Fighting this dangerous phenomenon requires muscle on multiple fronts. Organizations in the United States and around the world are turning to technology and educational methods to show young men and boys a better path. They also apply a more unexpected element: compassion.
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“Young people are looking for a sense of belonging, that kind of ground to explain what’s happening to them,” she told CNN.
“Over the last few years, more and more young people have had to rely on online communities. It will come to fruition.”
Steele works with several teams looking for ways to curb misogynistic content and sometimes prevent violence and extremism. One of hers on her team at Arizona State University created curriculum and lesson plans for fourth grade and her fifth grade to help build social resilience at a critical age.
“When do young people actually develop skill sets that can prevent some of these risk factors? When do they develop a positive sense of self-concept? When do you develop the ability to withstand
When young men come into contact with dangerous parts of the manosphere, Steele says reorientation becomes the primary strategy.
“The idea is to redirect people to more pro-social masculine organizations, more positively expressing what masculinity looks like without being violent or humiliating,” says Steele.
“(Misogyny) teaches men that aggression, violence, and dominance over others are somehow hardwired into their DNA,” Bunch says. In a male-dominated patriarchal society, everyone is taught that women and girls are of little value or, on some level, property.”
One of the top priorities of the call to men, Bunch says, is always to mitigate the harm such thinking does to others. It will also be an opportunity for Bunch emphasizes that ACTM and similar men’s organizations do not take a position that masculinity is inherently toxic or that being a man should be punished. Rather, his organization strives to give men the opportunity to think differently about what exactly it means to be a man.
According to Bunch, some of ACTM’s most effective jobs place groups of men in trusted spaces where they can talk to each other about what makes them sad, what stresses them, and what they have. is to They have been socialized to feel they should not be dealt with.
“When we’re in a room with men and we start figuring out how we’ve been socialized, they’re craving this information,” he says.
He also said the process is particularly effective when groups work with men in fields such as law enforcement and the military that are male-dominated and represent values seen as highly masculine. I’m here.
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If someone uses misogyny to harm others or venture deep into the manosphere, the first attempt to right the ship can be critical. Steele and Bunch say they have a general idea of what approaches work and which don’t.
“In these (manosphere) spaces, there is a real negativity to mental health interventions of any kind,” says Steele.
Instead, the work she supports focuses on deflecting the pipeline rather than against it.
“There is a difference between counter-narratives and alternative narratives. Such efforts do not go against the tide, but promote other organizations that may offer the same sense of belonging and connection without the same negativity.” I have.”
“Part of the problem is that these men don’t listen or respect women’s experiences. But they listen to each other,” Bunch says. , Other men also reacted to it, and it turned out to be true.
“We’re seeing more and more men doing this because they’re realizing that this way of thinking doesn’t work for us,” Bunch says.
The dangerous effects of misogyny start in men. It doesn’t have to be an indictment to say so. In that sense, experts say the solution works best when it starts with men. Instead, they want it to be an opportunity.