Your brave magazine, VOICE MALE, is bringing forward the new vision and voices of manhood which will inevitably ... create a world where we are all safe and free. Bless you for it. - Eve Ensler, Creator of the Vagina Monologues

Rob Okun

Wanted: Men to Change Masculinity Narrative

We need more men to wake up to the reality women live with everyday—the possibility of being raped or beaten.

At Father’s Day this year, it was hard not to think about the fathers whose children were murdered in mass killings. My thoughts turned to the fathers—and mothers—of those slain in Isla Vista, California in the aftermath of Elliot Rodger’s misogynist-fueled rampage. Just as the Sandy Hook fathers felt the ache in their hearts, so do these men. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Editor's Blog No Comments

Profeminist Men and “The Great Turning”

I’ve long believed that those of us committed to social change—whether achieving gender justice, restoring a threatened democracy, or healing an endangered planet—have greatest success when we accentuate the positive. The bad news seems to take care of itself. At the same time, every day there are committed people around the world advancing a counternarrative—promoting what David Korten years ago dubbed “the great turning.” I’m not suggesting we ignore bad news—Steubenville and Sandy Hook, for example, make that impossible. Still, the media (Voice Male included) have a responsibility to strike a balance and for the most part good news is too often still under the radar.

In the years I’ve edited Voice Male, I’ve seesawed back and forth in search of that balance. As much as the magazine has reported on the bad news (a year ago we devoted half our pages to Sandy Hook), in every issue we’ve worked to incorporate the vision and values of a new possibility for men and masculinities as reflected in the work of the profeminist men’s movement. It is in that movement that I have long seen not just a “hope” to transform conventional ideas about manhood but concrete action to realize it. It’s what motivated me to write and edit the new book VOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement.

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Sunday, February 9th, 2014 Editor's Blog, Front Page 2 Comments

Winter 2011 Edition

It’s Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sports
John Lennon’s Feminism
Searching for My Father in Me
Woman Can Say No…and Yes
Real Men Take Paternity Leave

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 Issue Archive, Uncategorized 1 Comment