Man Up for ChangeJune 18, 2010 Leave a comment
With Father’s Day around the corner, my thoughts are focused on what it means to be a good father and a good man in this world. For those who have not yet heard, The Good Men Project has created a rich forum for these questions and has just launched a magazine delving into issues such as men’s health, relationships, sexuality, ethics, and boys/adolescence. From what I’ve seen so far, I appreciate the initiative’s willingness to go broad in eliciting a diversity of stories and perspectives. Furthermore, The Good Men Foundation has dedicated itself to helping organizations and efforts that provide educational, social, financial, and legal support to men and boys at risk.
One question that I have not seen addressed head on in the blog posts and comments submitted on the GMP website is, “What does it mean to be a man in the movement(s) for social change?” What does it mean to be a good man for good? Given that there is much, in my opinion, about masculinity and some of its chosen expressions that have contributed to historic and ongoing oppression and desecration, what does it look like to leverage the best of what it means to be a man towards a more just and sustainable world?
While I am still sorting this out, what I can articulate at this point is that, for me, it has something to do with tapping an ethic of protecting or safeguarding (human rights, collective livelihood, biodiversity), as well as the instinct to build, to be creative and constructive of new more inclusive and life giving possibilities.
What about you? What are your thoughts? What does it mean to be a man for change?
And Happy Father’s Day!