In today’s culture, sexual violence is largely seen as a women’s issue that only some “good” men help out with, Jackson Katz, a leading anti-sexist activist, told students Tuesday night.
“I have a problem with this,” he said during a speech in the Great Hall of the Student Union. “I don’t see these as women’s issues. These are men’s issues.”
Katz’s speech was part of the Carolina Men Care Campaign, a week of events held to show that men can be allies in the fight against gender violence.
Katz aimed to bring awareness to sexual violence, as he identified its causes and encouraged men to take action in its prevention.
The Carolina Union Activities Board forum committee brought Katz to speak to the crowd of more than 300 people.
“It is important for us all to understand the topic more wholly and become better resources for each other,” said Grace Peter, CUAB culture chairwoman.
“Safety on this campus for everyone is a huge issue right now, and this specific issue affects all men,” she said.
Katz said one of the reasons that men don’t become more involved in gender violence issues is because all of the focus is on women as victims and not on men as perpetrators.
“A lot of people hear the word ‘gender’ and automatically think women’s issues. The words ‘women’s issues’ give men an excuse not to pay attention,” he said.