Violence Against Women: The Men Who Want To End It!

November 23, 2012 by

Dr Michael Flood  Senior Lecturer in Sociology will be one of the guest speakers at the  annual White Ribbon Day Luncheon taking place in Melbourne on the 23/11/12.

His areas of expertise: Sociology of gender, especially in relation to men and masculinities. Sociology of interpersonal violence and especially violence against women. Sexualities and especially male sexuality and heterosexuality. Sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS. Fathering and families. Pornography.

Violence expressed against women happens in every culture…..

“White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent male violence against women. It is a male-led campaign that believes that most men are good and that good men abhor such violence. White Ribbon also believes in the capacity of the individual to change and to encourage change in others.Through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign, White Ribbon seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate violence against women.”

Dr Flood released a paper last year examining the reasons men remain silent in the face of domestic violence. He says many men overestimate the level of comfort other men have with violence towards women, and fear they might be regarded as effeminate if they do something. “There’s a fear that you will be seen as less than a man if you question the way women are treated, that the reaction will be “What are you, a poofter?”, when the reality is that most men have their hearts in the right place and are totally on side,” he says. See the SWEAR page on the White Ribbon website where you too, men, can pledge to stand against violence perpetrated against women.

There is also a view – shared across the gender divide – that domestic violence is still somehow a private matter and that it’s best not to rock the boat by getting involved.

Research which Dr Flood will release next Friday focusses more on a call to action, in that it looks at the types of things men can do to speak up and act against violence.


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