The following day, I attended a workshop about preventing gender violence, facilitated by Katz. There, he posed a question to all of the men in the room: “Men, what thing do you do to protect yourself from being rapes or sexually assaulted?”

Not one man, including myself, could quickly answer the question. Finally, one man raised his hand and said, “Nothing.” Then Katz asked the women, “What things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?” Nearly all of the women in the room raised their hand. One by one, each woman testified:

"I don’t make eye contact with men when I walk down the street," said one.
“I don’t put down my drink at parties,” said another.
“I use the buddy system when I go to parties.”
“I cross the street when I see a group of guys walking in my direction.”
“I use my keys as a potential weapon.”

The women wen on for several minutes, until their side of the blackboard was completely filled with responses. The men’s side of the blackboard was blank. I was stunned. I never heard a group of women say these things before. I thought about all of the women in my life — including my mother, sister and girlfriend — and I realized that I had a lot to learn about gender.

— Why I Am A Male Feminist (via newwavefeminism)