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Beyond Ovaries: Is there Room for Men in the Pro-Choice Movement?

The answer is obvious for a gay-prochoice-feminist such as myself. However, it seems like it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Transcending Ovaries: Toward Male Equality in the Abortion Debate

... After all, the abortion controversy is not merely a political debate over the rights of women. It is an ethical and social conflict over how we choose to shape our society and a defining struggle for the soul of our civilization. One does not have to fear carrying an unwanted fetus in order to have a meaningful opinion about when live begins, any more than one has to be a slave in order to speak on behalf of the joys of freedom. The reason that Janet Long's adversaries in the Florida legislature should "stand down" is because they are wrong about abortion -- not because of what they have between their legs.

Engaging men and boys in ending violence against women

Working with men and boys to end violence against women has become a global discussion. More so, it has become a major focus of the development community and donor agencies. Recognition has been made that male violence against women is one of the most critical problems facing women across all racial, education social and economic divides in the world and it is a result of patriarchy and the unequal relations between men and women. While Violence against women is not a women’s problem but it is a man’s problem, women bear the brunt of men’s violence.

Man-friendly Feminism?

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New Publication: The report on the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality

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The report on the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from March 30th – April 3rd, 2009, is now available for download on the Promundo website.

The Symposium brought together 439 researchers, activists and practitioners from 77 countries to exchange experiences and forge collective actions for engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality and social justice.

The Patriarchal Pity Party: MRA Trolls and their list of "Misandrist" quotes

The world of misogynist men's rights activist online trolls isn't as huge as one might think. The question posed to Yahoo Answers below is made by a guy named Nifty. He is the Yahoo friend of Doodlebugjim in his current incarnation. If you don't recall who Doodlebugjim is from a previous post (a mention in comments, actually), I'll update you below. And then we'll move right along to Nifty's question and a rebuttal response.

The Heart of Justice

This was written for a newsletter published by an organisation* working to make custody decisions in Australia centered on what is in the best interests for children, based on principles of justice and compassion, not in service to abusive husbands and fathers. It is for one woman in particular. May her daughter be returned to her soon, removed from the custody of the man who has abused them both.

*Here is the link to that organisation: www.safety4parentsandkids.org.au

The Heart of Justice

It's not about "He said, She said": Media misses the mark on Ben Roethlisberger

The recent sexual assault allegations brought forth against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have provided another teachable moment. But just like the Kobe Bryant case, and other cases involving professional athletes, the media missed the mark in putting sexual assault into perspective.

The Death of Who?

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In this article, the author shows how seemingly obvious arguments proporting the demise of the male-dominated workplace actually offer men a unique means to approaching and understanding feminism for the first time.

Engaging Men and Boys in Building Gender Equality (Beijing+15, 2010)

This Information Paper focuses on men’s roles in progress towards gender equality. It answers two questions:
1) To what extent are men supportive of gender equality?
2) What can be done to engage men in progress towards gender equality?