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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
As you know, there are many responsible men in our communities who support Protective Mothers and their struggle for justice. Recently, I received an alert about the website "Voicemale Magazine", a self proclaimed "male positive, pro-feminist, open-minded" online magazine. The Magazine describes itself as follows:
"Voice Male chronicles the social transformation of masculinity. Since its modest beginnings in 1983 as a newsletter for the pioneering Men’s Resource Center for Change, Voice Male has evolved into a magazine exploring critical issues relevant to men’s growth and health while cataloguing the damaging effects of men’s isolation and violence. Think of it as a navigational tool assisting men and boys on the voyage to healthy manhood.
In its pages readers discover a chorus of men’s voices—fathers, father figures and mentors; men of color; activist men; gay, bisexual, questioning, and trans men; and younger men. The vibrant voices of women ring clear and true in Voice Male’s pages as inspiration in the work of gender justice.
Accounts of men learning about their inner lives, men overcoming violence and men who have survived abuse are published alongside stories championing women’s rights and girls’ and women’s safety. Reviews of edgy books and films on new masculinity and the latest in men’s health, are augmented by in-depth features: from men speaking honestly about violence in sports to pornography’s manipulation of men; from manhood in a time of war to how women and men can work together for gender justice. Voice Male shines a bright light on a male positive, pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist future for men, women, families and communities."
Allan Johnson, a long time activist against violence towards women, and member of the National Advisory Board of Voicemale, has published an article on this website about the connections between masculinity, guns and violence. It can be accessed at the following link:
According to Goodreads, Allan G. Johnson, currently a Connecticut resident, was born in Washington, DC, in 1946 and at the age of six went with his family to live for two years in Oslo, Norway, where his father worked in the U.S. embassy. Returning from Norway, his family settled in Massachusetts where he did the rest of his growing up. He earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 1968 and taught for eight years at Wesleyan university. During this time--when the radical feminist women's movement was at its height--he became involved in the rape crisis movement and began his exploration of patriarchy and systems of privilege.
Allan G. Johnson is a novelist, nonfiction writer, sociologist, teacher, and public speaker who has spent much of his life trying to understand the human condition, especially as shaped by issues of gender, race, and social class. His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages, and his first novel, The First Thing and the Last, a story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence, was recognized in 2010 by Publishers Weekly as a notable debut work of fiction and named a "Great Read" by O Magazine.
For more information about Allan G. Johnson, click on the following link: