Nonviolent Men: The New Silent Majority

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Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.      —Gloria Steinem It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to suit up for the big game? […]

Reports of Feminism’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word? —Ellen Page, actor If the word ‘feminist’ has negative connotations, running away from the word […]

I’m Mad as Hell at Conventional Manhood

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There are too many damn tragic anniversaries of men killing women. Pick any month and you’ll find them. Take today, December 6–it’s the 23rd anniversary of the Montréal Massacre. Marc Lépine  stormed into the city’s École Polytechnique and murdered 14 women, wounding 10 others. The mass-murderer, who then killed himself, was  25–the same age as […]

Where Are Men’s Voices in the Fight for Women’s Health?

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Now that the public outcry has died down over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s ill-advised and short-lived decision to defund Planned Parenthood, there’s time to consider men’s role in this and other recent women’s health controversies. In the heated debates that have boiled up recently over birth control and abortion, the loudest male […]

Male Allies, Speak Out for Women’s Rights!

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In the struggle to ensure safety for the women in our lives, it’s time for men who acknowledge how much we have learned—and gained—from the women’s movement to step forward and speak out. In the midst of two or three wars (it’s hard to keep count), a federal budget proposal designed to reward the rich […]

The New Fatherhood

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Our idea of fatherhood is in transition. The baseball-tossing dad is giving way to the diaper-changing dad; fatherhood is coming to connote caretaking, not just disciplining. The signs are everywhere, if you know where to look—from birth classes for expectant fathers to stay-at-home dads raising their children–and recently, in several photo exhibits and books. Take […]