Trump Says He’ll Concede If Republican Party Renames Itself After Him (Satire)

Donald Trump is considering formally conceding the presidential election to Joe Biden as early as next week but only if the Republican Party agrees to change its name. Sources inside the White House and the Republican National Committee say the president is serious about acknowledging Biden as president-elect on the condition that the GOP formally … Continue reading Trump Says He’ll Concede If Republican Party Renames Itself After Him (Satire)

White Male Supremacy and the Patriarchy-Racism Pandemic

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For men who have followed women’s lead in working to topple patriarchy, not just to end its chokehold but also to wake men up to how we collude with it, a question looms: In this historic Black Lives Matter moment (movement) where is the parallel collective societal awakening to women’s plight? To a large extent, … Continue reading White Male Supremacy and the Patriarchy-Racism Pandemic

Will White Working-Class Men Be the Voting Bloc That Helps to Defeat Trump?

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It is not news that Trump won 62 percent of the white male vote, and 66 percent among white men without a college degree. If [Democrats] could speak to many of these men, they might be able to peel off a few million votes—what could be the margin of victory in November’s election. — Andrew … Continue reading Will White Working-Class Men Be the Voting Bloc That Helps to Defeat Trump?

A Bright Light in Dark Times

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There is a struggle under way between light and shadow along the continuum of contemporary masculinity. At one end—the light—is the integrated healthy life of men like my friend and colleague Steve Trudel, a gifted counselor and social worker who was relational, engaged and loving. On the other end—the shadow in every sense— are men … Continue reading A Bright Light in Dark Times

Gender Belongs at Center of the Gun Debate

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Voice Male editor Rob Okun says he has written versions of the commentary below more than 10 times over the years. After Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois, Aurora, Colo., Roseburg, Ore., Oak Creek, Wisc., Santa Barbara, Sutherland Springs, Tex., Las Vegas, and Orlando. The locations change, but the outline of the events remains the … Continue reading Gender Belongs at Center of the Gun Debate

Raising Boys to Love and Care, Not Kill

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Heart contracts; numbness and tears collide. Ten dead, 13 wounded; this time in Santa Fe, Texas. If we're ever to end the blood baths, we have to put gender at the center of the national conversation about mass murders. Here’s a news flash for the media: The location of the killings is only one way … Continue reading Raising Boys to Love and Care, Not Kill

Students: Time is Ripe to Add Gender to Gun Debate

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It’s time to listen to the students. Across the country, teenagers have walked out of classes, stood in holy silence, and delivered stirring speeches calling out their elders for failing to prevent their schools from becoming shooting ranges for raging men. On Saturday they’ll protest in Washington with adult allies among the throngs in the … Continue reading Students: Time is Ripe to Add Gender to Gun Debate

#MeToo: “Where Are the Men?” Hiding in Plain Sight for 40 Years

Where are the men? Since last fall, when Harvey Weinstein and his predator brothers were exposed for enacting poisonous masculinity, I’ve heard that question a lot. More and more women are speaking out—and, thankfully, being believed. Two simple words—“Me, too”—have sparked a movement that’s woken a lot of people up. That’s essential. Almost entirely absent from the global conversation is … Continue reading #MeToo: “Where Are the Men?” Hiding in Plain Sight for 40 Years