Posted by: unhcragd | November 16, 2009

Where the Men Are – Historic Feminist Conference Convenes in Minnesota, US

This from Ms. Magazine writer Shira Tarrant:    a wrap from the very first National Conference for Campus Based Men’s Gender Equality and Anti-Violence Groups .   The title seems a little confusing at first – but some good material on getting men involved in combating violence.

Click here to read the full article.

Click on Shira Tannant’s blog Girl w/Pen!

And here are a few excerpts:

This was no drum-beating, fire-in-the-belly, touchy-feely gathering in the woods; it was serious business. Can men really work toward a feminist agenda?

Speakers emphasized accountability, authenticity and continued hard work, and no one could ignore the heat generated by unresolved issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. The second plenary session was interrupted by angry shouts from the floor by men tired of carrying collective guilt for other men’s violence. Several attendees conceded that the movement has yet to figure out constructive ways of grappling with men’s power and their fears in order to work effectively in partnership with women.  

The fact this conference happened in the first place, and with such a robust response, is a sign of a sea change in feminist politics. “There’s a new generation of men coming to the issues,” said one of the old-timers among male feminist allies, Rob Okun, editor ofVoice Male magazine.


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