Tony Porter: A Call to Men [TEDWomen]

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Recently (more like today), I’ve been listening to a few TED talks. I really love inspiration and great passionate speeches that spark emotions from me.

I came across Tony Porter’s “A Call to Men.” It’s described as:

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”

You should watch it. It is quite powerful.

I think it takes a few men to show to women, that “acting like a man” is not an excuse for being a jerk, a sleaze ball, or plainly just an a**hole. It’s unbelievable how a lot of men still feel insecure of their “manhood” by talking down to women, disrespecting with remarks that mean to embarrass, humiliate, and make a woman feel just plain gross about herself.

Perhaps there are decent guys out there. But they are not highly visible. They’re still not the norm. Perhaps they should step out because that woman being victimized can be just another woman to you, but to another “bro”, she definitely is a mother, an aunt,a sister, a girlfriend, a wife, a best friend…a special woman.

Can the definition of “act like a man” change?

As a woman, it would be a dream to stop seeing other women feel violated, used, and degraded just so a man can “act like a man.”

Just sayin’…

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