I personally don’t see why parents think it’s a bad thing for their little boy to play with Barbie dolls. He just wants to be surrounded by girls!
Encouraging gender exploration and discouraging the harmful aspects of hyper-masculinity, that sometimes pushes men to violence, is a great way to be a green dot! - WC
Check out this blog post about green dots written last year by Women’s Center Publicist Jill Grimaldi!
"Most of the time I love my campus, but sometimes I get really frustrated. Like last night, for instance, when I learned that a few years ago a fraternity here thought it would be a great idea to use the tee shirts pictured [left] for their rush campaign. I don’t think I have to go into all that is wrong with this shirt… it’s fairly self explanatory. Needless to say I was left FRUSTRATED, but also left with no real course of action to take.
Since the shirts had been made years ago the people behind them had likely graduated already and the fraternity had moved on, so contacting the organization directly would be too little, too late. Walking up to the individual wearing the shirt and telling him how uncomfortable it made me was an option (and one of my awesome friends actually did this!) but it wouldn’t do much to negate the damage that this shirt already managed to do over the last few years.
It’s times like this that I am grateful for the Green Dot movement.
Green Dots are designed to help show those of us who want to change this culture where our power lies. A green dot is any action that either directly prevents interpersonal violence or challenges the attitudes that allow interpersonal violence to continue. Knowing this I was able to take a deep breath and tell myself this:
“Okay, so he’s a red dot right now… and I don’t think I can get him to stop being one by confronting him. What I can do, however, is walk away and make a whole bunch of green dots to drown out his red one.” Then I went and spent the next three hours at a table with Feminists United, encouraging people to play a game that challenged gender norms (green dot!) and talking to whoever was interested about the club and what we do (another green dot!)
The idea is simple: we want to make so many green dots that the red dots get drowned out. To drop the metaphor for a second: what this would look like is a major culture shift. A world where green dots drowned out the red ones would be a world where jokes about violence would not be considered funny, people would come together to intervene when they saw violent acts taking place, and violence in general would be in decline because the culture would not foster an environment where violence was easy to perpetrate and get away with.”
Read the full post here!