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Bro-Choice

If you stop a person on the street and ask them to describe what they think a reproductive justice activist looks like, chances are they are going to describe a woman (who may or may not be standing next to a pile of burning bras). But the movement is far more diverse than many may initially think. There are many men who understand the ways that reproductive oppression affects them and the ones they love. Bro-Choice is a community of people committed to challenging gender norms, disrupting traditional ideas of masculinity, and investigating the challenges and solutions that exist when we consider the relationship between men, masculinity, queerness, and reproductive justice. Advocating for Policy Change: Pro-choice men can be a powerful force in helping move our policy agenda forward, which is… Read more »

Bro-Choice Links

This post is part of a series celebrating Choice USA’s Bro-Choice Week of Action. For more information, please visit our website and take the Bro-Choice pledge.  As a part of this week, we want to highlight some of the fantastic work done by others on the topics of men, masculinity, sexual assault, and reproductive justice. Below are some of our favorite writing about these topics from others. Stay tuned throughout the week for more and nominate your favorite articles in the comments. [many of the posts linked to in this series come with a trigger warning] Steubenville: Humiliation Was The Point Of The Exercise, Thomas MacAulay Millar, Yes Means Yes Blog An earnest letter to guys about the problem with rape jokes; It’s not about being PC, Leah, Talkin’ Reckless Toxic Masculinity, Jaclyn Friedman, The American… Read more »

Steubenville, Rape Culture, and Male Responsibility

This post is part of a series celebrating Choice USA’s Bro-Choice Week of Action. For more information, please visit our website and take the Bro-Choice pledge.  In the aftermath of Steubenville, pundits and reporters have been discussing the different factors that drove the perpetrators to commit such a terrible crime. Some have suggested that it was a lack of parental involvement. Others have wondered if teen drinking is to blame. One factor that has not been discussed in great detail – and one that our society is reluctant to ponder – is our cultural definition of masculinity. One of the ways privilege functions is that we don’t question the socialization of those with power. For instance, when white men commit violent acts of terrorism the news media classifies them as “lone gunmen” who… Read more »

Masculinity and Care

This post is part of a series celebrating Choice USA’s Bro-Choice Week of Action. For more information, please visit our website and take the Bro-Choice pledge.  I’m in the seventh grade; a shy kid with a stutter, and short for my age, sitting by the front of my school long after the final bells have rung. It’s mostly empty, so I notice when that this kid, even smaller than I am, is stumbling through the parking lot, towards the front of the school. He’s carrying this black, big-ass tuba case, and I laugh–he can hardly walk–before I realize he’s crying. A nose running, chest heaving, proud-hurt-boy cry, blood running down the side of his left leg, soaking his white shin-high socks. I stop laughing. I start running. As I reach him, I realize… Read more »

Some Guys Burn Their Bras Too!: A Trans* Guy’s Experiences with Privilege, Violence, and Sexual Assault

This post is part of a series celebrating Choice USA’s Bro-Choice Week of Action. For more information, please visit our website and take the Bro-Choice pledge.  **Trigger Warning – this post includes violence, sexual assault, and explicit language** Picture this: A bony, almond-eyed, lanky tomboy with a terrible haircut is playing kickball outside of her house when an unrecognizable car comes driving slowly down the street. Annoyed that she has to put her game on pause the tomboy walks to the side of the road waiting for the car to pass, except it doesn‘t, it pulls up right next to her. The man driving the car is going on and on about his lost dog. The little girl apologizes because she hasn‘t seen any dogs wandering around her neighborhood. Before the man drives… Read more »

A Woman’s Issue, RIP.

This post is part of a series celebrating Choice USA’s Bro-Choice Week of Action. For more information, please visit our website and take the Bro-Choice pledge.  My name is Travis Ballie and I am writing to announce the death of the “woman’s issue.” It died June 4, 1988, when an asthmatic brown boy was born into an opinionated and ambitious immigrant enclave of women. It died when that brown boy’s mother, grandmother, and aunt pooled their funds, love, and wisdom to raise him to never feel foreign in this new land of America. It died when that boy walked across the stage as the first member of his family to graduate college, the women in his life being too busy raising him to ever consider the option for themselves. That… Read more »

Bro-Choice Links

This post is part of a series celebrating Choice USA’s Bro-Choice Week of Action. For more information, please visit our website and take the Bro-Choice pledge.  As a part of this week, we want to highlight some of the fantastic work done by others on the topics of men, masculinity, sexual assault, and reproductive justice. Below are some of our favorite writing about these topics from others. Stay tuned throughout the week for more and nominate your favorite articles in the comments. [many of the posts linked to in this series come with a trigger warning] Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse Don McPherson, RH Reality Check I am not your wife, sister, or daughter. I am a person Anne Theriault, The Bell Jar Navigating Masculinity as a Black Transman:… Read more »