Yes, Not all men are violent abusers, most will never be. However, it’s undeniable that all men are aware of the cultural norms of masculinity, where violence often thrives. I firmly believe that all men bear a responsibility to address and challenge the culture. It’s true that crime stems from various sociological conditions – our upbringing, traditions, expectations, and group dynamics. But while it’s not a biological certainty that being male leads to predatory behavior, being gendered as a man carries a significant responsibility. This responsibility isn’t about being held accountable for other’s actions. Rather, it’s about being responsible for collectively shaping, living, and passing on the concept of manhood. It’s an ongoing journey to comprehend how I, as a man, should, could, and would act. This implies that destructive masculinity is open to change.
Recognizing that we’re not solely role models for young boys, but also for one another across different generations – including those who are now older. I can only summarize my sentiments in these words: “If not men, then who? If not now, then when?”
– from Agge Angusson, member of the ERC