Violence against women as seen by Jackson Katz
Society’s view of male violence against women and children is a matter of presentation and perception.
Jackson Katz has an illuminating way of presenting the issue of male violence against women – and boys – and men.
He illustrated how even our language minimizes the perpetrator’s responsibility and underlines the ‘blame the victim’ mentality.
I was horrified to realize that even I, who have my own very strong feelings about male violence against women and children, find myself unknowingly supporting ‘male power and control’ through the language structure I have frequently chosen to describe it.
His view of the method of enlightening men in power to the issues as providing ‘leadership training’ rather than ‘sensitivity training’ is inspired.
I grew up, lived and worked in a military environment and I know well the male-oriented, power culture that is the military and the usual response of men when having to undergo sensitivity training. Their entire career has been built on the idea of being strong leaders and then they are told they must be ‘sensitive’ as well.
Jackson Katz’ view that this is a failure in leadership training seems so natural and true to me. The good leaders are the ones who will refrain from such behaviors, expect others to refrain from these behaviors, and support a system of consequences enforced by leaders when these behaviors occur.