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Break The Binary

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Sexism and gender-based violence is normalized in a number of ways in Western culture; one of the most accepted and unseen way is our language itself. For example, it has become widely acceptable to refer to a mixed-gender group of people–or even all women–as “guys.” It may seem harmless, but we must consider the potential…

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What Danish Parents Know About Teaching Empathy

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I would argue that fostering empathy might be the single most important task in undoing a rape culture and replacing destructive entitlement that is at the heart of toxic masculinity. In the United States, where competition, winner-takes-all, survival of the fittest mentalities are seen as the epitome of being “American,” creating a culture that is…

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Sex Ed That Turns Boys Into Men

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Sex Ed in the United States is often mediocre at best, and in the instance of abstinence-only education, harmful at worst. Children must be provided with accurate, honest, and upfront information about sexual activities, their bodies, consent, dialogue, pleasure, sexual and reproductive justice, and yes, even human rights, in an environment that is safe and…

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

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Restorative justice models of reconciliation seek to provide alternatives to punitive punishment styles of justice. At its core, restorative justice aims to achieve individual healing, relationship reconciliation, and community building. In the Oakland public school system, where many students are from communities of color, restorative justice serves to disrupt the school-to-prison-pipeline which utilizes punitive punishments…

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Violence Against Women: It’s a Men’s Issue

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Men’s violence against women has become such an ingrained dynamic of our culture, we often fail to see the ways in which it has become normalized and invisiblized. Everything from pop culture to the way language is constructed about domestic violence and sexual assault serves to hide men as perpetrators, placing the onus of responsibility…

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