NOMAS and the issues of Men & Masculinity
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
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
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
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 ²") 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
contact her at AccessRealty@webtv.net
PO Box 455,
Louisville, CO 80027-0455
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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
David Greene, PhD, Ramapo College, MSA Co-chair
Gender--role Conflict & Psychological Well--Being: An
Exploration in Men Enrolled to Attend an "Initiatory
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
Stephanie Chastain, PhD, University of Washington
Candan Duran-Aydintug, PhD
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
Tufts University Men Against Violence: A Study in
Personal Activism & the Importance of Vulnerability in
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
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