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Toxic Masculinity Got You Down? 11 Things Men Can Do

We've all heard lame excuses normalizing sexual assault and rape culture as just "locker room talk." Yet men are part of the solution towards ending violence & promoting equality and healthy masculinity.

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Voices of Men, a cutting-edge Wisconsin org with a mission to "end sexual assault and domestic violence by dismantling Man Box culture and building a culture of Healthy Manhood" just released 11 Things Men Can Do poster series that's FREE to download. The context? A visual campaign released in advance of annual live-streamed Voices of Men breakfast, Nov. 2, 2016, launching a still-needed conversation, followed by a two-day national Masculinity Summit, Nov 2-3, 2016 through St. Norbert College's Cassandra Voss Center.

The free & public Summit features national experts on masculinity and identity, including consent expert & scholar Harry Brod, White Ribbon Campaign co-founder Michael Kaufman, and TED talk speaker & writer Michael Kimmel. How can men work in solidarity with women to dismantle toxic masculinity? Here are 11 everyday antidotes:

1. Break out of the Man Box

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Express a full range of emotions. Ask for help when needed. Value women. Be gentle, be kind, be loving. Practice and teach healthy manhood.

6. Words matter

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Stop using words that limit boys and men or degrade girls and women. Don’t blame victims. Don’t excuse perpetrators. Elevate others with your words.

8. Seek justice

Rachel Crowl, / Via Fox Valley Voices of Men,

Educate yourself and others about systems of violence and oppression, become aware of privilege and work toward justice and dignity for all.

9. Pay attention

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Sexual assault and domestic violence are tragedies and epidemics, and happen far more than we realize. See it, be outraged, do something.

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