Gender has always been understood to be about women. But increasing numbers
of men are now challenging traditional views of masculinity. They are getting
involved in debates about violence, parenting, relationships, and sexuality.
They are questioning the stereotypes of what it is to be a man. And most
- but not all - are doing it from a feminist perspective. This month's
issue of New Internationalist asks men and women around the world about
why it is important for men to be involved in work on gender equality.
Making the news this month
6 Canada quits Afghanistan, almost
7 South Sudan: what now for Africa's newest country?
8 Bedding down freedom in Tunisia
9 Burmese mothers told: 'Do not add water!'
10 Walls of shame, destined to fail
11 Naming the dead in Mexico
Special feature: Men for gender equality
12 Cooking up a storm
Men's willingness to address how they see themselves is bringing change for the women in their lives, too. Nikki van der Gaag offers a global perspective.
16 Reaching out with both hands
Gary Barker on helping young men break out of cycles of violence.
18 The prison that is patriarchy
South African activist Mbuyiselo Botha's rallying call to his fellow men.
21 No longer a fairy tale
Researchers Mark McCormack and Eric Anderson on a generation of men who are unafraid of showing affection.
Also in Analysis
23 Fields of burning gold
Danny Chivers with the lowdown on fuelcrops. Are any of them any good?
28 Branching out
Biofuels, including those still in the pipeline, at a glance.
32 Is animal testing necessary to advance medical research?
Pro-testing activist Laurie Pycroft and Helen Marston, who heads an organization that campaigns
against the use of animals, focus on the key issues.
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Islam and other cultures; yet more on population and climate change; a Dalit hero remembered..
Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.
30 Country profile: Burkina Faso
35 Puzzle Page
36 Cartoon Corner
Polyp's Big Bad World, Marc Roberts' Only Planet and guest cartoonist Elena Ospina from Colombia.
37 Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia on the 'true Egyptians' who always seem to be up in arms.
38 And finally...
Canadian First Nations actor Adam Beach on being a role model for young aboriginal kids..
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