It’s important that we acknowledge that the growing movement of men in the United States — in a multicultural sense — and all around the world — in an international sense — the growing movement of men who are standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women and going into parts of male culture that have historically been either apathetic about or openly hostile to women’s efforts to engage them. That movement of men is indebted to the leadership of women on a personal level, on a professional level, on a political level, on an intellectual level, on every level. Women built these movements, and these are movements that are affecting — in a positive way — everybody, not just women and girls, but also men and boys.
And oftentimes, men like myself get a lot of credit and public acclaim for doing the work that women have been doing for a long time.
While I was in high school, something happened. I met a young gentleman from our village who had been to the University of Oregon…
I told him, “Well, I want to go to where you [went]”… And he told me, “What do you mean you want to go? Don’t you have a husband waiting for you?” And I told him, “Don’t worry about that part. Just tell me how to get there.”
…I applied to school and I was accepted to [Randolph College] in Lynchburg, Virginia. [But] I couldn’t come without the support of the village because I needed to raise money … and again, when the men heard and the people heard that a woman had gotten an opportunity to go to school, they said, “What a lost opportunity. This should have been given to a boy.”
In the spirit of TEDxWomen 2012, this week’s TEDxTalks showcase ideas from inspirational women across a range of topics.
“I wanted to show people what women in this country look like.”
Brittany Gibbons wants us to drastically change the way we think about women’s bodies. Stripping down to her bathing suit onstage, she makes a passionate call for women of all body types to find confidence in each other. (Filmed at TEDxBGSU)
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