Gay men didn't escape patriarchal male conditioning.
Activism & Politics
Dear, Dear Gentlemen,
It has come to our attention that you harbor some misconceptions about us and our intentions, ones which we most fervently hope to dissuade you of, because these misunderstandings and falsehoods are preventing us from working together towards a more balanced society. Allow us to reassure you:
1. We do not wish to castrate you. We have no desire to have your testicles in jars of formaldehyde on our nightstands.
SEXISM is all around us, and sometimes we try to do something about it. Sometimes this doesn't work, sometimes it does.
CASE: It's the middle of the city, Saturday night. David walks around the corner. There's a man and woman, he's pushing her, slapping her crying face. It's fast, scary, violent.
Men's groups are the backbone of the men's movement. They are a good thing, says Michael Flood.
I JOINED my first men's group when I was 20, and it profoundly changed my life. Seven years on, I'm passionately committed to men's issues.
For the last three years I've been part of two great men's groups: the Canberra branch of Men Against Sexual Assault, and those lovely men in the XY editorial group.
Rod Mitchell decided to take up the challenge when Michael Flood posed some tricky questions in "Activism 101" (XY Spring 1994).
Mark Kriewaldt shares the fruits of some heavy thinking and talking on how the men's movement can reach out and become more inclusive.
What is diversity? How do the ways we construct our identities relate to diversity…and vice versa? How can we foster diversity and respect difference in pro-feminist politics - in our theory, personal lives and in activist groups?
Four lessons, and plenty of homework. That's what Michael Flood took home from the Adelaide sessions.
I learnt important lessons about pro-feminist activism, and lessons that are important for all men, in the four-day sessions in Adelaide. I felt challenged, inspired and confused.