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 exactly why URGE leads the way in recruiting and elevating their voices within this movement. By building a network of outspoken, actively-engaged men, we are building the power necessary to move policy and win on our issues.
Challenging Media Messages: We have to undertake a serious dialogue about the indisputable connection between traditional representations of masculinity and reproductive oppression. This means having real conversations about how young men’s lives are shaped and impacted by gender roles and reproductive oppression, and together creating strategies for action. URGE will support young people challenging problematic narratives in the media and assist in broadening the gender analysis as it relates to issues of sex, sexuality, and reproduction.
Changing Campus Culture: In addition to elevating a strategic dialogue about men and masculinity, the Bro-Choice also seeks to significantly expand the number of young men actively and vocally engaged in our campus chapters working to change campus culture and policy. Throughout the year, our chapters ask young men to sign the Bro-Choice Pledge, making a personal commitment to challenge traditional gender norms and actively speak out in favor of reproductive justice.