Feminist.Com wrote -
Men and Women as Allies
Only Together can we Achieve Equality
"I am excited by the possibility of dedicating a part of the Feminist.com website as a forum for profeminist men. As I've traveled around the country, working especially with young men as they engage with the questions raised by feminist women – from workplace discrimination to balancing work and family, from sexual assault to violence against women – I find a new generation of young men eager to find a place in that conversation."
-- Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland
Throughout the world today, millions of women suffer violence and oppression at the hands of men whether in conflict zones or in the private home. Yet despite the efforts of countless women’s rights activists and feminist organizations we have made relatively little progress in stemming the tide of gender-based violence.
Men and Women as Allies seeks to address this very issue through fostering the recognition that it is only by seeing men as women’s allies, rather than women’s adversaries, can we, together, begin to build cultures in which boys are not indoctrinated towards committing violence against women.
Men and Women as Allies is a new online space, co-created by Feminist.com and Men Can Stop Rape, two leading organizations working on gender issues, to create a permanent global venue where individuals of all genders can engage publicly in constructive dialogue.
Men and Women as Allies will endeavor to break down the siloed approach towards ending all forms of violence against women by establishing a network of gender experts to challenge gender constructions that are harmful to girls and boys, women and men, and which privilege heteronormative conceptions and attitudes.
Men and Women as Allies will offer dynamic content and information, and will employ a variety of digital capabilities that foster community, conversation, action, and change. Interactive features, such as surveys, forums, online campaigns, and webinars will actively create awareness of, inspire dialogue around, and build knowledge on these themes.
Men and Women as Allies is a diverse, participant-led forum for dialogue. Our online community will provide tools to help transform and re-imagine gender roles by exploring what it means for men and women to be allies, by positively redefining masculinity and by creating cultures free from violence.
Together, Men and Women as Allies will raise awareness and create a cultural shift.