"There's a toxic kind of masculinity that's behind all this."

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Privilege is a word that seems to make a lot of people uncomfortable these days. But it’s a word that carries a lot of weight in the discussion about our personal responsibilities as members of society. Especially toward people who face systematic oppression throughout their lives. 

We often talk about racial privilege. But with so much focus lately on Harvey Weinstein, his accusers, and the resulting movements to create awareness about sexual violence and harassment, we’ve also been talking a lot about gender-related privilege. 

Click here to hear a conversation on Detroit Today from earlier this month about sexual violence and harassment.

And click here to hear a conversation on Detroit Today from September about campus sexual assault.

Jim Wallis, theologian, author, and founder of Sojourners, speaks with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson about the culture of misogyny and privilege in the United States. 

“It’s about this sense of entitlement that men have to use and abuse and get what they want,” says Wallis. “There’s a toxic kind of masculinity that’s behind all this.” 

Click on the audio player above for the full conversation. 


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