38 Years of NOMAS

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.

NOMAS Joins with NOW to Celebrate the Legacy of Betty Friedan

Dr. Robert Brannon, for NOMAS


Just over 50 years ago, in a house beside the Hudson river, a woman in her mid-30’s, Betty Goldstein Friedan, struggled in isolation, against impossible, ancient, even invisible glass-ceiling barriers, to write a book which in turn would ignite a blaze, that would finally change the world.  But in the beginning, in this suburban beautiful spot, her path was steep, lonely, and up-hill.


My students and most young people today can barely imagine the sleepy, patriarchal Eisenhower years of the 1950’s.   As Friedan remembered:   Men headed every institution;  “there was no “woman’s vote;”  women voted as their husbands did.  No pollster of political candidate talked about “women’s issues”;  women were not taken that seriously..., did not take themselves seriously.  Abortion was a word not printed in newspapers;  it was a sleazy crime, that shamed and terrified and often killed women, and whose practitioners could go to jail.”   “...Men all over the planet took for granted their right to beat or abuse their wives.”


Friedan had worked as a journalist until, she remembers, being “fired from a newspaper job, for being pregnant.”  Now she was struggling uneasily, to live the life of a middle-class American housewife.   “I like other women thought there was something wrong with me, because I didn’t have an orgasm waxing the kitchen floor.  We didn’t admit it to each other if we felt there should be more in life than peanut butter sandwiches with the kids. 


A turning point came when in 1957 she collected 200 questionnaires from other Smith college classmates.  As she read of how her well-educated friends and contemporaries had fared in life since college, wheels began to turn in her mind.  She began to think, to read, and to write.


In 1959, she signed a book contract.  “I got a baby-sitter three days a week, and took the bus from Rockland County to the City...  She had a burning desire to write;  but, she was also a suburban wife, with a commuting husband, and three young children, aged nine, five, and one.


Her husband was sure she was wasting her time.


NOMAS joins the family, friends and fans in mourning the loss of domestic violence spokesperson Jenni Rivera, who was killed Sunday, December 9, 2012 in a plane crash.

The Lear Jet 25 with U.S. registration, disappeared minutes after taking off from the northern city of Monterrey on its way to Toluca.  The crash has been confirmed by Mexico's Director of Civil Aviation and the NTSB.

At least five people were traveling in the plane: the pilots, Miguel Pérez and Alejandro Torres, and three more passengers: the singer, her publicist and her makeup artist.

Men’s Studies Association of NOMAS honors American feminist scholars

The Men’s Studies Association of NOMAS wishes to identify and honor the many American scholars who, since the late 1960's, have been:


Notable Career Contributors to Social Science, from a Clearly Feminist Perspective. 


While any such list inevitably will be incomplete, the MSA has tentatively identified the following qualified social scientists:

Paula Gunn Allen, Kathleen Barry, Pauline Bart, Sandra Bem, Jesse Bernard, Lee Bowker, Martha Burt, Paula Caplan, Phyllis Chesler, Nancy Chodorow, Patricia Collins, Nancy Cott, Gail Dines, Riane Eisler, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Joanne Evansgardner, Melissa Farley, Michelle Fine, Nancy Folbre, Estelle Friedman, Jo Freeman, Carol Gilligan, Marija Gimbutas, Kathleen Grady, Donna Haraway, Nancy Henley, Judith Herman, Arlie Hochschild, Donna Hughes, Carol Nagy Jacklin, Allan Johnson, Suzanne Kessler, Michael Kimmel, Mary Koss, Robin Lakoff, Louise Lamphere, Judith Long Laws, Gerda Lerner, Harriet Lerner, Eleanor Maccoby, Virginia O’Leary, Chris O'Sullivan, Mary Brown Parlee, Joseph Pleck, Janice Raymond, Rayna Reiter, Pam Roby, Ruby Rohrlich, Esther Rothblum, Paula Rothenberg, Alice Rossi, Diana Russell, Virgina Russo, Peggy Reeves Sanday, Joan Scott, Ruth Seidel, Carolyn Sheriff, Julia Sherman, Elaine Showalter, Dorothy Smith, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Catharine Stimpson, Sandra Tangri, Carol Tavris, Dorothy Tennov, Barrie Thorne, Ethyl Tobach, Rhoda Unger, Naomi Weisstein, Sally Roesch Wagner, Barbara Strudler Walston, Lenore Weitzman, Rebecca Whisnant, Gail Wyatt.


The MSA welcomes additional nominations, by June 1, 2013.

     In a future second stage, we plan to identify and to especially honor and celebrate a smaller select group of great feminist scholars who were visionary feminist thinkers and leaders, asked new questions, opened our eyes to the mechanisms of patriarchy, and, brought science into new areas, including violence against women.


     The MSA’s final decisions will be announced in Summer 2013 at and other national media.


NOMAS Requests Limbaugh Be Taken Off the Air

The National Organization for Men Against Sexism condemns the latest hateful message from Rush Limbaugh and encourages his removal from the airwaves.  Limbaugh is one of the leading spokesmen for the most extreme side of the Republican Party and has a long history of sexist, racist, heterosexist and other indecent statements.  As men and women of conscience, we cannot allow this man’s voice to be the only one heard. 


Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke spoke before a Congressional Committee considering President Obama's decision to require coverage of contraceptive medical care for women.  She sought to point out that the treatment is used for medical conditions in addition to preventing pregnancy so the opponents are seeking to prevent women from obtaining needed medical treatment.  Limbaugh, who is one of the most powerful men in the media, launched a vicious personal attack on the student using some of the most offensive slurs in the English language.  NOMAS agrees with domestic violence advocates who refer to these slurs as the "language of abuse."  Our analysis understands that such misogyny is used to silence, dehumanize, and disempower not just Sandra Fluke, but all women who may give voice to their rights and concerns that oppose institutional sexism and inequality.

Denim Day: pledge to wear jeans on April 25 and commit to educate about sexual violence.

NOMAS is proud to endorse Denim Day in LA & USA sexual violence prevention and education campaign. On Wednesday, April 25th, Peace Over Violence will host the 13th Annual, and invite you to join us in educating the community at large on sexual violence prevention and the resources available to support survivors. 

Last year, over 2.6 million people from across the U.S.

NOMAS National Office moves to Denver, CO

The national office of NOMAS, the National organization for Men Against Sexism, has moved to a new office space at:


3500 E. 17th Ave.

Denver, CO  80206


Phone: 720-581-1813

Please send all correspondence, and snail mail membership forms to this address.

NOMAS Joins with NY- NOW to Celebrate the Legacy of Betty Freidan

Just over 50 years ago, in a house near here where we stand, a woman in her mid-30’s, Betty Goldstein Freidan, struggled in isolation, against impossible, ancient, even invisible glass-ceiling barriers, to write a book which in turn would ignite a blaze, that would finally change the world. But in the beginning, in this beautiful spot beside the Hudson, her path was steep, lonely, and up-hill.

NOMAS proud sponsor of Friedan Monument: "Birthplace of the Modern Women's Movement"


2011 BrotherPeace Award: Dr. Margaret Baldwin

The Ending Men’s Violence Network of NOMAS addresses all forms of violence by men, particularly in the context of patriarchal privilege and sexism. The EMV-Net has been especially active in working against domestic abuse, but also addresses sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault, and the abuse of women in prostitution, and pornography.
The EMV-Net periodically awards its National BrotherPeace Award to an individual who has made significant lifetime achievements in combating Men’s Violence, or whose current work strongly exemplifies the principles of NOMAS and the Ending Men’s Violence Network.

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