Voice Male chronicles the social transformation of masculinity. Since its modest beginnings in 1983 as a newsletter for the pioneering Men’s Resource Center for Change, Voice Male has evolved into a magazine exploring critical issues relevant to men’s growth and health while cataloguing the damaging effects of men’s isolation and violence. Think of it as a navigational tool assisting men and boys on the voyage to healthy manhood.
In its pages readers discover a chorus of men’s voices—fathers, father figures and mentors; men of color; activist men; gay, bisexual, questioning, and trans men; and younger men. The vibrant voices of women ring clear and true in Voice Male’s pages as inspiration in the work of gender justice.
Accounts of men learning about their inner lives, men overcoming violence and men who have survived abuse are published alongside stories championing women’s rights and girls’ and women’s safety. Reviews of edgy books and films on new masculinity and the latest in men’s health, are augmented by in-depth features: from men speaking honestly about violence in sports to pornography’s manipulation of men; from manhood in a time of war to how women and men can work together for gender justice. Voice Male shines a bright light on a male positive, pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist future for men, women, families and communities.
National Advisory Board
|Juan Carlos Areán||National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities; St. Paul|
|John Badalament||Filmmaker, All Men Are Sons, Author, Modern Dads; Boston|
|Eve Ensler||Playwright, The Vagina Monologues and founder V-Day; New York|
|Tom Gardner||Professor of communications, Westfield State College; Amherst, Mass.|
|Byron Hurt||Filmmaker, Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes; New York|
|Robert Jensen||Author, Getting Off, professor of journalism, University of Texas; Austin|
|Sut Jhally||Executive Director, Media Education Foundation; Northampton, Mass.|
|Allan G. Johnson||Novelist, author, The Gender Knot; Collinsville, Conn.|
|Bill T. Jones||Choreographer, activist, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co.; New York City|
|Jackson Katz||Author, The Macho Paradox, MVP Strategies; Long Beach, Calif.|
|Michael Kaufman||Author, The Guy’s Guide to Feminism, White Ribbon Campaign; Toronto|
|Joe Kelly||Author, Dads and Daughters, fathering educator; Oakland, Calif.|
|Michael Kimmel||Author, Guyland, professor of sociology, SUNY-Stony Brook; Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|Charles Knight||Profeminist activist, Other & Beyond Real Men; Cambridge, Mass.|
|Don McPherson||Former NFL quarterback, Mentors in Violence Prevention; Long Island, N.Y.|
|Michael Messner||Author, Out of Play, prof. of sociology & gender studies, U. of So. Cal.; L.A.|
|E. Ethelbert Miller||Poet, African American Resource Center, Howard Univ.; Washington D.C.|
|Craig Norberg-Bohm||Coordinator, Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe, Inc.; Boston|
|Judy Norsigian||Coauthor, executive director, Our Bodies, Ourselves; Cambridge, Mass.|
|Chris Rabb||Author, Invisible Capital, founder, Afro-Netizen; Philadelphia|
|Haji Shearer||Director, Fatherhood Initiative, Mass. Children’s Trust Fund; Boston|
|Shira Tarrant||Author, Men and Feminism, prof. of gender studies, Cal State; Long Beach|
|Joan Tabachnick||Sexual violence prevention educator-activist; Northampton, Mass.|
Voice Male editor Rob Okun served as both associate and executive director of the pioneering Massachusetts-based Men’s Resource Center for Change (1993-2008) where he also led men’s groups in their state-certified batterers’ intervention program. A lecturer, workshop leader and panelist at conferences, colleges and universities, he has written op-eds and commentaries for numerous newspapers and websites including the Boston Globe, Ms. Magazine online, Women’s eNews, Alternet, and Vday. His public radio commentaries have addressed issues ranging from men and violence to fathering. He is editor of the political art anthology, The Rosenbergs: Collected Visions of Artists and Writers (Universe Books, New York, 1988; 1993.) Rob’s essay, “Confessions of a Premature Pro-Feminist” appears as a chapter in the anthology Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge 2008). An equal rights Justice of the Peace officiating at weddings in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country, Rob maintains a psychotherapy practice in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Voice Male art director Lahri Bond is a designer, illustrator, writer and art professor teaching drawing, design and illustration. He has illustrated and designed magazine art, posters, books and CD covers, including Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Peace, Justice and the Environment (New Society Publishers) and Living with Autism by Kathleen M. Dillon (Parkway Publishers), and two album covers for renowned folk artist Iain Matthews, among many others. His hand drawn and designed posters were in wide distribution for a variety of performing artists including Robin Williamson, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Ossian, Livingston Taylor, Til Tuesday, Richie Havens, Laura Nyro, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Winter, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, Jimmy Cliff, Abbie Hoffman and John Prine. He is also the designer and art director of Dirty Linen: The Magazine of Folk and World Music. His writings have been featured in Whole Earth Review, Parent’s Choice, @Country.com, Green Man Review, and Scottish Life Magazine. He is currently at work on an illustrated novel about Atlantic City during the summer of 1969.
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