Teaching Peace to Our Children: Celebrating More than Dad this Father's Day

Teaching Peace to Our Children: Celebrating More than Dad this Father’s Day

Originally published in June 2006. Amid the barbecues and neckties that will mark Father’s Day on June 18, some dads are offering a gift of Continue reading »

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Men's Stories: From Stubbornness to Tenderness

Men’s Stories: From Stubbornness to Tenderness

Originally published in April 2006. You know how in some movies there’s a scene with a split screen where two characters are shown simultaneously? An Continue reading »

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Uncovering Men's Lives in the Shadow of Brokeback Mountain

Uncovering Men’s Lives in the Shadow of Brokeback Mountain

Originally published in March 2006. For a society long noted for its simplistic characterizations of men, the film Brokeback Mountain may mark the beginning of Continue reading »

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Compassionate Confrontation: A National Model

Compassionate Confrontation: A National Model

Originally published in December 2005. Never has the voice and message of the Men’s Resource Center for Change (MRC) been more needed than it is Continue reading »

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If a Son Could Return from the Dead

If a Son Could Return from the Dead

Originally published in September 2005. While Casey Sheehan, the 24 year-old soldier who was killed a year and a half ago in Iraq, isn’t the Continue reading »

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A Missed Opportunity: The Globe Strikes Out

A Missed Opportunity: The Globe Strikes Out

Originally published in Summer 2005. A headline in The Boston Globe on Father’s Day, “Daddy, What Did You Do in the Men’s Movement?” caught my Continue reading »

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Manhood in a Time of War

Manhood in a Time of War

This article is excerpted from a talk Rob Okun gave in Portland, Maine, on March 2, 2005, to the group Boys to Men. Recently, despite Continue reading »

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Fathers' Rights, Children's Best Interests: Massachusetts Questions Undermine Family Safety

Fathers’ Rights, Children’s Best Interests: Massachusetts Questions Undermine Family Safety

Originally published in January 2005. By Marian Kent, Becky Lockwood, and Rob Okun On Election Day 2004 citizens in more than 100 Massachusetts communities had Continue reading »

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MRC’s Signature Ad Honoring International Women’s Day

MRC’s Signature Ad Honoring International Women’s Day

From March 2004. The Men’s Resource Center organized a signature ad campaign to celebrate women and the ongoing, significant contributions they continue to make in Continue reading »

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The Vagina Monologues: A Wake-up Call for Men

The Vagina Monologues: A Wake-up Call for Men

Broadcast on Public Radio Station WFCR-FM, Friday, February 13, 2004 Will men ever “get it”? Will we ever recognize that the days of trying to Continue reading »

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What I've Learned at the Men's Resource Center for Change

What I’ve Learned at the Men’s Resource Center for Change

In June 2008, Rob stepped down as executive director of the Men’s Resource Center for Change. A central part of the organization since 1992, Rob Continue reading »

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The Transformation of Eliot Spitzer

The Transformation of Eliot Spitzer

Note: Originally published April 2009. What has become of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer? In the weeks since his forced resignation following revelations he Continue reading »

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My Father Is Still With Me

My Father Is Still With Me

Originally published in January 2009. Were he still alive, my father would have turned 100 on New Year’s Day. At least that’s when we would Continue reading »

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Time for a National Teach-in on Men and Masculinity

Time for a National Teach-in on Men and Masculinity

This opinion piece from two years ago Valentine’s Day speaks about the need to organize a national teach-in on men and masculinity. While it was Continue reading »

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Generation's Next Egalitarian Monologues

Generation’s Next Egalitarian Monologues

Originally published in February 2008 for the Men’s Research Center for Change. Good news! The Vagina Monologues, a big story locally and nationally when a Continue reading »

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The Need to Reinvent Father's Day

The Need to Reinvent Father’s Day

In a world where too many fathers and men are angry, hurt, and hurting others, maybe it’s time for a moratorium on conventional Father’s Day Continue reading »

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Cracks Spreading in Patriarchy’s Great Wall

Cracks Spreading in Patriarchy’s Great Wall

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and the Supreme Ruler of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei—two men who, as symbols of manhood, couldn’t be further Continue reading »

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