Video Fridays: A Tooth For An Eye

20130322-120449.jpgThis week’s Video Fridays installment is not your average music video.

Thanks to yet another wonderful find at Vimeo, I’ve discovered musical artists I’d been unfamiliar with: The Knife, a Swedish electronica brother and sister duo.

And, the video for their song A Tooth For An Eye, is a moving and fun experience, thanks to an ambitious and powerful theme: gender inequality.

From the description of the video at Vimeo:

“A Tooth For An Eye” deconstructs images of maleness. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior?

In a sport setting, where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo, and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance.

Their lack of experience and vulnerability shines through, as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom. There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough, and sweet all at once, roaring, “I’m telling you stories, trust me.” There is no shame in her girliness. Rather, she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.

I know. Wow.

There are few things more pressing, in my mind, than for humans to be examining the state of boys and men. They are in crisis, continuing to exert a level of dominance over and violence toward women and each other that is tragic and not at all sustainable.

Boys are not born this way! They have simply, as The Knife put it, lost the knowledge, by having been raised as warriors in a dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest culture.

As someone who has worked with men on these issues, helping myself and them to regain the knowledge that we can be just as sensitive and compassionate as females, I’ve seen amazing successes and I know that a different paradigm is possible.

Happy Weekend, everyone!

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