men, masculinities and gender politics


Activism & Politics

Call for articles, special issue of NORMA: Men, Resistance and Political Radicalization


NORMA - Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies
Special issue, Fall 2010:
Men, Resistance and Political Radicalization
Theme editors: Ann-Dorte Christensen & Sune Qvotrup Jensen, Aalborg University

Racial Mis-Profiling More Commonplace Among Black Men

From boxer Mike Tyson to the late superstar Michael Jackson. From O. J. Simpson to more recently disgraced serial philanderer Tiger Woods, everywhere you look, it seems that some Black man somewhere is under the unrelenting public microscope for some sort of personal transgression. Moreover, these personal missteps seem to be magnified by an ever carnal, voyeuristic media all too eager to propagate long held stereotypes of men of color, in particular, black men as deviant, psychotic menaces to the larger society.

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

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... 5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools

This report offers a comprehensive overview of best practice in violence prevention education in schools, identifying five principles of best practice. It maps promising programs around Australia and internationally. And it offers directions for advancing the field. The report is relevant beyond this, however, offering indicators of effective practice in violence prevention education which are relevant for a variety of settings and populations.

Some sections of the report focus in particular on issues of interest for those working with men and boys in violence prevention, such as the teaching methods to use and the content to address (pp. 36-43), whether to have mixed-sex or single-sex classes (pp. 47-50), whether curricula should be delivered by teachers or community educators or peers (pp. 52-53), and whether the sex of the educator makes a difference (pp. 53-54).

Note that I have also included the text of a seminar which summarises the report, titled "Advancing the field", and the Powerpoint which goes along with this.


Secrets and Lies: Responding to attacks on domestic violence campaigns (2006)

Contemporary campaigns and programs addressing men’s violence against women are under sustained attack. They are subject to repeated, hostile criticism by anti-feminist men and men’s networks. Any organisation which publicly addresses violence against women finds itself under a barrage of e-mails and letters, while any forum which sympathetically addresses the issue is swamped by hostile responses. Here, I address the claims which are the standard fare of anti-feminist men’s attacks on domestic violence efforts.

Working with Men and Boys: Emerging strategies from across Africa to address Gender-based Violence and HIV/AIDS (2009)

Sonke Gender Justice Network and the MenEngage Alliance recently held a weeklong symposium in Johannesburg Oct 5-9th to profile research, programmes and policies related to efforts to engage men and boys in achieving gender equality and to promote greater dialogue and shared action between women's rights organizations and organizations working with men and boys for gender equality.

What do you call twenty men and boys gathered around a young woman being raped?

In a recent post, Jennifer Drew added her analysis of the atrocity of gang rape. I welcome everyone to read that by clicking here and scrolling down to her comments.

One point I'd like to clarify, as a white, is that racism and homophobia are not considered hate crimes in the U.S. Not even close. Nor are any institutionalised abuses against oppressed people understood, legally, as "crimes"--hateful or otherwise.

ISIS 'Women in Action' (Philippines): Special issue on men and gender equality (2001)


This special issue of the ISIS International Women's Resource Centre's journal, Women in Action (based in the Philippines), is focused on men and gender equality. It features the following articles:
Feminist Project Seeks to Understand Men, by Rashidah Abdullah
Men's Involvement in Gender Equality Movements in Japan, by Hiroko Hashimoto
Home is Where the Hurt Is, by Ava Vivian Gonzales
Transforming Filipino Men Through Innovatve Projects
Express Yourself: Exclusive Discos in Manila, by Roselle Pineda
Why Women Spaces are Critical to Feminist Autonomy, by Patricia McFadden

How do we know if men have changed? Promoting and measuring attitude change with young men (2003)

Within the fields of sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and gender equity, there has been a growing consensus of the need to engage young men. Many of the major UN agencies working in health, gender and HIV/AIDS -- including UNFPA, WHO, PAHO, the World Bank, and UNAIDS -- have all confirmed the importance of engaging boys and young men in the promotion of health and gender equity.

A growing body of research on young men (15-24) affirms numerous reasons for focusing attention on their socialization.