Community Conversations: Masculinity in Baltimore City

Men Greater Than Violence Webinar Series

Most men will never be violent toward their partner. Yet, there are negative perceptions about the power and privilege men hold and how it relates to intimate partner violence. In this three-part webinar series, learn how men in the Baltimore City community are taking a lead to ending violence against women and their children by standing up and speaking out.

During this interactive conversation, we’ll discuss:

  • The meaning of masculinity within the Baltimore community and the restrictions men experience as a result
  • How power, privilege, stereotypes and assumptions are made about genders and ways to pivot your power for positive change
  • Strategies to change the perception of masculinity and how you can be a man in your community without causing harm

 

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What Does it Mean to Be a Man?

Monday, June 7, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM EDT

This community conversation will cover what masculinity means within our community, and the restrictions and impulses men experience as a result. The meaning of masculinity is something that most people develop overtime, based on a variety of influences and factors. This discussion will be about what participants think masculinity is, and what it could be.

 

Power and Privilege

Monday, June 14, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM EDT

Privilege is not necessarily the granting of advantages, but a lack of societal or systemic barriers to success, safety, or happiness. To challenge an oppressive system you must first identify how you experience power and oppression within that system. This discussion will focus on the powers, privileges, stereotypes, and assumptions that are made regarding gender, and how to use the power you hold in society for positive change.

 

Changing What Masculinity Looks Like

Monday, June 21, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM EDT

We have heard over and over that men in Baltimore are seeing and experiencing gender-based violence. The history of masculinity can often be a story of violence, but more than ever men continue to demonstrate that there are so many ways to be a man in your community without causing harm. During this discussion we will again reflect on the messages that we received about masculinity, and we will discuss which of those messages we want to continue within our community, and which we want to address as a community.