Tackling Toxic Masculinity

November 17, 2019

Are you a man but you don't feel good about contributing to patriarchal oppression?
Have you ever thought about if there is sexism in your behavior, speech and attitudes, and how you could change it?
Or how to deal with these issues in political groups and other communities?
Are you wondering how you could support the feminist political movements fighting discrimination and violence against women?
Or you are just wondering what's wrong about masculinity and why you might want to care about all this?

On October 31 HRSI organized a workshop about masculinity where we could analyse our attitudes and behavior, get more insight into the mechanisms of toxic masculinity and think about solutions together in a facilitated discussion as part of the Interaction Matters Series *
This workshop was aimed at creating a safe space to unlearn behaviors imprinted in early childhood and getting rid of unconscious biases through self-reflection, and doing it together by sharing experiences, opinions and feelings. 

The workshop was open for cis men only, and was held in English. People who were not cis-male were encouraged to support the workshop and send a personal story about a situation where they were affected by toxic masculinity to hrsi@ceu.edu. The stories were used in the workshop and were kept anonymous.

Details about Facilitator
Yago Paris
Film Studies student and coordinator of the Feminist Film Club at the feminist library Közkincs Könyvtár.
Interactions Matters aims to raise awareness on pressing and current issues that are still present in our global communities, such as racial bias, religious prejudice, sexism, ageism, and ableism, amongst other important themes. The workshops aim to provide practical tools to participants to be able to effectively contribute to building more positive, respectful relationships within and among themselves and with the wider society.