This morning I sat with four other men and had breakfast.
Most of them I hardly knew.
It was a pleasant conversation. Light and easy.
Then someone asked me about what I do…and I told them about the live art work I made last year – listening by hand, where I sat and listened to women talk about their experience of the world…and an incredible conversation unfolded.
The men were all kind hearted, generous men, but they had a broad range of experiences as ‘men’ and differing opinions about how ‘fair’ things are for women and men in this world.
I noticed in these conversations how hard it is for me to listen to perspectives that are different to my own.
I saw how valuable it is for men to be able to say out loud the things that they think about ‘equality’ and have other men listen to them without necessarily agreeing with them.
Mostly it was amazed that these men, who I really wouldn’t have imagined would be interested in a nuanced conversation about gender equity, were absolutely interested.
There weren’t really any earth-shattering changes in any of us.
Afterwards I thought to myself, that for men, this conversation (which has been championed by women for a very long time) may have finally begun.
And that gave me hope.
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