“Here is a book for women to feel hopeful about men.
Rob Okun, longtime editor of Voice Male magazine, and a chorus of writers, tell the story of a movement of men standing with women in the struggle to end violence against women. But this brave book does more, revealing an emerging man culture where men are reclaiming their tears and their hearts as they join women in creating a world where we are all safe and free.”
—Eve Ensler, founder of Vday, playwright of The Vagina Monologues, In the Body of the World and I Am an Emotional Creature.
VOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement takes you inside one of the most important social justice movements you may never have heard of—the social transformation of masculinity. Although it’s been underway since the late 1970s, it still largely remains under the radar of much of society.
Thematically arranged essays by leading experts and moving first-person stories illustrate how a growing movement of changing men has discovered in feminism the basis for redefining masculinity and creating healthier lives.
The longtime editor of Voice Male magazine, Rob introduces audiences to men examining contemporary manhood from a variety of perspectives—from boys on the journey to manhood to men overcoming violence; from fatherhood and mentoring to navigating life as a man of color; as a gay man, and as a survivor. The voices of a chorus of women can also be heard in the book’s pages.
Long recognized for articulating a hopeful vision of the future of men, Okun sensitively presents a vivid portrait sure to be welcomed by a wide audience interested to learn what is happening with men. His many years as a gender justice activist have not just deepened his skill as a chronicler of the profeminist men’s movement, but also have helped to strengthen his voice as a spokesperson articulating men’s second act. Voice Male offers compelling evidence of a new direction for men and illuminates what’s around the bend on the path to gender justice.
In chronicling the commitment of anti-sexist men, Rob Okun continues his long legacy of redefining American manhood. This book helps feminists and their male allies to deconstruct patriarchy, shifting the paradigm of what it means to be a real man. Voice Male is both a guide and a searchlight for future generations of boys and men.
—Byron Hurt, director of I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America and Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Thank you to Rob Okun for chronicling a better way—where men are recognizing their humanity, reconnecting their hearts to their heads, vanquishing stereotypes, and proving themselves healthier role models. At long last, there is hope for my son and daughters’ generation.
—Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker, Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In