- The "I Support Feminism Because..." Campaign Join Voice Male's campaign to encourage men to openly declare their support for feminism. Create your own image or use one of ours.
- 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.
Standing in a sunny courtyard of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, I am surrounded by a sea of delegates streaming into day one of the global symposium, Men and Boys for Gender Justice. Organized by MenEngage, an international network of nearly 700 NGOs operating on every continent, it is day one of a symposium that has attracted more than 1000 people from 93 countries. I am one, a member of the North American MenEngage Network (NAMEN). Continue reading »
From New York to New Delhi
By Rob Okun
Entitled menchildren in the National Football League spark renewed attention to the epidemic of domestic violence and child abuse. Brave young women speaking truth to power demand action to halt sexual assaults on college campuses. Pioneering profeminist men from around the world gather in India to engage men and boys to promote gender equality.
In the ongoing effort to transform manhood, the pace has been accelerating. From the White House to the 50-yard line, from Kolkata to Cape Town, the call for men to change, to be allies with women in the work of ending gender-based violence and redefining manhood, is growing louder. From the Obama administration’s ItsOnUs campaign to the Emma Watson–supported United Nations’ HeforShe, opportunities are also growing for men to add our voices to the global conversation about men and masculinities. By the time summer ended, I was feeling the need to slow down, to reflect on what’s been unfolding on the dizzying, windy road to gender justice.
I got my wish to decelerate on the weekend of the autumn equinox. I had been invited to participate in a weekend gathering at the Omega Institute, whose women’s leadership conference for the first time in its 12-year history included men. Continue reading »
“Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.”
It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to suit up for the big game? Except, of course, it ain’t no game; the lives of our daughters and sisters, wives and mothers are on the line. Continue reading »