"Man up" is a term used too often to encourage toughness, challenge strength, and promote masculinity, especially during vulnerable and unpleasant situations. But the connotation is dangerous, and the message is damaging. The connotation that a man must overpower others; be in control; and bury their emotions. The message to divide; to suppress; and to deny. "Man up" is exclusive. "Man up" is divisive. "Man up" is damaging. Yet this phrase is said with intention everyday, many times by young men, to young men. These two little words promote beliefs that can lead to unhealthy relationships. Could changing one word in this simple phrase challenge and change our beliefs, as well as promote inclusion, respect, and equality?
Lets try "human up"; a phrase that promotes unity, solidarity, inclusion, and respect. Using "human up" is an opportunity to celebrate the strength, perseverance, and dignity that we all share as human beings. The "human up" pledge is a simple way to encourage inclusion, communicate respect, and promote equility in all of our relationships, and show others that you will not use divisive and intolerant language. This small change can help shift a belief system that advocates healthy, loving, and respectful relationships. Please consider taking the human up pledge to be part of the change!
This will be the seventh year that we proudly support the WSCADV and the amazing Refuse to Abuse 5k! Since 2012, we have raised over $25,000 to support the WSCADV's goal to end domestic violence in Washington state. Through the Coalition's advocacy work, public engagement, and work with its members to support thousands of families affected by domestic violence across the state, this goal gets closer to reality each day. I share the WSCADV's belief that domestic violence is 100% preventable through educating the public, driving social change, and providing access to critical resources to those in need. This year our aim is to raise $10,000 to support the WSCADV and the important services that they provide to our community.