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Mail Bonding

Middle East DV Delegates Meet Voice Male At the International Center of Worcester we work to promote citizen diplomacy by designing and implementing professional and cultural programs for international visitors sponsored by local and foreign governmental and nongovernmental agencies, private companies, universities, and individuals. Earlier this year, the State Department identified Voice Male magazine as a great resource to highlight how the publication addresses the role of traditional media publications in gender equality and violence prevention campaigns. Through the Center’s International Visitor Leadership Program, delegates from Algeria, Chad, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia came to the U.S. in...

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Escaping the Man Box After hearing Michael Kimmel speak recently in Cambridge, my daughter sent me a copy of the Voice Male book and a recent issue of your magazine. I’ve since ordered a subscription and I’m almost finished with the book. Because I work in a reentry center (male corrections) here in Maine, all of your material is especially interesting to me. Most of the men in my classes are repeat offenders and are between the ages of 20 and 35. I can’t begin to tell you how eager they are to talk about what it means to be a male in our culture! –Andree Bella Belfast, Maine   Engaging Men in Europe MenEngage Europe is one of a number of regional networks of global MenEngage, the network of more than 600 non-governmental organizations in more than 100 countries working to advance gender justice. Recently, we met in Zagreb with more than 40 people from 16 countries attending. In addition to Croatia, MenEngage Europe members came from Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Albania, United Kingdom, Serbia, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Portugal, Kosovo, and the Netherlands. Representatives from the pioneering organization, White Ribbon UK, and the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia also attended. Over three days of meetings, we presented best practices for working to involve men in caring for children, drawing on a...

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NOW Founder on Men Judy Norsigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, left a flyer about Voice Male in the visor of my car when she was visiting me and giving a talk.  She had copies of the magazine that she distributed at New College.  I was glad to know about the magazine and the new Voice Male book about men who stand with women for gender justice. Sonia Pressman Fuentes Sarasota, Fla. The writer, 85, is author of Eat First: You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter, and one of the founders of the National Organization for Women. Masculinities 101 Masculinities 101 is a blog project of the new Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, at Stony Brook University. A forum for activist scholars in the field of men and masculinities, it draws connections between social science research and everyday life. We aim to support activist work by providing a scholarly context to contemporary issues of gender, race, sexuality, and class. We promote critical race and feminist explorations of men and masculinities in order to engage activists and scholars in necessary conversations for social change. You can follow us on Twitter: @masculinities01 and like us on Facebook. Or, contact us via email: masculinities101@gmail.com. Cliff Leek Stony Brook University Stony Brook, N.Y....

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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 Vibrant Community of Men I work for FISA, a charitable grantmaking foundation in Pittsburgh focused on improving the lives of  women, girls, and people with disabilities in southwestern Pennsylvania. We’ve had a longtime focus on domestic violence and sexual assault but are beginning to focus on primary prevention/engaging men as allies in ending violence against women. Ultimately, we’d love to support the development of a vibrant community of men in our region who are allies, who actively intervene when other men are abusive, who talk to their sons about the fact that sex and relationships are so much better when you respect and value the other person and are treasured in return. Since we’re at the beginning stage of building relationships, learning the field, and assessing resources that might be...

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Protected: Letters

Mail Bonding   Mom Museum’s Male Voices When the Museum of Motherhood of Motherhood (www.mommuseum.org) hosted a gathering on Valentine’s Day as part of One Billion Rising!, the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls, we wanted Voice Male to be a part of the day. As a museum and teaching facility that focuses on women, mothers and families, we’ve been handing out copies of the magazine for some time to visitors who find our space on the upper East Side of New York. Editor Rob Okun was kind enough to speak at our “Rising” and we continue to distribute the magazine because we see this kind of partnership as a hopeful sign in the growing collaboration between disparate women’s and men’s organizations working for the common goal of gender justice. Joy Rose, founder Museum of Motherhood New York, N.Y.   VM: Compassionate Communication I am an 86-year-old woman who was fortunate to have a husband for 58 years who was kind, nurturing and seldom concerned himself with control issues. (He died in 2011.) In my faith group (Unitarian-Universalist) we just completed a course in Compassionate Communication. In so many violent situations, the couples are poor communicators. I was happy to read your writings. What a great movement you are helping to spearhead! Dorothy McKenna Green Valley, Arizona   From Grandma’s Heart This Winter...

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Mail Bonding   Celebrating Different Roads to Changing Men I find much to agree with and celebrate in Frederick Marx’s essay “Defining Masculinity in Our Own Terms,” (Fall 2011) especially with my “movement” lenses on. He finds that feminist men who are doing the important work of standing against the domination of and violence against women too often “end up speaking to only half of why we as men should join these worthy battles.” This seems right to me. Many more males will join in the transformation of gender relations when they know by example and from experience that their lives will improve with that change. This is the promise of liberation for males from the confines of conventional masculinity and patriarchy. It is a path subject to wrong turns, in part because it is so easy to rationalize new ways of performing privilege. Michael Kimmel (in his sidebar response) is correct to point out that “opting out of systemic privilege is … not an option.” The systemic is not a personal choice. Yet, each individual must make the personal choice to join in (“political”) action with others to change the system. I believe that more men will join in feminist action and in changing their performance of masculinity when they know what is in it for them and they opt for those rewards over privilege and domination. It...

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