This subject has been so near to my heart of late. I’ve been doing some volunteer work for a small NFP called Women of the World – dedicated to the eradication of violence against women. They needed some mentoring for their interns to help them determine a better web strategy, so I’m working with them to help their website and social media efforts.
Another reason that I felt compelled to volunteer to do the work is that I feel exactly as Tony Porter has outlined in the video below – as though I need to be set free. As a man, as a dad, as a son and brother and husband. There have been expectations placed on men through time that make that freedom difficult. I have been so bothered by how to approach raising my son to survive in the “man box” world, but also wanting desperately to provide a world without those expectations. I know my dad felt the same – only recently have I discovered how that could have been so, after being a dad myself – but struggled admirably to complete the task as well.
Maybe we are at a moment in history that will allow us to do that. Maybe not. I’ll stop rambling and play the video where Tony Porter says it far better than I ever could have. What do you think, parents? Can we do this?