For more than 30 years, Voice Male, a newsletter that evolved into a magazine, has published personal essays and articles about domestic violence, sexism, sexual abuse, masculinity, and fathering. Now longtime editor and publisher Rob A. Okun has put together the anthology Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement (Interlink). Many of the writers have been associated with Amherst, Mass.-based Men’s Resource Center for Change, one of the oldest men’s centers in the nation, but the collection has some star power, too, namely Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues.
In an introductory chapter, Okun chronicles how the men’s movement developed out of the women’s movement four decades ago. He writes, “Profeminist men hold the simple ‘radical’ belief that gender and sexual equality are fundamental democratic goals and that women and men should each have the same rights and opportunities.”
The most provocative section focuses on the 2012 mass murder of children in Newtown, Conn. Writers ask questions about how the media framed the story: Why do so few people draw attention to the fact that 90 percent of the mass school shootings in the nation in the last 30 years were perpetrated by white men? Why isn’t there a national conversation about the link between men and violence and how boys can be raised differently?