WHEN: Friday, December 14
TIME: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
(Registration begins 8:00 am)
WHERE: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
14 Mechanic St, Southbridge, MA 0155
Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues and Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”
Porter is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training. He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience including Brazil, India and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Porter has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
He is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the collective socialization of men, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Porter is the author of “Breaking Out of the Man Box” and the visionary for “NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.”
Gender-based violence is NOT a women's issue. Sexual violence is NOT about women vs. men. Years of attitudes and beliefs rooted in patriarchy like "boys will be boys" are NOT only dangerous to all of us but they create a culture of misogyny. The solution to ending sexual violence and rape culture requires that men and boys be actively involved in promoting gender equity, racial justice, and healthy masculinity. Too often the focus is on teaching women and girls, trans and queer people how not to get raped, rather than teaching perpetrators not to rape and changing the culture that fosters violence in the first place.
Join us as we build upon last year's #ReimagineManhood Prevention Summit. The timeliness of engaging men and boys in cities and towns, schools and workplaces across MA to address sexual violence cannot be overstated.
IT IS TIME TO STEP UP!