For more than 30 years, Voice Male, a newsletter that evolved into a magazine, has published personal essays and articles about domestic violence, sexism, sexual abuse, masculinity, and fathering. Now longtime editor and publisher Rob A. Okun has put together the anthology Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement (Interlink). Many of the writers have been associated with Amherst, Mass.-based Men’s Resource Center for Change, one of the oldest men’s centers in the nation, but the collection has some star power, too, namely Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues. Continue reading »
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- Abundance within Despair: The Ways We Are Responding to the Zimmerman Verdict — by Chris Rabb Voice Male National Advisory Board member Chris Rabb discusses his reaction to the Zimmerman verdict, concluding that "the only wrong choice in this moment is to accept defeat and surrender our spirit."
- Male Student Athletes: New Profeminist Allies? Voice Male Editor Rob Okun discusses a letter in support of gender justice written by 22 leading male student athletes at Phillips Academy, embracing them as potential profeminist allies.
- Sports and Hypermasculinity: Violence, Male Culture, and the Jovan Belcher Case Jackson Katz, a member of Voice Male's National Advisory Board and founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program, interviews Daryl Fort, a senior trainer at MVP who has worked extensively with NFL players, coaches, and front office staff since 2006, about the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide case.
- Fatal Distraction: Manhood, Guns, and Violence Voice Male contributing editor Allan G. Johnson argues that in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings American society must address a male culture of violence.
- Men Opening to Their Creative Selves Alexander Kopelman, a cofounder of the Children's Arts Guild, thinks that creativity is the critical missing tool necessary for developing a healthy manhood in today's world.
How are men adapting to new attitudes and ideas about manhood? What are fathers and mentors doing to raise kind, strong, emotionally intelligent sons and daughters? What are men saying to one another about gay rights and homophobia? Where are men and women finding common ground in working for gender justice? What is happening today with men and masculinity? Those are just some of the questions Voice Male has been exploring since its first issue in 1983.
Over the past three decades, what began as the newsletter of an antiviolence men’s center has become an important publication chronicling the transformation of masculinities. The changes men have undergone, men’s efforts following women in challenging men’s violence, and men’s ongoing exploration of their interior lives, are central to our vision. Voice Male honors both men’s and women’s contributions to promoting gender equality. It draws inspiration from the world-changing acts of social transformation women have long advanced and counts itself among a growing legion of activist male allies advocating for a new expression of manhood.
At this critical moment in the national conversation about men and masculinity, Voice Male has much to contribute. Please join us.
I’ve long believed that those of us committed to social change—whether achieving gender justice, restoring a threatened democracy, or healing an endangered planet—have greatest success when we accentuate the positive. The bad news seems to take care of itself. At the same time, every day there are committed people around the world advancing a counternarrative—promoting what David Korten years ago dubbed “the great turning.” I’m not suggesting we ignore bad news—Steubenville and Sandy Hook, for example, make that impossible. Still, the media (Voice Male included) have a responsibility to strike a balance and for the most part good news is too often still under the radar.
In the years I’ve edited Voice Male, I’ve seesawed back and forth in search of that balance. As much as the magazine has reported on the bad news (a year ago we devoted half our pages to Sandy Hook), in every issue we’ve worked to incorporate the vision and values of a new possibility for men and masculinities as reflected in the work of the profeminist men’s movement. It is in that movement that I have long seen not just a “hope” to transform conventional ideas about manhood but concrete action to realize it. It’s what motivated me to write and edit the new book VOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement.
There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
—Stephen Stills, “For What It’s Worth”
Is the U.S. population so psychically numb that news of another “school shooting” barely registers? The day before the first anniversary of the gut-wrenching Newtown massacre, an 18 year-old male shot another student and then killed himself as a sheriff’s deputy closed in on him, foiling his plans to use a backpack full of weapons and ammunition on students and staff at a Colorado high school.
I was already on edge about last year’s Connecticut tragedy when the Friday the 13th shooting happened. Continue reading »