It's a very special #FanGirlFriday with the founder of IATG (and @protecther) @missalexisjones + Olivia, leader of IATG: UofCo, Boulder! 💕👏 Hope you love it as much as we do...
IATG: What is the intersection of I AM THAT GIRL and ProtectHer?
Alexis: The whole point is that you’re never going to see social change only speaking to half the sky. In order for us to ever see any shift around sexual assault and violence against women, we can’t be only speaking to women. Men are required in that conversation and up until now they haven’t been invited to sit at our table. I think as long as men and women don’t collectively come together, especially around violence against women, nothing will ever change. •
I realized that our brothers need a safe place to also question culture and to turn self-doubt into self-love because that is not a girl problem. Insecurity is not a girl problem; that’s a human problem.
I started looking around. What do our brothers have? If I AM THAT GIRL is a sisterhood, ProtectHer is a brotherhood so that we as a generation can come together and help solve some of the biggest problems that our world is being faced with right now.
We’re basically given two ways in which we’re told that we matter – our physical attractiveness, attention from boys, and impossible definition of beauty. That corrodes an authentic confidence based on all the shit that actually matters like our integrity, humor, creativity, passion, or empathy, and all the other stuff that gets thrown to the wayside. •
In the same way that girls are poorly programmed, guys are just as poorly programmed. When we start looking at manhood - be rich, be famous, bang as many girls as you can – that is equally limiting. Again, it throws out all the stuff that actually matters and that’s why I think it’s a sisterhood and a brotherhood. The truth is we’re all basically being brainwashed. How can we inject more compassion and empathy and vulnerability into humanity, into our generation?
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