Monday, 3 January 2011

Friends and Allies

Frost upon frost the past few days. Tomorrow is supposed to warm up, but not in a good, snowy way.
Outside in the darkness, the pavement sparkles as though sprinkled or sprayed with glitter.

I don't have any particular New Year's Resolutions, just a few hopes. This person, (via The F Word blog) however, does, he has some suggestions for how straight men can make changes that would benefit us all.
Another website whose reason for existing is for men to educate men on gender justice and supporting women, is Men Engage. I've read it, it does what it says on the label. Unfortunately, either the site is not yet complete, or has some broken links.
It's easy for those who don't identify with Feminism to think of it as a purely female ideology. It isn't, and it never has been, but it's why we tend to talk about gender equality and gender justice rather than always saying 'Feminism'.
There is also the White Ribbon campaign, 'men working towards men ending violence against women'.

The Year in Feminist Rage is not a male feminist blog, but is also worth a look - the year in question being last year.
Yesterday, in church, Margaret remembered some graffiti she had seen in Soweto. 'Strike a match to say to the darkness, "I beg to differ".'
Somehow, I lack the energy to rage or beg to differ right now.
I await its return.


Jonathan said...

There´s also another (small) initiative against violence - and for peaceful masculinity called MEN4PEACE in Germany ( - most of this website is in German ...


Schneewittchen said...

Vielen Dank Jonathon.
Oddly, I dreamt I was trying to buy Deutschmarks last night (all the more odd since they have used the Euro for years).

Sleepy said...

Thanks for the links!

I miss the word Pfennig...

Schneewittchen said...

Well, I hadn't before, but now that you've said it, so do I!