By Aaron Rose for The Temper
“At a time when we’re reeling from and embracing the seismic shifts of the #MeToo moment, many people of all genders are asking: How do we stop the prevalence of toxic masculinity and collectively heal? Viewing this social change as a recovery process, much like the one you experience as a person in recovery from addiction, provides a path forward.
As a diversity and inclusion educator who works with individuals and organizations across all industries, I hold space for people’s reckoning with their role in collective patterns of exclusion and violence—including racism, self-hate, and toxic masculinity.
I also practice what I preach and teach: Like any other person in the world, I am in an ongoing process of releasing myself from old biased ways of thinking and acting. And as a gay trans man who has experienced both the violence and the privilege of the patriarchy, I have a particularly in-depth understanding of toxic masculinity and how to cultivate its alternative: Conscious masculinity.”