Friday, December 26, 2008

Byron Hurt Coming to Denver

Mark your calendars! Byron Hurt-- well-known for his documentary "Beyond Beats and Rhymes"-- will be coming to the Auraria campus Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 1 pm!

Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a life-long hip-hop fan, was watching rap music videos on BET when he realized that each video was nearly identical. Guys in fancy cars threw money at the camera while scantily clad women danced in the background. As he discovered how stereotypical rap videos had become, Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist, decided to make a film about the gender politics of hip-hop, the music and the culture that he grew up with. “The more I grew and the more I learned about sexism and violence and homophobia, the more those lyrics became unacceptable to me,” he says. “And I began to become more conflicted about the music that I loved.” The result is HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a riveting documentary that tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture.

For more information about the film, click here.

If you are interested in attending, contact the MESA office!

Monday, December 8, 2008

NHL Punishes For "Sloppy Seconds" Remark

The National Hockey League responded very quickly following player Sean Avery's comments about his former girlfriend. Avery went on tape during an interview and said
"I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about. Enjoy the game tonight."

The comment was directed towards another player, Dion Phaneuf, and Phaneuf's girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, whom Avery used to date.

NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, responded:
"Mr. Avery has been warned repeatedly about his conduct and comments, which have too often been at odds with the manner in which his more than 700 fellow players conduct themselves. Playing in the National Hockey League is a privilege, requiring a high standard of personal behavior. Mr. Avery forfeits that privilege for six games. Mr. Avery has expressed remorse for his recent comments and has sought a professional anger management evaluation. I will require that he follow through with that process as a condition of his returning to the ice and that he complies with any and all recommendations."

This is a fantastically unprecedented punishment for sexism in the sports arena. As you might imagine, there are a lot of fans and sports writers who have criticized this move as "unnecessary" and "extreme". However, it has been very interesting to note that many of the older players have supported the suspension and also condemned the remarks.

Mike Domitrz, Executive Director of The Safe Dates Project, taped a youtube video response in support of the NHL's actions. It can be found here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

MESA in the News

Boulder Weekly published a great article about ending sexual assault this week. It also highlights the Men Standing Up program, and the ways that men have been involved in the movement.

Check it out, HERE.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Victim Blaming those "Drunk Chicks"

So TMZ reported today that the host of "Human Weapon", Jason Chambers, was arrested for an alleged sexual assault.

In a follow up post, they posted a video with the headline "Celeb Rape Suspect Was a Drunk Chick Magnet" The post reads as follows:
By the way the drunk chicks were flocking toward Jason Chambers when we caught him out in Hollywood in October, it's hard to believe the former History Channel host would be arrested for allegedly raping someone only a few weeks later.

But he was -- and he'll be back in court December 5.

Understandably, the charges are pending, and it is America-- innocent until proven guilty. But let's discuss the media coverage, shall we? Is the post sarcastic because it's impossible to believe that "drunk chicks" could be raped? Or because he is a host of a History Channel program? Where is the responsibility here? Not surprisingly, the victim-blaming that exists in the post exacerbates the readers' victim-blaming in the comments.

Is it possible, TMZ, that the "drunk chicks" are particularly vulnerable targets, that some men may take advantage of? Perhaps we should be putting responsibility where it is due.


"Nude Priest Gets Probation, Will Register as Sex Offender"

According to an article in the Boulder Camera today:

"Robert Whipkey, 53, was serving at parishes in Erie, Mead and Frederick when he was arrested and placed on leave. This summer, Whipkey was found guilty of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor that carries mandatory registration as a sex offender for at least 10 years."

While the case may not sound that provocative, there is an incredible discussion following the article in the "comments" section-- causing the article to be labeled "hot" by the online Camera. [see comments HERE] The discussion mainly centers around the question "what behaviors mandate the registering a sex offender?". There are some very interesting points that are being raised.

Here is the rest of the story:
“This conviction has cost me my career and my life,” said Whipkey, according to a report in the Greeley Tribune.

Judge Timothy Kerns said the nude jogging was a manifestation of a bigger issue that needs to be treated, according to the Tribune.

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office reported that a lawyer for Whipkey has alerted the court of his intention to appeal the case. Whipkey will not have to register as a sex offender while the appeal is underway.

Nine years ago, the Archdiocese investigated Whipkey for “inappropriate personal behavior” when he was pastor of St. Anthony’s parish in Sterling. In that case, Sterling police said they looked into reports that 11-year-old boys had seen Whipkey naked at a summer camp. But the boys didn’t file formal complaints, and no charges were filed.

Do you think that the previous actions change the investigation or case at all?
What do you think about who should register as an offender or not?


Friday, August 22, 2008

Why should you join the Men Standing Up Program?

Lend a hand in helping end violence against women. Be part of the Men Standing Up Program. Call 303-443-0400 and join today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Longmont White Ribbon Campaign has kicked off! The Men's Program from MESA helped Longmont kick off their white ribbon campaign by preparing the 24 white ribbons that now hang on Main Street. It was an adventure of it's own painting 24 ribbons during torrential downpours! With the help of volunteer Jeff Israel, we were able to get them done in time to hang! MESA volunteers Kevin Kelly and Francisco Flores, stopped by to check out the white ribbons after presenting to a group of 30+ about Men’s Roles in Gender Violence Prevention: Film Viewing and Discussion.

Monday, May 26, 2008

What Men Can Do To Stop Rape

  1. Obtain clear, participatory consent for any sexual behavior with another person. Always.
  2. Educate yourself. Attend programs, take classes, and read articles and books about the root causes of sexism and gender violence
  3. Be aware of language. Words are very powerful. Choose to use words that are respectful of women and girls rather than those than that put them down or view them as sexual objects
  4. Speak up! Challenge attitudes and behaviors (such as crude jokes or harassing comments) that degrade women or promote rape
  5. View rape as a men's issue. Although most men are not rapists, most rapists are men. As a man, YOU have the power to confront abusive peers
  6. Don't support, promote, or fund violence against women. Refuse to purchase magazines, rent videos, buy music, or view websites that portray women and children in a sexually manner

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Men's Roles in Gender Violence Prevention

Historically, women have been at the forefront of addressing gender violence issues. An encouraging and growing trend is the appearance of groups of men also dedicated to ending violence against women. Men can take a stand as leaders demonstrating the true meaning of strength, healthy values, and integrity. The LEVI White Ribbon Campaign focuses on men working to end violence against women. This campaign is currently in its second year, and is being held June 8 - 22, 2008 in Longmont, Colorado. As part of the campaign, LEVI is holding this free professional seminar in order to educate and inspire professionals working in fields related to gender violence.

FILMS: Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity is a film that examines the relations between pop culture's construction of masculinity and the reality of being a man in the late 20th century American society. Jackson Katz argues that there exists a contemporary crisis in masculinity. The media offers men certain "manly" roles to play, but these roles often play out violent and selfish attitudes, traits harmful to women. Various excerpts fomr other films such as as Wrestling with Manhood and Beyond Beats and Rhymes may also be shown during this session.

DISCUSSION: Facilitating a discussion about men's roles in preventing gender violence is Marti Hopper, the Prevention Education Director at MESA. Dr. Hopper coordinates MESA's Men's Prevention Education program.

To enrich the discussion , please come with your ideas, thoughts and comments on how we can enlist men in the effort to end violence against women. By increasing the number of men interested in working on issues of gender violence, new and unique efforts are likely to occur. It will take many different approaches to find solutions appropriate to community needs, but we can get a good start right now...together!


Tuesday, June 10, 2008
8:00 am to 10:30 am
Longmont Safety and Justice Center, 255 Kimbark St, Longmont
Cost: FREE
RSVP by June 5, 2008 to or 303-774-4534

What is Men Standing Up?

Moving to End Sexual Assault's Men's Prevention Education program in Boulder, Colorado is dedicated to raising awareness about rape prevention. Studies show that that men and boys hear a message about ending sexual violence better from other males, making men’s involvement crucial in creating lasting social change.