Empowering Women Doesn’t Mean Disempowering Men, with Landesa’s Tim Hanstad

Empowering Women Doesn’t Mean Disempowering Men, with Landesa’s Tim Hanstad


The majority of poor people in the world are
women and girls. In developing countries, where the single largest occupation for women
is agriculture, and increasingly in Africa and Asia in particular, women are doing the
bulk of the farming yet women are almost always locked out of ownership over the most important
asset… land. So it’s extremely important that we pay attention to who within the household
holds legal rights. The ugly truth is is that it is mostly men who are holding women back.
Men dominate the policy arena, men dominate the decision making at the community level,
at the household level, and we have to address the misconception that empowering women means
you’re disempowering men. That’s a myth. It’s a misconception. Empowering one empowers all.
Empowering women empowers men, children, families and ultimately the entire society. Women’s economic empowerment is, it’s not
a women’s issue, it’s a societal issue. If we’re going to address some of the largest
challenges we have, poverty, food security, we’re going to have to empower women. They
have been underutilized as social and economic change agents; they are the ones doing much,
if not the bulk of the farming so their relationship to land and to other productive resources
is critically important. So the way that we have gone about trying to fight against I
would say the opposition is to get men to understand two things: one, it doesn’t disempower
men, and two, it’s a societal issue, and that if you want to address this societal issue
you just have to empower women in the society. One of the lessons learned for us is that
when appealing to men about the importance of empowering women is that we often find
more success appealing to them in the interest of their daughters rather than their wives.
Most fathers do want the best for their daughters. When you appeal to them in the interest of
their daughters they find it I think somehow less threatening than appealing to them in
their interest of their wives. Even in the most patriarchal societies, men
understand that women are entrusted to do some of the most important work, that is caring
for children, raising children. So you can often appeal to them from where they are coming
from. I mean trying to shove some Western notions of equality down the throats of people
who see it as threatening isn’t always the most effective way, but if you appeal to them
in terms of what is the best for your community, what is the best for your broader society,
what is the best for your families, you often can address that resistance.

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100 thoughts on “Empowering Women Doesn’t Mean Disempowering Men, with Landesa’s Tim Hanstad

  1. I will not groan this man… However I think we should focus our efforts on society giving up on old age mentality, which is called patriarchy. Why I call it old age mentality, because it holds back men and women in boxes/roles which are just not sustainable anymore for our modern society and evolution humankind. In short pressures shouldn't be put on men and women to exhibit certain traits because it is "expected" from their gender.
    The same goes for race issues which, imo is a far bigger issue in USA.

  2. Oh i completely agree that this is a societal issue, but what he should say is "Empowering women isn't disempowering to men. But also disempowering men isn't empowering women."
    That is the main objection that heaps of people have against feministic movements. We just need to look past all these things and as you said (and Emma<3), this is not a women's issue, but it is an issue for all society

  3. Nobody posits that empowering women disempowers men. It's fine and dandy to SAY you want equal rights, but that's not what's going on.

  4. Developing countries are struggling with similar problems in creating thriving societies as western societies had centuries ago. Western societies invented an idea. That idea was that females are the same kind of people as males. When western societies had twice as many literate workers able to legally gain from their endeavors, a substantial increase in economic development followed. As far as foreign aid goes, spreading this idea is a no brainer.

  5. What I want to see is feminist actually helping true problems in the world. Why not try causing feminist movements in countries who actually need it? I just don't see how any more progression towards equality is feasible in the US. Yes there is room for improvement but how do you expect to fix these problems? I don't see it happening in our generation. honest to god true equality will be a slow progression.
    If I saw feminist organizations from the U.S. helping woman's causes in less fortunate countries I would have much more respect for them. that would show true determination for equality in the world. instead of arguing over petty first world problems, try to do something that would be more beneficial to woman's rights. 

    Feminist Please collaborate and find a goal that is obtainable and worth while. This otiose conquest for true equality in western culture is causing more harm that good.

    I am not sexist I am just anti feminist. Women can do so much more than they are given credit for. I have seen women accomplish things that I know I do not have the strength to do. You can do anything In the U.S. and have every one cheering you on as you go. other societies do not have that luxury.  

  6. Let's have a realistic unbiased discussed. Are men mentality and physically superior to women from an evolutionary point of view? Are men and women actually equal?

  7. I'm honestly really confused as to why people are saying this video is really sexist and why it has so much hate?
    I thought this is just him trying to work through how to turn misogynists into people who work toward equality by helping them see that empowering women will ultimately be good for everyone? And that's not bad…
    Am I missing something :/

  8. I agree with most of the video, but I would like to say something about the "Disempowering men" part. Men may say, "It may not disempower us, but we would still need to deal with more potentially opposing voices in politics. More of a headache." Generally, that's not true since there's only so many seats in politics, so the overall opposing voices will be the same, but it'll just say different things.

  9. Men dominate this… Men dominate that… Oh really? It almost seem as if a characteristic of a man is to be dominant? Weird…

  10. I see a lot of dislikes on this video and I'm assuming it's because of the effect that SJWs and anti-gamergate people have had on the word feminism. But I don't hear him talking about those feminists he's talking about 3rd world countries where women equality is still in the middle ages. From what I could find about his work, through Landesa, he's actually helping 3rd world people. 

  11. I agree with the Title. both sex have their own strengths and weaknesses. In my mind it is absurd to let both gender fight who is better at this or at that. Imagine if we can just see people as people, with amazing talents and some weaknesses. we are just people trying to live and co-exist in this wonderful Earth. 

  12. People think all feminists are a conglomerate of women shouting "Men are the problem" have never bothered analyzing anything about what feminism really means. First off, there are plenty of feminist camps over different interests. Some feminists believe in gender norms being important and believe it's necessary for them to exist on an equal playing field, but other feminists believe that all gender norms are bad. Some feminists are sex-positive and talk about the negative implications of slut shaming, whereas other feminists criticize institutions like pornography and their depictions of women. I think it's ignorant to attack feminism as a whole, because feminism in its most primitive concept is something that we as a society almost all implicitly agree on. We believe men and women deserve protection against arbitrary discrimination because of gender. There may be more radical versions of feminism, but at the point where the very definition of feminism calls for equal treatment and not an over empowerment of women, it makes no sense to criticize that.

    That being said, I see a lot of feminists who probably have a major in something of gender studies or the like use their knowledge of the topic in order to prove their point. This is problematic and comes off as pretentious. Not everyone has read Mackinnon, and especially not somebody who makes statements condemning feminism. No one cares if you can cite Judith Butler to try to sound smart if no one even knows what she is saying. If you want to argue in favor of feminism, you start from the ground up and never go and call the other side sexist because:
    1. It makes you look petty even if they are sexist
    2. Being sexist isn't natural. People aren't born to think "man i really wanna be shitty to women today". Sexism is a byproduct of the environment around people, and we should be tolerant of even sexists. 

    The way I see it, sexism is a disease that most people can't help, and exacerbating already set stigmas against said people only makes them retaliate and not want to change even more. 

  13. I've never seen a big think speaker who spoke so much but said so little. I heard 2 semi-relevant facts and 27 vague opinions, none of which even attempted to support his claim that "empowering women doesn't mean disempowering men." 

  14. Interesting but problematic rhetoric. Terrible presentation. Missing citations. Generalised conclusion. Good effort though. 4/10!

  15. This is such bullshit. Empowering one doesn't not empower all! In that sense, all the elite bankers are all empowered and also the poor people are also "empowered". What a load of bullshit. This old man is deluded. Fuck this.  

  16. If empowering women doesn't disempower men and empowering one, empowers all, then African women can be empowered just be giving more rights to African men. Obviously that would not disempower women, but empower them as well along with the broader society. It must work both ways.

  17. Why would you make such a video in English, since it only affects African countries and has nothing to teach to English speaking nations, where women have more rights?

  18. Now what about western nations, where men work the most and women control the most of household spending? Is that equally a problem?

  19. Who the hell are you to speak against Africa's issues, or to even say that Africa has issues? Let them deal with their own stuff on their own. This kind of 'let me help you' attitude implies that you know better than they do, hence, you think you are superior. Keep your colonization mentality out of the 21st century. You don't understand their culture because you're of American culture, so how can you judge what is right and wrong for other cultures from your perspective? Go read some Nietzsche and stfu

  20. If you ever had a female supervisor or boss at work you will see how this fails. There are too many emotions involved with women. Call me what you want

  21. 2 seconds in and … wait thats misleading bull shit THE VAST majority of homeless people are male. overwhelmingly 

  22. Almost every comment here is idiotic. He's talking about the 3rd world. Less advanced societies are, wait for it… less advanced. Shock, horror. Everyone complaining about – or being – modern western feminazis, get off your hobby horses.

  23. i think these people need to get the issues right in their own country before they go out and start telling others how to fix theirs. any reasonable man after looking at the problems the west is having with its feminist will never sign up to get it started in his country. when the west gets its divorce rate to 20 % or bellow, which i would say is the litmus test to know if the genders are getting along then they can go tell everyone how its done. cause im sure in the countries he is referring to marriages last longer despite poverty. maybe he should be taking a lesson from them.  

  24. So you mean like girls are born into poor families and boys are born into rich parents. LOL Utter feminists bullshit. Nobody needs empowering. Big think was a good channel and now filled with feminists bullshit.

  25. i dont understand whats the problem with this. he is stating we should empower women without dis-empowering men shouldnt we all be for that. 

  26. This illustrates quite well that the current issue of #gamersgate (which has now turned into a sexism within the game industry 'debate'), is not in fact confined to just 'gamers', but is still a persistent issue within our own society overall, as can be clearly seen by the reactions to the video. We think we've come a long way with equality in western society but that is total bullshit. Why on earth are so many commenters here, on a channel trying to promote open-minded and broader thinking, so vehemently against what is clearly factual in this discussion? He's not even talking about western society! Seriously, WTF is is the problem?

  27. I saw the title and expected nothing short of a sexist wave in the comments and rating section….I guess im not surprised just disappointed.

  28. I think, the reason why there's a lot of thumbs down in this video is because of how poorly this whole topic is handled and how poorly educated a lot of people are on this issue. Also, notice how whenever gender equality issues come into play, only the western, the undeveloped, & the lesser-known countries are a target for demography (which can sometimes be misleading).

    Like how in this video, the speaker fails to specifically state WHICH countries in Asia propagate women into the agricultural field. I have been living nearly all my life in Asian countries (until today) and I've yet to encounter such a notion regarding women in that occupation. And if it indeed IS true, this speaker didn't bother to discuss it, but rather gloss over it.

    Furthermore, I think the reason why everyone (particularly teen boys & girls) are so caught up with this is that we fail to recognize the pain and hardships the other gender is going through. The mere mention of "women" and "inequality" are more often than not, strung together in a sentence which over time, has caused the public to get desensitized and ignore other inequalities at hand (ie, male discrimination). And to be honest, neither gender can't be blamed for this.
    If you want to play the blame game, the finger should be pointed at our political representatives and organizations that "claim" to help both genders… but really are doing jack shit.

    And for my final thought (or rant, depending on how you look at this), rather than discussing the similarities of either gender, we have been condition to much rather see/talk on the differences and this causes a rift in mutually understanding each other. And THIS really, is the biggest obstacle as to why we fail to accept one another in any circumstance.

  29. guy sounds like he's about to rape someone, cannot take anyone like that seriously. nature has it that men are supposed to be leaders, women and children are supposed to be followers, society will destroy itself if it allows women to become men, they are not psychologically or physically designed for the role of a man.

  30. This video is proof of how ridiculous and out of control the whole #gamergate ordeal has become. The majority of people involved are longer having a discussion trying to solve and understand each others issues. Now we have people just using it as a excuse to attack people they disagree with or who they believe don't support there side. There are almost never two sides to a argument. Its stupid how many people involved are jump to the if your not with me then your against me mentality. #gamergate as a whole make me sick and how this video try's to create a constructive discussion only to be dragged into it even more so. Critical thinking was the best class i ever took.  

  31. Give up the illusion of having a relationship with a woman of the same income class as you, it'll never happen. Empower women and destroy the family. Tim Hanstad himself is married to an Indian woman. 

  32. I have to waste 1 year of my life being a conscript just because I'm male. Thanks feminism, you truly fight for equality in every aspect of life. /s 

  33. Why is it that bigoted people like to come and hate on video's that have to do with women's issues? I don't get it….

  34. Except in big business.  Many women have progressed in business because of being a woman.  My son experienced it first hand at his first job.  He tried for a promotion but a fresh out of college woman got the job before him even though he had more seniority, experience and a degree pertinent to the job.  You know what I mean.

  35. Didn't even watched the video. Sick and tired of this theme… I've seen lots of women playing like a kitty just for the boss to think that there could be something between them and then the boss fucks all of us just to make the woman's favors.
    Women who didn't play dirty like this, have no problem. Women who are stupid go do whatever they do and then ask for equality. Same as men. Whatever men do. Equality is already there as safety is. If you get robbed it doesn't mean much… learn from it. The Earth is already a fucked up place if you are not smart, lucky and wealthy.

  36. The majority of poor people in the world are women and girls… Because those men who gave up their food and security for their wives and children are dead! So check your privilege, men! While you're dead, women and children are starving!!!!

  37. He doesn't explain how this doesn't disempower men.
    He's not on the wrong side, he just doesn't include a logical explanation.

  38. sigh….. i am soooo tired of this " women are being oppressed in the united states " bs we are on the dawn of a new age of technology and mankind and we are still having these stupid vids about feminism . its getting so old Gandhi is  rolling his eyes, enough is enough people.

  39. why adress to men for help when feminists say they dont need men? that will make them feel inferior…women can stand for themselves. men shouldnt be concerned by this. let women work their thing out. tell me who holding them back?

  40. Empowering one suppress the other is not a myth. A misconception yes myth no. It has happened in the past COULD happen in the future. Now I want to make it clear I'm strictly talking about women but ANY oppressed group. does this mean we shouldn't try. H€11 no!

  41. If I said, "Puppies can fly!" and you said, "Thats not true. Stop talking bullshit."; would that mean, you hate puppies? Feminists seem to think so, when you challenge their bullshit notions.

    Empowerment is just another way of saying, "Gimme success for free, please."

  42. if we ask african Women they are complaining about Bill Gates and Monsanto impoverishing and enslaving the country.
    if we look at the western world with regards to the title 'Empowering Women Doesn't Mean Disempowering Men,' if this is true why is war against being waged against mt sons in school and not my daughter?
    I am not the only person who is recognizing this not just in my community but around the world 

  43. women are very emotional and it affect there judgement a lot especially when they have pms… my friend got injured by a female dentist on her pms she went crazy over a stupid comment and injured my friend in the hard palette wtf 

  44. I think people often make the mistake of thinking just because it's not happening here it doesn't happen anywhere. I mean fuck first world tumblr feminism. Still…

  45. Without commenting on the actual issue. He didn't really say anything in that video.  I mean he made a few questionable and very broad claims but didn't really say anything of worth

  46. There should only be two criteria for any social and corporate roles. And those are skill and dedication. One might be willing to help but if they lack the ability then they are more of an annoyance. But if one has the skill and not the commitment then the role will never be fulfilled to the greatest extent. One should not be granted social and corporate roles because of their race, gender, creed, sexuality and other classifications.

  47. men don't dominate shit that's such a unfair generalisation.
    I'm what most would consider poor or below average when it comes to money I don't understand what magical powers you think my penis has, I guess mines broke as I'm not some sort of leader. 
    I work two jobs which I have to catch the train for and so I have been late multiple times due to delays and risk being fired any day now, and I'm only just breaking even with pocket change left over for the bills and expenses.
    yes I understand the leader of most countries are MEN but understand these MEN have nothing in common with me or the common guy we are not two of the same. I have more in common with a working class female.
    This bloody 'patriarchy' or whatever the fuck that is, is hardly favouring me in a anyway or any other average guy its the top leaders you have a problem with not guys as a whole we have actual problems to deal with.
    tell me where I have to go to get into this special men's club to get rich

  48. so when the UN feminists got together and banned the genital mutilation of children but omitted one gender from this protection that didnt disempower men? how so?

  49. Yes you are right. Empowering women does not equate to disempowering men. However it is exactly some women who think that way that impedes social improvement. Not every activist is fighting for women empowerment, some of them are instead trying to get equality through disempowering men. Take for example some who quoted that castration would be a means to control rape. Are we not afraid that empowering women might land that power in the hands of such women?

  50. Fuck no, fuck no, fuck no, fuck no, fuck no, fuck no. Fuck women forever, I actually have it worse as a man by EVERY metric. Go to hell you little bitches.

  51. President praise to false god is he or she. People post videos about exposed when they see the spirit is female. This is my being the CEO of a company put it down to the janitor and then people resent you being there. And then a good example of whywoman's work is needed there's a clip of the quote-unquote queen giving birth. And he slanders and dysfunctional oppressive way. people study embryology any of the troll people let them know know that is the effect the baby to secrete itself mother is crazy and you had to say no like or creation is not being a fertilization is fertilization is a lie there's only conception the act by the egg the act by the womb. And people spend more time warner with the fetuses than what the mother is. Can you can find videos on this exact internet of hate speech

  52. The balance scale literally requires you to take from and add to each side to get a an equal number. To get this balance women are disempowered and discredited in some areas and empowered in others to get this balance yes you have to take from some men but some of it isn't fm rightfully theirs. is to have right.

  53. Are you kidding me men’s are farmers in Africa men’s are soldiers in Africa men’s are construction 🔨 workers in Africa

  54. This is the theory, what happens in the real world outside of the ivory tower of academia is a whole other story.

    Petty entitled small minded individuals will see empowerment as a zero-sum game where empowering one group means disempowering another group. And no amount of mild admonishment will tell them otherwise. these are the kind of people who can only be happy if they make other people miserable.

  55. how is the majority of poor people women when meanwhile 80 percent of homeless people are men, great intro lmao we haven't even started but making some garbage arguments lmao

  56. how is the majority of poor people women when meanwhile 80 percent of homeless people are men, great intro lmao we haven't even started but making some garbage arguments lmao

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