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NOMAS and the issues of Men & Masculinity 
are the subjects of a 10 part weekly television series, currently being broadcast on ComCast Cable Network, Channel 73 in Sacramento, California.

These half hour programs are available for broadcast in your area upon request to info@nomas.org, or from the show's producer, Peggy Lucas (see below).

What follows is a summary of the shows that are already completed and available now and the information on how to obtain them and the next five for broadcast in your community.

1. THE TRUTH ABOUT MEN & MASCULINITY

Sharon Billings acts as the host of this program, the first in the series.

Judith Newton, Professor & Director of the U. C. Davis Women's & Gender Studies Department joins Barry Shapiro, Co-Founder and current Co-Chair of NOMAS to discuss NOMAS' four core principles along with how NOMAS differs from other better known men's organizations. The women describe how they felt at the M&M Conferences they have attended. There is a 2-minute clip of the 13th M&M. Holly Near, Sidney Miller, and others appear. Geof Morgan's "For A Change" is the show's theme song.

A lively and fact filled discussion serves as a good introduction to the series.

2. THE TRUTH ABOUT VIOLENCE, PART I

Barry Shapiro, hosts this two part program.

Hamish Sinclair, Founder and Executive Director of ManAlive is joined by Darien Mitchell, a Facilitator in the ManAlive San Francisco Jails program for both parts.

ManAlive is a mandatory batterers intervention program teaching men how to control and eliminate their violence. In the last 20 years it has trained over 40,000 men in the Bay Area alone. Part I explains ManAlive's strategy for de-constructing male violence. Conceptual and training elements of the program are discussed such as, choice at the moment of "fatal peril," male supremacy and the enforced subordination of women, "hitman," and male support for the courage to be non-violent. (These two programs need not be shown in sequence.)

3. THE TRUTH ABOUT VIOLENCE, PART II

Barry Shapiro, hosts the second part of this two part program.

Hamish Sinclair, Founder and Executive Director of ManAlive is joined by

Darien Mitchell, a Facilitator in the ManAlive San Francisco Jails program for Part II as well.

Guests explain how ManAlive differs from "anger management" and therapy approaches to teaching men non-violence. The stages of denial, minimalization, blame, and collusion are identified as are the forms of violence that include verbal, emotional, and physical violence. How objectification of one's partner and the use of their children to manipulate and control are exposed. (While this program is a natural follow-up to Part I, it may be viewed to advantage after Paul Kivel's interview in THE REALITY THAT 'BOYS WILL BE MEN'-program #5 in this series.)

4. THE MADDENING TRUTH ABOUT MEN IN PRISON

Barry Shapiro, hosts this program.

Terry Kupers, M.D. is a psychiatrist and author of Re-Visioning Men's Lives (1994) and Prison Madness (1999). He has appeared in numerous trials as an expert witness on prisons and prisoner's mental health.

Dr. Kupers vividly depicts how the prison system reflects and exaggerates the hierarchies and dynamics of men in society in general. He describes the inhumane treatment of maximum security inmates, the impact on mental health, prison rape, crime after release, and recidivism. Arguing that it is as if prisons were programmed for failure, the prisons extend the systemic exclusion of men of color from society and their families with all the predictable consequences. (Fact-filled, frighteningly fascinating.)

5. THE REALITY THAT 'BOYS WILL BE MEN'

Barry Shapiro, hosts this program.

Paul Kivel, is a violence prevention educator and the author of several books, among which are: Men's Work (1992), Uprooting Racism (1996), and Boys Will Be Men (1999).

In a warm and animated discussion, Paul describes contemporary men's "isolation, alienation, and frustration." Drawing on concepts and themes from all three of his books, he describes the coercive power of societal male roles. Using his model of the "Act-like-a-man!-box," he explains how male roles feed on and further homophobia, male supremacist ideology, and a diminished ability to feel. Stating that "One can't discuss gender without discussing race and class," Paul asks parents if they are "raising their children to make a difference?" Two questions that parents ought to ask themselves about their children are: What do they stand for? and Who do they stand with? (Contrasting the concepts of collusion and being allies, reference is made to Hamish Sinclair's appearance on a previous program.)

6. HOMOPHOBIA: FACT OVER FICTION


Barry Shapiro hosts this insightful thought-provoking conversation about hatred and violence against gays.

Martin Rogers, Psychology Professor, teaches a college course at UC Sacramento on "Homosexuality".

Dr. Rogers explains the various levels or degrees of homophobia from repulsion or revulsion, past pity, to tolerance, rather than to actual acceptance. "Tolerance is a gift that someone with power gives to someone without power", according to Dr. Rogers. Examples provided by Rogers illustrate current theories and research studies about the causes of homophobia. Some ways to "interrupt" expressions of homophobia in a social situation are discussed while the risks associated with such intervention are also addressed. Dr. Rogers provides poignant examples how homophobia can deprive many male- to- male relationships of the symbolic bonds of affection.

We believe that goals of NOMAS are advanced by the programs' high production quality as well as the social and intellectual contributions of the guests. On-screen access information for NOMAS and the M&M Conferences appear in each program. They are also designed to be used to show to your local community access cable station to encourage them to agree to broadcast them.

To receive broadcast quality tapes (SVHS or ") of each of the programs in the series, obtain an agreement from your local community access cable station to broadcast them. Send that agreement/request to: Peggy Lucas, Producer

Access Reality Foundation  P.O. Box 812  Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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PO Box 455, 
Louisville, CO 80027-0455 
303-666-7043 
Contact Us: info@nomas.org 
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BROTHER is the official newsletter of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism. The issue below is the
Special Silver Anniversary Edition which contains the extracts from the 12th Annual Men's Studies Association
Meeting presentations. The Winter 2000 issue has been distributed to the membership in hard copy and will be
available on this site shortly. It is currently being reissued as a special pre-conference advertising piece and can be
requested by email to info@nomas.org or by calling 303-666-7043. The Spring 2001 issue will be distributed to
the membership by the end of March, 2001. The Winter 1999 issue is available in the archives section. Older issues will be
added to the archives soon. 

Special Silver Anniversary Edition


Introduction to the 12th Annual Men's Studies
Association Meeting 
David Greene, PhD, Ramapo College, MSA Co-chair 

Gender--role Conflict & Psychological Well--Being: An
Exploration in Men Enrolled to Attend an "Initiatory
Weekend" 
Christopher Burke, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

Friendship Among White Middleclass Males 
Don Levy, University of Connecticut 

Double Injustice: Sex and the Crisis in Childcare
Employment. 
Stephanie Chastain, PhD, University of Washington 

Adolescent Fathers 
Candan Duran-Aydintug, PhD 
Susan Wigington 
Adam Brittain 
University of Colorado, Denver 

Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the
Struggle to Raise our Sons 
Andrea O'Reilly, PhD, York University, Ontario, CA 

Spreading the Word: Teaching Men's Studies Beyond the
Classroom Christopher Kilmartin, PhD, Mary Washington
College 

Tufts University Men Against Violence: A Study in
Personal Activism & the Importance of Vulnerability in
Men's Organizations 
Zev Schuman, Tufts University 

Male "Insecurity" and Violence? 
Sarah Hautzinger, PhD, Colorado College 

Traumatized by Other Men: Pain and Healing Among
Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Professionals 
Estelle Disch, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston 

Interrogating Corporate Cultural Hegemony: Racial and
Gender Coded Discourses of Identity, Work and Social
Control 
Brian Klocke, Colorado University, Boulder 

Evolution and Male Homosexuality: The 'Gay Gene,'
Male Femininity and a Few Other Good Reasons Why
Men Have Sex with Men 
Stephen Forssell, University of Denver