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Transcript of Un/Doing Masculinity
Breaking Down the Boi
Breaking Down the Boi
bois have a unique perspective on what street harassment looks like and does
the safety of our women means so much more than street harassment.
it means culturally addressing the widespread casualness of rape culture.
it means turning this into a conversation that involves masculine of center people, families, children, community leaders.
this is about understanding that safe and protected bodies of women and girls mean better, more equitable communities--literally.
meet the bois + know our work
bklyn boihood is a collective that champions healthy masculinity, intersectionality of identities and anti-misogyny for bois* of color all over the world.
bklyn boihood in PARTICULAR is doing this work by making noise (the other type of sound--the sound of accountability) in our parties, language, media, etc.
Breaking down the BOI
Being accountable in actions and an acknowledgment of what masculine privilege is.
WHAT IS MASCULINE PRIVILEGE?
Ensuring we don't disrespect or undermine femininity and femme-identity.
Examining the roles we choose to play.
Actively not being pressured by the problematic constructs of masculinity.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE "PROBLEMATIC CONSTRUCTS OF MASCULINITY"?
Is self-defined and exudes confidence.
Accepts and respects each others identity without forcing bois to act in ways that are familiar, stereotypical and/or "normal".
taking time to ourselves to relax and enjoy the things we like to do.
using community resources to take care of our physical and mental being.
checking in with each other (communicating comfortably about anything from a rash on your foot to questions about sex.)
trying to practice consistent self-care, physically, mentally, emotionally (SO CRITICAL!), and socially.
the problem lies in the
sound and the silence
looks like misogyny and feels like violence to the women we walk with.
looks like the characteristics of masculinity that are most problematic and sometimes like the ones we wrongly value as the highest/most powerful: aggressiveness, sexualization, possession.
street harassment is all of those combined.sometimes we are the perpetuators of this harassment, in an effort to embody the most extreme and damaging forms of masculinity.and that has to stop.
it is one of bklyn boihood's goals to contribute to challenge those embodiments of masculinity.
one of the worst and most scary parts of street harassment is the way that it's sanctioned by other men.
the noise, the cat-calls, the curses AND the peanut gallery egging it on--all those sounds are horrible and horrifying but almost worse is when no one calls it out.
part of masculine privilege is the space it has to perform, however it wants to, in almost any space without being checked.
as bois of color who carry masculinity as a part of our identity its our job to use the space we have to be as verbal and vocal in an opposing way as possible.
Follow us @bklynboihood
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