02 Mar 2018

Why aren't men taking action against sexual abuse?

Despite #MeToo, Sexual violence is still considered a “women’s issue” even though the perpetrators are mostly men. Why are men not active in looking for solutions to this problem? 

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Why this story matters:

Social scientist Paul Scheibelhofer draws attention to the lack of anti-sexist initiatives organized by men and pro-feminist voices from men in Austria. One of the things that #MeToo has shown is that talking about the problem is not enough. So why aren't men taking action?

The fact that very different standards are applied to perpetrators was recently demonstrated by te recent story of the famous Austrian skier, Toni Sailer. When it was revealed that Sailer was being investigated for rape, tabloid journalists and politicians railed against what they considered attempts to "slander" the national hero.

Psychotherapist Lukas Wagner sees the defense mechanism of some men as "a kind of a collective biting reflex", a sign of male solidarity. "Men do not doing themselves a favor this way," he warns.


Details from the story:

  • Erich Lehner is convinced that #MeToo does not aim to put men on a collective lynching post.
  • The psychoanalyst and researcher of masculinity founded an umbrella organization for men's work in Austria in 2016.
  • In his work, he is particularly concerned with promoting a caring image of masculinity, which differs from traditional images.
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