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Scott Jones
Posted almost 2 years ago
Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue
I don't know if we watched the same presentation, or if you are going out of your way to prove the point to this presentation. Leadership is the key point, and men of power (since men primarily do have power) taking ownership to call out unacceptable behavior. The presentation was not focusing on having a man step in and stop the attack, but to drive a culture change away from thinking that it is ok to use violence against those weaker than you. Your post seems to be that we need to change women so that men stop hitting them. Seems a bit indirect, men need to own their actions and stop hitting those weaker than them (women, children, and other men included). Yes I am a man. Your post seems to be making the point that men beat women because they think this makes them look "tough" and they will get more girls. I hope that men would be strong enough to act in a way that is right, because it is right. There is a great comment above by Joanne Prior about a case where a man killed a kid and the media focus was on everyone else apart from the man that did it. Violence against others is a mens problem as well, not just for women to solve.
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Scott Jones
Posted about 2 years ago
If it was allowed would an arena with gladiators fighting to the death prove popular in modern times?
G'day Mat, I would say that it would be pretty popular in some segments , and you would have heaps of people who would be trying to be gladiators. The popularity of "reality tv" and the cult of celebrity we have would mean that there would be lots of applicants. The opportunity to be high profile would be a pretty big draw card for some. Once the reality of death close up is shown though I think the popularity would drop off very quickly. We have an expectation of dramatic and clean death from our entertainment industry - the reality of screaming and leaking bodily fluids may not be palatable to most sensibilities. All that said given we now have a global population of about 7 billlion people - if half a percent find it attractive and half a percent have access to it that would put the size of the participants (audience and participants) of about 175,000. If half a percent of those interested were suitable to be gladiators (training, fitness etc) the size of the gladiator pool is about 870. The Colosseum had a seating capacity of about 50,000 by modern estimates. Put another way if 99.5% of people reject it and 99.5% can't even find it and of those 99.5% don't want to or can't be gladiators you could still have a theoretical viewing audience of triple the capacity of the Roman Colosseum, with enough initial participants for over 400 bouts (in the first round).