Conference: International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys.
Date: Wednesday, 23rd March 2016
Time: 10:30a.m – 12:00noon
Title: Plenary II: Lessons from Death Row: How Violence Emerges from Vulnerable.
Speaker: David Lisak, (PhD, Forensic Consultant, Placitas, NW)
- Childhood trauma affect men and later aggravated their tendencies of violence against women.
- Biology alone is not responsible for transforming men into perpetrators.
- Sex: A biological category
- Gender: A cultural category
- Our sons grow up in a society that has huge influence on them.
- Masculinisation (Power, Independence and Strength).
- Growing up, boys are not expected to show weaknesses, vulnerability and dependance.
- Origins of Masculinity
- Adaptation to harsh environments.
- Increased reliance on scavenging & hunting.
- Essence of Masculinity
- Suppress vulnerability
- Suppress fear
- Exalt toughness
- Suppress physical pain.
- THE SOCIAL BENEFITS OF MASCULINE SOCIALISATION
- enhance group survival by creation of “warrior” class (male children)
- Give warrior class
- There’s a difference between identity and attitude.
Identity is far deeper and more conscious oriented.
- Vulnerability does not make you big; it makes you human.
- Man is no longer ashamed of himself when he willingly recognises his own vulnerability.
- Internalisation of abuse often leave behind devastating consequences. It teaches men who are victims of abuse to become badly damaged and sometimes, vulnerable.
- When men are raped in childhood , it build within them rage and disturbing emotional wreckage that make most of them to turn to drug, alcohol and exhibition of violence.