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The Painful Cost of Disbelieving Women

The Painful Cost of Disbelieving Women by Barry Goldstein. A man in one of the batterer classes I teach couldn’t wait to bring up the Duke Lacrosse and Tawana Brawley cases to counter research that women rarely make false reports of rape or abuse.  While many men in the class, like the general public are familiar with the rare cases in which a woman

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Think It’s #NotAllMen? These 4 Facts Prove You’re Just Plain Wrong

by Melissa A. Fabello and Aaminah Khan, Originally published on Everyday Feminism, October 10, 2016 Dear Well-Meaning Men Who Believe Themselves to Be Safe, Thereby Legitimizing the “Not All Men” Argument, Let’s start here, even though this should go without saying: We don’t think that all men are inherently abusive or dangerous. Plenty of men aren’t. There are men that we love very much

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Against Patriarchy: Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution*

Against Patriarchy: Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution* By Chris Crass For all of us who are men who believe in social justice, who want healthy and beautiful lives for our loved ones, and who are working for positive change in the world, let us commit or re-commit to making feminism central in our lives, values, and actions.  Black feminist scholar bell hooks

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Songs of the Pro-Feminist Men’s Movement

Songs of NOMAS: For over 40 years NOMAS has supported cultural workers, through arts and media, as voices of the activist movement that NOMAS represents.  Music and song have been an integral part of the NOMAS Men and Masculinity conference tradition.  Below is a representative compilation of these songs and their attribution.  Thank you to Peter Alsop for this compilation. IT’S ONLY A WEE-WEE, SO WHAT’S

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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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Pro-Feminism Links

Center for the Advancement of Women The Center for the Advancement of Women is a not-for-profit, independent, nonpartisan research and public education institution established to advance women’s equal participation at every level of society   National Organization for Women Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and

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Roles of Men with Feminism and Feminist Theory

by Brian Klocke Can Men do Feminist Theory? There are perhaps as many definitions of feminism and feminist theory as there are people who declare that they are feminists. Ben Agger (1998) states that the major achievement of feminist theory is to make the politics of sex and gender central to understanding oppression. However, feminist theory is not only about understanding but also about

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The History and Odyssey of Pro-Feminist American Fathers

by Doug Gertner Ever wonder where fathers fit in the history of Pro-Feminist American Families?   According to Dr. Joseph Pleck, the Victorian father was “Moral Overseer” of his family, the one who taught them right from wrong, good from bad, and to fear God. This is a noble and necessary role for a father, to be sure, yet fathers in this era showed

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Father Facts: The Importance of Being an Active Dad

by Doug Gertner Fathers matter, we are aware of that, but we may not know exactly what a male presence brings to children and families. Stop for just a moment and ask yourself “what’s most important about being (or having) an active dad in the picture?” You can probably come up with several good reasons why fathers should be integrally involved with their kids

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