The CBC is asking how you’ll remember the massacre of fourteen women that happened on this day in 1989 and almost all ofthe responses are from women. So, to the men in my life: please take a moment today to talk about their deaths to your male friends, brothers, and the boys who look up to you. Talk about why men are taught to feel threatened by women’s talent, power, and success. Think about the way men talk about women in “pick up” scenes, online, and when none are in the room. Confront your own internalized resentment towards women who exceed the expectations imposed upon them, who compete, who step into worlds where they are told they don’t belong. Feel inspired by all the women you know who, despite a world steeping in this violence, dare to live their lives in brave and authentic ways just the same.
Photo via Remi St-Onge.