Also see: Videos on Masculinity and Other
Writings are at the bottom of this page
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.
The American Men’s Studies Association advances the critical study of men and masculinities by encouraging the development of teaching, research and clinical practice in the field of men’s studies.
The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the American Psychological Association, advances knowledge in the psychology of men through research, education, training, public policy, and improved clinical practice.
Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) (Australia)
The Association represents and promotes the Shed movement, and acts as a communications hub. A shed aims to improve recently (and not so recently) retired men’s sense of self worth and interpersonal skills as men gather together (often facilitated) in a space doing various things together including working on community projects.
The mission of The Boys Project is to help young males develop their capabilities and reach the potential that their families and teachers know they have. The Boys Project seeks to increase academic skills, to increase college success, and to develop the confidence, drive, and determination to contribute to American society.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.
The Center for Men and Boys in Social Policy is a dynamic, innovative, multi-faceted resource for fresh gender-specific insights about men and boys for schools, service provides, policy makers and community leaders. Our purpose is to help you discover and address the ways social stereotypes and prejudices may be interfering with your efforts to serve men and boys—needlessly costing you time, money and effort, and reducing your results and effectiveness.
As a national pro-choice organization, Choice USA gives emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas to build a youth centered pro-choice agenda and mobilize communities for reproductive justice.
Study groups for men on college and university campuses are forming each week across the country as well as in Europe, Canada and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. They are centers of male-positive discussions of boyhood and what it means to be a young man in the 21st century.
At Coach for America, we believe that winning should be more than just the score at the end of the game and want to work with every area within a community. Our mission is to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change that will empower men and women to be their very best – personally, professionally and relationally.
Coaching Boys into Men has a growing global community of coaches and athletes helping to prevent domestic violence and relationship abuse.
CPS is a grassroots, not-for-profit, activist organization providing teens with candid sex education materials.
Help for sex addiction and porn addiction
The Consensual Project partners with schools and universities to bring students a fresh understanding of consent. The innovative curriculum, workshops, and website empower young people to incorporate consent into their daily lives. The Consensual Project is committed to helping students connect through consent.
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
Mission: The Elimination of Prejudice (EOP) movement creates long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying differences between people. Our mission is to set the conditions for sensitive societal conversations to take place. By setting the conditions for people to talk about sensitive issues, the EOP advocates a better understanding between people.
A Gender Justice Information Network
We are New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
This is my story about my gay family. I am a wife and mother, together with my husband we are parents of gay children. We have two sons, one is gay, the other bisexual and this is my story.
A feminist blog: Gender Across Borders (GAB) is an international feminist community where issues of gender, race, sexuality, and class are discussed and critically examined. We embrace people of all backgrounds to come together to voice and progress positive gender relations worldwide.
Mission: To serve as a national catalyst for examining the intersection of masculinity and violence and for advancing healthy non-violent masculinity. HMPAP will spark a two year national movement to develop new male leadership that role models strength without violence.
(Posted by amperrotto on 11/08/2012 I took some pictures to help document the conversations that happened here. Check them out below.
HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
I Am a Highly Sensitive Man (also see Rick Belden-Iron Man Outing below)
(by: Rick Belden from The Good Life) Research tells us that high sensitivity, discerned from a pattern of observation before action, affects 15-20% of individuals of many species, including humans, and male and female in equal numbers. Rick Belden, a poet, writes about the experience of being a highly sensitive person.
The leading source for news, reports, videos, articles and more on indigenous people from around the world.
The ManKind Project® conducts challenging and highly rewarding trainings for men at every stage of life. We help men through any transition, men at all levels of success, men facing almost any challenge.
Man Up Moment was created to give men permission to think outside of the box of masculinity and the freedom to be better men. By sharing personal stories of those defining moments when men either broke out of the mold or struggled with and/or reluctantly remained within it, Man Up Moment seeks to challenge and then redefine what it means to be a man.
Masculinity U is a new national initiative geared toward engaging young men in redefining masculinity and encouraging them in taking an equal role in ending gender violence.
MAD DADS is an acronym for Men Against Destruction-Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder. MAD DADS, INC. was founded in May of 1989 by a group of concerned Omaha, Nebraska parents who were fed up with gang violence and the unmolested flow of illegal drugs in our community.
(76 pages) The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP), led by Instituto Promundo and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), is a multi-year, multi-country effort to build the evidence base on how to engage men in health, social development and gender equality.
Meninist is a global organization of men that believe in and support the feminist principles of women’s political, social and economic equality.
Men’s Resources International (MRI) helps men around the globe practice and promote a healthy, compassionate, and responsible model of masculinity. MRI provides training and consulting to help organizations of all sizes increase their capacity to engage, serve and mobilize men and boys for violence prevention, gender equality and “positive masculinity.” MRI has conducted programs in Zambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Tanzania, Netherlands, Brazil, Philippines and Nepal, as well as throughout the United States.
Mission: to strengthen social norms that support healthy masculinities and gender equality, and to help eliminate gender-based violence, homophobia and other oppressions that are intertwined with masculinities, through ongoing events of men´s public story-sharing and community dialogue.
MenTeach is a non-profit clearinghouse for both men and women seeking information and resources about men teaching.
The Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
NCN is a national effort whose focus is the reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in their families, communities, and society.
The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men.
NSRC creates content, leads trainings, and guides the development of a new sexuality movement, founded on the unique concept of sexual literacy—the positive, integrated, and holistic view of sexuality from a social justice perspective.
The World’s Foremost Bullying Prevention Program
PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) (on) Blog (on) Facebook (on) Google+ (on) Twitter
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Posarc helps spouses and partners who are losing their loved one to porn addiction, sex addiction, cybersex, strip clubs, affairs or massage parlors. We regard this as relational trauma and utilize trauma approaches to help you heal.
PCA is a national nonprofit organization committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.
A man’s blog which includes entries categorized as: fatherhood, feminism, masculinity and uncategorized
Rebel is on a mission to help men. Through our publication, online community and outreach initiatives we hope to become a catalyst for cultural change. We hope through our publication, online community and outreach initiatives to in some small way help men become “better” men; better husbands, fathers, friends and/or leaders in their community.
Sacred Circles incorporates Aztec/Mayan and other indigenous teachings, dance, storytelling and imagery to inspire, enlighten, and heal.
SCOPE is an independent, not-for-profit membership association for prevention educators and professionals. SCOPE embraces an ecological, inclusive, holistic, feminist, public health, evidence-based and multi-disciplinary vision of prevention.
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they can overcome their sex addiction and and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency.
Website of a San Francisco Area group of therapists whose website lists a significant number of relevant resources on sexual addiction.
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, or S.L.A.A., is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition oriented Fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. We offer help to anyone who has a sex addiction or love addiction or both and wants to do something about it.
Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.
The Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI), a national outpatient sexual addiction and non-violent sexual offender treatment agency, provides confidential, ethical and effective clinical programs that encourage healthy sexuality, relationship intimacy and personal integrity.
Because many people underestimate the developmental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual injuries that can result when people experience or witness traumatic events, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Inc. (formerly Foundation) is: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of international scope that helps people understand, recover from, and treat: traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality.
The Straight Spouse Network (SSN) is an international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.
Meditations on politics, masculinity and culture (a blog – with much more)
Our mission is to improve the gender-based, mental health care of men and boys, with a special focus on healing men and boys that have been impacted by some type of trauma or abuse. Central to our work is recognizing the impact contemporary masculinities have on men’s health, identity development, certain behaviors and interpersonal relationships.
United for Equality, LLC (U4E) represents a grassroots coalition of citizens, nonprofits and corporations committed to outlaw sex discrimination by passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in three additional states in order to reach the 38 states required by the US Constitution.
The Vasectomy Project is encouraging men to join forces and take responsibility for family planning. We want to start a new conversation about over-population, over-consumption and the planet’s environmental tipping point, by asking men to take a very personal action to change the world.
We Are War Veteran Ministers And Those Who Love them. Our Story is Your Story. Your Story is Our Story. We have a Vision of Healing.
We identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.
Witness Justice is a national, grassroots, non-denominational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower and assist victims of violence and their loved ones in healing from trauma and in navigating the criminal justice process.
XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men’s and women’s lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change.
W R I T I N G S
(Australia) By: Michael Flood, 13 pages – New formations of sexuality are emerging among young heterosexual men. This chapter maps some of the clearest examples of diversity and flux among them, as part of a wider project on young men’s sexual and social relations with women.
By: Michael Flood, 15 pages – In this chapter, I argue first that the term “masculinity” is used in diverse and contradictory ways. I note three problems in these applications of “masculinity”: a slippage from norms concerning or discourses about men to the practices and relations of actual men, the reified representation of masculinity as a fixed character type, and difficulties in identifying multiple masculinities.
(Blog:) I cannot yet point to a clear and tangible set of sociological events or circumstances that demonstrate that modern culture oppresses and abuses men. But my response to this is that the problem is caused by the insidious nature of such abuses, their entrenchment in the fabric of our language and the way that we conceptualise ourselves.
(by: Andrew Jenkins, Choice USA, RH Reality Check, April 19, 2013) We need men to move beyond a place of complacency and paternalism, and arrive at an understanding of their own self-interest in fighting for sexual and reproductive justice.
(by: Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current Blog, December 18, 2012) “But what about the men?” It’s a question that’s been largely avoided by the mainstream within the context of mass shootings.
In Asia a different effort to transform masculinities has started among civil society groups that have a goal that may be even more ambitious than physically transforming gender: They want to change how people think about “being a man” to break the connection between masculinity and violence that is the root cause of high rates of gender violence in the region.
(NY Times, 11/25/12, by: Didi Kirsten Tatlow)
(by: Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon Blog, May 7, 2013) There’s something important here that needs attention: Ramsey was able to help because he took violence against women seriously. By his own account, his initial impression was that the situations was “a domestic violence dispute”.
Coaching Boys into Men Playbook (26 pages)
THIS SEASON COMMUNICATE THAT YOUR PLAYERS’ GOALS WILL INCLUDE:
1) Learning to treat women with honor and respect
2) Understanding that violence never equals strength
3) Using this knowledge to become role models
is a comprehensive handbook that offers the best classic and contemporary research on male students in higher education (Editors: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Frank Harris III, Ed.D.) – abstract
Author: Will H. Courtenay (17 pages) Men in the United States suffer more severe chronic conditions, have higher death rates for all 15 leading causes of death, and die nearly 7 yr younger than women. Health-related beliefs and behaviours are important contributors to these differences. Men in the United States are more likely than women to adopt beliefs and behaviours that increase their risks, and are less likely to engage in behaviours that are linked with health and longevity. In an attempt to explain these differences, this paper proposes a relational theory of men’s health from a social constructionist and feminist perspective.
This is the fourth part of a six-week series on the perceptions of beauty. The new male ideal does not reflect the typical American male.
(by: Debjani Roy, Hollaback, 25 pages) The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources to unions, members assistance programs (MAP), employers, including human resources departments, employee assistance programs (EAP) and service providers regarding support and assistance they can offer to their staff, union members and clients who have reported experiences of street harassment.
(by: Thomas Page McBee, The Atlantic, November 26, 2012) Boys aren’t supposed to do a lot of things: show fear or pain, compassion or tenderness; but of course men feel a full range of emotions, whether we’re “supposed to” or not.
By: Michael Flood, 6 pages -This Information Paper focuses on men’s roles in progress towards gender equality. It answers two questions:
1) To what extent are men supportive of gender equality?
2) What can be done to engage men in progress towards gender equality?
This special issue of the journal Critical Half focuses on ‘Engaging Men in “Women’s Issues”: Inclusive approaches to gender and development’.
Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues. She is a Tony Award winning playwright, author, performer and author.
(by: Stephanie Pappas, HuffPost Social Reading, January 21, 2013) Dads who have egalitarian ideas about gender — and who walk the talk by doing household chores themselves — have daughters with higher workplace ambitions than less egalitarian fathers do, new research finds. The research is correlational, so it doesn’t prove that fathers’ attitudes are the cause their young daughters’ work aspirations.
(by: Don Hazen, AlterNet, March 13, 2013) Feminism is under fire these days. The fact that the high-flying Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo and formerly a top Google executive, shuns the term, has created a feminist crisis moment, at least to some cultural observers writing in places like Slate and Jezebel.
By: Michael Flood – 12 questions with detailed answers
(by: Ellen Snorthland, Huff Post Impact Blog, June 3, 2013) The F word — “feminist” — is now hip and worthy of men’s attention… really? Wow! I must admit this recent surge in public male feminism is bittersweet.
(by: Yolo Akili) At a recent presentation, I asked all of the gay male students in the room to raise their hand if in the past week they touched a woman’s body without her consent (and later if they had similarly offered a woman unsolicited advice about how to “improve” her body or her fashion) . After a moment of hesitation, all of the hands of the gay men in the room went up for both questions.
Strange but true: If you’re a white male and you’re moving into a female-dominant work sector, you’re lucky to get a supervisor who is a woman or member of a minority. Recent research shows they’ll speed you along your way.
“The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century,” the press raved when we launched, and that was exactly what we were hoping for. In fact, The Good Men Project is not so much a magazine as a social movement; an ongoing in-depth discussion that has by now involved millions of people, all getting back to a core question of “what does it mean to be a good man in these modern times?”
Higher Unlearning is an online space for us to discuss how they way society creates ideas of gender, manhood, masculinity & femininity affect us all in everyday situations and scenarios. Created by Jeff Perera of the White Ribbon Campaign, Higher Unlearning seeks to create a sharing space for folks of all walks of life to contribute articles, stories, photo essays and videos on how ideas of gender impact all of us in a variety of ways.
(by: Sandra Kim and B. Cole, Everyday Feminism, March 22, 2013) Contemporary social movements and the nonprofit sector have been fighting for decades for progressive social change in the US. In part, this is due to how we, those fighting for social change, usually do not address our own privilege on an interpersonal and organizational level and do not prioritize supporting and lifting up marginalized voices to the social change table.
Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist. Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist.
Last year with the help of some friends, I produced a booklet called “It’s Time For Guys To Put An End To This.” Our goal was simple: We wanted to talk about violence against women and girls in a down-to-earth way. So more guys would recognize the problem. And start working to end it.
Many people wonder and don’t understand how hyper-sexuality can affect relationships so I am going to try to discuss my own experiences when my bipolar takes a hyper-sexual swing.
(by: Stoya, re-posted in Jezebel Blog, September 10, 2012) I can actually remember every time a person at a convention or trade show has touched me inappropriately. Before you try to tell me that it’s because I take my clothes off for a living, let me tell you that this started way before I was 18. Let me tell you that every single woman I know has at least one truly terrifying story of street harassment and a whole bunch of other stories that are merely insulting or annoying.
I’m sharing some of the online harassment I’ve received after launching my Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter. I’ve already posted about the harassment via YouTube and Wikipedia but these were not the only abusive cyber mob tactics employed to try and silence me.
(by: Hetpat Blog, November 11, 2012) This is the text which I wrote for my presentation to the 2nd National Conference for Men and Boys in Brighton last week. As is the way of these things, I went slightly off script on the day.
(by: Jeff Perera, Higher UnLearning, April 14, 2013) Nirvana was a return to music coming from a raw, primal and pure place. With songs like Negative Creep expressing his disdain, Kurt Cobain lived life as a middle finger to macho-jock culture. One can only image his torment to end up performing in front of ravenous mosh-pits infected with the jocks, jerks, macho creeps and toxic form of masculinity his music rejected.
Jonathan Mead’s blog writing on masculinity.
(by: Michael Laxer) I first encountered the Canadian men’s rights movement directly when I was in Peterborough last November. The “Men’s Rights Movement” needs to be taken very seriously, and many of its adherents and ideas are very dangerous.
This article first appeared in VOICE MALE, the profeminist, antiviolence magazine published as a quarterly print publication with an online presence. For subscription information, to view back issues, or for further information go to www.voicemalemagazine.org.
(by: Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2013) Most people who are not straight white men would probably smirk at the idea that straight white men feel alienated in the higher education workplace. Those who smirk, Sandra Miles said here at the annual conference of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, are hindering meaningful discussion about race.
As a man having the courage to be vulnerable is a challenge I accept. This male experience is one that many men aspire to. ‘Male eXperience’ is here to help you find and fully embrace it. It is within you already, it just needs to be released.
As McIntosh points out, men also tend to be unaware of their own privileges as men. In the spirit of McIntosh’s essay, I thought I’d compile a list similar to McIntosh’s, focusing on the invisible privileges benefiting men. Due to my own limitations, this list is unavoidably U.S. centric.
The privileges described in this list represent the experiences of many men who work, volunteer, or provide services to rape crisis centers, domestic violence agencies, or other agencies focused on the prevention of gender-based violence.
This blog is about men, boys, male culture, mentoring, rites of passage, and men helping boys on their journey to manhood.
(Blog): A Man’s Life is a place to talk about being a man in an open way. The focus will be on excitements, characteristics, uniqueness, and challenges to manhood.
(by: Brian Lackman, Community for Social Justice Educators Blog, June 11, 2013) Many colleges and universities across the United States are being challenged by men on their campuses as they are having a hard time being engaged, retained, or graduating. While institutions scramble to assist these students in their education and development, I challenge educators to consider the root cause of how society has determined how men should behave.
By: Michael Flood, 20 pages – When men participate as students in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) classrooms, they undergo feminist change. At the same time, male students’ presence highlights critical challenges to feminist pedagogy: gendered patterns of interaction, resistance to feminist teaching, and limitations on women’s critical reflections on personal experience. Male professors face distinct dilemmas in teaching about gender inequality from a position of privilege.
By: Michael Flood, 5 pages – Should men be included in programming and policy related to gender, and, if so, how can male inclusion be made most beneficial?
We the undersigned signers of this manifesto, men of all ages, origins, professions and social status, refuse to reduce our sexuality to a financial transaction. For us, sexuality is first and foremost a human relationship, lived out within a context of equality and respect for the other person’s freedom and desire.
Nous, signataires de ce manifeste, hommes de tous âges, origines et conditions, refusons de vivre notre sexualité au travers de rapports marchands. Pour nous, la sexualité est avant tout une relation humaine, vécue dans l’égalité et le respect de l’autre, de sa liberté et de son désir.
A monthly journal of articles, essays, observations, and resources for men.
By: Michael Flood – Among the range of groups and campaigns enacted by men in the name of progressive gender agendas over the last three decades, anti-violence work has been the most persistent focus, has attracted the largest involvements, and has achieved the greatest international participation. Men’s anti-violence activism therefore is an important case study of male involvement in struggles for gender justice.
YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people’s lives. (81 stories)
By: Michael Flood, (Australia) – Here is an outline of the character of the men’s movement and its groups and participants. This ‘movement’ is an unusual one in that it has had a largely therapeutic focus, it is small, and in particular, it represents a collective mobilisation by members of a privileged group.
By: Michael Flood, International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities entry
(by: Eleanor J Bader, Alternet, May 13, 2013)
(By: Kai M Green, Everyday Feminism, April 5, 2013)“Straighten out your wrist, Brotha!” When my boxing coach yelled these words, I knew his call was about more than perfecting my jab. I have experienced the demands of Black masculinity and the responses to my failure to perform properly are not alI that different from the experiences of failed masculinity that I felt within Black lesbian communities.
What has been exposed is that the notion that we are “post-sexist” is a lie. Professional opportunities for a narrow stratum of women have masked the worsening realities of life for millions of women caught up in the welfare system, the prison system, low-paying service jobs, domestic violence, and the ideological misogyny of growing fundamentalist religious and political perspectives.
The striking avoidance of gender raises some basic questions about what passes for analysis in mainstream media. With the exception of a single editorial weeks after the shooting, The Times has run dozens of pieces analyzing Newtown and other mass shootings from every imaginable angle without even bothering to mention how gender, male anxiety, and American culture’s love affair with violent masculinity might factor into these tragedies.
(by: Joshua Henkin, Huff Post Own Relationships, April 12, 2013) Finally: a guy who has the courage to explain vulnerability to us. (And his astonishing novel The World Without You is out in paperback now.)
By: Orly Stern, Michael Flood, Gary Barker, Dean Peacock, and Alan Greig, 42 pages – This Policy Brief: Outlines the rationale for using policy approaches to engage men in achieving gender equality, reducing health inequities, and improving women’s and men’s health; Offers a framework for integrating men into policies that aim to reduce gender inequality and health inequities; and Highlights some successful policy initiatives addressing men that have advanced gender equality and reduced health inequities by generating positive changes in men’s behaviours and relations with women and with other men.
en Espagnol em Portuguese
The Program H manual includes approximately 70 activities to carry out group work with young men (ages 15 to 24) on gender, sexuality, reproductive health, fatherhood and care-giving, violence prevention, emotional health, drug use, and preventing and living with HIV and AIDS. The manual is divided into five modules, each of which can be downloaded.
This modules addresses issues related to male sexuality and young men’s sexual and reproductive health.
(by: Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon Blog, May 23, 2013) In the comments of this post and on Twitter two days ago, I laid down a gauntlet: Since so many anti-feminist “skeptics” (I refuse to acknowledge the skepticism of someone who won’t apply it to gender roles and patriarchy, when these are major societal issues) were having multi-year meltdowns of tone policing feminists, I just wanted to know why.
This is the state’s first comprehensive look at key areas impacting women’s lives, such as changing demographics, poverty, mental and physical health, incarceration, employment, the media and much more. (Note: includes data on violence)
ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2012) — The male response to depictions of ideal masculinity in advertising is typically negative, which has implications for advertisers and marketers targeting the increasingly fragmented consumer demographic, according to research from a University of Illinois marketing expert.
Inspired by a puzzling series of dreams about a favorite comic book hero from his boyhood, the author embarks upon an arduous but ultimately healing odyssey into a dark and damaged internal landscape, the wreckage of a childhood spent with an angry, abusive, distant father. As he begins to understand these dreams, and allows them to lead him forward, he also begins to accept his unique personal history, understand its consequences in his adult life, and take responsibility for his own healing.
Last week, the disturbing tale of Anita Sarkeesian wrote another sickening chapter. Sarkesian is the feminist activist whose Kickstarter page sought funds for a video she was making exploring the various stereotypes that female video game characters embody. She faced the wrath of a vocal and misogynist segment of the video game community. Ben Daniels, another sexist, angry, denizen of the Internet, created a game in which players could brutally assault Ms. Sarkeesian, until her face was bloody and bruised.
(Australia) – By: Sue Dyson and Michael Flood – In this article, we review the evidence on athletes’ involvement in violence
against women, their agreement with violence-supportive attitudes, and the risk factors for violence associated with sport in particular.
(Blog) My best friend and husband fell down hard and I helped pick him up! This is the story of our journey to build intimacy and love!
Rachel Cohen reports on the angry response to a vile example of “comedy” (Daniel Tosh at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles making jokes about rape)
For centuries, a patriarchal system of controls has kept women in spiritual captivity through distortion of the scriptures. It’s time to debunk the myths (by: J Lee Grady, Editor of “Charisma Magazine”)
Words and a video
(by: Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Frank Harris III, Kenechukwu (K.C.) Mmeje) Abstract (with link to full 25 page writing) As is the case in most K-12 schools, male students, in comparison to their female counterparts, disproportionately violate policies and are sanctioned more often for violence and disruptive behaviors on college and university campuses across the country. A theoretical model to explain this phenomenon is proposed in this article.
The following post is a list that links to many examples of why the idea that we Westerners live in a genderblind society, meaning that we have achieved total equality, is a myth.
Journal of Boyhood Studies
(by: Thomas Page McBee, Salon, August 7, 2012) As gender transitions become more visible, it’s tempting to think all our stories are the same. They’re not.
By: Michael Flood and Bob Pease, 21 pages – The lack of critical interrogation of men’s privilege allows men to reinforce their dominance. In this paper we offer an account of gender inequalities and injustices in public sector institutions in terms of privilege.
What’s happening with men and masculinity? That’s the question Voice Male answers each issue as it chronicles manhood in transition.
By: Stephen McArthur
(By: Peter Smith, Time, October 30, 2012) As a married guy with a son and two teenaged daughters, I don’t consider myself any more or any less a “feminist” than anyone else. But in my experience, outside of Lysistrata, widespread female outrage on behalf of other women rarely accomplishes much of anything. Which is where men come in….
Peggy McIntosh’s 1986 speech
By: David Brooks – Women, Hanna Rosin argues, are like immigrants who have moved to a new country. They see a new social context, and they flexibly adapt to new circumstances. Men are like immigrants who have physically moved to a new country but who have kept their minds in the old one.
“Men’s rights” groups are a growing phenomenon, with “men’s centres”, and “men’s issues awareness” clubs appearing on campuses. Manipulating men’s anxieties faced with neoliberalism and austerity, “men’s issues” groups ignore the poverty, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia that men and women face, and instead scapegoat the women’s movement and progressive movements in general.