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The man group

introduction

The opportunities for engaging and mobilizing cis men in the reproductive health, rights, and justices movements are significant. There is a noticeable lack of cis men in movement spaces, yet many cis men care deeply about the issues and want to be more engaged. It may be that they simply don’t know how or face other barriers to involvement. The lack of cis men in the movement leads to missed opportunities for unified action and solidarity.

As part of the Culture Change Strategy Group, The Man Group is working to identify potential strategies to involve cis men and create opportunities for movement building and movement strengthening.

In early 2017, The Man Group distributed a survey to cis men across the country to start to identify some of the barriers to involvement that cis men face, as well as the opportunities that already exist for engagement. 

who are cis men?

Who are cis men? Cis refers to cisgender or cissexual. These are men who identify as men and were assigned the male gender when born.

In early 2017, The Man Group distributed a survey to cis men across the country to start to identify some of the barriers to involvement that cis men face, as well as the opportunities that already exist for engagement. A couple of themes emerged from the responses:

  • Abortion and reproductive health/rights/justice are positioned as “women’s issues.”
  • Abortion doesn’t feel personal to cis men.

our strategies

The Man Group seeks to continue its research, including:

  1. 1.Continue circulating the online survey of cis men to ask about their comfort with, experience in, and barriers to joining the reproductive health, rights, and justices movements
  2. 2.Conduct an informal literature review about the issue
  3. 3.Identify and champion organizations and groups with the most promising practices for engaging cis men.

Are you working on a project aligned with these strategies, or want to join in on these strategies? Email Madeline at madeline@seachangeprogram.org.

group members

J. Parker Dockray

Executive Director, All Options

Samara Azam-Yu

Executive Director, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice

Gavin Broady

Press Officer for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights

Rana Barar

Project Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), University California, San Francisco

group members

J. Parker Dockray

Executive Director, All Options

Samara Azam-Yu

Executive Director, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice

Gavin Broady

Press Officer for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights

Rana Barar

Project Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), University California, San Francisco

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Are you ready to take action? Reach out and let us know if you want to take on one of these strategies, or join us as we take action on them. By working together, we can achieve even more than we can alone.

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