Aren’t Men Supposed to be Solution Oriented?

How about using that to solve the problem of violence in our culture?

Elle Beau ❇︎
Inside of Elle Beau

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For most of human history, humans were earth-bound. They could watch birds taking flight but couldn’t begin to imagine how to achieve that for themselves. People tried for hundreds of years to figure it out until at least the Wright brothers finally did. Now, we fly routinely and over very long distances. Just because something has been one way for a long time doesn’t mean we can’t figure out how to change it.

The same goes for violence in our culture, and violence against women, in particular. The viral question of whether a woman would rather come upon a bear or a man she doesn’t know while walking in the woods has a lot of guys ‘splaining why picking the bear is the wrong choice, or complaining that it’s not fair to lump “good guys” in with those who do bad things (as if we can tell by looking at you which one you are).

But all of this ‘splaining and complaining is a missed opportunity to create solutions that take us in the direction of a culture where such a question is unnecessary. And isn’t that supposed to be one of the things men are best at? Finding solutions to problems. Imagine what we could accomplish if more men put their time and energy into that.

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Elle Beau ❇︎
Inside of Elle Beau

Social scientist dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. "Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge." ~ Carl Jung