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This Martial Arts School in Detroit Teaches Boys That it’s OK to Cry

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At the Cave of Adullam training academy in Detroit, Michigan, boys are not only trained in the ways of martial arts, but also in the ways of non-hegemonic masculinity. They are taught that having emotions, and crying, is part of what being a man really means. Additionally, boys with absent fathers, or without fathers, are…

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Tips for Being an Involved Family Member and an Exemplary Role Model

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The White Ribbon Campaign encourages and supports men to take action and initiative to prevent violence against women, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Recognizing that men are the vast majority of perpetrators of violence against women–and other men, for that matter–it is essential that men be at the forefront of prevention efforts. The It Begins…

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Teaching Kids Body Privacy, Personal Agency, and Consent Begins While They’re in Diapers

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We often talk about the need for discussions around consent in the context of Universities and Colleges, and sometimes high school, the settings in which many high profile sexual assault cases have taken place. But what if those conversations happened much earlier, in middle schools, and even earlier in the home? Perhaps those acts of…

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Hugging 101

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One of the difficulties faced in the discourse around consent, is that we often only use the word, or begin the discussion, when in regards to sexual encounters. Consent is fundamental to all relationships, and to respecting one another’s agency and bodily autonomy. With children, we often send mixed messages. Tickling is a prime example.…

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Could Parenting Impact College Sexual Violence?

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Parents have incredible influence on their children both through what is expressly taught, and what is implicitly conveyed through daily interactions and observations. Modeling and explaining what consent and healthy relationships look like, while helping children to understand the consequences of their actions, is a fundamental responsibility for parents. This article by parenting researchers helps…

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8 Sex Positive Things You Can Say To Your Kids That Have Nothing To Do With Sex

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Consent, bodily autonomy, and agency are fundamental to sex positivity and healthy relationships. These concepts do not require explicit talk about sex in order to begin building that foundation early in a child’s life. From a very young age, lessons can be conveyed to children that everyone has a right to say no, to determine…

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12 Empowering Books to Add to Little Girls’ Bookshelves

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Despite the title of the article, the list highlights books that would be a great reading for children of all genders. It is not only little girls who would benefit from literature–and movies, TV shows, etc.–featuring strong, independent, and resourceful women and girl protagonists. Learning that men are not exclusively the main character in life’s…

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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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