Tony Porter - Stepping out of the "Man Box" (TED Talk)

December 1, 2016

 

 

When Tony Porter was growing up, there were certain rules he knew he had to abide by in order to “be a man.” Those rules were the foundation for the collective socialization of men, or what Porter refers to as the “Man Box.” Included in the Man Box were thoughts like:

 

• Men are stronger than women. 
• Men are tough and don’t experience pain. 
• Men don’t cry. 
• Men shouldn’t “act like girls.”

 

As a co-founder of A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women, Porter has developed an international reputation as an activist against violence to women. “If it would destroy [a 12-year-old boy] to be called a girl, what are we then teaching him about girls?”

 

In his 2010 TED Talk, Porter discusses how men’s preconceived notion of what it “means to be a man” is the root of much of the violence against women that exists today.

 

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