Yesterday, I attended an all day conference sponsored by Jane Doe, Inc.
Called "Reimagine Manhood" we discussed how our culture raises boys and conditions men to expect entitlement and exert power. We also delved into how boys and men are conditioned to block feelings and avoid identifying or collaborating with women, other genders, and with people of other races, cultures, etc.
Jane Doe, Inc. is the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. It offers services for survivors and supports counseling for those who suspect they may have a battering problem.
The message behind the conference is that we need to change our culture, not just our laws and enforcement, if we're going to reduce or eliminate this kind of behavior.
I was excited to be there and had numerous conversations with others during the seminars and open sessions.
I had the opportunity to present a signed copy of my book "a man wearing a dress" to Craig Norbert-Bohm, a key person in the effort to reduce domestic violence. There is a good bio and description of his work on this page of the OBOS web site.