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"Domestic Violence" as part of the broader issue of "Domestic Abuse"
Despite more than 100 years of the women's movement promoting gender equality and civil rights for all people, twenty-first century Western culture seems increasingly intent on maintaining and perpetuating traditional sexist stereotypes that cut us off from the social justice movements, and the gender-egalitarian roots historically found in indigenous societies and folk communities.
NOMAS refuses to collude with this populist and increasingly corporate culture that glorifies all forms of violence, sexism, racism, and homophobia.
The Globalization Task Force (GTF) of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) explores pro-feminist, lesbian-, gay-, bi and transgendered-affirmative, and anti-racist alternatives to the ongoing injustices of elite-led globalization that disproportionately harms marginalized and impoverished communities. As citizens of the global community, we affirm our inherent interconnectedness and shared fate with all peoples and all life on the planet.
As residents of the United States, we recognize the privilege of our social location and seek to ally ourselves in solidarity with residents of the global south by increasing the awareness of other privileged residents of the U.S.
NOMAS recognizes that deeply held social beliefs in equality and justice are often grounded in an understanding of the world that might include theological statements, whether the instinct takes expression though tikkun olam or the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. These sentiments from those who hold some sort of belief system go beyond the simple conviction of intellect to something deeper, called the spiritual.
A huge majority of Americans believe that some forms of "pornography" - eg. eroticized rape scenes - influence some men toward real-life sexual aggression. Social science also now confirms this. A large body of behavioral research shows that men exposed to certain rape portrayals show psychological changes that increase the likelihood of attacks on women.
As an organization striving to be affirmative of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered, queer, and intersexed persons, NOMAS understands homophobia to be the individual and psychological response to those who do not conform to the expectations of binary heterosexual expression. Homophobia, as an irrational fear and loathing, is to be distinguished from heterosexism, which is the presumption of heterosexuality as the normative state, and identifies L/G/B/T/Q/I persons as deviating from the norm.
Being a pro-feminist organization, NOMAS defers to the position of the National Organization for Women on the issue of reproductive rights of women. For each of the following issues:
as well as on other issues, NOMAS affirms and supports the individual woman’s right to choose, without governmental, judicial and familial interference.
The National Organization for Men Against Sexism1 is committed to make substantive this nation's ideals of equality and justice. In choosing loyalties in disputes over child custody, any society that cares for its future must make its primary concern that which is truly in the best interests of children. In a society such as ours in which men daily subject women to violence, oppression, and discrimination, men who would not add to this violence must not blindly side with other men in custody disputes.