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August 2015


The Myth of the Battered Husband Syndrome

By Jack C. Straton, Ph.D. Department of Physics Portland State University Portland, OR 97207-0751 straton@cs.pdx.edu Reprinted with permission from masculinities 2, 79-82 (1994). The most recurrent backlash against women’s safety is the myth that men are battered as often as women. Suzanne Steinmetz [1] created this myth with her 1977 study of 57 couples, in which four wives were seriously beaten but no husbands

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MALE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A SUBSTANTIVE AND METHODOLOGICAL RESEARCH REVIEW

by Michael S. Kimmel (Published as “Gender Symmetry in Domestic Violence: A Substantive and Methodological Research Review) Synopsis written by Rus Ervin Funk, MSW Center for Women and Families, Louisville, KY in Violence Against Women, (2002) This substantial article examines the issues of men who are victimized by domestic violence in heterosexual relationships. Over the past several years, there has increasing attention to the

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Cooptation: Repressive Bureaucracy and its Effects on Activists and Advocates for Social Change; Why Doing Not-for-Profit Advocacy Work in the United States is so Difficult

© October 1995, updated September 2013, and December 2014  by Rose Garrity   INTRODUCTION This paper will use domestic violence programs as a useful example, yet the same issues apply to all regulated/licensed/controlled by funder programs. Most of us who began to offer domestic violence and other advocacy services in the earliest days of the battered women’s movement (from the early 1970s) did so

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Gender Role Expectation as a Source of Men’s Health and Mental Health Disparaties

Men are more likely to die than women for all 15 leading causes of death; the average life expectancy for a male, at birth, is 74.6 years, while for women it’s 79.6 years. This is because, Men do not seek out medical or mental health information and take less responsibility for their health issues than women. As a result, men are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease,

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Organizing Social Change

Organizing is not about “outcomes”! Organizing that comes out of a clear vision which guides its mission supplies a product. Its product is not an “outcome” based upon individual participants’ changes or successes; the product is a changed society, achieved by people/groups with a vision of justice and an analysis supplied by truthful inquiry. This is definitely not what government, business and private funders

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What Every Man should know about “Low-T”: Testosterone Replacement Therapy

A recent surge of ‘Low T” advertisements have led to an increase in men seeking Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to a level of 3 percent of men over 40, as well as a industry of men’s clinics that has flowered to meet this interest. Because of this marketing blitz, millions of men and their partners are increasingly made to believe that the application of

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NOMAS Supports NCADV’S TAKE A STAND AND LOBBY DAY EVENT

NCADV’S TAKE A STAND AND LOBBY DAY EVENT October 1st, 2015 Washington, D.C. Learn more and get involved at www.ncadv.org/takeastand. NCADV is kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a national event to raise awareness about domestic violence-Take A Stand. NCADV’s Take A Stand event will occur October 1st at 11:00am in Washington, D.C. on the Capitol grounds. Here, victims, activists, volunteers, legislators and

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Trafficked Women, Used in Prostitution, Are Not “Sex-Workers”

Robert Brannon, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College C.U.N.Y. Panel on Sex Trafficking; International Masculinities Conference; New York City, March 6, 2015   I am a psychologist and within the field of psycholinguistics there is a familiar observation concerning native-language and thought-patterns, known as the “Whorfian” Principle (Whorf 1956; Lucy 1992). The words which we have learned and absorbed, the language that we daily speak,

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Epilogue: NOMAS Accountability and the Forging Justice Conference, Detroit, 2013

In 2013, NOMAS co-sponsored a conference with Haven in Detroit. The opening keynote presentation included a position on prostitution that seriously conflicts with NOMAS’s stance. Subsequently, NOMAS was charged with unethical decisions and behavior. The controversy was about the patriarchal, oppressive system of the commercial sex industry, not about any individuals involved in that system. We did not err in our analysis. We know

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NOMAS Empowerment and Accountability Process

NOMAS EMPOWERMENT and ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESS Phyllis B. Frank and Wayne Morris History: When I walked into a NOMAS meeting along with other men and women, I picked up an attitude of arrogance and superiority from one of the white men.  This is not an unusual experience and I acted as I most often do.  I ignored it and attempted to go on with business

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