First Man Standing

Learn about men's role in tackling sexism from the experts.

Michael Kimmel: Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone, Including Men

In this surprising, funny talk, Michael Kimmel explains why gender quality is not achieved by taking away from men to give to women, as some may think. He demonstrates, through statistics and examples, that both men and women benefit from a more equal society, be it at home or in the workplace.

Jackson Katz: Violence against Women - It's a Men's Issue

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Michael Kaufman: Men and Feminism

In just one generation, many age-old ideas about women have been swept aside -- but what does that have to do with men, and how does it affect men's lives? Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign -- the largest global movement working with men to end violence against women -- heads up a discussion about men and their various approaches to feminism.

Tony Porter: A Call to Men

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."

Jessica Ladd: The Reporting System that Sexual Assault Survivors Want

We don't have to live in a world where 99 percent of rapists get away with it, says TED Fellow Jessica Ladd. With Callisto, a new platform for college students to confidentially report sexual assault, Ladd is helping survivors get the support and justice they deserve while respecting their privacy concerns. "We can create a world where there's a real deterrent to violating the rights of another human being," she says.

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why Domestic Violence Victims Don't Leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

Alexis Jones: "Locker room talk." Says who?

Having spent the past three years working intimately with male athletes, Alexis Jones is redefining “manhood” one locker room at a time. After growing up a Texas tomboy with four older brothers and working in “the lion’s den of dudes” at Fox Sports and ESPN, Alexis takes an inspiring, hysterical and at times inappropriate approach to empowering young men to better respect and protect the girls and women in their lives with her exclusive locker room curriculum, ProtectHer.

Check out our YouTube playlist for more interesting and inspiring TED talks on this issue.