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Reworking Masculinity

Happy Winter Break

A leader in the effort to reform criminal justice to speak at UO

This is a snippet from the AroundtheO newsletter, View full article here.

Adam J. Foss

A leading advocate for criminal justice reform who also is considered one of the most influential black Americans will visit the UO to discuss efforts to fight bias in the judicial system.

Adam J. Foss, co-founder of Prosecutor Impact, will present “Shields and Swords: Waging a Battle Against Bias in Public Systems.” The public talk will take place Nov. 28 in the Redwood Auditorium of the Erb Memorial Union, Room 214.

The lecture begins at 12:15 p.m., with lunch served at noon. Foss is the second visitor to this year’s African American Workshop and Lecture Series.

Foss is an advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. He co-founded the nonprofit advocacy group Prosecutor Impact based on his belief that the profession of prosecution is ready to change and require better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond simply “cases won.”

 

Again, this is a section of the AroundtheO article written by Tova Atabin, from University Communications. Read the full article here.

Fall Office Hours

Come to the Men’s Center on the second floor of the EMU in room 211 with questions, comments, ideas or thoughts you would like to share with staff any time of the day from 9am in the morning to 5pm on weekdays.

Summer Hours

Mask you Live in Show Tonight: MOST Club

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MOST (Men Of Strength) Club is an open meeting for all of the UO community.

Tonight we will be watching the documentary film: “The Mask You Live In.”

WE WILL HAVE FREE PIZZA, SNACKS, AND DRINKS!!!!

We will explore how masculinity impacts all of our lives. We do this with discussions about how masculinity intersects with all of our unique identities. We want to address the ways patriarchal masculinity hurts us, and reconstruct masculinity in a more inclusive sense that promotes social justice.

This meeting is open to EVERYONE! Come and share your voice so we can learn together. This is the place to ask questions. This is the place to learn. We aim to create a safe place for everyone.

Please come, join the discussion, have some pizza and help create a better world for everyone.

This will be the last MOST Club meeting this term, make sure to come! MOST Club will be temporarily postponed until Winter Term 2018.

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Come see Maysoon Zayid June 2nd

Come to Straub 156 on June 2nd to see Maysoon Zayid, an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled and racially oppressed. The event is sponsored by the Accessible Education Center, AccessABLITY, College of Education, Women’s Center, Center on Human Development, and more. There is captioning, RM systems, Wheelchair accessible and ASL interpreting.

She is hilarious, wonderful, and powerful women with much to say, if you are curious on who she is, below is a Ted Talk that she presented in December of 2013. Come and support people of color, disability, and women during a comical night!

 

Reconstructing masculinity is crucial to our survival

Reconstructing masculinity is crucial to our survival. Smashing the patriarchy is not just a slogan for a shirt, it is an absolutely required step for the survival of humanity.

School shootings, terror bombings, military occupations, transphobia, gay bashing, rape culture, poverty, police brutality, mass incarceration, and so many other violent social phenomenon are propagated, largely in part, by a patriarchal conception of masculinity.

We call this ‘Toxic Masculinity.’ When we look at these violent actions, we can see just how fatal toxic masculinity can be when manifested. Cis men commit the vast majority of murders and mass violence. Cis men wage the vast majority of the wars. Violence is heavily tied to masculinity. If we are to begin to address violence and create safer societies, then we need to look at masculinity seriously; and begin to reconstruct it.

Toxic masculinity is killing us. We can no longer ignore the death and destruction caused by toxic masculinity. We need our allies to have these discussions with people in their lives. We need to address and be critical of toxic masculinity everywhere. Continuing to be silent in the face of oppression is to be on the side of the oppressor.

Men deserve better than toxic masculinity. We all deserve better than toxic masculinity. And if we are to survive as a people, then we must work to dismantle toxic masculinity and create masculinities that are radically inclusive. We must always work to create more socially just and equitable communities.

“We must dare to face the way in which patriarchal thinking blinds everyone so that we cannot see that the emotional lives of boys cannot be fully honored as long as notions of patriarchal masculinity prevail. We cannot teach boys that “real men” either do not feel or do not express feelings, then expect boys to feel comfortable getting in touch with their feelings.”
― bell hooks

Men’s Story Project THIS WEEKEND

What is the Men’s Story Project?

It is a replicable, testimonial-based community dialogue initiative that works to address this gap by bringing critical exploration of masculinities into public forums – through men’s less-often-heard voices and stories. The Men’s Story Project aim to strengthen attitudes, behaviors and ultimately social norms that support healthy masculinities – through public story-sharing events films and other media based on these live events and related educational tools and community engagement effort. In each live Men’s Story Project production, diverse men share life stories with an audience with unusual candor- that explore social ideas about masculinity. Topics include family relationships, violence, sexuality, gender identity, HIV and AIDs, personal transformations and intersections with factors including race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion. The stories collectively celebrate men’s humanity and note costs of dominant notions of manhood. Diverse mediums are employed. Presenters have included celebrities and other opinion leaders, artist, activists, and men who have never spoken publicly. Two of these productions have been filmed to create educational films.

MOST club canceled May 25th in support of Out/Loud

OUT/LOUD is Eugene’s queer and trans women’s performance fest, celebrating the music, poetry, and art of queer women, trans women, non-binary folks, femme identifying people, and AFAB individuals. This year we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary of the festival on May 25th with a diverse performance from locals and out of town artists on the Queer and Trans spectrum.

Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm is Global Scholars Hall, Great Room 123

Learn more here and go out to support our queer and trans allies!

 

 

The Men’s Center is Tabling!

LEARN ABOUT THE MEN’S CENTER, OUR UPCOMING EVENTS, AND ACTIVITIES AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
TABLING IN THE EMU FIRST FLOOR NEXT TO THE FISHBOWL

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