There was a huge response to a recent article in ‘The National Post’ by writer Christie Blatchford regarding the men of Toronto. It was a call for Toronto to stop being a ‘City of Sissies’. In response, I am going to share two things with you: a moment and a secret. First, I am going to share a moment.
When a tragedy like the devastating shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut takes place, two things happen:
1. Everyone wants answers. 2. Few want to discuss causes.
Jeff Perera reflects on the Newtown tragedy by sharing how violence factored into three middle & elementary schools talks a week after a shooting, and exploring how twisted ideas of manhood are the missing piece in discussions of violence.
Footage of Tupac ‘before his death’and a look at the story of Chris Brown, how some young men are stuck in circles of violence and a state of free fall.
Kate Adach takes on the issue of taking issue when a joke isn’t funny. [Warning: This post contains offensive language.]
Men and boys worldwide are caught in cycles and storms that leave us speaking to one another in a language of violence… let’s start something. Higher Unlearning proudly presents: ‘How To Fight’ by Carlos Andrés Gómez. Video by Dennis Lieu.
Invited to speak at various Boys conferences, Jeff Perera shares some stories of taking the White Ribbon message on the road to speak with boys from Grade 4-8. He also shares what happened when he spoke with hundreds of young girls on how society creates ideas of being a man and how that in turn impacts girls as well as boys.
Another Super Bowl ad this January tried to sell us that being a Super Man is to Not be a vulnerable man, at a cost paid by Women and felt by Men. On International Anti-Street Harassment Week, White Ribbon Campaign & Higher Unlearning’s Jeff Perera explores how these streets intersect.
‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ and other things we tell our children: A look at the Trayvon Martin tragedy, Is Clothing the real issue around incidents of racism or sexism? Do clothes make a man act and react in violence?
Looking ahead to speaking at the second Slutwalk in Toronto where the worldwide movement started: Higher Unlearning and White Ribbon Campaign’s Jeff Perera looks back at the initial Walk heard ’round the world, why he agreed to speak at this year’s event, and is honoured to do so.
A thank you to one of the people who inspired him to speak up and speak out: Jeff looks back at growing up with the late Adam Yauch aka MCA.