Safety Advice and what it means.
EVB as an organisation are not against safety advice. We've written previously about 'Stranger Danger' and the misleading message it gives, but we wanted to reflect on the safety messages given to adults and what these mean.
Safety messages are meant to be targeted at those undertaking risky behaviour - and with a quick 5 minute google, we found the list below:
The recent furore over women and alcohol should have men outraged. Men should be appalled that their fellow men put women at so much risk that they need to be warned about consuming alcohol in their vicinity. Because that's what the warning means. Warning women about alcohol consumption assumes that men are not to be trusted around an intoxicated and/or vulnerable woman.
Men - the safety messages are for YOU, even the ones directed at women. They are about you, and you should be heeding them. How does that make you feel? Where are your blog responses to this message? Where are your contributions? Why can't we hear you?
Men - stand up and be counted.
Men - be trustworthy around women - intoxicated or not.
Men - be the man who women are safe around.
Men - stand up, challenge other men & make your voice count.
Men - support the This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me campaign - and tell other men about it:
Until you do this, women will respond to safety messages by assuming you're unsafe.
We hope this encourages you to take action.
If you'd like to find out more about what men can do, spend 12 minutes of your time watching Tony Porter discussing the Collective Socialisation of Men.The women you come into contact with deserve it.