Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Pro-Feminist Men's Movement

Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Pro-Feminist Men's Movement

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by Rob A. Okun
     
 

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Here is a stunning new book that succeeds in doing nothing less than chronicling the social transformation of masculinity over a three-decade span. Through thematically arranged essays by leading experts, Voice Male illustrates how a growing movement of men is redefining masculinity. In this collection, Rob Okun directs a chorus of pro-feminist voices, introducing

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Here is a stunning new book that succeeds in doing nothing less than chronicling the social transformation of masculinity over a three-decade span. Through thematically arranged essays by leading experts, Voice Male illustrates how a growing movement of men is redefining masculinity. In this collection, Rob Okun directs a chorus of pro-feminist voices, introducing readers to men examining contemporary manhood from a variety of perspectives: from overcoming violence, fatherhood, and navigating life as a man of color, a gay man, or a boy on the journey to manhood. It also provides a critical forum for both male survivors and GBTQ men to speak out. This inspired book is evidence of a new direction for men, brightly illuminating what's around the bend on the path to gender justice.

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Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
While this collection of articles from Voice Male magazine does not provide a substantial history of the profeminist men’s movement, it does show glimpses of a way for men to live that is centered not on their masculinity, but on their humanity. Editor Okun now publishes Voice Male independently, but it began as the newsletter of the Men’s Resource Center of Amherst, Mass., where he served as executive director, and that geographic focus remains in many of the articles. Readers unfamiliar with the movement may not know many of the authors, but a few, such as Jane Fonda, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Eve Ensler will be widely recognized. Chapters run the gamut of issues related to men’s identity, some of them dealing directly with men’s relationships with women or support of the women’s movement, while others address health, recovery from abuse, fatherhood, race, and GBTQ matters. Individual articles are generally strong, and vary from quite general discussions of men’s responsibility to stop violence against women, to very specific anecdotes. By uniting these diverse topics into a single work, Okun shows that the stereotypical tough, uncaring masculine ideal is unhealthy for society. Readers interested in gender issues will appreciate the strength of the individual articles and the book’s powerful message. (Jan.)
Library Journal
12/01/2013
Here are some 140 essays, memoirs, and poems from three decades of writings in the magazine of the same name, edited by Okun (former executive director, Men's Resource Center for Change), who edits the publication. Most of the selections are brief (one or two pages long), making it easy to read several at a sitting and to get a good idea of the wide-ranging interests and concerns of profeminist men. Both men and boys have a great deal to gain from adopting profeminist views, the writings indicate. Men, for instance, don't have to live by society's conventional masculine stereotypes; they don't always have to compete with other men, be in charge, and suppress their feelings or affections. And boys don't have to bully weaker boys (or girls) or be bullied themselves; they needn't resolve disputes with fistfights. They can cry when they're injured or when their feelings are hurt. Moreover, profeminist men and boys don't resort to physical or verbal abuse against women. In general, the pieces here argue that profeminist thinking is better for society as a whole. VERDICT A very worthwhile introduction to the profeminist movement among men. It will reward both casual readers and serious students of the subject.—James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA

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ISBN-13:
9781566569729
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
825,161
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Pro-Feminist Men's Movement (Paperback) Ask most people what the men’s movement is and they look at you glassy-eyed and say, "What movement?" Rob Okun’s new book, Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men's Movement, answers that question authoritatively—raising imperative issues of men and masculinity and offering thoughtful observations about their transformation. Perhaps it’s greatest contribution, though, is to demonstrate the breadth, depth, and brilliance of this huge crusade for the souls of men and the lives of women and children. Selected from the pages of Voice Male magazine (which Okun has edited for nearly two decades), included are more than one hundred pieces by a range of writers including: Tony Porter (on breaking out of the man box), Eve Ensler (on the secret code of dudes), Mumia Abu Jamal (on fathering), and Jackson Katz (on the macho paradox). Through its range of articles, essays, and stirring personal stories addressing compelling subjects such as “The High Cost of Manliness,” “Barak Obama and the Mythology of Black Masculinity,” “Healthy Men: A Contradiction in Terms?” and “What’s a Nice Feminist Like Me Doing in a Place Like Place Like This?" this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in what is happening with the transformation of men and masculinity. Described as a "founding father” of the profeminist men’s movement, Rob Okun's book is essential reading if you want to know what it’s like to walk upon the new ground many men are breaking. I recommend this book with all the fervor I can muster.