Feminism is a self-liberation movement among women. NOMAS stands in support of the analysis of feminism and the social structural changes that are necessary to end patriarchy and male supremacy. In attempting to center that movement, NOMAS does not refer to itself as a feminist organization, but as a pro-feminist organization. Materials in this section are NOMAS’ attempts to amplify that feminist analysis, and add our energy to the movement of women to liberate themselves without appropriating women’s experience.

The Ethics Of Communication In Continuing Groups

In any work group it is important to realize that every act of each person reflects our pioneering of an ethic that comes to reflect the culture of the ongoing workplace.  How we treat each other, how we feel we are being treated, affects the direction of our work and our organization and deeply affects […]

NOMAS Process Guidelines (from the NOMAS By-Laws)

8.5  NOMAS Process Guidelines 8.5.1 Interrupting Speakers    It is almost always inappropriate and disrespectful to interrupt a person who has not finished speaking.  We agree to be especially careful not to begin speaking until the previous speaker has finished. Conversely, we agree to remember when we are speaking that others in the room are waiting, […]

History of the Men’s Studies Association

The Men’s Studies Association (MSA) was founded in 1982. This interdisciplinary division of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) serves to link together a diverse group of scholars, students, teachers, practitioners, and others who study issues of men and masculinity. Our goal is to make significant contributions to the field of Men’s Studies […]

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 […]

NOMAS Brocure: for Men and other Support People during Her Abortion Process

New downloadable brochure for institutions and health centers to address the men and support people in abortion settings. After a lengthy review process, The Feminist Women’s Health Center, in conjunction with the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, are proud to announce the debut of a brochure entitled “for Men and other Support People during […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Male Impotence: Pharmacology vs. Mental Health

Moshe Rozdzial, PhD 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 […]