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Guy Code 101: Misogyny, Violence and the Men’s Movement

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Recently my attention was drawn to a website entitled ‘It’s Guy Code: The Official Etiquette of Men’. The website can be visited at this address: http://itsguycode.com/ however you should be warned that a lot of the content on this site is rather confronting to say the least.

Call for Stories: Men in the Movement

Do you want a guy you admire featured in the "Men in the Movement" social media series by International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region?

With Father's Day coming up, we want to amplify your stories about men whose support, guidance, and commitment to social change is helping to build a better world.

Send a 500-800 word story to mvandeven@ippfwhr.org by June 1st that explains who he is and what he's done that's so special. (Include a photo if you can!) The stories we receive will be posted throughout June to our blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Men for Women's Choice

Voice your support for Men for Women's Choice.

Like many men around the world, we think women should control their own bodies. We are part of a decentralized effort to encourage men to speak out in support of women’s right to safe birth control and abortion.

Stories of Resistance and Stories of Change: Engagingmen e-magazine

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In celebration of International Women's Day, Engagingmen is pleased to share with you the second issue of the Engagingmen.net community e-magazine 'Stories of Resistance and Stories of Change' (http://www.engagingmen.net/resource/stories-resistance-and-stories-change).

This series is designed as a forum for us to reflect on the innovations, successes and challenges we face in practice and to explore the various themes and theories that inform our work.

Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Institutional Settings: Tools, Stories, Lessons

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Calls for greater male participation are now a commonplace in work on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The need to engage men in efforts to prevent sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and promote sexual health and gender equality is well accepted. But we know less about the optimal forms of such engagement, particularly when it comes to moving beyond a focus on changing individual men’s attitudes and behaviours.

Essential Concepts: How Patriarchy and Rape Culture Hurt Men

I’ve often found myself trying to explain to people that rape culture and patriarchy aren’t just bad for women. If you draw attention to a form of violence that is primarily aimed at women by men, and a form of social oppression that is intended to provide men with dominance over women, a lot of people will think you must be hostile to men, or want to take something away from men. Nothing could be further from the truth.

ZeroMacho: an international collective of men opposed to prostitution

There is a new, international collective of men opposed to prostitution, called ZeroMacho.  The collective, based in France, so far has collected over 600 signatures in more than 30 countries in favour of the abolition of prostitution. They have asked XY to spread the word. See www.zeromacho.eu/. Their manifesto is available in English here: http://www.zeromacho.eu/anglais.html.

Masculinities, power and change

We have had 25 years of research on men and masculinities. 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.

The role of men in combating violence against women

The paper presents an overview of the role men can play in combatting violence against women. After a short introduction on the broader development in the thinking of men and violence and the changes in the perspectives on men’s violence, different initiatives are presented.
These are grouped into general prevention strategies, treatment programs, youth and schools and then fatherhood. The last part is devoted to recommendations for further actions.

The White Ribbon Campaign: Achievements, obstacles, and ways forward (Speech, 2011)

This talk offers a stocktake of the White Ribbon Campaign in Australia: what it has achieved so far, the obstacles it faces, and the ways forward. I begin with an inspiring and accessible overview of the campaign: its character, its components, and its significance. I describe the campaign’s real achievements, its contributions to positive social change in community attitudes, relationships, and policy. I highlight the obstacles which the campaign faces. And I end by spelling out the key steps which can be taken – by ordinary men and women, policy-makers, managers, sporting bodies, and others – to make a difference. I urge that we use the F-word – feminism – to guide our efforts.