Masculinity and Violence Discussion

Posted on January 2

After tragedy struck Newton, CT, public discourse has focused on guns and mental illness as contributors to this event. The relationship in our society between gender and violence has been less discussed, despite the fact that, as Alan HeisterKamp of the Center for Violence Prevention says: “Our country has a major problem associating guns with power and control, and associating power and control with being a man.”

This open discussion will focus on the following questions:

• What does our society say it means to “be a man”?
• Why are masculinity and violence so closely linked?
• How does this violence impact the lives of women and girls?
• Why don’t we talk about learned gender roles as a possible cause of violence?
• What can we do to promote healthier forms of masculinity? 

When: Wednesday, January 9th, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Argo Tea 140 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
RSVP: to Steve by Monday, January 7th at or (312)443-9603 ext. 37