CONTACT: JON KNAPP MC ALISTER
Group Facilitator, (319) 358-1477
MONIQUE DI CARLO
WRAC Director (319) 335-1486
WRAC Volunteer Coordinator, (319) 335-1486
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
Are men ready to challenge sexism? Anti-sexist men to meet Mondays
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) volunteer
Jon Knapp McAlister will facilitate a Monday night group for anti-sexist
men this spring at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.
The group, called "Facing the Challenges of Sexism," has two
main goals. "We want to give men a space to sort out their feelings
about sexism and to discover ways they can act against sexism in their
own lives and in the community," McAlister said.
McAlister, who has worked for reproductive freedom, sexual assault awareness,
and other feminist causes, got the idea for "Challenges" after
talking to Maria Oropeza, WRAC's volunteer coordinator. "A year ago
another man came to WRAC with an idea about how men could be sensitive
to the concerns of women and still be men," Oropeza said. "The
group was a brilliant idea. I think it's easier for men to learn about
women's issues from another man because it can come from a common understanding."
McAlister plans to lead the group in discussions about a variety of
topics, including relationships, sex, family, homophobia, hope for social
change, and others. "It's not going to be about how bad we should
feel about ourselves because we're men. That's not productive. Instead,
the group will be part support, part education, and part activism."
McAlister said he will leave it up to the participants to decide what the
activist portion will be.
Monique DiCarlo, WRAC director, said she is especially happy with the
activist portion. "The group can provide a opportunity for men to
think about the next step beyond talking about feminist theory."
Anyone who wants more information about "Challenges" or other
WRAC activities may call (319) 335-1486.