#60. Hostility Towards Women

This Conversation Will Help You…


  1. Define “hostility towards women”
  2. Name three ways they see hostility towards women in life and online
  3. Understand how hostility towards women can create an atmosphere where sexual violence is common



Think About This First

  • Hostility towards women is considered by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to be one root cause of sexual violence. As a root cause, hostility towards women is a societal problem and needs to be addressed in that framework rather than more individual instances of hostility towards women.



Having the Conversation


Start here:

What does “hostility towards women” mean to you?

What would it mean in an individual and their belief system? What would it mean in our society?

What are ways that we see violence against women being really normal?

I’m thinking of movies, TV, advertisements, etc.

Have you noticed this a lot?

It is shown as normal - why would this be?

Have you ever seen hostility or violence towards women in a movie?

It could be in ways that people are talking to women, talking about women, treating women, etc.

What have you noticed?



What about when you go online, or watch TV?

Do you see this as well?

What do you think about it?

Have you ever seen hostility or violence towards women in real life?

In school, work or at home?


Keep Talking:  

What might people think if they see lots of violence and hostility against women?

Would that affect how people view women?

What if someone treated others based only off what they see from the media?

What might they learn about how to treat women?

How could having these attitudes lead to a society where sexual violence is common?

Why does this relate?

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