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It’s Time to Talk About Our Messages About Masculinity: 3 Films to Start Us Off

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Strength is about adapting to change, not about retreating from it and lashing back with violence out of fear. And it’s high time we had a definition of manhood capable of meeting that challenge.” ~… More

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Tough Guise 2

by Jackson Katz

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 8, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

In this update, Tough Guise 2 (80 minutes) explores the ongoing and escalating epidemic of men’s violence in America and how it’s “rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of… More

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You’re Judging People By That Bag They’re Carrying

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every day we make split-second assumptions about others, often without being aware we’re doing it. We may make assumptions about the person driving a gas-guzzling SUV; the woman wearing a fur coat; the parent with… More

Responsibility: Gift or Obligation?

Written by blogger | 1 Comment | Published on November 5, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

This post is by contributing blogger Lynne Westmoreland, long-time music instructor and a humane educator. Lynne is a graduate of our M.Ed. program, and is the instructor for our online course, A Better World, A… More

“I have to return these because I’m having a girl”: Beyond Gender Identity

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on April 23, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of [F]oxymoron via Creative Commons. I was with a friend who was exchanging some clothes at Target, and I overheard the person ahead of us in the returns and exchanges line explaining that… More

Call Me Citizen

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on February 17, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

I’m short on blogging time this week, so this is a repost from 12/5/07 back when most of you wonderful folks hadn’t yet discovered our blog. Hope you like it. I’ve been called a lot… More

Considering Culture: Are the Cultural Norms I’ve Adopted Aligned with My Values?

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on October 7, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Mary Pat Champeau, IHE’s Director of Educational Programs In 1562, Spanish colonists burned every Mayan book they could find in the area now known as Central America, virtually eradicating the culture and pride of… More

Escape From the Prison of Your Preferences

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 2, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

A few years ago I heard an interview with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutrition expert and author of the book The China Study. During the conversation, Dr. Campbell said that people are “prisoners of… More