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"Man Up?" - Understanding Social Influences on Boys & Young Men

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'Man Up?' - Understanding Social Influences on Boys & Young Men

Boys and young men are bombarded with messages about how to ‘Be A Man’ and some of these messages are not conducive to their healthy, respectful and emotionally fulfilling development - or to that of their female peers.

There is a growing recognition that boys are under tremendous pressure to ‘perform’ socially in ways that can undermine their wellbeing, their learning and their future relationships. At the same time there is abundant evidence that these same pressures can translate into sexist beliefs and behaviours. Educators need to respond imaginatively to these inter-linked challenges. (see two key reports from DfE Dec 2017 and the NEU, also Dec 2017)

It’s vital we can create space for boys & young men to critically reflect on influences that are shaping their beliefs and behaviours. Please join us for this important and timely conversation. You will take away a network of contacts, a wide range of useful resources and some key concepts for organising thoughts and programmes within your settings (if you are a professional) or at home if you are a parent/carer. Or both if you are both!

Target Audience:

The target audience is all those with an interest in and responsibility for the positive development of boys and young men. This may include Pastoral leaders, Heads of Year, Heads of House and Safeguarding leads. Of course it also includes parents and carers - you are fundamental!

Facilitator:

Michael Conroy.

Michael has worked in Secondary Education for 13 years. In 2015 he trained with A Call To Men UK (see http://www.continu.org.uk ) to deliver their ’FreeUP—Living Respectfully’ programme.

He recorded a TEDx Youth Talk in October 2017 and in December 2017 was an expert contributor to the Women & Equalities Select Committee in Parliament on the topic of Sexual Harassment. Michael delivered workshops at the National Education Union's 'Challenging Sexism In Schools' National Conference in London, March 2018 and will be a facilitator at the 3rd National Men In Early Years Conference in Bristol in July 2018.

Some testimonials:

Michael’s session was incredibly insightful, with close links to our goals and mission to create a generation of empowered young people. He really opened our eyes to a topic which we are living and experiencing first hand every day with the young people we facilitate. I would highly recommend anyone taking this session as it has inspired and sparked many important conversations for us as a team. Thanks for helping us understand the ’man-box’!” - The Diana Award / Anti-Bullying Professionals, London, April 2018

“Michael is a very engaging speaker and his keynote speech was fascinating. He spoke to an audience of 200 trainees from the Centre for Children and Families about early gender messages and issues around language and spoke about his work with boys & young men. The students evaluated the session very positively. I would highly recommend Michael as a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker.” - Senior Lecturer, Centre for Children & Families, University of Worcester, Feb 2018

Michael’s session (at the National Educational Union 'Challenging Sexism In Schools' Conference) gave us:

  • A realisation of just how much pressure young men can feel under to conform to stereotypes

  • Tools/resources/ideas to promote discussion amongst boys/men about sexist behaviour.

  • Powerful talking points around the language we use that promotes disrespect towards women

  • The importance of fostering an environment where male students feel they don't have to conform to gender expectations and can challenge sexist ideas, working alongside their peers to promote equality in schools

  • (Strategies for) giving boys/men opportunities to talk about why they behave in certain ways and how to challenge these.


“This was great. The audience were really involved & we had a sense that we were driving the agenda. Insightful perspective on how men view themselves and how men view women. Inspirational”

-Participants in sessions led by Michael at the National Education Union’s #ChallengingSexismInSchools Conference, London, March 2018


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