In doing this work, we have come to understand sexism and its intersections with racism, classism, and other forms of oppression to be at the root of sustaining and perpetuating violence against women. This section explores the social construction of masculinity and the impact that pro-feminist men can have on challenging these norms and advancing the anti-violence movement.
This issue explores how men can be engaged to support and promote women’s rights and thus help to establish gender equitable societies. The topics covered include men’s perceptions of gender roles; men’s opinions of “women’s empowerment”; factors and incentives that influence men’s receptiveness to social, political, and economic programs for women; obstacles faced by men who wish to implement change in their communities; and proven strategies to create partnerships with men to positively transform gender relations.
This report outlines goals for men’s action, identifies how speaking up and activism make a difference, explores what men can do, notes the strategies with which to nourish personal strength, support and inspiration, and acknowledges the mistakes that are easy to make.
This report describes how many men use violence against women, what men think about violence against women, and what role men can and do play in reducing and preventing this violence. The report is guided by the fundamental belief that men can play a positive role in preventing men’s violence against women.
Highlights several training tools and background information for use in promoting men's involvement in the movement to end violence against women. Also included are educational materials to support the teaching of non-violence to boys and young men.
This commentary offers one woman’s response to men in the movement to end domestic violence.
This summary outlines the purposes and themes of the multi-day discussion that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Themes from the report include how to address men's violence against women and children, issues related to sexuality and gender identity, and other gender equity issues.
The Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP) is a two-year action project to spread the message of healthy, non-violent masculinity across the country by developing new male leadership that role models strength without violence. This October 17 – 19 in Washington, DC the Healthy Masculinity Summit will will mark the beginning of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project, bringing together facilitators to lead conversations about healthy masculinity, including how it relates to the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
This series of articles suggests ways to shape positive masculinity in boys when they are surrounded by "rules" of boy life. "We should talk with boys about the reality of gender expectations, and help them brainstorm about how to negotiate this problem."
This 7 minute clip from the full-length educational film, "Tough Guise," introduces the impact of media culture on social constructions of masculinity.
This article addresses the issue of masculinity as defined through violence and aggression in our culture, and the impact that this has on men and boys.& Suggestions on how men can become part of the solution are also offered.
This article describes how the strongest influence on gender role development occurs within the family setting, suggesting that an androgynous gender role orientation may be more beneficial to children than teaching adaptation to binary gender roles.
This article provides tips for parents and caretakers on how to resist traditional gender norms and raise healthier, happier sons and daughters. Specifically, the focus is on strategies for raising respectful boys.
The relationship between men as gendered beings, power and change has been central in this research. This article presents some of the main findings that most researchers within critical studies on men will agree on, and then it discusses how to better understand men’s relationship to power and marginalization, change and gender equality in future research. It is explorative in its style, and an invitation to further debates on these important questions.
This conversation with Rachel Griffin, Ph.D. is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses primarily on her research concerning Black masculinity and the NBA. Part 2 continues the conversation about race and masculinity and delves into the figure of the Black nerd.
Masculinity at the Intersections: An exploration of hegemony, oppression, performance and self-authorship
This article discusses literature and qualitative data on the construction of masculinity as a social identity and how to incorporate this knowledge into social justice work with college men. It addresses the notion of performing to disprove common stereotypes and perceptions by men in an effort to address other identities, particularly racial identity
This step-by-step guide provides practical steps explaining how to go about engaging boys and men as partners to stop the violence against boys and girls, women and other men.