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Holding the Line Against the NFL The NFL Players Association, the union that represents players in the National Football League, is engaging in victim blaming tactics. They are fighting the league’s six game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence. The union is appealing that suspension and they have every right to do so. They do not have the right to blame, shame and attack the victim in the process. If you see any articles related to this in your local media, or national feeds, please speak out about this strategy. My fear is that if we don’t call out the behavior this kind of deflection and attack will continue. We demanded that sports groups respond differently, and the NFL is making progress. We can help shift the culture faster if we address these kind of public attacks on those who report abuse. Rita Smith Denver, Colo. The writer is a senior advisor to the NFL on domestic violence issues, and the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.   Engaged Fathers: More than a Dream Last year I was an intern at the NGO Sonke Gender Justice in Cape Town, South Africa. My research was with children whose fathers had attended the international MenCare program. It opened my eyes; I saw how important the subject of fatherhood was. I saw how important to them, important...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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