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38 Years of NOMAS
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NOMAS is celebrating 38 years of the pro-feminist movement. Come in and learn more.
Welcome to our online home! The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men's lives, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities. We affirm that working to make this nation's ideals of equality substantive is the finest expression of what it means to be men. The world has changed dramatically in the 33 years since NOMAS held its first M&M but sexism, homophobia, racism and men's violence are, unfortunately, as prevalent today as they were three decades ago.
Although progress has been made in recent times in the struggle for gender and social justice, Sexism, Racism, and Heterosexism continue to appear in different guise and are still alive and well in preventing us and our society from reaching our full human potential. Women still do not make salaries equivalent to their male peers; sexual minorities are still denied basic human rights; racial minorities still experience discrimination especially as states try to implement new voting requirements; and men's violence is still rampant – on individual, community, national and international bases. These oppressions may be subtler than they were in the mid-70s, but the effects are just as repressive and violent on members of our society.
NOMAS sponsors a yearly national conference on Men and Masculinity in support of local, grassroots initiatives, that work to end violence and gender and social injustice. The conference brings together activists, academics, and workers in mental health, diversity, faith communities, and domestic and sexual violence fields. The Men's Studies Association Meeting provides academics the opportunity to present scholarly papers on these issues.
As with past conferences, in 2012, the 37th National Conference on Men & Masculinity (M&M), and the 24nd Annual Men's Studies Association Meeting, partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and their 15th National Conference on Domestic Violence, held in Denver, Co, July 21-25.. The conference, entitled "Preserving Our Roots While Looking to the Future" addressed men's roles as allies to the domestic violence and sexual assault movements and in ending men's violence agaist women and children.
The site will continue to grow and change as we begin to offer greater access to NOMAS' pro-feminist principles and tenets and organize 38 years of history, documents, relationships, and events into accessible archives. Questions, suggestions, submissions (original articles, photographs, poetry, cartoons, etc.) and donations are all welcome. Please donate and become a member today! NOMAS is a 501(c)3 non-profit so your donations are tax-deductible.