#MeToo: When Good Men Do Nothing

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

You may not know who is responsible for this quote (Edmund Burke, an Irish political philosopher), but I’m sure you’ve come across it at some point in your life. As a man, I guarantee you’ve even taken a few seconds to internalize it and came to the conclusion that you are one of these “good men.”

  • We try our best to practice empathetic listening
  • We are not always the most confrontational people
  • We learn from our mistakes
  • We always respect women (or so we think)

This lack of clarity has always been an issue for good men.

I have never experienced rape, physical assault, or even overly-aggressive behavior towards women.

  • Speak out against this type of behavior at work, in your friend group, or wherever you have influence.
  • Learn to love yourself. As humans, we undoubtedly seek belongingness. However, don’t let your self-worth be directly tied to others. Seek validation from your thoughts and ideas instead of your sexual attraction.
  • Stop and truly think about the golden rule. In all honesty, how would you feel about a constant barrage of unwanted attention, day in, day out?
  • Honestly, if you have to, start masturbating more. I know this sounds like a joke, but the lethargy that comes after may help you think with your head and your heart instead of your dick.

If we choose to do nothing, we are allowing evil to triumph. As good men, we need to push discomfort aside, stand up, and speak out against sexual harassment.

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