From venal bankers and feckless fathers, to knife-wielding hoodies and paedophile TV presenters, the past few years have been saturated with “bad news” stories about men.
In fact, if you were to take your assessment from the headlines, you could easily draw the conclusion that men’s role in society is nothing but a litany of corruption, violence and abuse.
But not only do these negative portrayals have nothing to do with the lives of the vast majority of men, there is another, much bigger story about men that we rarely hear about – that from educational achievement and unemployment, to suicide and homelessness, there are far more men who have problems, than are the cause of them.
And in two weeks’ time delegates from organisations working with men and boys across the UK will come together to tackle this side of the story.
From the 26th to the 29th September, the 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys in Brighton will bring together organisations from across the country to foster a nationwide discussion on how to improve the lives of boys and men in the UK.
The conference will culminate with the “Big Man Gathering” – two days of camping, campfires and workshops, exploring what it means to be a man in 21st Century Britain.
CALM will also be at there, contributing to the debate around how we can stop demonizing men and start to find ways to tackle the many social problems they face.
If you are interested in challenging the knee-jerk assumptions we have about men and questioning why they make up the vast majority of people impacted by everything from suicide to homelessness, this conference is for you.
It would be great if you were there to be part of moving the conversation forward.