Gender-based violence (GBV) is often misunderstood as individual acts motivated by sexist and homophobic prejudice, rather than as a consequence of systems built on exclusionary and discriminatory ideologies. It is necessary for men, as the primary beneficiaries and upholders of these systems, to better understand the causes and effects of patriarchy and white supremacy. In doing so, men position themselves to be drivers of change.
The question is, beyond mitigating interpersonal GBV, how can men end the culture that normalises the exclusion and oppression of women and Queer people?
We reflected on current practices of “good men” in school and university spaces, paying special attention to how intersections of class, race, gender and sexual orientation inform constructions of masculinity. With this understanding, we investigate how men of differing social backgrounds understand GBV against othered bodies (women and Queer people).