Submitted by Paulina Grainger, Arts & Outreach Coordinator
“The fact that these young men are taking a stance and creating messaging on a subject such as this is huge progress, in fact that is the success! I never had the opportunity as a young man to talk about any of this” – Audience member
Five students, Sid Boegman, Bryce Nurding, Terrence George, Ryan Aguilar-Littleton, Angus Silver invite you to watch their completed “Yes, MAM! – Young Engaged Students on Men Against Misogyny videos (watch the films here!). They address issues such as sexism, sexualized violence against women and consent. As Sid Boegman said,
“I think young men have an incredibly important role to play; namely that of supporting and uplifting women who are speaking about their own experiences with sexism and sexualized violence. While we as young men definitely need to speak out, and should do so (especially in front of male peers), we need to remember that if we speak over women as they are trying to help themselves, we will be actively hurting a movement we are trying to support. In short: listen, learn, support”
“This project allowed me to continue to think about my place in the world and intersections of privilege and oppression I experience. It has encouraged me to re-evaluate my day to day life and my existence as a man (in a place of privilege over women). It has taught me about some of the things I can do to encourage equity.”
This is especially important the students said, because as young men, they feel constantly pressurised by traditional ideas about masculinity, male superiority and male sexual entitlement, and they were keen to create messaging that raises awareness and invigorates the dialogue of such misogynistic attitudes. Messages that help create safe and equitable space for all members of our community.
“Growing up in a society filled with misogyny and sexism, it’s sometimes hard to see it. The project helped me to see through the fog… an experience that will help guide me through the rest of my life. I now see the practice in a brighter light, and recognize it with less difficulty” – Bryce Nurding.
These messages resonated with one of the audience members at the public screening of the short films as well:
“This was an excellent series – powerful viewing, not just for youth but for all ages. Very impactful emotionally as an older woman who grew up at a less enlightened time. Artistically well done. Thank you.”
With gratitude to the project mentors and educators, Peter Campbell of Gumboot Productions, Geoff Plint, Carol Bilson from the Anti-Violence Project, and Isaac Rosenberg and Nick Montgomery of UVic’s Men’s Circle.
This project was funded by the Telus Community Board, Sara Spencer Foundation and generous donors.
For additional information, please contact Paulina Grainger, Arts & Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org