12 Steps Men can take to End Sexism

NOMAS is super awesome. Because I am in favor of practical measures, I am re-posting their pro-feminism task force’s steps:

12 Steps Men Can Take to End Sexism

1. Don’t interrupt women when they speak, control their space, or assume they need your protection.  Focus on the effect of your actions, rather than on the intent.

2. Support women’s leadership and help elect progressive women to political office.

3. Support women’s equality in education, sports, and in the workplace.

4. Don’t condone, laugh at, or tell sexist (or racist or homophobic) jokes or stories.

5. Don’t make fun of or invalidate anyone’s emotional reactions.

6. Listen, believe, and be accountable to women and their stories. When confronted on your own sexism (racism, homohobia, etc.) listen instead of getting defensive.

7. Tell the women and men in your life that you love them, out loud.

8. Be the kind of father you always wanted to have.

9. Be the kind of partner you would want your children’s partner to be.

10. Take responsibility for birth control and reproductive health and safety.

11. Speak up when you see violence or abuse directed at women or children, in real life, or in the media. Donate to a local rape crisis, sexual assault, and domestic violence program.

12. Oppose pornography and the sex industry.

NOMAS, Thank you. I am feeling so good about practical simple steps.

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2 thoughts on “12 Steps Men can take to End Sexism

  1. This is an absolutely wonderful list! Just hours ago I was in an altercation with a man who violated 4,5, and 6 on this list by suggesting that I was being a “typically emotional woman” and “over reacting” because I called him out on his joke about beating women, and stated that I found it offensive. Ironically, my critique of his comment was calm and non-confrontational, and it was his defensiveness and outrageous statements that were completely inappropriate. This list just explicitly verbalized my experience. That’s kind of amazing. Thank for that.

    • Good for you staying calm and standing up for us all!! Behaving in a rational way is important while claiming our power, and it isn’t easy. It makes me feel like superwoman though, when I do manage it.
      I wish I’d written it :). I felt quite the same when I read it, like “Wow, I’ve been on the receiving end of these behaviors more times than I can remember.”
      Stay amazing!

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