Culture of Gender Violence (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 5:00pm-7:00pm (PT)
Hosted by The YWCA of Greater Portland Social Justice Program. Culture of Gender Violence exhibits itself through the presence of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking which exist within our culture. The term “gender violence” reflects the idea that violence often serves to maintain structural gender inequalities, and includes all types of violence against men, women, children, adolescents, gay, transgender people, and gender non-conforming folks. We will explore the 3 main components that contribute to the existence of gender violence: sexism, sexual objectification, and victim blaming.
Looking through the lens of history and our current culture, we will reveal the pervasive myths and norms that justify sexual violence and that keeps the focus on blaming and silencing survivors. We will explore how gender violence highlights toxic masculinity-patterned violence: prevalent violence committed most often but not always by men, often motivated by aggression, revenge, competition, and entitlement used to help to maintain patriarchy, dominance, and oppressive stereotypes.
Cost: $0-$30. Registration and more information here