What is a man? How is manhood defined? How does this differ across cultures, including American popular culture?
     Masculinity is a complicated identity, one in which value is often placed on competition, guardedness, a refusal to show emotional intimacy, and a refusal to ask for help. How does this limit people from being who they fully want to be? From exploring authentic relationships with others? From communicating one's desires and boundaries, particularly around issues of intimacy?

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  • Beyond Tough Guise  Group in Winona, MN formed to encourage community members to live the BTG characteristics, creating a sense of purpose and optimism as the foundation for a positive vision of masculinity.
  • A Call to Men  A CALL TO MEN is a leading national men's organization addressing domestic and sexual violence prevention and the promotion of healthy manhood, providing trainings, workshops, and speakers.
  • Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected College Rapists (PDF: 80KB/12 pages)  In a survey of 1882 men on college campuses, 120 men self-reported acts which met legal definitions of rape or attempted rape. The repeat rapists averaged 5.8 rapes each.
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)  The MVP Model is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women to take on leadership roles in their schools.
  • Campus Men of Strength  Men Can Stop Rape's Campus Men of Strength Clubs are the nation's most comprehensive strategy to engage college and university men in preventing violence against women.
  • National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)  NOMAS is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, and anti-racist.
  • Men Against Sexual Assault and Rape (MASAR)  MASAR of Haverford believes that men can stop rape, but that before that goal can be achieved, we must educate ourselves and our friends about what we as individuals can do.
  • College Men's Experiences as Men  Shared findings that emerged from two grounded theory studies of college men's gender identity development are presented in this article.
    Tags: Masculinity 
  • The B.E.S.T. (Be Equal, Safe, and Trustworthy) Model: Preventing Sexual and Domestic Violence with Parties Women Love  This primary prevention model engages students, staff, and faculty in shaping one of the single most dangerous social environments on campus through party policy and practice changes that make it safe to have fun.
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes  Our mission is to create a unique and powerful public experience that educates individuals and communities about the causes of sexualized violence.
  • White Ribbon Campaign: Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence  The world's largest effort of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, addresses root causes, socialization, power, masculinities, and inequality.
  • If He is Raped: A Guidebook for Parents, Partners, Spouses, and Friends  Rape can happen to anyone, including males. Everyone needs to know what to do and what not to do if a loved one, friend, or even a male stranger tells you he has been raped.
  • She Fears You: Teaching College Men to End Rape (PDF:17pages/140KB)  College men can understand that they too are harmed by men's violence against women and can be motivated to examine their own socialization and behaviors and join with women.
  • Men Can Stop Rape  Mission: To mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women. The website has posters available to order featuring the "Where Do You Stand?" campaign.
    Tags: Masculinity 
  • Minnesota Men's Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence (MNMAN)  MNMAN specializes in the development of innovative strategies that engage men, in partnership with women, to reshape the social environments which contribute to endemic levels of sexual and domestic violence.
  • Primary Prevention Committees: Organizing Campuses to End Sexual and Relationship Violence  A project of MN Men's Action Network, the Committee brings together key administrators, students, faculty, and staff to assess and develop strategies to change the campus social environment in relation to gender equity and violence against women. For more information, contact Ed Heisler at:
  • Bystanders In Action  A project of MN Men's Action Network, this program increases peer leadership focused on intervening in negative situations, with a special emphasis on how individuals can work together to shape the social environment to stop the harm before it starts. For more information, contact Ed Heisler at:
  • Game Plan: Preventing Sexual and Relationship Violence  A project of MN Men's Action Network, this program helps coaches and athletes learn how to use their status to create a safer and more respectful campus environment for women. Athletes serve as role models and facilitate activities in after school and summer school programming designed to tie prevention messages to athletics. For more information, contact Ed Heisler at:


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