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Urologists estimate that about 30 million American men suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction, and many clinicians believe that number is rising. Viagra, the pharmacological treatment for impotence, went on the market in April of 1998. Pfizer, Inc., its manufacturer, rates its success as high as 80 percent. Men are expected to find the drug far more desirable than the penile implants, vacuum pumps, and injections and other standard medical treatments for impotence.
Accountability has become a watchword in the movement to end domestic violence. It is almost impossible to be involved in any work related to ending domestic violence without hearing the word accountability bandied about. But while some might glaze over at its mention, to battered women, their advocates and allies, it is an essential tenet in the movement for freedom.
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 action.
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 and partners.
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 little affection to their children, especially sons, and during this time when slavery was practiced in parts of America, the image of father as overseer brings to mind the troubling image of slave ownership.
By Jack C. Straton, Ph.D.
The most recurrent backlash against women's safety is the myth that men are battered as often as women. Suzanne Steinmetz  created this myth with her 1977 study of 57 couples, in which four wives were seriously beaten but no husbands were beaten. By a convoluted thought process  she concluded that her finding of zero battered husbands implied that men just don't report abuse and therefore 250,000 American husbands  are battered each year by their wives, a figure that exploded to 12million in the subsequent media feeding frenzy .
Men have never before been shy in making their needs known, so it is peculiar that in 17 years, this supposedly huge contingent of "battered men" has never revealed itself in the flesh.
by Michael Kimmel, PhD
In the days and months following the tragedy at Columbine, the nation stared at the pictures of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold trying to understand the unfathomable - how these two young boys could arm themselves to the teeth and open fire on their classmates and teachers.
I will first critically examine the criterion at the base of all custody laws today, “What is in the best interests of the children?” I will the talk about children’s choice in these matters. Then I will examine the actual effects of wife-battering on children, and develop an alternative paradigm for custody based on those effects.
by Christopher Kilmartin
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and too often we see domestic violence and rape defined as “women's issues." Since men do the vast majority of the damage, I think it's a men's issue.
I'll begin with a story, not a very happy one, to set the tone.
Raising funds by taxing prostitution is surely among the most wrong-headed, misinformed - and in the deepest sense immoral - ideas being pushed in America today. Thus The New York Times' unusually light-hearted and splashy, four-columns, two-photos story by Charlie LeDuff on 6/28/03, which naively glamorized and implicitly promoted prostitution will give more fuel to all the critics who increasingly wonder when the respected paper will recover its critical faculties.