Tackling Toxic Masculinity at Tea-Time
July 4, 2020- By Elinor Jones
Elinor Jones considers the merits of all-male discussion groups as a way to combat modern sexism.
It is essential that inequality must be addressed in order to live in a world without oppression; a world where activism should be highlighted as something we all must engage in. Activism requires us to initiate challenging conversations on issues not faced within our own protective, comfortable bubbles. It requires us to educate ourselves on the realities of the world and how we can change systematic bias and persecution.
Challenging the status quo through meaningful and educational discussions is a powerful tool in addressing gender inequalities pervasive in society. In Sweden, ‘
By opening up conversations that rock the boat of typical male-male interactions, men are being encouraged to make proactive changes to their own thoughts and actions and those of their friends, families, and colleagues. This initiative, developed in the wake of a series of sexual assault cases at Swedish music festivals, puts the onus on men to make their own commitment to equality, by making men part of the solution rather than the villains. These parties give men the opportunity to interact with others from a range of professional backgrounds, overcoming differences to assess the actions of others
Whilst many men may feel far removed from gender inequality, perhaps arguing that they share the responsibility of childcare or that women hold senior positions within their
ifficultconversations still need to be had in order to combat systematic imbalance and discrimination.
Of course, those who perpetuate gender inequality directly via their actions will be unlikely to attend such meetings, despite being the ones who are most in need of having their prejudiced views challenged. Thus, it could be questioned how great an impact Killmags will really have. Whilst this is a valid line of
Male-only drinks and dinner parties may seem like a futile attempt at feminism but is it not more productive to encourage men to change the views of those around them? Everyone has the power to be an activist; we all have the power to assess the world and commit to making it a fairer place.