Patriarchy, Microaggression, and Political Correctness

I recognize that I was born into privilege.

Being male, white and American comes with a set of assumptions and implicit biases that are deeply ingrained in me and the mores of our fathers. As a progressive-minded person who wants to be an example of attitudes and actions that foster a more just and humane society, I am willing to have my unconscious behaviors laid bare so that I might learn new ways of communicating and interacting with people and the world. But in order for this to occur, my hope must be met with more than mere outrage.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Deeply Looking at the Man in the Mirror

This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me!

You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun.

I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst in people. I have seen the best in myself, and I have seen the worst in myself.

With all that I have seen from so many different perspectives, today, I awaken to the knowing that living all of this, was still living from a place of privilege. 

It is a very humbling and awakening moment to say the least.

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Erik has served in a sales or revenue-generating capacity for most of his professional life. He appreciates the process of prospecting new business and networking into expanded opportunities, thriving in environments where he gets to negotiate win-win propositions. As a pharmaceutical representative, Erik made it his personal responsibility to get to know providers and meet them where they were. In 2013, Erik founded the Game Changer Movement after the Sandy Hook Shootings broke his heart.  The Game Changer Movement challenges the world to Change it’s Game by taking personal responsibility for all the choices we make. As the Director of Sponsorships and Visibility for evox Television and Marketplace, he is excited to be part of a team that is serving to change the world’s game.  Those who are changing the world, with the work they do or the products they provide, deserve to be promoted and celebrated.

After #MeToo - Healing From the Trauma of Sexual Assault

Within two weeks, 94 percent of women survivors will experience PTSD. #HealMeToo wants to give them a place to share and recover.

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YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

When Communities Make Racial Justice a Priority

From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification.

This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions.

Missouri

In the weeks following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, Wellspring Church in Ferguson became a space for protestors to meet, talk about issues, and strategize for change. Two years have passed, but Wellspring’s pastor, The Rev. F. Willis Johnson Jr., wants to keep those conversations going.

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YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

Entreprenuership Is (or Should Be) Gender Neutral

I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female entrepreneurship” implies a rare, or “wow, women can start and lead businesses? Really? Since when,” distinction. The gap widens as we separate the genders into distinct categories. I’m not the only one calling for us to crack the glass for equality on this ceiling.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

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I recognize that I was born into privilege. Being male, white and American comes with a set of assumptions and implicit biases that are deeply ingrained in me and the mores of our fathers. As a... read more
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Boss sits at desk while secretary squishes down on low chair
08/24/2018
I recognize that I was born into privilege. Being male, white and American comes with a set of assumptions and implicit biases that are deeply ingrained in me and the mores of our fathers. As a... read more
Man with chrome mirrored cover over his face
06/06/2018
This morning I awoke to the contrast, complexity, and hypocrisy that is me! You see, I have seen a lot in my 45 times around the sun. I have seen the best in people, and I have seen the worst... read more
WOman twirling hair in front of graffiti filled wall
01/23/2018
Within two weeks, 94 percent of women survivors will experience PTSD. #HealMeToo wants to give them a place to share and recover. The red carpet of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards was not the usual... read more
Justice statue holding scales and sword.
01/25/2017
From conversations that heal to land trusts that fight gentrification. This article is part of Yes! Magazine's state-by-state exploration of local solutions. Missouri In the weeks... read more
over-the-shoulder view of woman texting on smartphone
04/10/2016
I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female... read more