Thursday, November 23, 2006

White Ribbon

The White Ribbon Campaign is a statement by men against domestic violence. Conversely, it's also an opportunity for men to stop talking and listen to women about violence in the family.

It's happening all over the world.
Posted by PaedsRN at 3:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:56 PM  

I realize that statistically, male on female doemstic violence is the majority of the cases. It is far from all that I see. I guess this ad campaign is better than none, but when are we going to start promoting that violence against ANY HUMAM BEING is not okay?
Real men don't beat women... okay, I can live with that.. but Women should not beat women, either... they shouldn't beat men, either. For that matter, real men don't beat other men, too...

Blogger Third Degree Nurse, at 7:13 PM  

I agree w/ all of the above.

One thing I did right as a parent was when my daughters were beating the crap out of each other, I'd stop them and say "People are not for hitting." It became a mantra over the years, but it's stuck w/them. Now I hear them say it to those whom they babysit.

If we'd reprogram ourselves by saying it at every opportunity, we might, as a society, come to practice it.

Blogger PaedsRN, at 12:58 PM  

We do promote non-violence in many ways, John. Although the White Ribbon Campaign ad copy describes male vs female abuse, it is publicised in many countries as a campaign against domestic violence in general.

Having said that, if violence against women was no longer a problem, there would be no need for this kind of publicity. It is still a tremendous problem, and most of it is perpetrated by men. No-one is saying there are no other kinds of violence, that'd be a bit ridiculous. Doesn't make this campaign any less worthy of attention.

As a gender, we haven't gotten any better at healing past hurts and preventing them from being inflicted on the next generation. This now is an issue of urgency for us as men and as nurses.

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