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Recommended Videos on Gender, Feminism and Masculinity

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity — to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: “See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper,” Baldoni says. “Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?”

When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a “bad feminist,” she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn’t possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she’s realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism — and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.

YCD Workshops on Gender, Feminism and Masculinity

Below is a sampling of workshops YCD has offered at prior conferences and events around the issues of gender, feminism and masculinity. Click on any workshop title to read more about the session, the presenter, and reviews from our participants.

Deconstructing Masculinity

A male student listens to the speaker.

This workshop will help young men understand how society has skewed the male perception of masculinity and how that has taken away from the value men can bring to society. Students will discuss their role as a man in society and what masculinity looks like when it comes to gender, sexuality acceptance, supporting women and embracing emotions.

How To: Fight for Gender Equality

Students in discussion.

So you’re passionate about gender equality. Now what? What can you do to be part of the fight for equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and girls in your own community and around the world? It’s easy to feel helpless. Learn the strengths and limitations of social media in the fight for gender equality, and see how you can make a difference in your school, with your group of friends, even in your own home. See how you can help organizations, from your own community, all the way to the United Nations! Individuals, especially young people, carry a tremendous amount of power for equality. Learn how to use it!

Hurting vs. Flirting: Do You Know the Difference?

A group of teens discuss.

Sexual harassment is one of the most common forms of bullying in schools. Being aware of what sexual harassment is and what it is not helps us all to have a better understanding of how to handle this sometimes subtle behavior and how to help others when they are in an uncomfortable situation.

The Instagram Effect

Together, we will explore the ways that Instagram affects high school aged girls (14-19 years old) and their developing body image. During this workshop, two current students will provide insight on the effect Instagram has on them. Additionally, The Instagram Effect will provide tools and techniques to utilize social media in positive ways to resist harmful messages, foster healthy self-esteem, and encourage body positivity in young girls.

An Introduction to Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Self-Defense

Teen girls and women participate in a training on Brazilian jiu jitsu for self-defense.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is ideal for women.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was created specifically to allow the smaller person to overcome the bigger, stronger, more aggressive opponent through the proper use of timing, positioning, leverage, and technique.  When women are attacked, they are often taken to the ground by a larger, more aggressive assailant and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, known for its devastatingly effective ground fighting techniques, directly addresses this situation.  Because of this, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often recognized as the single most effective self-defense system in the world, especially for women.  Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce yourself to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

Locker Room Talk

What is “locker room talk”?  How can we create a positive culture in the locker room and athletics more broadly for everyone?

Topics will include the importance of language, casual homophobia, bullying, privacy, etc. Students will be provided a toolkit to become ambassadors for a healthy environment in this susceptible school space.

Men and Women: Breaking down the Stereotypes

Joyce Bignell addresses a room of students.

Despite confrontation, gender stereotypes still remain a heavy influence in culture today through politics, media, sports, and daily interactions. In this workshop students will learn how to confront the stereotypes that play an underlying role in male-female relations.

Transgender 101 and Beyond

How do we talk about gender? It isn’t simple when a transgender or gender non-conforming person expresses their real feelings. This workshop will discuss the gender spectrum through terminology, games, and personal stories. We’ll go from blue to pink and girl to boy and back.

Women Empowered Self-Defense

Eve Gracie demonstrates a self-defense move.

Women between the ages of 14 and 25 are at the highest risk of experiencing sexual assault in America. Fortunately, while the world continues to educate men about consent, there are proactive steps young women can take to reduce their risks and protect themselves. Join former WWE Diva Eve Torres Gracie as you learn the 5 most important self-defense techniques.  Using verbal assertiveness, boundary setting, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense techniques, you will change your beliefs on self-defense and what is possible for all women, and you will have a great time!