A word from Pip…
Most of the young men I’ve worked with in Juvenile Prisons in Oregon USA wanted to be better, to improve their lives.
However most had their heads were filled with the lies told about masculinity – lies which promoted violence as a way to solve problems.
The ‘tough guise’ that harms the lives of these young men is pervasive, it’s everywhere and even threatens the survival of the planet.
However, I have seen that boys like these can become wonderful men and that they really want to!
It is up to the elders to provide support and guidance so that our boys get that chance.
I’ve also been lucky to have trained with or been motivated by the work of some excellent men in the masculinity movement. Jackson Katz is one such man.