Men's Rally for Women's Safety - 29th July 2018
In response to the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon, and spurred by the moving vigil organised by the Red Rose Foundation, MAGIC organised its first rally to stand against gendered violence.
Calling on speakers Tim Class-Auliff from White Ribbon, Paul Ferry from Safe Haven Communities, Betty Taylor from the Red Rose Foundation, and Brian Sullivan from YFS, on the 29th of July over 100 people came together to learn how to be allies and advocates against gendered violence.
The #MeNoMore movement has seen over 360 women from the Australian music industry speak out against sexual harassment and assault. It’s time for men to step up, recognise, and take responsibility for their role in the change.
Combining a panel discussion with live music, MAGIC's first fundraiser, "Band Together", highlighted the problem of sexism in the music industry, discussed the roles men can play as allies and advocates, and promoted strategies for personal and institutional change.
Facilitated by Leane De Souza, the panelists engaged the audience with topics such as safety, consent, boundaries, men as bystanders & allies, and how to act/what to do when allegations occur.
With the help of amazing musicians Bad Sext, Georgia Rose & The Accomplice Collective, L.Flora, and LALKA, we managed to raise an incredible $1150 for BRISSC (Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivor Support Centre).
- 9th December 2018
The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots
- 7th April 2019
MAGIC is honoured to have presented a private Australian Premiere screening of "The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots" at New Farm Cinema at 4:30 pm on April 7th.
The Bystander Moment, featuring leading anti-violence educator and author Jackson Katz, 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.
Challenging Everyday Sexism
Workshop, 26th May 2019
Everyday sexism is a serious problem. Sexist jokes and comments, intrusive and harassing treatment, and other behaviours are a near-daily experience for many women. They cause direct harm, and they contribute to wider gender inequalities. Everyday sexism is routine, invisible, and often excused or ignored.
So, how can we challenge everyday sexism? What can you say when your uncle makes a sexist joke at the Christmas dinner? What can you do when your workmate comments on a passing woman’s appearance? How can you respond when your mum says that women need to be more careful to avoid rape? What can you do when some guy on the train is making a young women uncomfortable?
This MAGIC workshop explored practical strategies for challenging everyday sexism, and was facilitated by Dr Michael Flood. Detailed notes from the workshop, including strategies and tips, are available here.
8th December 2019
Combining a panel discussion with live music, MAGIC hosted its second Band Together fundraiser on the 8th of December 2019, further expanding on the previous event which asked the audience to question how they can each be better bystanders and allies in the fight to end gendered violence, harassment and inequality in the music industry.
Hosted at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley, This event focused on how our venues and event organizers can help to set a precedent which creates safe spaces and help put a stop to sexist culture in the music industry.
Thanks to our awesome bands that played - CNT EVN, Łexicøn & WHALEHOUSE.
Our amazing panelists, Trina Massey (DJ Black Amex), Thomas Parer (Shandy Parties), Raymond Williams (Junglelove) & Tyla Dombroski (Crowbar Owner), led by facilitator Angela Salmut (QMusic), had an insightful and moving discussion about venue safety, sexism in the industry, and how we can all play a role in dismantling gendered injustice. The even raised $600 to support the vital work of BRISSC (Brisbane Rape & Incest Survival Support Centre)
Thank you to everyone who either attended or contributed in any way
Sex, Dating, and Relationships after #MeToo
- Workshop, December 2019
MAGIC members co-facilitated a workshop in December 2019 on "Sex, Dating, and Relationships after #MeToo".
Starting the Conversation About Pornography: A skill-building workshop for community workers
16th February 2021
Pornography is an important issue for young people and adults alike. How can community workers, youth educators, and others start conversations about pornography? Members of Men Against Gender Injustice Collective (MAGIC), the Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC), and Jabiru Community College collaborated to present this workshop.
Offering a combination of small group discussions, panel presentation and facilitated reflections, this workshop was intended to give participants valuable resources and skills in navigating conversations about pornography use and its impact. The workshop included facilitation by Frances Missen and Susan Stark and presentations by Dr Zahra Stardust and Dr Michael Flood. Resources from the workshop have been compiled by BRISSC here.