Locker Room Inspiration

It dawned on me that for the past 10 years, I had only been preaching to “half of the sky,” and the treatment of women is no longer a women’s issue or a women’s movement, it is a human movement. 

Who is Alexis Jones? 

Other than a revolutionary superhero for masculinity, she is an activist, coach, author and speaker. 

Alexis has founded both Protect Her and I Am That Girl , two organizations that seek to broaden the definition of manhood, and encourage girls in sport respectively.

The Protect Her specifically campaign focuses on the definition of manhood and sets out to inspire men and athletes, with a heavy focus on sports, to treat women better. The best part about the recent campaign is that they praise men who are doing this right, not just saying what needs to change. We love Alexis because she focuses on the role of men and women, something that Good Lads tries to do through our independent female and male workshops, and collective workshops as well. Sometimes we get caught up in the semantics, and Alexis makes gender violence a reality for everyone and anyone she talks to, me and women. 

Check out the following quote below from Alexis about a team workshop: 

One in four girls will be sexually assaulted on your college campus.” Eyes glaze over with the expression of “Really?! I gotta listen to a chick lecture me right now? I’m tired. I have class. I have afternoon practice. I have … ” I click to the next slide and say, “But what happens when it’s her?” Little do they know that with access to social media, I have pulled pictures of their girlfriends, their sisters, their friends, their moms. They are staring at a stranger’s presentation recognizing and loving the faces looking back at them. Their eyes quickly come back into focus and suddenly this topic is real. Suddenly, this isn’t a stat anymore. 
Alexis Jones, Darling Magazine 2016

For those of you who have attended our workshop, you know that this is a part of our exercises, to make sexual assault and harassment stats personal. The numbers are daunting on paper but horrific in reality. However, Alexis brings us solutions that we can all work towards, and creates action based on individual awareness. We love how she identifies sport as an opportunity, not a barrier, to male and female activism, and we are so excited to see what she is up to next. 

Check out some photos of the @ProtectHer Campaign below: