Many of you will be familiar with the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”. The proverb suggests that we all have a responsibility to look out for each other, especially our children, and I don’t simply mean your own children. Speaking as a former police officer who spent 30 years policing… Continue reading WANT TO PREVENT, FOCUS ON COMMUNITY
Today I’m in London and like many others who are involved in the prevention of violence in Scotland I’m here to speak to new colleagues and provide some thoughts on how to address the ongoing incidences of violence in the UK’s capitol. What is good is that the narrative is slowly changing from one of… Continue reading What to do?
When did masculinity become toxic? That was the first question asked by US Journalist Rekha Basu to my friend and colleague, Dr Jackson Katz at the Midwest Men’s Symposium held this week in Des Moines, Iowa. The event organised by the University of Northern Iowa’s Centre for Violence Prevention brought together a number of speakers,… Continue reading An uncomfortable truth – Toxic Masculinity.
To move forward in life, do we sometimes need to listen to the views of others. This may, at times, make us feel uncomfortable, but simply opposing the viewpoint of another can be unhelpful, and in my opinion can stifle progress towards a mutual and better understanding. In the field of violence prevention, I really… Continue reading Is there a need to meet in the middle sometimes?
Hey there. I just wanted to let you know that I won’t let you define my masculinity. In fact, I won’t let you define masculinity full stop. Why, you may ask would I pen this letter to you? It’s simple, you are a danger to girls and women, and you are doing great damage to… Continue reading Dear Mr ‘Pick up’ Artist