Interrupting the socialization systems rooted in the belief of what it means to "be a man" isn't easy. It begins with developing a healthier model of adult masculinity and manhood that's rooted in forming equitable relationships between all sexes, gender identities and expressions.
February is teen dating violence awareness month, and it reminds me of what are still the most harrowing four years of my life. One in four teens self-reports physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse every year.
I don't want to discount the effort it takes to get the federal government to declare a national Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Yet I wonder, now that we have it, what good is it going to do us?