changing this idea of what it is to be a man will be an incredible uphill battle, one of which I am not sure how would be handled. Jackson Katz is so true when he says that these ideas are institutionalized and is constantly “in our faces” as young men learning, growing, and coming into society

  5. I thought Jackson’s presentation was very enlightening. i love that he highlighted that violence against women is not just hurting women and girls but boys who watched their mothers or sister’s be victims to rape or domestic violence. This is a view not many people take into consideration. I also respect his disapproval of anti-feminism men and women. Feminist are constantly shown in a bad light because they are talking about issues that men don’t want to hear about. Most men don’t want to take responsibility and say hey, domestic violence again women is our fault, not the women’s. Men like Jackson need to come forward and speak up against violence of women and get other men to listen.

  6. After watching Jackson Katz video on gender violence prevention, I was able to realize that there is a paradigm on gender violence issues. Like Jackson stated, gender violence gives men an excuse not to pay attention and tune out the situation when they hear the term “women’s issues”. Gender violence does not specifically target women. When society hears the phrase gender issues, they automatically associate those issues with women and when the term race is used, we refer to that as all races other than white. When the phrase sexual orientation is used, we think that it works synonymously with the sexual orientations of being gay, lesbian and bisexual.

    Everyone can raise awareness on the issues of gender violence. Violence does not discriminate against men or women or race or sexual preference. Being a bystander and not saying anything when a violent situation takes place means that your silence is a form of consent. Although you are not being targeted directly by gender violence, being able to express how you feel and state what is right or wrong can make a big difference.

    Most gender violent victims are targeted by others that have dealt with similar issues. Being able to raise awareness that violent relationships do not just result in men battering women but can also be the other way around will help our society grow and be able to bring gender violence to an end.

  7. Jackson Katz said so many great points in the first video. The part i was really interested in was when he said that your silence is a form of consent. It is true if we do not speak up nothing will ever change. My favorite line that was said was, In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends by Martin Luther King. That is so true, if we do not stand up for people that we care for nothing will ever change in this society. Many men will continue hurting other people that we care about. Not many people can stand in front of a room and talk bad about their gender, but what Katz did was talk about them inform people how they can change. I believe many people should listen to this and help protect people they love. -Nohemi Meza

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