Welcome to week seven of sharing excerpts from the book, Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment. This book is for those who have a desire to get the most out of life. Those who want to make positive change, but are not sure how to make it happen. It is for any age female who needs a reminder of how fierce they can be. It is for young women who will soon be out of high school and on their way to college or some other adventure. Share these posts with all the girls and women in your life. Let them know the book can be read for free online or that a soft cover book is available for sale at Bookemon.com. Enjoy!
Ask Your Brother, Ask your Dad!
There is a ridiculous notion that women’s rights only affect women and that only women care. First, equal rights are detrimental to men if women are unable to take care of themselves or their families when men are not around. Second, living in a world where half the people are oppressed breeds resentment and hatred. Third, progress doesn’t happen when only one type of person is allowed to create, invent and share ideas.
Why would a man not want his wife, mother, or daughter to have skills and opportunities to create stronger family ties so that when he is not around everyone is safe and happy? Men die and leave, so if a woman is left alone to support a family she needs skills to do so. Working menial labor jobs that pay minimum wage and require very little skills will not support a family. Women do not need to be married to raise a family anymore so there is no reason that women should not be allowed the same opportunities as men.
What men in your life are the most inspiring? Do they share the qualities like members of the Men of Strength Club? It is not your basic “good old boys club”, but rather one that teaches boys how to be men by respecting and becoming allies with women, stopping sexual assault, understanding how traditional masculinity contributes to violence against women, creating positive social action, and learning healthy non-violent ways to interact with women. Imagine if this become a required class in every high school in the world. Learn how to get a club at your school or community center on MenCanStopRape.org
Another program, Coaching Boys Into Men, teaches the next generation how real men do not use violence to solve problems and deal with women. The program uses athletic coaches to reach young men so they can learn early how to really be a man. Imagine if every athletic coach was required to use this program as they taught boys sports? Share this program with your school or little league administrators, get information at CoachesCorner.org and FuturesWithoutViolence.org
In 2009, one of the most popular books was “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn about the biggest human rights violations our world is facing right now, the oppression of women and girls. The information in this book proves how imperative it is for men to be involved in empowering women and how it effects them as well as their daughters and wives.
It started as a book and became a movement of empowering women in communities across the globe and showing the positive effects for both genders. This includes eradicating poverty through microloans, better maternity care, education, and creating a worldwide support network. Get involved at HalfTheSkyMovement.org
Here are some questions you can ask the men in your life. Don’t attack them or assume they have specific views. Listen to their opinions. Remember that men are as susceptible to the views expressed by the media and culture as women are. Don’t attack, simply listen and discuss. If a man is defensive and refuses to believe that women deserve equality he may not be a person you want in your life.
- What do you think of how women are portrayed in advertising with very little clothing?
- How do you feel when you see young girls dressing like adult women in sexy clothing?
- What can you do to keep the women in your life from falling for beauty and body image myths?
- Do you believe that women asked to be raped by clothing choices or by going to certain areas?
- If so, what makes rape any different form other violent crimes?
- Why do you think women stay in abusive relationships?
- Do you know of any local domestic violence resources?
- How do you feel about prostitution?
- Do you think that most women choose prostitution because they wanted to?
- What do you know about sex trafficking?
- How would you feel if your sister, mom, aunt or female friend was a raped, assaulted, or in an abusive relationship?
- What would you do to help them?
- How do you feel about machismo or chauvinist pigs?
- What would you say to a friend who was abusive to his wife or girlfriend?
- Do you feel like the media expects men to act rough and strong?
- How does that make you feel?… Continue reading at Bookemon.com