Masculinity and Other

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American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

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 (AMSA)

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.

American Psychological Association (APA) Division 51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinity

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 Boys Project

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)

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

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.

Choice USA

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.

College Men Centers

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.

Coach for America

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

Coaching Boys into Men has a growing global community of coaches and athletes helping to prevent domestic violence and relationship abuse.

Coalition for Positive Sexuality (CPS)

CPS is a grassroots, not-for-profit, activist organization providing teens with candid sex education materials.

Compulsion Solutions (Blog)  (Facebook)  (Reddit)  (Twitter)

Help for sex addiction and porn addiction

The Consensual Project (on)  Facebook

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: People with a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender or Queer Parent (on)   Facebook

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.

The Elimination of Prejudice (EOP) (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter

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.

Engagingmen.net

A Gender Justice Information Network

GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)

We are New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

GayFamilySupport.com (on)  Blog

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.

Gender Across Borders (GAB)

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.

Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP)

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.

Healthy Masculinity Summit: A Picture says 1000 Words

(Posted by amperrotto on 11/08/2012  I took some pictures to help document the conversations that happened here. Check them out below.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) (on)  Blog (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter (on)  YouTube

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.

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

The leading source for news, reports, videos, articles and more on indigenous people from around the world.

The ManKind Project

ManKind Project Community of Canada

The ManKind Project USA

(on)  Facebook (on)  Linked In (on) Twitter (on)  YouTube

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 (on) Blog (on) Twitter

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

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.

Men Against Destruction-Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder (MAD DADS)

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.

The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP)

(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

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

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.

The Men’s Story Project

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.

Men Teach

MenTeach is a non-profit clearinghouse for both men and women seeking information and resources about men teaching.

(MAP)  Movement Advancement Project (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter

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.

National Compadres Network (NCN)

NCN is a national effort whose focus is the reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in their families, communities, and society.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MEN AGAINST SEXISM (NOMAS)

The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men.

National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC)

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.

No Working Title (NWT):  A Life in Progress (on)  Facebook (on) Google Plus (on)  Linked In (on)  Twitter

No Working Title is a collection of poems dealing with the effect of childhood sexual abuse on men. This site is much more than that. It is a forum for conversation, a gallery for art, and a place to find help. Connect with us, get involved, share your story.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

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   (Partners of Sex Addicts Resource Center) (Blog)

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.

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

PCA is a national nonprofit organization committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

Positive Masculinity Project

A man’s blog which includes entries categorized as: fatherhood, feminism, masculinity and uncategorized

Rebel

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 “Performance with Compassion”

Sacred Circles incorporates Aztec/Mayan and other indigenous teachings, dance, storytelling and imagery to inspire, enlighten, and heal.

SCOPE (School and College Organization for Prevention Educators)

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.

Sex Addicts Anonymous

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.

Sexual Addiction Help (Blog)

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 (S.L.A.A.) (Arabic) (Chinese)  (Dansk) (Deutsch)  (Espagnol) (Francais) (Hebrew) (Islenska) (Italiano) (Nederlands) (Norsk) (Polski) (Russian) (Svenska)

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 (SA)

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.

Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) (Blog)

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.

Sidran Institute

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) (on)  Blog (on)   Facebook

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.

The Takeback

Meditations on politics, masculinity and culture (a blog – with much more)

The Unifying Center (Facebook) (Twitter)

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 4 Equality (U4E)

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 Vasectomist (Facebook)  (Twitter)

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.

Vietnam Veteran Ministers

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.

Vital Voices Women (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter (on)  YouTube

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

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 Online

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

About Manhood:  Friendships, Decisions, and Character in College

(by: Terrance D Smith, The Student Affairs Feature, September 30, 2013)   While I learned things in my boyhood and teen years that I will use for a lifetime, the characteristics of manhood were not learned until my years as an undergraduate student at Mississippi State University.    After thinking about my own experiences, I cannot help but wonder if there is something special about the college years that initiates a young man into manhood and defines his understanding of it.

Against Patriarchy: Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution

(by: Chris Crass, The Feminist Wire, June 25, 2013)  For all of us who are men who believe in social justice, who want healthy and beautiful lives for our loved ones, and who are working for positive change in the world, let us commit or re-commit to making feminism central in our lives, values, and actions.   Below is a list of tools and suggestions that have helped me over the years as I have struggled to understand what it means to be a man working for feminism.

Audre Speaks: Lordean Lessons for a White Man

(by: Chris Rupertus, The Feminist Wire, February 25, 2014)   “How can a white guy possibly believe himself to be qualified to teach a course called ‘20th Century African-American Literature?’”  And by fielding their honest responses to my question, I hope to shatter any taboos regarding frank discussion of race and class in the course before we ever read or discuss a page of text, listen to a song, or view a clip from a documentary.

Bent Straights: Diversity and Flux among Heterosexual Men

(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.

Between Men and Masculinity: An Assessment of the Term “Masculinity” in Recent Scholarship on Men (Summary)

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.

Bravado

(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.

Bro-Choice: Moving Men From Passive Allies to Vocal Stakeholders in Ending Oppression

(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.

But what about the men? On masculinity and mass shootings

(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.

Call of Duty and a Generation of Joystick Warriors

(Jackson Katz interview of Nina B Huntemann, Ph.D., Huff Post Media, The Blog, November 19, 2013)    It is naïve to think we can talk about the forces shaping the socialization of boys and men (and girls and women) and not include a thoughtful discussion about the role of mega-popular video games like C.O.D.   I interviewed one of the scholars featured in Joystick Warriors, Nina Huntemann, to get some background about issues related to the film’s central concerns about militarism, violence and video games.

A Call to Men:  Tony Porter Knows Epiphanies

(by: Craig Morgan, Rebel Magazine, May 2011)  On a cold, winter day last year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was the soft voice of a 9-year-old boy that reaffirmed his life’s mission.  “I was working in a very small charter school made up predominantly of African- American boys,” Porter said. “We were talking about all the things that define being a man and I asked what would happen if we could step outside that man box.   “This boy looks at me and says: ‘Then I would be free.’

Campus Attacks: A Serious Call for Advocates of Male Development

(by: Logan R Denney, NASPA: Men and Masculinities)  In light of many recent shooting incidents on college campuses, including Purdue University & South Carolina State University, I want to approach the important and sensitive topic of campus attacks and their connection to male college students. What is it that drives an individual to bring a gun to campus and kill those they either know or do not know?

The Changing Faces of College Men

A joint publication of ACPA’s Standing Committee on Men &Masculinities and NASPA’s Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community, 27 pages, Dr. Brian Reed & Dr. Chris Wilcox-Elliott, Editors, May, 2013

Changing the Notion of Masculinity

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)

Charles Ramsey Demonstrates Bystander Intervention

(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

College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice

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

Constructions of  Masculinity and their Influence on Men’s Well-Being:  A Theory of Gender and Health

(by: 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.

D.A. Sears – “What if He Cries?”

(by: Rick Belden; Poetry, Dreams and the Body [Blog], November 7, 2013)   I was very encouraged last night to come across a new post last night called “What If He Cries?” by Diane A. (D.A.) Sears, United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (coming this November 19). In her post, Diane advocates for women to make safe spaces for men to be emotionally genuine during times of grief, sorrow, and loss.

Dating Tips for the Feminist Man

(Nora_Samaran’s Blog, September 26, 2013)   You’re a straight monogamous cismale who identifies as a leftie.   It may even help you gain trust extra-quickly with women you’re dating.   Want to be worthy of that trust? Practice your consent skills. Here’s how, in a tidy list.

Defining the New Male Ideal

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.

On Doing the Emotional Work of Being a Male Feminist

(by: Mychal Denzel Smith, Feministing, May 17, 2013)  Because after the dust has settled, the reproductive rights have been won, the pay is equal, and there’s equal representation in Congress, the mission is only half complete if sexism still dominates our social spaces. You can say the structural stuff is more important, but it’s the everyday stuff that reinforces the structural stuff that adds up to a clusterfuck of mind-numbing oppression.

Drinking and Sexual Assault: America’s Booze Culture is Sexist

(by: Jill Filipovic, Salon, September 16, 2013)   The overarching problem with women and alcohol, though, doesn’t seem to be an epidemic of female alcoholism.    It’s a sexist culture that wrings its collective hands over female “bad behavior” and uses the specter of sexual assault to keep women fearful, while simultaneously applauding recklessness and aggression in men.

Dying to Be Men: Symposium Digs for Roots of Gender Violence

(by: Viola Gienger, United States Institute of Peace, October 31, 2013)   Diop and more than three dozen keynote speakers and panelists at the symposium waded into volatile subjects like the paradox of hyper-masculinity, the threat of “failed adulthood,” and the lure of power through violence. The 245 participants and a follow-up training for practitioners on a third day explored how male identity and societal norms contribute to violent conflict and, conversely, might be altered to support peace.

Employer, Union, and Service Provider’s Guide to Ending Street Harassment

(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.

The End of Violent, Simplistic, Macho Masculinity

(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.

Engaging Men and Boys in Building Gender Equality (Summary)

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?

Engaging Men in “Women’s Issues”: Inclusive Approaches to Gender and Development (Summary)

This special issue of the journal Critical Half focuses on ‘Engaging Men in “Women’s Issues”: Inclusive approaches to gender and development’.

Eve Ensler (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter

Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues. She is a Tony Award winning playwright, author, performer and author.

Fathers’ Sexism May Curb Daughters’ Work Ambitions, Research Suggests

(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.

Feminism Should be Celebrated, Not Junked — One Man’s Opinion

(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.

Feminist Jose Bautista: The Best Tumblr Page We’ve Seen All Day

(Huffpost Living Canada, posted July 4, 2013 – issue of July 12, 2013)  Say hello to feminist José Bautista, an insightful take on glass ceilings, rape culture and patriarchal oppression.

Sounds a bit far-fetched for a Toronto Blue Jay’s player, but with a mix of baseball imagery and an oh-so-perfect take on feminism, one Tumblr user has definitely hit a home run.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pro-feminist Men and Pro-feminist Men’s Politics

By: Michael Flood – 12 questions with detailed answers

The “F” Word Worth Saying

(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.

Gay Men’s Sexism & Women’s Bodies

(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.

‘Glass Escalators’ Move Pink-Collars Guys Ahead

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

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?”

If He’s Sexually Aggressive in Bars, It’s not Because He’s Drunk

(by: Maaanvi Singh, 89.3-KPCC-NPR, March 3, 2014)   Young women are often the targets of aggression when they’re out in bars, but the problem isn’t that guys are too drunk to know better.   Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink.

Higher UnLearning: a discussion about men and masculinity

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.

Homophobia Is a Real Fear … but of What, Exactly?

(by: Zach Howe, Slate, January 30, 2014)   To be a homophobe in 2014 is, increasingly, to find oneself on the fast track to social scorn.   However, the continued existence of homophobia—despite the obvious downsides—raises questions about its basic nature.

How Jock Culture Supports Rape Culture, from Maryville to Steubenville

(by: Dave Zirin, The Nation, October 25, 2013)  I am amazed by the composure of the now 16-year-old Daisy Coleman, choosing to go public, standing up for herself and writing essays online sharing.   Yet I am the most stunned that here we are, six months after a similar case in Steubenville, Ohio, and still not talking openly about the connective tissue between jock culture and rape culture.

How To Leverage Our Privilege In Social Movements To Create Lasting Social Change

(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.

How to Make School Better for Boys

(by: Christina Hoff Summers, The Atlantic, September 13, 2013)    Start by acknowledging that boys are languishing while girls are succeeding.   The MSNBC skeptics are hardly alone in dismissing the plight of boys and young men. Even those who acknowledge that boys are losing in school argue that they’re winning in life. But the facts are otherwise.

How to Teach Boys to be Feminists

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.

How to Tell if You’re a Feminist in Two Easy Steps

(by: Rebecca Searles, Huff Post Women: The Blog, November 1, 2013)    I get tired of hearing teen role-models like Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry misuse and reject the term “feminist.”    So, I made a simple flowchart to make it easy on you.

How Two Aspiring Pornographers Turned Me into an F Word (blog entry)

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.

Hyper-Sexual Episodes: Let’s Talk About Sex!

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.

I’m a Porn Star and if You Harass Me I will Punch You in the Balls

(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.

Image Based Harassment and Visual Misogyny

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.

International Men’s Day: When 365 Days Just Aren’t Enough

(by: Michael Kaufman, Ph.D. and Gary Barker, Ph.D., Huff Post World, The Blog, November 19, 2013)   November 19th is apparently International Men’s Day (IMD).   But should we rally around IMD? For us, it just isn’t the way to go.

Intertwined: Reconciling the men’s movement with feminism. [Speech transcript.]

(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.

Kurt Cobain: my role model of being a Male Ally, In Utero

(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.

The Lie of Masculinity

Jonathan Mead’s blog writing on masculinity.

Lies our Fathers Told us: The Men’s Rights Movement and Campus-Based Misogyny

(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.

Living – and Loving – with Erectile Dysfunction (Voice Male (Spring, 2012 – p22-3)

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.

Majority Disaffection

(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.

Male eXperience (on)  Facebook (on)  Google (on)  Twitter

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.

The Male Privilege Checklist

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.

Male Privilege in Prevention Work

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.

Man-Making Blog (on)  Facebook

This blog is about men, boys, male culture, mentoring, rites of passage, and men helping boys on their journey to manhood.

A Man’s Life (Manhood, Masculinity, Male Sexuality)

(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.

Masculinity, Media, & How We as Educators Can Use it to Challenge Men

(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.

Men and Grief

(by: Rick Belden, {Poetry, Dreams and the Body Blog}, September 29, 2013)   Grief is an inevitable part of every human life, regardless of gender. It is also one of the great isolating forces in the lives of men. Male grief is all too often invisible, misunderstood, and unwanted, which leaves many men in the difficult position of having to deal with their grief on their own, if they deal with it at all.

Men as Students and Teachers of Feminist Scholarship (Summary)

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.

Men, Gender and Development (Summary)

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?

Men “Just Say NO” to prostitution (NOUS N’IRONS PAS AU BOIS)

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.

Menletter

A monthly journal of articles, essays, observations, and resources for men.

Men’s Collective Struggles for Gender Justice: The Case of Anti-Violence Activism

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.

Men’s Issues: YCteen Magazine (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter (on)  YouTube

YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people’s lives.  (81 stories)

Men’s Movements

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.

Men’s Movements

By: Michael Flood, International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities entry

Men’s Project challenges masculinity stereotype (with Tony Porter)

(by: Jesse Major, MAST Media, April 11, 2014)  “Real men” are strong, straight and emotionless, much like the manly men in action movies. If a man isn’t any of these, he’s called a woman, which happens to be the worst insult to manhood.

Regular Guys Say They Are Ready to Show Up

(by: Eleanor J Bader, Alternet, May 13, 2013)

Male feminism is a burgeoning movement around the country.   In the immediate aftermath of the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial, many men, both prominent and not, spoke out against sexism, misogyny and what has become known as “rape culture.”

Men: We can Start a Movement to Stop Violence Against Women

(by: Carlos Andres Gomez, The Guardian, November 21, 2013)   By challenging male conformity, we put the onus of ending abuse against women where it belongs – with men who perpetrate it.   A culture that tells us we’re not allowed to be afraid is a culture that denies our own humanity. And if we’re not allowed to be human, then we become something else.

Mnemosne: A Love Affair with Memory: By Larry L Franklin – Review

This is the story of two men who lived in different centuries on opposite sides of the world with memory as their common obsession.  One of them is a modern-day man diagnosed with PSTD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  He struggled with the memories of childhood sexual abuse that nearly cost him his sanity.  Another man is a 19th century evolutionary biologist.

Navigating Masculinity as a Black Transman: “I will never straighten out my wrist.”

(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.

The New Misogyny: What it means for teachers and classrooms

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.

NewTown and Old Analysis at The New York Times

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.

New V-Men Column: Profeminist

Of Course all Men Don’t Hate Women.   But All Men Must Know They Benefit from Sexism

(by: Laurie Penny, New Statesman, August 16, 2013)   Anger is an entirely appropriate response to learning that you’re implicated in a system that oppresses women – but the solution isn’t to direct that anger back at women.

On Power, Voice, and Male Feminists

(by: Linnea Dunne, The F Word Blog, September 23, 2013)   “If you are a man and you call yourself a feminist, you’re colonising a place you have no right to,” writes Gabriel. But joining the feminist movement is not the same as colonising it: you can subscribe to all its ideals and goals without in any way suggesting that you know better – in fact, joining forces to proactively work towards those very goals seems like the opposite of know-it-allism.

On Vulnerability: Times When Men Feel Vulnerable, Weak And Emotional

(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.)

Policy Approaches to Involving Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality and Health Equity (Summary)

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.

Profeminist Men and “The Great Turning”

(by: Rob Okun, VDay, V-Men , February 7, 2014)   VAWA has been steadily gaining supporters from among a community of men known more for our silence than action on what was too long deemed a “women’s issue.” That’s been changing. Gender justice activists were cheered when President Obama also spoke out unambiguously about men’s responsibility to challenge sexual violence as both Commander-in-Chief—and the father of two daughters.

The Program H Manual

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.

The Program H Manual: Sexuality and Reproductive Health (en) Espagnol (em) Portuguese

This modules addresses issues related to male sexuality and young men’s sexual and reproductive health.

Rape Culture at Work:  Five Examples of How Employers Turn Women into Sex Objects

(by: Tara Culp-Ressler and Bryce Colvert, ThinkProgress, August 22, 2013)   But the issues that women encounter on the job can run deeper than being unfairly assumed to be less competent or less valuable than their male counterparts. In many cases, women are up against very specific assumptions about their sexuality, their role as “objects” intended to be attractive to men, and their responsibility to prevent men from desiring them.

The Real Boy Crisis:  5 Ways America Tells Boys Not to be “Girly”

(by: Soraya Chemaly, Salon, September 25, 2013)    Mocking boys for doing “feminine” things leaves them ill-equipped for life, and makes America a worse place for all.    When boys are taught that they can’t “be like girls” it has the threefold effect. First, it alienates them from core aspects of themselves. Second, it portrays what is feminine as undesirable and inferior. Third, it forces boys into a “man box” from which emotions and empathy are excluded.

The Real Problem with “Check Your Privilege”: It’s too Generous

(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.

The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California

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)

Research: Men Respond Negatively to Depictions of ‘Ideal Masculinity’ in Ads

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.

Rick Belden – Iron Man Family Outing

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.

Seven Things College Educators Can do to Foster Inclusion, Promote Diversity, and Ensure Success for Black Male Collegians

(by:  The Ohio State University, Center for Inclusion, Diversity and Academic Success)  This is a poster listing the seven things noted above.

Sexism and Misogyny Ruin the Reputation of Video Games as an Art Form

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.

Silencing and Intimidation of Women of Color at ‘Men Against Sexism’ Conference

+ see: related:  This is Not Accountability; This is Not Feminism

(by Emi Koyama, Shakesville, August 14, 2013)    Last week I attended the Forging Justice conference in Detroit, which was jointly sponsored by National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and HAVEN, a domestic violence and sexual assault agency in Oakland County, Michigan.   …  Worst of all, Brannon and other members of NOMAS did not bother to ask any questions at my presentation, or approach me privately to discuss their concerns or disagreements; they just censored my presentation, threatened to interrupt and shut it down, and talked disparagingly about me, not with me, as if I did not belong in the feminist conversations over issues that directly affect me and my community. …   (Please read the list of demands to NOMAS that women who attended Forging Justice came up with, and support our effort.  (NOTE:  it is difficult to succinctly quote this author in describing what she experienced.   A sampling of several statements is above.)

Sport, Athletes, and Violence Against Women (Summary)

(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.

Survived Hubby’s Sex Addiction!

(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!

Talking Back at a Sexist Bigot

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)

Talking Masculinity on International Men’s Day

(Masculinities 101, November 20, 2013)   Yesterday, November 19th, was International Men’s Day.    What if, in the spirit of International Men’s Day, we took a day to talk about the ways in which many formations of masculinity are harmful to both men and women and what we can do about it?

10 Lies the Church Tells Women

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”)

10 Responses to the Phrase “Man Up”  (Spoken Word)

This is the Real Problem with Male ‘Strength’

(Huff Post: Women, February 20, 2014)   Girls need to be beautiful, boys need to be strong. Girls need to be delicate, boys need to be athletic.   Breaking down these stereotypes is one of the core missions of The Representation Project and the organization’s new video, “Rewrite The Story.”

Words and a video

A Theoretical Model to Explain the Overrepresentation of College Men among Campus Judicial Offenders: Implications for Campus Administrators

(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.

Think women have achieved equality?  Think again.

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.

This is Not Accountability; This is Not Feminism

+ see related:   Silencing and Intimidation of Women of Color at ‘Men Against Sexism’ Conference

(by: Melissa McEwan, Shakesville, August 19, 2013)   I am writing this follow-up with the explicit consent of Emi Koyama. Last week, Emi Koyama published her account of being silenced and intimidated by members of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) at the Forging Justice conference, along with a list of demands for meaningful accountability, cosigned by HAVEN organizers and other attendees.   Since then, a couple of things have happened.

Thymos

Journal of Boyhood Studies

Trans, But Not Like You Think

(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.

Undoing Men’s Privilege and Advancing Gender Equality In Public Sector Institutions (Summary)

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.

Voice Male Magazine

What’s happening with men and masculinity? That’s the question Voice Male answers each issue as it chronicles manhood in transition.

Watch Joss Whedon Make the Perfect Speech About the Word Feminist

(by: Kate Dries, Jezebel, “I hate feminist. Is this a good time to bring that up? Is this the right forum for that?” Joss Whedon said at the beginning of his speech at an Equality Now dinner Monday where he’d been asked to speak because of his work on gender equality. “I hope I’m being clear,” he added. “I didn’t say I hate feminists; I said I hate feminist. I’m talking about the word.”

We are What Feminists Look Like

(by: Marc Peters and Sacchi Patel, The Shriver Report, October 18, 2013)  When we were students at Syracuse University, we spent the duration of our college careers as members of a student organization called A Men’s Issue.   Since leaving school, we have both dedicated our public service careers to challenging the societal norms that say that in order to be a “real man” you can never show any type of frailty that could possibly be construed as weakness. We continue to push back against the norms that say that men are lifted up if they put down women.

What About the Men?  Why Our Gender System Sucks for Men, Too

The tools of feminism can also be applied to the damage and deformation that men suffer in our sexist society.  This article is from a book in progress by Noah Brand and Ozy Frantz.
(Joyful Heart Foundation: Engaging Men)   Emiliano Diaz de Leon discusses cultural gender norms, their negative correlation to sexual violence and the challenges they impose on males surviving childhood sexual abuse. In response, de Leon explores the power of choice, positive masculinity and the joy of redefining “machismo” for his own family.

When Men Do Nothing

By:  Stephen McArthur

When Men on the Left Refuse to See Their Sexism

(by: Mast Qalander, Muslim Reverie, December 22, 2012)  I expressed overall support for his post and agreed that men need to be held accountable for their sexism, but I also pointed out that using the word “pussy” as a slur to characterize men as “cowardly” and “weak” is still misogynistic because it relies on degrading a woman’s body.

When Will Men Say Something?

(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….

White Privilege and Male Privilege:  A Personal Account of Coming to Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies

Peggy McIntosh’s 1986 speech

Why Men Can be Good for Feminism

(by: Shira Tarrant, AlterNet, August 8, 2013)   Feminism is a dirty word.   But that’s an old version of the story of feminism, and like so many of us, I’m convinced we’re in the midst of change.

Why Men Fail

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.

Why “Men’s Rights” Groups are Wrong

“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.

Why “Sex-Positive” Feminism is Negative for Me

(by: Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, HuffPost Living Canada, October 7, 2013)   Given the alarming prevalence of rape and sexual violence in our society, perhaps all of us, regardless of gender, should begin with the assumption that all female-bodied partners we have (and, realistically, quite a few of our male-bodied partners as well) are survivors.   I have to feel like my partners and I have opened the space to be radically honest about the ways we have been damaged, the space to start healing each other’s wounds and healing our own in the process

Why Talking About ‘Healthy Masculinity’ is Like Talking About ‘Healthy Cancer’

(by: John Stoltenberg, Feminist Current, August 8, 2013)   I understand—I really do—why a lot of people raised to be a man are seeking a gendered sense of self that is separate and distinct from all that has been called out lately as toxic masculinity.   There’s an even bigger problem with talking of “healthy masculinity”: It’s based on a well-meaning but ultimately faulty premise. It’s not the right fix for the problem. It’s actually a “cure” that reinvigorates a “disease.”   Learning from Talking About ‘Healthy Masculinity