Category: 2014 Winter

Gavin Harrison

  Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance, when you’re perfectly free. —Rumi   “It is not unusual to find oneself drenched to the bone while walking in the early morning mists of Waipio Valley in Hawai‘i or the Ofafa Valley in Africa,” writes Gavin Harrison. “For me the adventure of Awakening has been mostly like that—a gradual soaking, with intermittent bolts of clarity, just like lightning piercing the depths of an African thunderstorm.” Harrison is the author of In the Lap of...

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2014 Winter: Men @ Work

ED and Sex After Prostate Cancer Can robotic prostate surgery and erectile dysfunction medication help men have good sex lives again? A prostate cancer expert says yes. According to Dr. David Samadi, chair of urology and chief of robotic surgery at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, sexual potency was restored in 85 percent of men  within 12 to 24 months of a robotic prostate surgery technique he has developed. The technique removes the walnut-size prostate gland without damaging the surrounding and highly delicate nerve bundles—key to helping men recover sexually. After surgery, urologists routinely recommend patients try oral...

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Mail Bonding

Mail Bonding   From War to Peace with Women While it can be disheartening at times to read the litany of articles detailing the “War on Women” in feminist publications (though no fault of theirs; they’re just reporting the sad facts), I am always cheered by reading your magazine, heartened by the profeminist male community Voice Male inspires. Knowing there is a growing community of men who are standing as women’s allies—and who are taking steps to socialize other males into mo r e “whole” human beings themselves—is so encouraging. Thank you. Alissa Streletz Kissler Arlington, Virginia   Seeking...

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My Cuban Revolution

Although the distance between Cuba and the United States is less than 100 miles, step off the plane in Havana and you have entered another world. Flashy ads, new cars, new technology, and all the latest styles are absent from the landscape. You are surrounded by public art displays, political billboards, old American clunkers rolling tentatively down the street, people talking on hand-me-down phones and wearing used clothing. American excess replaced with Cuban thrift. I traveled to Cuba last fall for a semesterlong study abroad program at the University of Havana hoping to understand a nation that has taken...

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Women Are Not Guys

When a society is organized around the idea that one group of people is inherently better than another, it goes without saying that injustice and unnecessary suffering will be the main result, with patriarchy and male privilege being the oldest living xample. Gender inequality is everywhere, from who cleans the house and takes care of the kids to politics, work, religion, and science, to the epidemic of men’s violence against women in the military and everywhere else. I’ve been paying attention to this for a long time, and have noticed some strange things about how it works. Perhaps the...

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Elizabeth Abele

The horse opera and soap opera, then, embody two of the most important American traditions, the frontier and the hometown. But the two traditions are split rather than fused. They show radical  separation between business and society, between action and feeling, office and home, between men and women, which is so characteristic of industrial man. These divisions cannot be mended until their fullest extent is perceived. —Marshall McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride, 1951 From a half century ago when Marshall McLuhan first published The Mechanical Bride until today, depictions of the male hero in American popular culture have followed a...

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Allan G Johnson

Dartmouth College, my alma mater, was in the news not long ago along with a number of prominent colleges and universities being investigated for ‘mishandling’ cases of sexual assault. I have no doubt that most campuses would fall into this category if anyone bothered to take a look, but the Dartmouth news is significant for me because that is where I began my education about manhood and sexual violence. Dartmouth was an all-male school when I began my first year. In late fall, dorm residents who’d been accepted to fraternities were preparing for ‘sink night,’ a celebration of newfound...

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Rob Okun

Is our country 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. The young woman died four days later. And, early in the new year more shootings occured in Albuquerque, New Mexico, West Lafayette, Indiana, and Philadelphia. I had already been on edge as the anniversary of...

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Man Prayer

May I be a man. Whose confidence comes from the depth of my giving. Who understands that vulnerability is my greatest strength. Who creates space rather than dominates it. Who appreciates listening more than knowing. Who seeks kindness over control. Who cries when the grief is too much. Who refuses the slap, the gun, the choke, the insult, the punch. May I not be afraid to get lost. May I cherish touch more than performance. And the experience more than getting there. May I move slowly not abruptly. May I be brave enough to share my fear and shame....

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Charlotte and Harriet Childress

We recently collected signatures outside our local public library for a ballot initiative supporting samesex marriage. Of the hundreds of people we talked to, most were supportive, or at the least polite. There were, however, about a dozen people who argued with us or condemned us—and every dissenter was a tall white male, older than 50, with no recognizable disability. While the majority of white males have rejected traditional top-of-a-hierarchy roles, when we look at the leadership of those who are stuck, most likely we find a white male. White male privilege is a universal concept that most people...

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Michael Kimmel

What Does the Men’s Rights Movement Really Want? “We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men.” —Robert Bennett, chair of the Ohio Republican Party   One of the enduring legacies of the 2012 presidential election was the demise of the American male voter as a dominant force on the political landscape. The evening Barack Obama was reelected, a distressed Bill O’Reilly lamented that he no longer lived in “a traditional America anymore.” His voice was part of a chorus bellowing its grief over talk radio airwaves, the traditional bastion of angry white men. Why were they...

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Micah J Murray

Not long ago somebody on Facebook told me that feminism elevates women at the expense of men and that its agenda to validate women emasculates us guys. He was right. For men, the rise of feminism has relegated us to second-class status. Inequality and discrimination have become part of our everyday lives. Because of feminism, men can no longer walk down the street without fear of being catcalled, harassed, or even sexually assaulted by women. When he is assaulted, the man is blamed—the way he dressed he was “asking for it.” Because of feminism, there are no major Christian...

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Jackson Katz

Since the release of the blockbuster war-themed video game Call of Duty: Ghosts, the news media has been abuzz with reports of its aweinspiring realism and predictions about its reaching the dizzying sales heights of Grand Theft Auto V. (It couldn’t.) There has been nowhere near as much attention paid to growing concerns about the astonishing levels of interactive violence found in wildly popular shooter games like these, and what effect, if any, playing them has on young men’s and women’s belief systems—and psyches. Antiviolence activist and educator Jackson Katz, a Voice Male contributing editor, has long focused his...

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Winter 2014 Edition

Why Men Rape What Do Angry White Men Want? Raising Healthy Boys After Newton Twenty Tools to Further a Feminist Revolution FEATURES Joystick Warriors: Can Violent Gamers Find Peace? Jackson Katz Since the release of the blockbuster war-themed video game Call of Duty: Ghosts, the news media has been abuzz with reports of its aweinspiring realism and predictions about its reaching the dizzying sales heights of Grand Theft Auto V. (It couldn’t.) There has been nowhere near as much attention paid to growing concerns about the astonishing levels of interactive violence found in wildly popular shooter games like these,...

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Michael Kimmel

Hanna Rosin and the End of Men You’d have to have been napping – as those legions of stay-at-home dads often do – to have missed the hoopla over Hanna Rosin’s cover story in The Atlantic two years ago, provocatively headlined, “The End of Men.” Well, now it’s a new book that, I believe, will be misread. Rosin’s been called a radical feminist for celebrating men’s demise, and an anti-feminist for suggesting that women have already “won” and that discrimination is a thing of the past. I think some of this misreading is deliberate —people read with agendas, after...

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