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When will men step up and stop the violence against women

by Emily Roberts | Sep 16, 2014

When will men step up and stop the violence against women?

September 12, 2014
by Alex Flink
The Dallas Morning News - Letters to the Editor

As a young man approaching the age of domestication, it scares me to think that domestic violence, an issue my mother has spent my entire life fighting against, will likely still be an issue when my own children are born.

But it does not have to be this way. We no longer live in the Mad Men-esque, misogynistic culture of our parents. Whatever gender roles were present in that day no longer exist.

Too many people have characterized Ray Rice’s behavior as a mistake or judgment error. In reality, the fact that there was any level of judgment involved in his actions proves that, regardless of what Ray Rice says in public, on some level, he rationalized his decision to hit a woman. That is the true issue. As men in a generation that will very soon be in the cultural driver’s seat, we must step up and remedy the situation.

What will it take for us to take a stand? What we need is to look in the mirror and figure out exactly what kind of men we want to be for our children, our significant others, our parents, our friends and our families. We don’t need more Ray Rices, Charlie Sheens or Chris Browns. These individuals do not deserve fame or recognition. Their definition of being a man is not worthy of any attention.

I speak to men everywhere when I say that we should raise our hands — not against our loved ones but against domestic violence. Let’s strike down abuse of all kinds, physical or emotional, and create a healthy and loving environment for our sons and daughters and generations to come.

Alex Flink, Dallas

son of Paige Flink, CEO of the Family Place

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