Ending Men’s Violence
Oppression expresses itself through legislation as well as individual behavior. Forms of systemic condescension, coercive control, outright hostility, and explicit violence influence and justify individual men’s violence against women and certain other men, against any who challenge the ingrained oppressive structures. Men who have received the ideology of male supremacy through every social structure they encounter have not had a choice about whether or not to receive this message. The default attitude is one of supremacy, and it takes a great deal of energy to recognize the violence in what we have been taught is “normal” and “appropriate”, to expose it, and to take steps to end it. This section deals with the myriad ways that men can take up the task of ending men’s violence against women, and against other men, both individually and socially.