Our important and profound theme of Women, Water & Peace is a core expression of the work inherent in the World Ancestor Concert. And though women have always held fundamental and primary roles in the growth and nurturance and guidance of culture the world over, the role, presence and behavior of men has been complimentary, but also challenging, frustrating and fatally dangerous for the lives of women, the LGBTQ community, children and other men.
Given the high levels of violence, sexual, physical and emotional abuse and assault against women, trans people, children and others, an anti-culture of war and gun violence and abuse and exploitation of the Earth, men must move forward with deliberation and resolve to decrease the hold of toxic masculinity and damaging, narrow definitions of manhood on boys and men. This hard work is necessary for men to be better, fully loving and compassionate men, free of the constrictions and dangers of patriarchy, increasingly better advocates and supporters of women and others and more deeply empowered members of the Global VIllage and the Earth family of all living beings, active and empowered activists for a new global culture of peace.
♦ Men Healing Men -
Tony Porter - author, educator, activist; Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN
"A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many other social ills.
A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls."
Jackson Katz - educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist
Duane De Four - Educator, Media Critic, Activist
HowManly.com - Duane De Four's blog "about masculinity in the media (mostly)"
Bioneers - Breaking the Male Code: The Tyranny of Masculinity (SoundCloud - 27:25 audio) with Dallas Goldtooth, Tony Porter, George Lipsitz, moderated by Eve Ensler https://soundcloud.com/bioneers/breaking-the-male-code-the-tyranny-of-masculinity-tony-porter-dallas-goldtooth-george-lipsitz
"Engaging Men: Unlearning Toxic Masculinity" - facilitated by Dallas Goldtooth with Aldo Seaone, Greg Grey Cloud and Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell, Oct.26, 2017
Websites, Articles & Resources -
- Ukumbwa Sauti's "Men's Work" Facebook Note https://www.facebook.com/notes/ukumbwa-sauti/mens-work/10153398137362704/
- "5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not To Rape", Ebony Magazine - "Zerlina Maxwell offers ways to prevent rape without making women responsible for the crimes committed against them" http://www.ebony.com/news-views/5-ways-we-can-teach-men-not-to-rape-456#ixzz4nuc1ZUox
Zerlina Maxwell interviewed on Democracy Now!, 2013
- "5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How to Stop Them)", Everyday Feminism Magazine - "If we, as men, can think of ourselves as “the good guys” and construct a boogey man abuser in our head, then we never have to turn the lens inward. We never have to consider the ways we’ve been socialized to be abusive." http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/07/cis-men-socialized-to-be-abusive/#.WXKgl0cr8qE.facebook
- ► Men Stopping Violence: Working together for a change - Statistics, Resource, Programs, Trainings, Events http://menstoppingviolence.org/learn-more/resources/
- Mankind Project: "The ManKind Project is men's community for the 21st Century. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of proven success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of free peer-facilitated men's groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity, and service." http://mankindproject.org/
- Engaging Men As Allies and Partners: Naming the Problem and Identifying Solutions - “We need the men to learn what we are learning.” We heard this over and again from women in our programs. From Nigeria to Afghanistan, the message was clear. Male relatives and community leaders can prevent women from applying lessons and the skills they learn, not just at home, but across all aspects of their lives. With fragile legal protections and unstable political conditions, women face even greater restrictions and challenges. In 2001, after focus group discussions and conversations with trainers, WfWI country teams developed pilot programs in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to train men. The goal was clear: create a place for men to explore gender, masculinity, and understand the benefits to families and communities when women are empowered. http://www.womenforwomen.org/campaigns/engaging-men-allies-and-partners
- Masculinity is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma: http://www.alternet.org/gender/masculinity-killing-men-roots-men-and-trauma
- 9 Ways Native Men Can Heal Historical Trauma: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/08/26/9-ways-native-men-can-heal-historical-trauma-161419
- A Thousand Men In Ecuador Read Letters Of Women Touched By Violence: "In 2011, a campaign by UN Women attempted to transform black-and-white stats like the ones above into robust, personal stories by calling for women to submit real testimonies about their experience with violence. In just three months, the project, dubbed <a>Cartas de Mujeres</a>, collected a total of more than 10,000 letters from women across the country. Nearly half of those letters detailed instances of family and domestic violence. In response, the city of Quito decided to <a>criminalize the sexual harassment of women in public places</a>" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/violence-against-women_56537a91e4b0879a5b0c096f?utm_hp_ref=arts
- ► Woman skewers the way we talk about sexual assault with brilliantly simple analogy: "“I am sorry for all the times I stabbed men, just a little, in my previous workplace. After years of counseling, I stopped stabbing men,” she tweeted, in quotation marks. Harding's tweet is a clear analogy for when sexual predators make excuses for their misconduct. The statement is a ridiculous way for a person who has stabbed someone to defend their actions–so why, when assaulters say the same thing about mistreating women and other victims, does society forgive them and allow them to continue to work?" https://www.someecards.com/news/women/woman-skewers-sexual-assault-conversation-brilliantly-simple-analogy/
- ► The Culture of Male Silence: Men Treat Sexual Assault Like America Treats White Supremacy: http://www.theroot.com/the-culture-of-male-silence-men-treat-sexual-assault-l-1820024700
- ► Men's Resources International: "Men’s Resources International (MRI) helps men around the globe practice and promote a healthy, compassionate, and responsible model of masculinity. Our approach is to identify and support men’s networks in all stages of development, and provide training, coaching, materials, and technical assistance to help these networks grow in size and effectiveness and to connect with other like-minded men's and women's organizations.
All of our programs welcome male and female participants, and promote community-based leadership with men and women as partners. We use participatory, experiential education to promote personal growth, leadership development and organizational sustainability." http://mensresourcesinternational.org/
JUST Alternatives is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to supporting victims/survivors of violence and violation, and to the advancement of promising Victim-Centered practices in justice and corrections. Our mission is to identify and support effective alternative approaches to reducing violence and victimization in our culture by affirming crime victims’ needs and the power of personal accountability among violent offenders. https://justalternatives.org/
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- a powerful and informative collection of important perspectives from and about men, led off by a great song by Keb' Mo' presented by Playing for Change