The Bystander Moment [Trailer]
The #MeToo movement has shined much-needed light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse, creating unprecedented demand for gender violence prevention models that actually work. That’s we’re thrilled to announce the release of our new video The Bystander Moment, which tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven of these models – the innovative bystander approach developed by pioneering activist and writer Jackson Katz and his colleagues.
The Bystander Moment explores the role played by bystanders—especially friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers—in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence. In a riveting analysis illustrated with archival footage and clips from news, sports, and entertainment media, Katz gives special attention to peer culture dynamics—especially male peer culture dynamics across race and ethnicity—that help to normalize sexism and misogyny while silencing other men in the face of abuse.
The Bystander Moment also stresses the crucial importance of appealing to people not as potential perpetrators or passive spectators, but as active bystanders and potential leaders who have a positive role to play in challenging and changing the sexist cultural norms that too often lead to gender violence. The result is an indispensable educational tool in the ongoing struggle to prevent sexism and misogyny and promote gender equality.
If you have access to our films on Kanopy, The Bystander Moment is available to stream now or whenever you'd like! Watch it now or save it to your watchlist for later. Don't miss this timely and important new film.