Check out this video about men addressing other men about inappropriate comments in public. Find out more about street harassment and what to do about it at Stop Street Harassment.
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With the holidays season rapidly approaching, you may want to take a look at the video below for the appropriate manhug protocol. Holiday dinners and family gatherings create countless potential manhugging opportunities. Review the video below to learn how to overcome the awkwardness and get down to hugging!
I don’t have a lot of time this morning, but I just wanted to put up a quick post about the Stop Street Harassment event last night with Holly Kearl at The University of Iowa. Despite some technical difficulties, the event went really well and we had pretty good attendance. I am so grateful that Holly was able to stop by and share her expertise about street harassment. She was wonderful to work with and I hope we can continue building on what we accomplished last night. Here is an article about the event in The Daily Iowan.
Holly introduced me to this cartoon last night. What a great illustration about the incorrect assumption that street harassment is just a compliment, which minimizes the negative impact on the recipient. The artist is Barry Deutsch. You can find this work and more by him, here. Please consider supporting his work. He is someone who is trying to raise awareness about these issues through his art.
I’ll post a more thorough review about last night’s event and compile some resources about street harassment in a longer post later this weekend. In the meantime, stop by Holly’s blog www.stopstreetharassment.com to learn more.
A clip went out over the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity listserv the other day. It is a video by Levni Yilmaz from his YouTube channel Tales of Mere Existence. I had never seen any of Yilmaz’s material before and was really impressed by the quality and content of the clips. He has a great style that involves deadpan humor mixed with existential issues. I found several clips that would be great discussion starters when working with or teaching about men’s issues and masculinities. Of the few clips I have watched, Yilmaz addressed being a boyfriend, the evolution of his relationship with his father, the grief and loss that follows a breakup, how he learned about girls, and messages about masculinity.
The particular clip that went out over the listserv was his How to be a man? clip below. Two lines from the clip that struck me are:
- A real should be able to close one eye, look at the position of the sun and be able to tell you what time it is
- So far being a man doesn’t feel much different from being an old kid
Click Read More for more clips from Tales of Mere Existence and a brief exercise about societal definitions about masculinity.
It’s nice to have a break from discussing violence, sexism, and the negative impact of societal gender role expectations and report on something light and fun for a change.
For example, British hotel chain Travelodge recently reported an interesting statistic. Apparently, stuffed animals are being abandoned in their hotel rooms at alarming rates. Over the past twelve months, in over 450 locations, there were over 75,000 stuffed animals left in Travelodge hotel rooms. Travelodge wanted to learn more about their visitors’ furry friends so they surveyed over 6,000 guests.
25% of adult men admitted to bringing a stuffed animal along with them when they were away from home on business. That’s just the ones that admitted it! Also, 1 in 10 guys admitted that they hid their teddy bear when their girlfriends stayed over.
The guys cited numerous reasons why they brought along a cuddly companion when they traveled.
- they found cuddling with their stuffed animal comforting
- they felt calmed and believed that it reduced their stress after a hard day
- it reminded them of home and the family or partner that was waiting there for them
Say what you want about being a tough guy, sucking it up and keeping a stiff upper lip, but couldn’t everyone use a good bear hug after a long, tough day on the road? Some of you might think that teddy bear in the corner looks cool, tough and you may be intrigued by his bad boy reputation. However, I’ll take Mr. Snuggles any day.