Violence is male. Not all men are violent, but violence is male. THE public figures and statistics are stubborn. In 2021, men still represent 82% of those accused before the courts, for all felonies and crimes combined. The more violent the crime, the more they are represented. In violent thefts, burglaries, drug crimes and sexual crimes, men make up more than 90% of those involved. More than 80% of the accused account for murders, accidents and destruction or damage.
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Men are also the first victims of this violence, alcoholism, fights, drugs, speeding cars, suicide, their avoidable death rate is 3.3% higher than that of women and if 213,000 women annually say they are victims of spousal violence; outside the family, men are twice as often victims of physical violence as women.
However, this reality of male violence is little known, and especially little shared within the male population. So, it’s time to hear from the men on this topic…
First meeting with men convicted of domestic violence. Some of them are taken care of by a court decision in their thirties. CPCA which exist in France. Thanks to psychological support and group therapy sessions with other attackers, they manage to become aware of their violence, especially by bringing the existence of others to light.
Then meet with Collective of masculinity. In the beginning, it was a group of friends who founded it Loba association help women victims of violence; and who will organize discussion groups for men across France to encourage them to talk about their emotions in order to escape the toxic reflexes of masculinity. The city of Epernay asked them to hold a single-sex masculinity workshop for a dozen men with the question: what does it mean to be a man in the 19th century?
Finally meeting the Olympic class that practices non-gender physical and sports education Espérance College in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Far from the virilistic canons of sports practice, it is about use sports make boys aware of their stereotypical reflexes in this area in order to create a culture of equality.
Isabelle Lonvis Rome, Minister Envoy responsible for equality between women and men, diversity and equal opportunities.
Lucile Peytavin, historian, member of the Observatory for Economic Emancipation of the Women’s Foundation and author of the book “The price of masculinity – what France would save if men behaved like women” 2018. Editions Anne Carrière.
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