Position Statements

NOMAS Position Statement on Spirituality

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.

Globalization Position Paper

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.

Position Paper on Men's Culture

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.

Anti-Racism

The enduring injustice of racism, which, like sexism, has long divided humankind into unequal and isolated groups, is of particular concern to us. Racism touches all of us and remains a primary source of inequality and oppression in our society. NOMAS is committed to examine and challenge racism in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

Position paper on court mandated mental health treatment for men who batter

Many courts throughout the country are using mental health treatment as a penalty for men’s acts of assault against their partners.

It is our strong professional determination, based on many decades of work in the field, that an order for mental health treatment as a sanction for an assault is not the appropriate response.

Calling it Anger Adds to the Danger

Anger Management Policy Statement

With decades of experience to draw upon, we have determined that most people who are thought to need anger management programs already know how to manage their anger, and do so, on a daily basis in a wide variety of settings.

It is particularly worrisome when a man is ordered to an anger management program due to his "anger" at a woman who is his wife or intimate partner.

Position Statement on Reproductive Rights

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:

  • legislation about parental and/or paternal consent
  • catastrophic late-term abortion
  • presidential gag-rules
  • public funds for contraception and/or abortion
  • US Military personnel access to abortion
  • US support for organizations at home and abroad that provide abortion services
  • inaccessibility of abortion providers to women in substantial areas of the country
  • mandatory sterilization
  • religious hospitals’ refusal to provide facilities and/or services
  • punitive reactions from local, state and national institutions

as well as on other issues, NOMAS affirms and supports the individual woman’s right to choose, without governmental, judicial and familial interference.

The Harmfulness of Pornography

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.