The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

On the Sexual Misconduct of Men Toward Women: Part 3

Robin Alexander

Posted on November 28, 2017 18:09

2 users

What then, as women can we do? Simply, we have to take back our power.

If a boy does not make peace with the early stages in his life, or with particularly difficult experiences he's had to bear as a teen, or even with the general power that women continue to have over him, the man may never outgrow his sense of inadequacy and resentment. Functioning in a society which tells him that he must be in control only furthers his sense of un-empowerment ... and indicates how he should go about dealing with it.

These men clearly feel compelled to prey on what they consider the source of their predicament in order to obtain a fleeting desperate sense of dominance, and therefore "maleness." The iron, of course, is that sexual misconduct in any form is the very opposite of how a "real man" should act. A real man must first and foremost be fully human, and that means allowing himself to be vulnerable. Am I, a woman, defining what a real man should be? Well, I have the power, so yes.

Make no bones about it — I love men and I do not wish to do without them. What then, as women can we do? Simply, we have to take back our power. There is a lot of culture and biology to contend with, and we will need some strong and revolutionary norms to reverse the course of centuries.  

1) Remember the '70s: dominate the media; raise everyone’s consciousness; become politically active; change laws; speak out and even raise hell when necessary.

2) Become personally vigilant: monitor our own words and behaviors; stop competing with other women for men; completely support women who need support; see the beauty in all women and men, not just what advertisers tell us is beautiful; stop believing that we need men to validate ourselves — we love them, we desire them, they're fun and interesting but we do not need them. They need us, and we are the prize.

3) Take control: we have to set the standards for what is acceptable, and we have to stop rewarding "bad boy" behavior (we've all done it).

4) Treat everyone with respect: that includes men, women and children; and most of all, honor ourselves — be the best humans we can be.

I'm not saying I have all the answers. But maybe it's a beginning.

Robin Alexander

Posted on November 28, 2017 18:09

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Source: FOX Business
2

New York City prosecutors say they didn't have enough evidence to prove a model's claim movie producer Harvey Weinstein groped...

THE LATEST THINKING

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest